Catherine Sweeney MBACP (Accred)
Counselling is for you and about you. I'd be interested to hear about the problem you're facing right now. It's easy to search online, but may be difficult to choose a therapist and make that first enquiry, and book that initial appointment.
I offer a warm acceptance to really hear what's going on for you. I allow you the space to share and explore what's happened that's brought you here now and left you feeling unable to cope or needing more support. Whether it is being lost in painful memories, or feeling anxious and worried about the future. Perhaps you feel stuck, with little energy or time to live your life more fully now. Perhaps you feel depressed, low or sad, unable to see a clear way through, 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 fearful that it will overwhelm you.
Counselling can help with these issues. By empathically listening, understanding your point of view and then, with you, creatively exploring what's going on for you can clarify things, raise your feelings of self-worth, or help heal the hurt and pain of loss.
Often, by you simply engaging in this process, having permission for feelings, ehatever they are, can be freeing, so that what once felt overwhelming or all-encompassing can become more manageable and leave you with more energy to face a situation or move forward in new ways. Even with things such as grief, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, panic attacks or a long-standing problem that simply won’t go away, there is often unfinished business preventing you moving on or making choices with more awareness that are more helpful for you.
It's also important you find the counsellor or therapist that is right for you. So I encourage you to browse these profiles, trust your instinct for who feels right, who to contact. I just hope that you do contact someone to help and support you if that feels right for you now. What's the worst that could happen? And then ask what would be the best outcome for you?
Please contact me to book an initial assessment session at a pay-what-you-can-rate with no obligation to continue. I charge £45 for further sessions. But to start, let’s see how you and I can find you the support you are looking for to explore the dilemma or concerns that are stopping you living your life more fully.
- Cardiff Bay location near the BBC studios and Millennium Centre on Mondays or Tuesdays daytime or evenings. Evenings currently avalaible on Tuesdays.
- Also in Northamptonshire on Wednesdays or Fridays.
- Low cost initial session at £25.
- Ongoing daytime or evening sessions at £45
- Student rates available
- Comfortable, confidential space in a quiet room.
- Experienced, qualified, accredited, MBACP registered counsellor.
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
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- fertility problems
- eating disorders
- work related stress
- bullying at work
- relationship or family problems
- suicidal thoughts
- near death experience
- low mood
- low self-esteem
- lack of confidence
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
I offer an initial session for £25 and £45 on deciding to continue.
Cardiff Bay on Mondays and Tuesdays
Or in Irchester, Northamtpnshire on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Please don't hesitate to contact me now for an initial assessment session without obligation to continue.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Yes for Cardiff, lift access. Not for Northamptonshire cottage which has steps.
Cardiff Bay, Mondays and Tuesdays, either daytime or evenings. Northamptonshire, Irchester, on Wednesday, daytimes or evening, or Friday afternoons and evenings.
Types of client