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 and non-judgmental one-to-one counselling service in central yet private premises in the Antrim Town Centre. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Humanistic models of counselling to offer a holistic service tailored to your issues.
Initial Contact - When you first contact me, whether online or on the telephone, we will arrange a telephone call of 10-15 minutes so that you can hear my voice and decide if you wish to take the next step and see me, and I can assess your suitability for counselling. If we decide to continue on, we will arrange a session that lasts one hour. During this session I will need to ask some questions and do some paperwork which usually takes up the first 15-20 minutes of the session, after which you will have an opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling. After this session has ended, you can decide if you wish to continue, at which point I usually ask that you commit to 6 sessions. However you are not bound by this commitment and if you wish to leave before the 6 weeks you can do so.
You can contact me by sending a message through the 'Email 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 an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such am governed by their guidelines and governance. I attend monthly supervision at all times that I am in practise. My experience includes 4 years counselling with a GP's practise, 4 1/2 years with suicide prevention helpline Lifeline as a telephone counsellor, bank shift leader and seeing clients in the community, and 3 years in private practise offering counselling and workshops.
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.
My qualifications are as follows:
- B.A (Hons) English(1997)
- 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)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sand Tray Therapy
- 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 do my best to 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%.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer flexibility with appointments during the day, in the evening and at weekends if required.
Types of client