Catherine Irwin-Childs, MBACP (Accred) UKRCP
I am an Accredited Counsellor. I use an integrative model which allows approaches that are tailored to your specific difficulties. I work with adolescents, individuals and couples.
I am warm, friendly and easy to talk to. I have been working as a counsellor for 15 years and my practice provides 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.
Counselling can be a successful medium to work through many issues such as - generalised anxiety disorder, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, low self confidence, fear, family and relationship issues, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, pregnancy and birth, miscarriage, bereavement, childhood trauma and self image without feeling judged.
I can provide a safe and confidential space to discuss uncomfortable issues, such as - affairs and betrayals, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence, sexual issues, bullying, suicidal thoughts, drug abuse or any issue which may be difficult to share with family or friends.
It can also be a means to achieving self actualisation, providing useful inputs to the process of career growth, and an increase in motivation, achievement and self-esteem.
Counselling is 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 for you to feel more empowered and confident to manage them. You may only need a few sessions to reach your goals or it could be open ended.
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 Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I particularly 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. For this reason I offer counselling students a low rate of £35.
As well as working with adults, I have 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
My experience includes working for counselling organisations as well as building my private practice. These include Phoenix, formally Open Door Counselling Service, Tasha Foundation and Place2be as a school counsellor. I have also worked as Teachers Support Counsellor and a Telephone Counsellor for Work Place Options. I am registered with Employer Assistance Programmes, including BUPA and Moving Minds.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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 48 hour cancellation policy.
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.