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For those who feel misunderstood, alone and want warmth and acceptance.

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Qualified member of the BACP 


MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University London (year 3, Integrative pathway, under study)

> Year 2 equivalent of PGDip in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University London


> Year 1 equivalent of PGCert Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University London. 

2 years of training in Existential, Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapy at Regent's University London


Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's University London. 

CPD completed on 'Working with Suicidality in the Helping Professions' with The Training ComPenDium



Experience working with clients of all genders 18+

Experience working in a holistic therapy centre


Insured by Holistic Insurance Services

Registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner's office)

Listed on the BACP registry

Listed on the Counselling Directory

Listed on Psychology Today

Hi, I'm Cat

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it"
Dr. Maya Angelou 

Hello there!

I'm Catherine, but I go by Cat and I'm an integrative therapist and registered member of the BACP. As a human I have experienced my own share of difficulty, struggle and pain. As a therapist I have gained understanding and skills to share with clients in how to re-establish a relationship with themselves and their ultimate goals for their future.


My approach to therapy is creative, fresh and dynamic. I work collaboratively with clients and tailor my approach to meet their specific needs and to meet who they are as a person. My core integration is humanistic and relational psychodynamic. I also draw on attachment theory to help me to understand where you have been and how you relate to those around you (including yourself!), whilst still acknowledging that you are the expert on you and giving you the space to explore in the way you want to. I also integrate the body and mind in my exploration as I believe this is crucial to our holistic understanding of ourselves, and I keep updating my practice as new understanding evolves. 

I am down-to-earth and a little bit of a grandma at heart ... I believe that the relationship between therapist and client should be nourishing in a similar way to the desired impacts of a Werthers original from said grandmothers! 

Joking aside, I provide an empathetic, warm, comforting and non-judgemental space to process and hold your lived experiences and to provide a space to be fully yourself, to share your secrets safely, to challenge you along the way, and to help you on your lifelong journey to self-understanding and a life worth living. 

Find out more about me and my background here and how this Catherine van Maanen Therapy practice came to be.

Find out more about my approaches here

What  I offer

Based in London and Essex  and UK-wide online

Online and Face-to-Face is offered


Long term (open-ended) and short term therapy available 

Sliding scale costs £45 - £60 per session

No low-income sessions currently available

I work with individual adult clients 18+

Monday-Friday working hours (8am-8pm)

My core areas of interest
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"Recovery can only take place within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation"
Judith Lewis Herman 

One of the most common struggles that clients describe when coming to therapy is feeling like a 'misfit', like a misunderstood member of every relationship - an outsider. 

As humans, the way we relate is a definitive part of our species: the need to belong. My practice approach allows clients to feel seen and heard, maybe for the first time in their life. I use my personality and warmth to create an authentic connection that cannot be manufactured and is entirely necessary for therapy to take place. 

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If you have further questions for me, or would like to get the ball rolling on your therapeutic journey, send me an email and I will aim to get back to you within 24hrs. 

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I am on Instagram where I will share Blog post highlights and little insights into the therapeutic experience. Please don't share personal details with me on Instagram. If you would like to book a session, please use my booking form


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