Connie Chaudhry - BACP Accredited and CBT Therapist, BSc. Hons. Psychology.
39B High Street
Welcome to my profile. I recognise that it can be hard to take that first step in asking for help so I commend you on getting this far. Whether you have a mental health diagnosis like depression or anxiety (e.g. generalised anxiety disorder or panic disorder), or have hit a difficult phase in your life, e.g. because of a past trauma, relationship issues, job stress or loss, research has shown that a therapeutic relationship and work with a counsellor can make a big difference. I offer a confidential one-to-one counselling service in central yet private premises in the Antrim Town Centre. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with Humanistic and Psychodynamic models of counselling to offer a holistic service tailored to your issues.
Initial Contact - When you first contact me we will arrange a call of 10-15 minutes to assess your suitability for counselling and for you to get a chance to speak to me and ask any questions you may want to. After this we will arrange our first face to face session. During this session I will need to ask some questions and complete some paperwork which usually takes up the first 15-20 minutes, after which you will have an opportunity to talk about the issues that bring you. After this session you can decide if you wish to continue seeing me, and if so sessions are usually once a week for one hour.
You can contact me by sending a message through the 'Contact Me' button on this page, or alternatively you can ring/text me on 07719252353 or self-refer in confidence online - I use a BACP system to do this and make my session notes, which guarantees your confidentiality - just copy and paste the following link into your web browser to fill out a form to refer for counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience: I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2006 and became an Accredited member in 2014 and as such am governed by their guidelines and governance. The BACP awards Accreditation to Counsellors with a certain level of experience and Continued Professional Development (ongoing training), through a stringent process of self-reflection and record keeping.
I attend monthly supervision at all times that I am in practise. My experience includes 4 years counselling with a GP's practise, 5 years with suicide prevention helpline Lifeline as a telephone counsellor, bank shift leader and seeing clients in the community, 4 years in private practise, and one year as a teacher of counselling courses in adult education.
I have done a lot of work with teenagers/young people between the age of 11 and 21 and especially welcome referrals for this age group. Young people are very receptive to the idea of 'think good - feel good' which is grounded in CBT. If they can learn techniques to deal with anxiety, low mood, anger and other mental health issues at a young age, this will give them skills for life. It also conveys the message that talking/counselling is nothing to be ashamed of and this can be a very relevant message, especially for boys. I also use a mixture of CBT, Mindfulness and EFT to work with young people with self-esteem and self-worth issues and also digital addiction (see more on this below).
My qualifications are as follows:
- B.A (Hons) English(1997)
- P.G. Dip in Journalism and Mass Communications (1998)
- M.A. English (2000)
- OCR Certificate in Counselling (2006)
- Dip HE in Counselling (2009)
- Level 5 Certificate in Mental Health Studies (2011)
- BACP Register Proficiency Test (2013)
- Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2014)
- BACP Accreditation - September 2014
- BSc Hons Psychology (2016)
- Master Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) (2017)
Like many colleagues, I am committed to ongoing CPD (Continued Professional Development) and have completed many short courses under this umbrella. Some of these are as follows:
- ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Understanding of Adolescent Development
- Understanding Trauma and Trauma Recovery with Adolescents
- Mindfulness Meditation Training
- Grief Trauma and the Helping Relationship
- Sexual Abuse: The Counselling Process
- Impact of Alcohol and Self-Harm
- Treating the Multiply-Disordered Suicidal Client: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Perspective
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
- Working with Domestic Violence
- Trauma and the Body
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sand Tray Therapy
EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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One session (1 hour) - £35
Counselling Student - £25
I do offer reduced charges in some circumstances so please do enquire even if you feel you cannot afford this fee.
I am passionate about offering a service that is evidence based. I stay up to date with the latest research around counselling and what is most useful in recovery. I do not believe in only relying on older theoretical models of counselling, and through my study of psychology, try to stay abreast of neuropsychology research.
Neuroplasticity is a concept that suggests our brain can change physically and change our minds. This is quite a new concept but few now doubt its existence and relevance. There are various activities that research has now shown contribute to neuroplasticity, and I endeavour to include these within my practise. There are simple changes that we can make in our lives, that if practised regularly, have been shown can increase our happiness levels by up to 40%.
Many recent research studies also show the benefit of Mindfulness to the changing brain structure and dysfunctional habits and I attempt to introduce clients to this practise and develop positive habits of an ongoing basis.
I work with a combination of Mindfulness and EFT techniques with young people with digital addiction. This is emerging as a worrying and widespread side affect of the digital age, and research has shown digital addiction in teenagers can not only be harder to treat than drug addictions, but significantly contributes to poor mental health.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer flexibility with appointments during the day and in the evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|