BBC presenter set for a ‘new career’ after more than 10 years on air after qualifying as a counsellor

BBC presenter Kate Thistleton is set for a new career helping others after more than 10 years on air.

The Radio 1 star revealed her news with her followers on X, formerly Twitter, after qualifying as a counsellor.

Radio 1 and Morning Live star Kate Thistleton has added a new string to her bow
Kate Thistleton at Radio 1’s Teen Awards in 2018Credit: Rex

Kate said she had finished her course and said: “Hanging up my NHS pass today (for the second time in my career actually) after a year of seeing patients as a trainee counsellor and 3 years of studying, and last week I found out I’ve passed!

“I started this process in the pandemic 2020 after years of thinking about it as I do so much telly/radio/hosting work in the mental health world and I wanted to have a bit more knowledge.”

She won’t be leaving radio or TV, adding: “I still want to be a radio presenter forever but I’ve loved it.

“It’s been blooming hard work fitting it in with my hectic work life but i’ve learnt so much from my wonderful clients and colleagues and classmates and it’s been so great for my own mind (apart from the stress). I felt quite emotional looking at the list of all my clients earlier.”


The 33-year-old’s fans shared messages congratulating the star.

One said: “Congratulations! How nice to read something positive. Well done x”

Another commented on her posts: “Congrats, Katie! Huge achievement!”

Earlier this year Kate opened up about her own mental and physical health and said she’d suffered from “disordered eating” after putting on three stone in seven years.

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But she explained that she’d tested positive for ADHD while making a film for Morning Live.

Kate fronted a piece that explored the link between the condition and binge eating on this morning’s show.

Writing on Instagram, the former CBBC presenter said: “I’ve punished myself for years and lived with so much shame and guilt around my weight.”

ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – is a condition that affects people’s behaviour.



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