A. Mark Henderson-Begg MA(Cantab), PGCE, Fdcert, FdSc
39B High Street
I offer a caring and therapeutic counselling service in Antrim town for all ages from 11 upwards on most issues, with appointments available outside normal working hours, and flexible in order to meet client needs. Please contact me in confidence to discuss what you would hope for from counselling and whether you feel I can be of help.
I am a counsellor with considerable life experience and rapport with clients of all ages. I am down to earth, non-judgmental and an easy person to talk to. I see my role as one of empowering my clients to have the strength and determination to help themselves to make changes.
As an integrative counsellor, I favour cognitive behavioural therapies but will select from a number of different approaches appropriate to the client's needs. This is based on the idea that there is no certainty that any one theoretical approach works better than others for a specific problem.
I am a qualified counsellor FdSc and MBACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and NCS(accred). I am also a qualified teacher at both primary and secondary level, with considerable experience of working with children and adolescents. I also work as a Childline counsellor.
I have worked in a GP surgery with adults and older adults helping with a variety of issues, including anxiety and panic, depression, abuse and PTSD.
I can offer a range of therapies, both short and long-term, depending on the client’s need, as indicated below.
I provide a counselling room in a quiet area on the High Street in Antrim, with appointments available any time of the week.
Training, qualifications & experience
UU Foundation Degree in Counselling, (FdSc, University of Ulster)
UU Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Studies, (University of Ulster)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, (University of Liverpool, England)
B.A.Hons degree in History and Philosophy, (St John’s College, University of Cambridge, England.)
M.A. (1976) (University of Cambridge, England)
Registered with General Teaching Council for England and General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (Tr.Ref.No.202433 & GTCNI Reg. No. 1366873)
MBACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Membership no.798455
Accred. Member, NCS (National Counselling Society) NCS16-03363
Continued Professional Development/Experience
- NEELB courses in Primary and Secondary education & special needs.
- NSPCC Childline counselling and Schools Volunteer Training.
- Educare (NSPCC) Certificates on Preventing Bullying Behaviour, Child Protection Awareness and Children’s Rights.
- Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection
- Suicide Prevention and Risk Management
- Mental Health First Aid MHFA Northern Ireland, HSC Public Health Agency
- ASIST workshops in suicide first aid
- Brief Solution Focussed Training
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Championing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
I have more than 600 hours of counselling experience as Childline Helpline counsellor (Belfast) with NSPCC from March 2013 to the present.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Self-care and Mental Wellbeing
Teenagers and Young People
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
My fees are £30 an hour, (£25 an hour for student counsellors). The initial session, after telephone discussion, is only £15.
I do offer reduced charges in some circumstances so please do enquire even if you feel you cannot afford this fee.
Many of the clients that I have worked with have come in to the room with issues of anxiety, low mood or depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, suicidal ideation, unemployment and anger, poor motivation and perhaps feelings of not "fitting in". My experience shows me that by working with the associated behaviours attached to the emotion we can find a way to manage these issues more positively. In working with you, we will explore together what it is that you would like to achieve in counselling and we will work to your agenda.
In the initial session, we can explore what has brought you to counselling. This gives me the chance to find out a bit more about you and if I don't think I am the most suitable therapist for you, we will talk this over and give you other choices.
I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is of the utmost importance in any therapeutic work, and I will always work in a way that benefits you.
I endeavour to stay up to date with the latest research around counselling and what is most useful in recovery.
There are simple changes that we can make, which if regularly practised, can have a positive influence in our lives and increase our happiness.
Steps to Getting Started:
- Email or call me to discuss your needs
- Make initial appointment
- Arrange further sessions if you are happy to proceed
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8.30 am - 9.30 pm
Types of client