Cathy is based in Suffolk, but travels widely across the UK and internationally with Awareness Matters running commissioned workshops and training for multi-agency professionals, counsellors/psychotherapists, from both statutory and voluntary organisations on issues related to domestic violence & abuse.

Cathy has 24 years experience as a therapist and is a registered MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy adhering to the BACP Code of Ethics. Cathy values working therapeutically with both clients and supervisees and enjoys the unique learning process that therapy provides. Cathy has a particular interest in the traumatic impact of domestic and sexual abuse.

Cathy is Chair of Trustees for the charity Compassion – addressing domestic abuse and providing long term support to victims and families. To learn more about the work of Compassion please view the short film below or visit  

Cathy is an experienced facilitator for therapeutic group work for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and has provided group supervision for teams of facilitators and therapists for many years. Cathy has managed various specialist therapeutic service provisions including Southend Women’s Aid, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects and Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Ipswich.

For many years Cathy sat on the DV Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel addressing domestic abuse prosecutions for the Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service and continues to provide consultancy for organisations.

Cathy is enthusiastic and passionate about her work in the arena of domestic abuse, but when not working Cathy enjoys time with her family, walking, gardening, travel and catching up with friends.

When Love Bites

I wrote When Love Bites with respect to the thousands of young people and adults with whom I have worked across three decades, that experienced direct harm and suffering at the hands of the person that was supposed to love, care and respect them.

Nearly all wished that someone had noticed what was happening to them, warned them or talked more openly about the reality of coercive and controlling behaviours. It is my aim that this book will help start that conversation.

25th May 2024  Book aimed to educate pupils on consent delivered to schools

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16th April  Book Blogger – Veesreadinglist

When Love Bites – A young person’s guide to escaping the trap og harmful, toxic and hurtful relationships is the book that I am happy to see around. Cathy Press talks about the controlling and abusive relationships in young adults. The signs are all there at the early stages of a relationship. Many times, it gets brushed off simply because they don’t seem to be that significant. They pushed me because I provoked them. They want to see who I am texting with because they care about me. They get mad when I don’t text/call back. They tell me what not to wear. Does that sound familiar? When Love Bites is the book for you.

Anyone can become a victim of abusive behaviour whether you identify as heterosexual or LGBTQ+. This book is for you.

Highlyyyyyyy, highlyyyyyy recommend you read this. It’s a beautifully designed and illustrated book by @smartdesignstudiouk and @doodlingshep I could not take my eyes off it. So much work, love and care has been put into it. It’s beautiful 💖 Get. This. Book.

‘Billed as a ‘Young person’s guide to escaping the trap of harmful, toxic and hurtful relationships’ this sounds like a great book to support the work I already do in schools to raise awareness of coercive control and domestic abuse .

I had high hopes for it.

They were met. The book is excellent.’



BOOK REVIEW: When Love Bites by Cathy Press.



‘This article first appeared in the October 2022 issue of Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  ©BACP 2022’.   31.01.23




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Thrilled to have my book mentioned on @MetroUK today talking all about the 5 types of toxic partner.  

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When Love Bites is not available in book shops, or via Amazon.

Only via the author, Cathy Press.

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