Denise McHugh Msc Msc MBACP(Accred)

Denise McHugh Msc Msc MBACP(Accred)

Co Antrim

07946521773 / Landline 02820769844

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Co Antrim

07946521773 / Landline 02820769844

About me

I am a very experienced Clinical and Accredited Psychotherapist offering individual face to face sessions for children, adolescents and adults. My private practice offers a space to process emotional and behavioural disturbance and distress of any kind. I integrate all my experience and knowledge for your benefit in a safe containing and private setting to hold you at a time of stress, distress, confusion, emotional pain and trauma, to enable and guide you to a more positive outcome for your personal development.

I provide a secure base to facilitate, painful emotions and memories, to enable grieving and repair, leading to recovery and positive present day functioning and a hopeful future.

Experienced in working with a wide range of conditions such as:

  • depression
  • trauma
  • bereavement
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • separation and divorce and the impact on children

Also able to work with mental health problems e.g

  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders and
  • Self-Harm.

What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy refers to a therapeutic process between a trained professional with a person. It aims to improve an individual’s sense of well- being and functioning. Psychotherapy is usually conducted over a longer period and can explore more deep rooted problems perhaps stemming from childhood and can help resolve complicated family dynamics. Overall it helps to evolve the personality and resolve issues that have perhaps led to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-harm behaviours.

What is Integrative psychotherapy?
Integrative Psychotherapy combines theory and practice of different models and trainings. In my practice I combine my trainings of Analytical therapy and  Behavioural therapy with my knowledge and experience of working creatively with the unconscious and with symbolism.

For children and adolescents and adults I have vast experience working with psychological, behavioural and emotional problems. I work creatively using sandtray therapy, play therapy and art as therapy mediums but can also use other models like CBT and Humanistic Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Educated to Masters Level in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Social Learning Theory( child and adolescent development and therapy)

General and Paediatric Nurse specialised in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.(worked in this field for 12 years)

Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist With BACP

EMDR  practitioner.

Sandtray trained practitioner and Qualified Supervisor specialising in Creative Methods.

Currently specialised in creative ways of working with children and adolescents e.g Sandtray Therapy, Art as Therapy and Play Therapy and Therapeutic Storytelling.

I am trained to work at a deeper level with people, addressing developmental childhood problems which impact on adulthood.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Creative non verbal therapies, eg sandtray art as therapy and therapeutic storytelling.

Photos & videos

  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Sandtray


£40 per session.   £60 for trained staff for 1and half hours. £40 for 2 hours in creative supervision group on a monthly basis.

I offer reduced rates on a sliding scale depending on circumstances eg if you were attending for long term psychotherapy.

Further information

I live in a quiet estate with a lovely view of Knocklayde mountain, and there is a fabulous beach that you might enjoy visiting before or after your session.

Parking is free and outside house and my consultation room is outside and has no stairs. It is very private and comfortable.

Supervision practice open to trained practitioners of a range of disciplines.

Maps & Directions

Ballycastle, BT54

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


All day on a Wednesday. Evening appts on a Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday morning appointments available too.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a qualified supervisor.

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