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Mc Clafferty

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Catherine is a UK based experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT Therapist) and Supervisor and Director of trending-living. She worked as a Senior CBT Therapist at Newham IAPT NHS centre for excellence in London for many years and continues to provide clinical consultation and training to IAPT services across East London Foundation Trust. She has also worked as a Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead in CBT within the Dept of Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia.

Catherine's background is in Mental Health Nursing and she previously worked at the renowned Priory Hospital North London with national and international specialists for several years prior to moving into the NHS. She has clinical experience working with a range of presenting mild, moderate to severe mental health problems. Her clinical expertise is within Depression, OCD, PTSD and Low Self Esteem.


Catherine practices in various contemporary evidenced based therapeutic approaches which can enhance traditional CBT and also be practiced as a stand alone intervention depending on the primary problem and therapy goals. These include:

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - Targets high levels of shame, guilt or self criticism which are common to Depression, PTSD and Low Self - Esteem. This is helpful for clients wishing to increase their ability to develop a compassionate sense of self and connection with self and others. 

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) - Uses the therapeutic relationship to help clients understand and overcome unhelpful habitual patterns of relating which impact their ability to create and maintain meaningful connections and relationships.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Promotes psychological flexibility and values based focus to assist clients find their direction in life in the midst of distress and suffering. It provides useful ways of looking at how to relate to the current difficulties and moving closer to a meaningful and purpose life.

Mindfulness  - Is all about learning how to increase one's capacity to live in the present moment.

Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) - Mainly used in the treatment of PTSD or trauma. This provides bi-lateral brain stimulation which assists trauma updating and process. 


Catherine is a fully accredited member of the BABCP since 2009. She is an international conference presenter and member of the ACBS. She is currently one of the global leaders part of the meet up movement to Live with Awareness Courage and Love. She has written on CBT within local and international newspapers and clinically published on FAP. Her approach is compassionate, outcome focused and non-judgemental.