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Dr Cathy McQuaid

Counselling and psychotherapy supervisor, trainer, external examiner, researcher and author

With over 25 years’ experience as a therapist and 35 working within the helping professions, I know counselling and psychotherapy work.

During this time I have offered counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples, using a combination of the person-centred approach with Transactional Analysis and psychodynamic theoretical models. I believe the client themselves holds the answers to their questions. What I provided was warmth, compassion, respect and a safe space in which they can tell their story: a willingness to share the therapeutic journey and to help them to reach the goals they set. The approaches I used can help the client understand the history of their difficulties, and offer a way forward in terms of restructuring or realigning their perceptions of life, helping them rediscover their drive towards wholeness and health. Although I no longer offer counselling or psychotherapy to clients I bring all my knowledge, skills and experience into my work as a supervisor and trainer. 

My focus now is on offering supervision, undertaking research and continuing to write on topics that interest me. I offer training to trainers, both face to face and online, work as an external examiner for a number of psychotherapy training organisations and Universities and as an assessor for the UKCP Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College Assessment Board.  

As a supervisor I offer supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, something I have done since 2002. I offer supervision either online or face to face in Liverpool. Supervision can be undertaken individually or in small groups. In addition I am endorsed to teach and supervise Transactional Analysis by the European Association for Transactional Analysis, this means I can teach and supervise supervisors and trainers. 

As a supervisor of trainers I come with experience of setting up and running a training and therapy centre, of gaining MSc recogition for my courses and running a low cost therapy centre. I know how challenging it can be to meet the many and varied national and international requirements, maintaining personal idiosyncratic preferences whilst adhering to academic norms and set core competencies and external organisational requirements that, at times, appear to conflict with one another.

As a researcher I have a specific interest in training courses and training standards. Having completed my DPsych in 2010 and written my first book What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training: An Essential Guide published by Routledge in 2014, I have gone on to continue my research into counselling and psychotherapy training from both the trainees and trainers perspectives. I am passionate about training and training standards and want to work with others who wish to work to the best of their ability with integrity, passion and trustworthiness, often doing this in a role as an external examiner, assessor or with training standards committees.

I now either work online from home or from rooms in Liverpool City Centre. 

If you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment, please email me via this link or call me on 07428 551163 between 9.30am and 5pm. I do not interrupt sessions to answer the phone, but there is a confidential answering machine; please leave your name, number and any message, and I will call you back.