Psychotherapy should be a safe, confidential and regular space in
which to talk about feelings, experiences and difficulties, with a
therapist you have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship with
over time. Understanding how past experiences and relationships can
impact on current difficulties can help a person better cope in the
What to expect
We will talk about the following issues in your first session.
- What has prompted you to seek therapy
- Any experience of previous therapy
- A little about your family history
- Past experience of relationships
- Current relationships and circumstances
- Hopes for the future
- Expectations of therapy
- The CORE form – and issues this might have highlighted
- Contacts details (GP and person to contact in the event of an emergency)
- A therapeutic contract
I take two weeks holiday at Christmas/New Year, two weeks at
Easter and normally three weeks in August plus half terms during
school term times. Sometimes I need to be away for a conference.
My practice is to give people as much notice of holidays as
I charge for missed sessions. If you know in advance that you have to miss a
session, I will do my best to find an alternative time during the same week.
I occasionally offer phone sessions when someone is not able to attend a usual
face to face appointment, and can offer online video sessions using secure
high-privacy end-to-end encrypted technology.
Please note: My practice is not suited for dealing with emergencies, If you
require urgent support please contact your GP, 111 or go to Accident and
Emergency for further advice.
My Therapeutic Contract and GDOR statement can be provided on request.
Things psychotherapy may help with
Therapy can help with a number of issues, such as trauma, loss,
bereavement, relationship difficulties, body image issues and eating
distress, addiction and many other issues. I use Attachment Theory and
relational psychoanalysis to inform most aspects of practice in
I am currently taking on Supervisees for supervision of
individual adult psychotherapy. I have over 18 years experience working in
Mental Health and have been registered with the UKCP since 2011.
Training and Organisational Consultation
I am able to provide training and
consultation to organisations wanting to understand more about how
Attachment Theory could improve their working.
The location of my practice is in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth,
near to Pokesdown railway station and Kings Park.
The location is very good for public transport links/buses along Christchurch Road and
trains to and from Pokesdown. There is parking available in the nearby
residential streets and amenities.
A nice, quiet, light and comfortable place to talk.
I am currently available in the evenings and daytime.
Kate Brown is a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered Attachment based
psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic
communities working with adults with a variety of mental health
difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has
worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with
patients' families. She has also provided time limited therapy with
former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She teaches at
the Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate
completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in
2012. Kate is a former member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of
the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre and PhD candidate at Middlesex
University's Centre for Psychoanalysis. Kate is also on the executive
committee of the International Attachment Network (UK). Kate is in private practice in
Bournemouth. I have previous experience teaching at Middlesex Universities
psychology department on MBT for BPD in the NHS for health psychology
students, and on Psychosis from an Attachment Perspective – for West London Mental Health
Please send a quick email or leave a short voicemail, but do not include
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telephone (UK mobile) 07398900506
Publications and Conference presentations
- Autumn 2003 - Joint publication: with Terry White, and John Gale.
Journal of Therapeutic Communities. Notes about a therapeutic summer
- May 2012 - Annual forum: 'The Community of Communities' SOAS
poster presentation. 'Shaped by War' the impact of war on the
therapeutic community movement and the treatment of trauma.
- July 2012 - Named discussant: at the Oral Histories society's annual
conference on Displaced Childhoods.
- March 2013 - Publication: Antigone, Greek mythology through an
attachment lens. In Attachment - new directions in relational
psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- August 2012 - Presentation: Nordic Summer University,
'Antigone, Greek mythology through an attachment lens.'
- November 2014 - Book Review: 'Forgiveness' In Attachment, new directions in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- March 2014 - Publication: Editorial, 'Attachment in the age of
austerity.' In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- March 2015 - Clinical presentation: Bowlby Centre – 'War, Psychoanalysis and the unspeakable.'
- March 2015 - Publication: 'Psychosis from an Attachment Perspective' In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- June 2015 - Publication: 'Attachment theory and Trauma.' The Psychotherapist Magazine.
- June 2015 - Conference presentation: IARPP international conference in Toronto - Therapeutic Communities and Attachment theory.
- March 2016 - Conference presentation: The Freud Museum - 'Attachment theory and Psychosis'. Psychosis and Psychoanalysis conference.
- October 2016 - Publication: Editorial - 'Attachment and the NHS (or
Attachment at work, Jeremy'.) In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- May 2016 - Book review: 'The Last Asylum: a memoir of
Madness in our time by Barbara Taylor.' In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic
psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- November 2016 - Editorial: (by members of the Editorial Board.) In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- May 2017 - Book review: Love in the age of the
internet: attachment in the digital era ed Linda Cundy. In Attachment - new directions in relational psychoanalytic
psychotherapy. Karnac, London.
- September 2017 - Conference presentation: 'Psychosis from and Attachment Perspective.' IAN (International Attachment Network)
- April 2018 - Association for Psychosocial Studies conference, Bournemouth
University. Love in the Wilderness - Reflections on the Revolutionary Aspects of
the Cotswolds Therapeutic Community 1967-2011
- May 2018 - Music in the psychoanalytic ear conference where I presented my
paper 'Beyond words, the place of music in therapeutic communities.'
- July 2018 - Clinical forum 'Attachment in the Age of
Austerity' – at the Bowlby Centre.
- May 2019 – presenting my research at the Mullberry Bush Archive research day.
- May 2019 – Delivering training for IAN in Manchester.
- May 2019 – Presenting research at Middlesex PGR research conference.
- September 2021 - IAN online postgraduate training in attachment theory, onlin lecture on Attachment Theory and Psychosis.
- Dec 2021 - Book Review 'Attachment Theory and Psychosis' - in the Attachment