Ian Catterall

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Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7
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About me

I am 54 years of age and live in Ayrshire. I am a person centred therapist who has an interest in mindfulness which I use often in my work. 

Having overcome difficult times in terms of depression and anxiety in the past I decided I needed to rethink what was important to me.  That led me to learn more about mindfulness and meditation and train as a person centred therapist.  I am now 3 years qualified and working in a number of settings: private practice at home and online all over the world in private practice.  I have clients in Australia, Germany, the US and many other places. 

I believe therapy is under utilised as a method of improving mental health and well-being. I think we are the best people to help ourselves but sometimes need a little guidance in working that out. My approach is person centred in that I understand the importance of allowing you to explore your feelings and experiences but will also guide you in explorating other ideas such as Buddhist psychology and existential therapy if you wish. 

What Others Have Said about My Work:

I am very grateful for having such an open, listening and loving person beside me. Whenever we talked about anything, whether it was about my struggles and your views on the matter… (K, Gdańsk) 

What I love about Ian’s approach is that I don’t feel judged by him and I feel safe to share everything that is on my mind! He is a genuinely caring person and I feel that in our sessions. He really listens and his advice is usually encompassed in an analogy or story, which ALWAYS hits home! I feel heard by him and he is truly helping me through a very difficult time of grieving. I can wholeheartedly recommend Ian! (L, Berlin 2023) 

“If it hadn’t been for our sessions I wouldn’t have the motivation, courage or confidence to look elsewhere” (for work) (K) 2022

“The only therapy that’s worked for me” (A) 2022

“Very helpful and made me realise I would like to address the way I view relationships. Incredibly lucky to have you as therapist.” (J) 2022

“it would’ve been a very tough time without all of your help and advice. I really can’t thank you enough for all your help these past 6 months or so… Thank you so much!” (C) Dec 22

“Really valuable and the things you say always get saved in my mind.” (F) (April 23)

So…Where Do We Start?

I am working via telephone, text or video platform as well as face to face in my home.

Counselling is a very personal process and it's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so I offer a free initial telephone or video session which gives you the opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like working with me before you make a decision. Please feel free to get in touch with me to see if am the right person to work with you.


I understand that therapy can seem an intimidating idea. I offer a 4-session programme that allows you to explore what brings you to therapy, will give you some tools for dealing with these issues, allowing you to move on and not feel like you will need to be in therapy forever! 

The programme is very loosely structured with the onus on you to follow some of the ideas through between sessions.  At the end of the 4 sessions you can decide if you have found what you need or wish for more sessions. 

I also have a website at iancatteralltherapy.com which I use to explore ideas and this should give an indication of my thinking and way I might work. Feel free to look me up…the page is open for anyone to see.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified person-centred therapist and registered with the BACP.

I am a qualified social worker for over 20 years and worked in mental health services for about 15 years.

Since my qualification, I have completed one "working online training course" and I am in the process of completing a more substantial second one.

I am experienced in terms of leading and developing meditation for individuals and groups.  I have a good level of knowledge of Buddhist practice and importantly I think what it offers in modern daily life.  I believe its practical application to be far more important than the theory alone.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I believe that Therapy is about having a trusted other you can speak to openly and freely about what is important to you. This can be about meaning and purpose to life - your values and beliefs 

I work with people who just want to someone they can explore ideas with and feel safe and comfortable in doing so 

If this feels like something you would like please contact me.


£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer an initial free session in order to talk about if we can work together.  If not, it may be that I can recommend another counsellor who may be able to.

After this, the sessions are £45 per hour and last about 50 minutes. Generally, this will be weekly but other patterns can be considered.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am able to work flexibly. This means I can work both daytime and in the evening.  I can also work weekends too.

Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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