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Catherine van Maanen

Qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Student 

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 reestablish a relationship with themselves and their ultimate goals for their future.

My approach to therapy is 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. I provide a space to be fully yourself, to share your secrets safely and to help you on your lifelong journey to self-understanding and a life worth living.

My areas of particular interest: 

  • Eating Disorders
  • Childhood trauma and CPTSD
  • Self-Esteem and Body Image
  • Identity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Bullying



  • Qualified member of theBACP (no.405672)
  • 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.
  • 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



  • 2 years of training in Existential, Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapy at Regent’s University London
  • Experience working in a holistic therapy centre.


Further details

  • Available to work with clients of all genders 18+
  • Experience working in a holistic therapy centre
  • LGBTQIA+ Safe
  • Insured by Holistic Insurance Services
  • Registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s office)
  • I am working towards UKCP qualification
  • Online and in person at Cherry Tree Buckhurst Hill

Please get in touch for my prices and more information.