Catherine Sweeney

Catherine Sweeney

231 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6PJ


07963 440451

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231 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6PJ


07963 440451

About me


I'd be interested to hear about the problem you're facing right now that's led you here at this moment. What I offer is a warm acceptance and understanding, in a confidential space in convenient locations in central London. And now also at my cottage in Northamptonshire. Please contact me to enquire further or book an initial assessment session with no obligation to continue. Let's see how you and I can find you the support you are looking for.

My previous work as a health professional as well as my creative writing background, have fuelled my interest in mental health and personal development. Ten years ago, dealing with a personal crisis led me to try counselling. I admit I was completely sceptical about it, believing I should be able to sort my own problems in my own head. Yet it was a revelation. The approach led me to clarify what was going on for me in a safe space. This eventually led me to train as a counsellor and therapist myself.

I allow you space to share and explore the issues you are facing right now. Generally, being lost in painful memories or thoughts and regrets about past events, or being anxious and worried about the future leaves little time or energy to live your life to its potential now. Perhaps you feel stuck and this has left you feeling low, unable to see a clear way through or unable to make a difficult decision. Perhaps low self-esteem, lack of confidence, leaves you unable to get what you need from your life, or depression ot lo mood leaves you feeling unable to take action.

Counselling can help with these issues. By empathically understanding your point of view and creatively exploring what's going on for you will clarify things, raise your confidence or feelings of self-worth, or begin to heal the hurt and pain of loss. By becoming more aware of what has been happening to you, or becoming more self-compassionate and self-accepring, you will be able to move forward and live your life more fully in the ways you wish.

So what's an initial assessment session like? This allows you to air the problem you've been trying to deal with, to bring as much or as little as you feel comfortable with sharing at that point. Also to see if we will work work together. Do you feel safe and feel you can trust me? You will be given time to decide if you wish to continue and If we both feel counselling will be of benefit to you, then arrange further sessions. I generally suggest an initial six sessions to see how you find the process, then review and continue as appropriate.

  • Choice of three central London locations in E1 at Shoreditch High St area or Spitalfields/Liverpool St area or KIng's Cross/Camden area (NW1)
  • Daytime sessions at a cheaper rate of £45 per session.
  • Evening sessions available from 5pm at £50
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms in professional practices.
  • Experienced, qualified, BACP registered counsellor offering a confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at The Gestalt Centre, London, on an accredited course, and obtained a Diploma in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. This is a holistic, body-centred psychotherapy that aims to integrate thoughts with bodily sesnations, and recognise emotions and triggers in a way allow people to become more in touch with their whole experience, in a way that helps living the life you want right now.

My work covers many issues, but I see many people with issues of anxiety, low confidence, depression, loss and bereavement, relationship issues. However, I do have a lot of interest and experience in dealing with issues of childlessness: infertility, miscarriage, abortion. Also experience and interest in clients who are addicts or have parents who were addicts. I enjoy working with young people and have more young clients, but I am also interested in seeing clients with concerns about ageing.

Here are some of the issues I have experience of helping clients with:

  • addictions -drugs or alcohol
  • childhood abuse
  • anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • abortion
  • fertility problems
  • eating disorders
  • stress
  • work related stress
  • bullying at work
  • redundancy
  • relationship problems
  • sexuality
  • loss
  • suicidal thoughts
  • near death experience
  • low mood
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of confidence

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40-£50 depending on place and time of day.

I also see people at my home in Northamptonshire for £40 on Mondays or Fridays.

Please don't hesitate to contact me now for an initial assessment session without obligation.

Maps & Directions

London, E1 6PJ
Wellingborough, NN29

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


E1 or NW1, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, evenings or daytimes. Northamptonshire, Mondays and Fridays day or eve.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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