Dr. Catherine Binney, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director, Halcyon CIC
Dr. Catherine J. Binney, BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsychol.
Catherine has worked for the NHS providing psychological assessment and therapy to children, young people and families for nearly 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. Catherine is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Psychological Society. She also holds an enhanced DBS check.
Main therapeutic models: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, systemic therapy.
Areas of interest: Chronic health conditions, paediatrics, Autistic Spectrum Conditions/Disorders (ASD), anxiety, low mood, self esteem, phobias, bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotional regulation.
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
Systemic approaches to chronic illness (Tavistock)
3Di (autism diagnostic interview)
Solution focused training
Animal assisted therapy-related training:
Introduction to Animal assisted therapy 3 day course
International Association of Animal Assisted therapy - Level 1 - 4 day live theory and practical course.
Dogs BFF award
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
We have several animal co-therapists! Jofi, Rango, Kylie and Pepper are pictured on this page.
We work with colleagues in partner agencies and can liaise and agree appointments and assessments as required.