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Mrs Katharine Northall

Mrs Katharine Northall

Mobile 0478 731 551
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Headway Counselling and Therapy

Mobile 0478 731 551

I believe that we all have the capacity to change. In psychotherapy, I assist you in knowing yourself better and looking at what lies beneath the unhelpful beliefs and feelings that you experience. I offer a safe, therapeutic space for us to look at your patterns. I also offer observations, empathy, challenge or other perspectives that you may find helpful. I offer face-to-face and Skype sessions.


  • 66-72 Solway Crescent, Carbrook, QLD 4130 0478 731 551 PHONE 0478 731 551


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Borderline Personality, Childhood Issues, Cultural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Migrant Issues, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Developmental, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Object Relations, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Transactional Analysis


    • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy - 2008 - University of Birmingham
    • Diploma in Supervision - 2009 - SPTI

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
    • Queensland Counsellors Association Inc
    • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • UK Council for Psychotherapy


    Face-to-face and Zoom/Skype sessions can be arranged to suit your needs.

    Transport and Parking

    Ample parking available on site.


    Sessions are $100 for a 60 minute session for individuals. Couples / Group session fees are available on request (dependent on client needs).

    Payment Options

    Cash, PayPal or Bank Transfer (prior to session).

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    10 Questions with Katharine Northall

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • My Mother died very suddenly and unexpectedly. I sought some bereavement counselling and it changed my life. Going through a grieving process like this gave me a different perspective. My counsellor pointed out to me that I was self-aware and that I might make a good counsellor one day. After a long time of coming to terms with my loss I started taking counselling courses. My teacher encouraged me to take it further and complete a Master's Degree in Psychotherapy and I never looked back.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I chose Integrative Psychotherapy as I did not believe that a single model of therapy could meet the needs of all clients or myself as a practitioner. I wanted to use a synthesis of ideas. I was particularly interested in how humans develop so wanted a developmental course. I engaged well with Attachment theory and psychodynamic ideas. Part of my own therapy whilst in training was two years of Transactional Analysis. For me this was an impactful model and I went on to use this with my own professional practice. It had much to offer in helping clients understand why they react the way they do and how they can challenge beliefs. Ultimately I am person-centred and work in meeting the client 'wherever they are at' in their process. I will go at their pace.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am fascinated by how people make sense of their world. Where their ideas and beliefs come from and what life scripts they write at a young age. Only when this is understood can we begin to challenge these beliefs and to change perspective on their world, This is what interests me.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Many, I use psychodynamic methods when looking into someone's history. When making sense of how that history has informed who they are I will often use Transactional Analysis and look at Scripts and Ego-states. Sometimes I will use Gestalt interventions such as two-chair work. At other times we will do exercises using pebbles, shells or art work. Journal work sometimes. I am always open to new methods too.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This is almost impossible to answer. Generally, a client will report that they feel different as early as the first or second session. This is often a reaction to 'getting stuff off their chest' before we set about doing the hard work. It depends on what the issue is and who I am working with. Some clients feel they have reached their goal in 6 weeks, others will work with me for years. Generally, clients come somewhere in between and feel that they have achieved enormous change within months.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • The understanding that it has given me about myself has changed everything. It has also brought me choice. Prior to my therapeutic journey I did not realise that I could look at things differently, do things differently and feel different. I figured that personality was set in tablets of stone. Little did I know that I had control over my own life and decisions.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • When clients say that they have changed, broken habits that they thought they could never do. When they make decisions they doubted they were ever capable of. When a client tells me that they feel they no longer need therapy and that they have achieved what they came to me to do I feel delighted.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes. Not every day is a walk in the park for me. I have days when I feel clients might be struggling and i have days when I don't feel on top of the world either. It's about accepting the 'bad hair' day though and knowing that tomorrow is another day.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Pressure I think. People seem so short of time nowadays. I have noticed that I see more clients with work-related stress than ever before. I often wonder when it became the norm to live under these expectations and deadlines. I also find myself wondering how much further this can go.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I get inspiration from so many things that it's difficult to name one. When I did my Master's Dissertation, I mentioned "The Scream' by Edvard Munch to illustrate how many people feel when they first come into therapy. Relating this back to the previous question, I think it epitomises daily life more than ever for many people.
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    Mrs Katharine Northall

    Katharine Northall

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    I am a PACFA Registered Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Accredited Clinical Supervisor. Holding accreditations from numerous professional bodies, I am a highly experienced practitioner. I have done additional training in neuro-linguist programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, play therapy and emotional freedom technique (EFT)....

    • Carbrook
    • CBT, Developmental, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Object Relations, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Transactional Analysis