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Dr. Catherine Binney, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director, Halcyon CIC
Dr. Catherine J. Binney, BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsychol.,
Certified Professional Practitioner for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®   
Clinical Psychologist​

Catherine has worked for the NHS providing psychological assessment and therapy to children, young people and families for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), SureStart, child development centres and paediatrics (working with community and hospital-based medical teams providing care to children and young people with chronic and long term health conditions such as diabetes and in palliative care).  As well as working directly with families, Catherine has worked as a team leader and manager and provided consultation, training and supervision to staff.  She has presented at conferences and delivered training internationally. Catherine is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Psychological Society and Association of Clinical Psychologists.  She also holds an enhanced DBS check.   Catherine has appointments available on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and occasionally Saturday mornings.


Main therapeutic models:   Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, systemic therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy.  

Areas of interest: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), chronic health conditions, paediatrics, anxiety, low mood, self esteem, phobias, bereavement, emotional regulation, Autistic Spectrum Conditions/Disorders (ASD), assisted therapy (psychology).


Clinical Psychology Qualifications

2004 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford

1999 - Psychology BSc (Hons) 1st Class, University of Manchester

A selection of additional psychological therapy training undertaken including: 

ACT Intermediate Level, DNA-V and ACT for Adolescents  


DBT Skills Training Essentials (British Isles DBT Training) 

Systemic approaches to chronic illness (Tavistock)

Solution focused training

Motivational interviewing

Animal assisted therapy-related training:

Catherine is a Certified Professional Practitioner for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®  with the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy 

Introduction to Animal assisted therapy 3 day course

International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® - Level 1s and 2 - 8 days live theory and practical course. 

Selection of dogs for family life and therapy work with special attention to Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Canine Communication in Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Essentials of Canine behaviour and training for AAPT

AAPT Ethics and Welfare 

Animal associates

We have several animal associates!  Jofi, Kylie, Pepper and the late great Rango are pictured on this page.  

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