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About Catharine Arakelian

Cath Arakelian PORTRAITCatharine Arakelian has been working in the field of dementia and dementia care training since her initial training with the Alzheimer Society in 2008.  After this she completed a one year Diploma Level programme in Dementia Care accredited by Surrey and Brighton Universities under David Sheard.

She is a qualified dementia care trainer and as such have been providing a variety of counselling services for people and families impacted by a dementia or other cognitive impairment since 2008.  Between 2005 and 2015 she worked with several local authorities, in particular with Oxfordshire, to design and provide a Family Carers course. She has project managed several Dementia Friendly Communities projects and has designed and delivered training for paid care workers and volunteers.

She is in training as a counsellor and carries out her private practice with professional supervision from Anne Calleja and holds professional indemnity insurance as a counsellor.

Catharine is in weekly personal therapy as recommended for trainee counsellors.

Catharine works to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists code of ethics and works within strict confidentiality. Clients are not discussed with other people, with the exception of bringing clinical materials to supervision meetings. However, as with all professionals she works under a duty of care to her clients.  If there is a serious concern about a client’s well-being, she is obliged to raise this with the appropriate authorities.  Any concern would normally be raised with the client in the first instance.

Most recently she has become interested in couples counselling where one person has a diagnosis of dementia. She regularly attends workshops and Continuous Professional Development training at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.