Catherine Sweeney

Catherine Sweeney


231 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6PJ

07963440451 / 07963440451

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231 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6PJ

07963440451 / 07963440451

About me


I'd be interested to hear about the problem you're facing right now that's led you to search this website. I offer a warm acceptance and understanding, to really hear what's going on for you. I offer a confidential space in convenient locations in central London (NW1 or E1). 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 to explore the issues you are facing.

I allow you the space to share and explore what's going on for you. Being lost in painful memories or about past events, or being anxious and worried about the future can leave you stuck where you are, with little energy or time to take action. Perhaps you feel low or sad, 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 perhaps unresolved anger is holding you back.

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 feelings of self-worth, or begin to heal the hurt and pain of loss. By becoming more aware of what is happening now, you will be able to move forward and live your life more choice fully.

So what's an initial assessment session like? Mostly, it allows you to air the problem you've been trying to deal with, whatever you feel comfortable with sharing at that point, though I may ask questions to make sure I have understood and may need to know something of your background. It's also to see how we might work together and what you hope top get out of counselling. 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 I 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 KIng's Cross/Camden area (NW1)
  • Daytime sessions at a cheaper rate of £45 per session.
  • Evening sessions available from 5pm at £50
  • In Northampstonshire I charge £40 (and offer an initial trial session at £20)
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms in professional practices.
  • Experienced, qualified, BACP registered counsellor offering a confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

My previous work as a health professional as well as writing professionally and delivering workshops, 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 sceptical about it, believing I should be able to sort my own problems in my own head. Yet it was a revelation that helped clarify what was going on for me and able to make my own decisions and move forward. A few years later, I decided to train as a counsellor and therapist myself.

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 emotions and sensations to allow people to become more in touch with their whole experience, in a way that helps living the life you want to live starting now.

My work has been very diverse, but I see recurring themes around anxiety, low confidence, depression, loss and bereavement, work or relationship issues or just a general sadness about life and wanting things to be different. However, I do have a lot of interest and experience in dealing with issues of childlessness: infertility, miscarriage, abortion. Also clients who are in recovery or have loved ones who are or were addicts or alcoholics. I enjoy working with young people 18+, but I am interested in seeing older clients who may have concerns about ageing, illness, loss, or may be feeling sad about how life is right now.

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 or family problems
  • sexuality
  • loss
  • suicidal thoughts
  • near death experience
  • low mood
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of confidence

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40-£55 depending on place and time of day.

In Shoreditch I see clients for £50 before 5pm and £55 from 5pm onwards. Please note from Dec 17, I can only offer short term counselling between 6 and 20 weekly sessions.

I also see people at my home in Northamptonshire for £40 on Tues, though offer an initial session at £20. Please note I can only offer up to twenty weeks counselling at this address from Dec 2017.

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

Maps & Directions

Wellingborough, NN29
London, E1 6PJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Central London, E1 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Northamptonshire, Tuesdays. New!! Cardiff Bay from Jan 2018

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme