People come into counselling for many reasons. Sometimes events bring changes into our lives; often changes which we have no control over. This could be, for example, the end of a significant relationship, the loss of someone close or a career upheaval. These kinds of events can leave us feeling disempowered, lost, or fearful of the future. Some people come into counselling because they are aware of feeling stuck, depressed or unhappy. The reasons might not be clear to them, but they will, perhaps, be aware of not feeling fulfilled or satisfied in themselves or their lives. However, new ways forward may not seem clear.

Counselling offers a confidential and supportive place to explore these issues. Talking in this way can help us to understand and come to terms with what has been happening to us. Reconciling past experiences and relationships can be an important part of moving forward. Often making peace with ourselves is what is required.

For some people, brief focussed therapy of a few sessions is appropriate, to move through a crisis or transition. For others, inner changes are needed, requiring a deeper process of self – reflection.



Catherine Kirwin, MA., Dip. Psych. Syn., UKCP + MBACP reg.

Catherine has been practising counselling in Chepstow and Monmouth since 1994, when she qualified from The Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. In 2005 she gained an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. She has also trained for a year with Gestalt South West and with Jill Gabriel in Couples Counselling. She is an accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a registered UKCP psychotherapist. She offers long and short term counselling and psychotherapy. She works with individuals and couples.

Married to Mark, they have a daughter and live in the lower Wye Valley.

For further information, please visit my website.

My other therapies

Couples’ Therapy



Mark Kirwin, MA., Dip. Psych. Syn., UKCP reg.

Mark KirwinMark undertook training in an initial three year Psychosynthesis diploma at The Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in 1987-90 and the advanced Diploma in 1994, followed by the M.A. programme in 1998-99 (gaining a Masters degree with a dissertation exploring the relationship between existential crisis and spiritual awakening). Now a UKCP registered Psychotherapist working full time in private practice in both Chepstow and Monmouth centres. Mark is available for short-term focused individual work, couples counselling and longer term ‘depth’ work, as well as professional supervision.

Married to Catherine, they have a daughter and live in the lower Wye Valley.


My other therapies

Couples’ Therapy



Katie Pritchard, Dip. Professional Studies Counselling. B.A (Hons) Social Psychology

Katie is passionate about counselling and enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Prior to training as a counsellor, Katie has worked in community settings, social care and education, as well as in hospitality and manual trades. She relishes connecting with who people are, and offering a valuable and connected counselling experience. Katie can offer focussed short term work, as well as longer term work, and is encouraging of each of us discovering our own journeys in therapy.

For more information – visit Katie’s website.