Cathy Shepherd

Cathy Shepherd

About me

I am a fully qualified coach, accredited counsellor and supervisor, with many years experience working in private practice, at a local hospice and a London-based counselling agency.

I have worked with a wide range of issues including life transitions, career change, starting a new role or business, interpersonal challenges, work-life balance, self-development and in building confidence.

As a counsellor I have worked with bereavement, depression, loss, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties.

I adapt the way I work to suit your individual needs. I use a range of techniques and creative tools to facilitate discussion, gain insight and build on your strengths. I work with the whole person addressing both personal and work-related issues in the past, present and the future.

The benefits of coaching

There are often moments in our lives when we're wondering what to do next. Maybe it's a time of transition or change when the way forward is not clear.  You might be feeling stuck and wanting to do something new but not sure if you can. Possibly there's something you've always dreamed of doing or would like to do but you've been putting it off for some reason.

Personal and professional development

For many of us having time to reflect is a rare commodity in today's fast-paced, constantly busy world. It can be hugely beneficial to take time out to think about where you are now and where you want to be. Having a structured space with someone to listen carefully to you can bring greater self-awareness and increased clarity about future possibilities and choices. It brings the opportunity to consider whether you are living according to your values and life purpose and facilitates personal and professional growth.

Held back by unhelpful thinking patterns?

Perhaps you've realised you need support in identifying and changing unproductive and life-limiting thinking patterns and underlying beliefs about yourself or others, which are holding you back from achieving your full potential.

Feeling anxious or stressed about the future?

We don't always realise how much our emotions influence our decisions. Sometimes troublesome emotions such as anxiety can get in the way of what we are hoping to achieve, especially if we are going through a time of change. Having a counselling background means that I am used to working with emotions, including those which might be preventing you from moving forward and achieving your goal.

While you may not want counselling at the present time, working with someone who can work at psychological depth can be a great advantage. I provide a safe and confidential space where you can acknowledge anything that's blocking your way so that you can focus on achieving those goals which will improve your well-being.

Coaching gives you the opportunity to explore a range of options and find a way forward that works for you.

I offer a free 30 minute phone call when you can ask any questions and find out more.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Practitioner in Coaching (EMCC)
Post-graduate advanced diploma (Therapist-to-coach)

I am a member of the EMCC and BACP and I adhere to the EMCC and BACP code of ethics.

MSc Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma Clinical Supervision
MBACP (Accred)

I am also an accredited, integrative counsellor with many years experience. I am a qualified and experienced supervisor and have worked with trainees and qualified counsellors, with individuals and groups.


'Cathy has provided coaching and personal support to me over the last 18 months. This coaching has enabled me to remain solution focused in my work strategy, in a calm and supportive way, deciphering aims and clear outcomes required, that has enabled the emergence of short and long term goals.

Alongside this, Cathy has supported me as a person on this journey, understanding the life balance and learning needed to fulfil my role. Cathy is intuitive and understanding in a way that makes the exploration journey comfortable and open.'

N. Director of Operations Community Specialist Care Provider

'Cathy helped me overcome challenges in both my career and in various aspects of my personal life. I found Cathy very personable and easy to open up to. She is extremely effective and knowledgeable and I found every session structured and productive. I am still on my journey but I now feel focused on what really matters to me.' Kelly, Finance Director

'When I started to see Cathy I was feeling stuck and indecisive in many aspects of my life. Cathy’s calm approach has provided me with a number of tools that has helped me attain more awareness, focus and clearer thinking. As I continue to practise and implement the skills I have started to learn I feel like I’m on a path to a happier me'. Jenny

'I came to Cathy during a crisis point in my life both professionally and personally, and the coaching sessions have been truly life changing. Cathy's calm, focused and tool based approach has helped me make sense of issues and root causes, learn discernment in conflict and build self-confidence. Only 6 months later, I feel like a different person with a new job, self-belief, boundary understanding and outlook.'  Sarah, HR Manager

'I have benefitted greatly from the coaching sessions. It has enabled me to be more focused, reflective and equipped me to be more productive. I have gained skills that will stand me in good stead for future years. I have also been able to implement tools to help me manage my time more effectively. The sessions are always engaging and cause you to think about the bigger picture. I would thoroughly recommend this.'  Tony, Team Leader

'I have really valued the coaching I had with Cathy. As a result of the sessions my thinking is clearer and I feel better equipped to deal with the challenges ahead, in addition I have increased motivation at work and appreciate my job much more.'
Andrea, Project Manager, International NGO

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Transition, Communication


£75 Individual 90 minute session


£40 Individual 55 minute session
£45 Couple 55 minute session

£50/hour   Individual clinical supervision

Fees are payable at the end of the session by cash, cheque or 24 hours in advance by bank transfer.

Cancellation Policy

48 hours notice is required otherwise missed or cancelled sessions will be charged in full.

Further information

Parking is available on my driveway. Sidcup Station and regular bus services are 10 minutes walk away.

Sidcup, DA15

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: No
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday/Friday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm Tuesday/Thursday 9am - 9.30pm subject to availability Not available Saturday/Sunday