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Ready to launch into a new career as a counsellor or psychotherapist?
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For counselling and psychotherapy training and supervision in the North West.

At Cathy McQuaid Therapy and Training Consultancy we value professionalism, integrity and trustworthiness alongside a passion for training standards and research. We hope you find something of interest on the site, if you have any specific questions please contact us using the contact page.

 *** NEW *** Online Training for Trainers Half Day Seminars starting in September 2018

More information available here.  Then contact Cathy to discuss your individual needs. 

*** NEW *** Research Project - On the Death of a Child - Participants needed.

More information available here. Contact Cathy if you'd like to take part. 

Supervision Group for Trainees

This monthly group is for counselling and psychotherapy trainees who are looking for supervision of their a clinical practice whether this is in a private setting or in a placement. Trainees at any stage of training are welcome. 

Exam / Accreditation Preparation Group

This monthly group is for trainees post core training seeking exam preparation and for Diploma qualified colleagues seeking accreditation and professional development as a counsellor or psychotherapist. Supervision is also a key element of this group.

Professional Development Group

This monthly group is for anyone interested in their professional development as a counsellor or psychotherapist. The groups will be participant led with a mixture of training and supervision with themes for each workshop as chosen by the members. 

CTA Trainer/TSTA Exam Preparation Group

This bi-monthly group is for anyone who is seriously planning on undertaking the CTA Trainer or TSTA exam. Come along and work with other colleagues to prepare and succeed in your exam.

Training for Trainers

This series of online seminars is for any trainer at any stage of their development as a trainer. It could be for any counselling or psychotherapy trainer and is also for PTSTAs or CTAs who are thinking of completed the TEW, the group will focus on developing the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective trainer and supervisor. We will also meet once a year to consolidate learning gained during the year. 

Interested in any of these groups? Then contact Cathy with your specific needs via the online form available here.

Looking for Cathy's book 'What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training' click here for more information.



Supervision is essential and can help you to enhance and develop your ethical and professional and/or clinical practice.

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Thinking of training to be a counselling or psychotherapy trainer? Wanting to take your TEW but not sure what is involved in being a trainer?

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  Professional Development

We have a number of continuing professional development courses for trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals.

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Research is necessary for us to demonstrate our efficacy and effectiveness. If you are not sure what to do or how to evaluate your practice or to undertake research Cathy can provide tutorials or training sessions to help you get started. Cathy is also researching "On the Death of a Child' contact her if you are interested in taking part. 

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