Catherine Irwin-Childs, MBACP (Accred) UKRCP

Catherine Irwin-Childs, MBACP (Accred) UKRCP

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About me

I am warm, friendly and easy to talk to.  I have been working as a counsellor for 15 years and my practice is professional and confidential. I will listen and offer you a warm, caring space, to talk about and explore whatever is causing your unhappiness or making you feel sad.  I strive to create an environment that is non-judgemental, aiming to understand your predicament through your eyes, regardless of gender, age, sexuality, race or religion.

Counselling can be a successful medium to work through issues such as generalised anxiety disorder, stress, depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, low self confidence, fear, family and relationship issues, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, pregnancy and birth, miscarriage, sexual issues, bereavement, childhood trauma, issues relating to identity and self-image, without feeling judged.

I can provide a safe and confidential space to discuss confidential issues such as affairs and betrayals, physical or emotional abuse, domestic violence, sexual difficulties, bullying, self-harm, suicial thoughts, drug abuse or any other issue which are not easy to share with friends or family.

It can also be a means to achieving self-actualisation, provide useful inputs to the process of career growth, and an increase in motivation, achievement and self esteem.

Counselling is essentially about creating an honest relationship in a safe, discreet, confidential environment.  Sessions will involve looking at your current life circumstances and dilemmas and finding ways to manage overwhelming fears and concerns; whilst at the same time exploring new perspectives and finding ways for you to feel more empowered and confident to manage them.

As an Integrative counsellor; I work across various models of counselling in order to tailor therapy to individually fit your needs taking a humanistic approach.  My integrative model includes, Person Centered, Existential, Psychodynamic, CBT.

I particulartly enjoy working with Students of Counselling.  Having been a student myself, I understand the challenges faced by those aiming to join the profession.  Because of this I feel a need to help the future generation of counsellors.  In pursuit of these objectives I have set aside a number of sessions during the week dedicated to seeing students on route to their professional counselling qualification.  This is the reason I am happy to offer counselling students a low rate of £35.

As well as working with adults, I have a great deal of experience working with children and young adults for which I have additional specialist advanced qualification.  Combining traditional counselling with more creative therapeutic approaches.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Children & Families

BACP Accredited Counsellor

Member of UKRCP

I have been practicing for over a decade, my experience includes working for various organisations as well as building my private practice. These organisations include Pheonix, formally Open Door Counselling Service, who take GP and self-referred clients.  Tasha Foundation who take GP referred clients and the Place2be who place counsellors in schools. I have also worked as Teachers Support Counsellor and a Telephone Counsellor for Work Place Options. I have experience of working with clients of differing ages, genders, cultures, religion and sexuality.

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My fees are £60 per 50 minute individual session

£70 per 60 minute for couples session

£35 per 50 minute session for students of counselling

I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy.

Further information

My practice in Ealing is very close to Pitshanger Lane, West London. It is on the E2 bus route from Ealing Broadway and is within walking distance of Hanger Lane underground.  There is plenty of parking outside, should you wish to drive.

I am happy to accommodate shift workers.

Maps & Directions

London, W5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: none


Wheelchair access: No


Day time and evening sessions available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme