Do you feel Anxious? Do you feel stuck? Do you have a general sense of things not quite being right in life?
Counselling can help you explore the issues that are troubling you. By doing so it can help you better cope with difficult circumstances, emotions or thoughts. You may explore past or present life events, relationships, feelings or ways of thinking. Having a supportive and confidential environment can help you find your own resources and make choices and changes in your life, or understand yourself in more depth.
I believe that everyone has the potential to have good mental health and that they know themselves best and when given the right support they are able to achieve personal growth.
I am Kate Bull, a fully qualified Therapeutic Counsellor registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I work from rooms in either Whitley Bay or Gosforth High St and various outdoor locations in the North East.
I believe that everyone has the potential to have good mental health, that they know themselves best and when given the right support they are able to achieve it.
The approach I use in my counselling is integrative, with Transactional Analysis being my main model. In reality this means I pull together different models and theories that will help towards the client reaching their goals. Transactional Analysis is a versatile theory that looks at people’s behaviours and their relationships; believing that everyone is valuable and has the capacity for positive change and personal growth.
I have a broad base of experience working with people from all age groups and backgrounds, gained from my time spent counselling in GP’s surgeries, Counselling services and a Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre within the past 5 years. During this time I have worked with many people experiencing many difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, and trauma and childhood abuse.
I enjoy working with people; so that they can gain a greater understanding of themselves and reach their full potential of mental health wellbeing.
My love of nature and being outdoors and how powerful it can be in increasing our sense of self and it’s healing power; has led me to have outdoor counselling sessions with clients (see the outdoor counselling section for further information).
Data Protection Policy
I understand how important your privacy is and I take care to maintain your confidentiality in accordance with current data protection laws (GDPR, 2018) and the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The Northern Guild of Psychotherapy (NGP). These guidelines have been set up to protect your confidential material and ensure that I your therapist always conducts themselves with professionalism and integrity.
I hold the follow data on you:
Your personal information
I require your personal details, such as your name, address, email address and telephone number as well as details of the issues you are looking for help with.
I store this information securely on a paper-based system and can only be accessed by me.
During the initial assessment I will ask you for your contact information, date of birth and contact information for your GP and elected Emergency Contact.
This information is stored in a locked cabinet and will only be accessed by me and will be held for the duration of your therapy after which it will be confidentially destroyed.
Please note that I will need to keep a record of your name and client reference number for seven years after the end of your therapy, so that I can respond effectively to any potential requests regarding your clinical notes and treatment.
I will never pass on your contact details to any third-party organisations for the purposes of sales, marketing or research.
Your payment details
All payments made through bank transfer will only be shared with my accountant on an anonymised basis at the end of the financial year. The HMRC requires that we retain this information for 6 years after the end of the financial year. All documents will be stored securely and only be accessed by me.
Your therapy sessions
Everything that you discuss with me is confidential and will only be broken if there is concern about your safety or the safety of someone else or we are instructed to do so by a Court of Law. I will always endeavour to speak to you about this first.
So that I can work safely and professionally with you and in keeping within the guidelines of my professional bodies I will speak to a supervisor about your therapy sessions. These sessions are bound by confidentiality and you will only be referred to by a pseudonym.
I also keep notes of each session. These are anonymised and are stored in a locked filing cabinet. These notes are for my use only and help me to keep track of everything that is being discussed. In line with industry guidelines, these notes must be kept securely for seven years after your therapy comes to an end. After this time, they will be shredded.
If your sessions are paid for or arranged via a third party, (e.g. your employer, a friend, or a family member), other than payment requests, invoices or receipts your counselling information will not be shared. Any other information can only be shared with your written permission.
I am currently furthering my education to become a Psychotherapist. To complete my course, I am required to submit work based on anonymised case studies – what you discuss during your therapy sessions may be included in this. This includes with prior consent the digital recording of sessions for this to be used for academic purposes. A separate agreement will be sought before any recording takes place, this will never be done without your prior consent.
These recording are stored digitally and placed in a secure locked filing cabinet that is only accessed by me.
They are kept for no longer than 6 months or the end of therapy – whichever is the soonest.
You have the right to ask for this consent to be withdrawn at anytime and any recording to be deleted at any time.
Your communications with us
As emails are not secure I as you not to send personal information via email. Any that is sent will be auto deleted.
Any telephone numbers are stored on a mobile phone that is encrypted and password protected. This is any accessed by me and your contact is a reference number.
Your email address and telephone number will only be used by me to contact you about your appointments or send you pre-discussed information.
You have the right to know what data I hold on you, why I am holding it - for how long and the right to access this information if you so wish.
The right to be forgotten -You can request that I delete and confidentially destroy the information that I hold about you and your sessions at any time- unless I am compelled to keep it by a court of law.
Breaches of data protection
In the event of any breach of our data protection policies, I will notify you and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) within 72 hours and will seek to rectify this immediately.
Should you have any concerns about my data protection practices, you can raise these directly with me. You can also notify the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Nature has a great deal to offer us not only physically but also emotionally. Many ideas of ecopsychology suggest that having access to green space has a positive impact on mental health.
"Spending time in nature provides the space for inward reflection and the potential for transformation as we become conscious of our interconnectivity with the world around us." (Jordan, 2016)
I offer Outdoor therapy sessions based in Natural environments. Sessions take place in various settings in the North East; such as beaches in South Shields and Tynemouth areas and also Jesmond Dene Park.
If the weather is bad we will aim to walk in more sheltered areas. Walking when the weather is bad can also give an added sense of achievement and may influence your outlook on the work you are doing in the counselling. If the weather is extreme we can re-arrange our appointment if required.
You don’t need to have to be particularly fit to participate in outdoor therapy as the sessions are held at a pace that is comfortable for you. The routes will be planned so that there are benches to sit on if required.