Cathy Payne


Hello, I'm Cathy, an accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Service, based here in Sidmouth.

You will find me as a warm, friendly, and down to earth Counsellor.
My style is gentle, working at your pace, yet always moving forward towards your goal.

I have experience of supporting people through the ups and downs of life, with a range of issues, such as loss and change, trauma, anxiety, stress, the menopause, relationships, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Perhaps, however, you're not sure what is wrong, & you just feel stuck, indecisive and simply 'not yourself'?

With 10 years working in therapeutic massage and bodywork, I view things in a holistic way - that the body and mind are connected - which is particularly useful when working with physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.

I use mindfulness, as well as draw on different counselling theories, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Cantered Approach, Body Awareness, Gestalt, & creative techniques. .
I see my role as a guide, supporting you towards your own empowerment, as you begin to gain clarity, peace of mind, and bring about acceptance or change in your life. In the process, you will get to know yourself better and be more able to live the life you want.

I chose the name Oceanside as I love the image of the ocean waves, naturally rising and falling, just like the breath, but also symbolising the ups and downs we all experience at some point in our lives.

Please drop me a message to arrange an introductory 15 minute chat over the telephone (no fee) to see if I am the right counsellor for you.

Therapy sessions are 55 minutes with a minimum course of 6 sessions recommended.

Cathy Payne
07595 479463

Cathy Payne