Christine McClean BA Hons, Dip, Adv Dip, MBACP
Belfast Counselling Centre
33A Lisburn Road
Who am I?
A therapist with a professional, confidential, open, honest and non-judgemental style of therapy.
Whether it's; coping, aspects of your relationships, work, loss, moving forward or your well being, you are welcome to talk. Maybe you're experiencing the symptoms of anxiety or panic, depression and low mood or are generally concerned about yourself. This can all be aired.
By starting Counselling you show a strength and commitment to a healthier happier life. Indeed already by accessing this site you've taken a step towards ownership for your wellbeing. If you can access that enough to get through the therapy door you show the type of courage therapy takes.
What will it involve?
From you ? ... a willingness to try and think out loud. To afford yourself the time and space to reflect and explore your experience of things. Generally, I offer a listening ear to help you consider yourself, issues, perspectives, and possibilities depending on your desired outcome.
A strong therapeutic relationship develops as trust builds. With me therefore you choose to work over time. This gives you the chance to delve into who you are, your distant and more recent past and how you are with others with a view to greater awareness and positive change.
These are individual and unique to everyone. Though therapy is proven to offer a variety of benefits. For instance, the relief of expressing yourself in a way that affords freedom of speech and space to reflect, to looking at issues from different angles and levels. This can lead to greater self awareness, clarity, discovery and more choiceful living.
"Counselling became somewhere I could talk about what was happening. Oddly I found out it wasn't my fault that things played out as they did which I had feared. Though I did need to actively shape things differently. Therapy became a commitment and a kindness to myself ".
"I brought all my problems talked them through and left them so I could go about my life. I got clearer, was easier on myself and grew to like myself more and change things I didn't. My life gradually took shape".
"When I came my relationships were a bit of a mess and I didn't know where to start. I worked with Christine on my relationship with myself and that sort of rippled out".
"Sometimes I didn't like my therapist much. Eventually I realised I confused her with other people. There were times I didn't want to attend. Now I know it was the painful stuff I didn't want to tend to. She was there and worked it through .. well no... I worked it through and she sat with me until I realised all of that. She refused at times to give me answers or tell me what to do. Looking back she was guiding me looking at it from different aspects until I was definite and made the moves I knew I needed in my life".
"Everything that had happened had to; to make me become what I am now. As bad as I felt at times before there was something transformational in the therapy process. There was a seed of something else in my feelings of anxiety and depression. Though I didn't know it at the time. Really I want people to know it's just talking and not to be afraid of that. I wish I'd known. I want other me's to know that".
Step 1: E-mail or phone and leave a message. I will respond.
Step 2: We schedule an appointment to meet and start to think about whether we might like to work together.
Thereafter, I extend a safe time and space. Somewhere to think and be and to talk. With weekly 50 minute appointments. These will be your time, to come as you are and to help make sense of whatever's going on.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons, Dip, Adv Dip. MBACP
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition I run a weekly Children's Therapy Clinic for children experiencing issues including with anger, anxiety, expression, coping, confidence, self esteem, exam/ school stress, family/ relationship changes and loss.
Working supportively with children from age 5 upwards. Methods used include cognitive activation tools, non-directive play, games, sand, art, psycho-education and personal development depending on age.
Photos & videos
£40 per session.
Flexible; daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
My mobile is on during work hours though goes to voicemail during appointments in order to give clients my full attention. Please leave a message and I will respond.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some immediate availability.
Types of client