Josephine McDonnell MBACP & MNCS (ACC) - Ballymena Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Josephine McDonnell MBACP & MNCS (ACC) - Ballymena Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Ballymena North Business Centre
120 Cushendall Road
Co. Antrim
BT43 6HB

Farranshane House
1 Ballygore Road
BT41 2RN


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Ballymena North Business Centre
120 Cushendall Road
Co. Antrim
BT43 6HB

Farranshane House
1 Ballygore Road
BT41 2RN


About me

Hello and welcome to my profile .......I view good mental health not only essential but paramount in order to create a positive work life balance and maintain healthy relationships ...My background has been in business both private and public, my extensive experience in the business world has given me an unique insight into the problems people face in the work place today. Working with many employees through EAP Agencies, patients in GP settings and students at College has gained me valuable experience.......a lot of my day to day work focusses on:

  • social anxiety/depression
  • couple/relationship/family issues
  • addictions - sex- gambling-alcohol-drug
  • bereavement & loss
  • career change/confidence building
  • anger/blushing
  • stress/ bullying in the work place

The above issues can be very distressing, however with appropriate therapy intervention you can bring control back into your life, thus giving you hope and the freedom to make healthy choices in life.... Everyone wants to be happy and yet much of our time is spent chasing happiness versus being happy. As your counsellor/psychotherapist I would like to help you work through difficult times in a safe, comfortabe, confidential, reflective space in a caring non-judgemental environment where you can talk what is troubling you, this will give you the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and concerns in a way you often can't do with family, friends or work colleagues.

Relationship Counselling
Relationship disharmony can leave you feeling lonely, disappointed and unsure what to do. In some cases relationships may not be fulfilling your expectations which can impact on your happiness and life satisfaction. Some couples are prone to self criticism, blame/ shame and they find it difficult to generate feelings of safeness in a relationship, this can lead to anxiety, depression etc. Relationship counselling is focussed primarily on making sure issues are dealt with in a way that supports your health and well being. I will help you explore your needs and wants in a relationship and provide you with a pathway in finding a new way of loving.

I offer short and long term therapy, supporting you when you are vulnerable, challenging you when you're stuck. I use various therapies from an integrative perspective always bearing in mind and meeting the needs of each client to create a rich and meaningfully life worth living..


Research show that CBT is highly effective for many disorders but in particular anxiety, depression or a combination of both. I work on the belief that you know how to support yourself and you know how to solve your own problems... however sometimes you may experience unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that prevents you from finding solutions to reach your goals and living life as you want to.

What is CBT

CBT is a proven success based goal orientated talking therapy which anyone can benefit from as it is easily applied to many every day situations. It is based on the idea that how we feel is directly affected by what we think and how we behave, CBT breaks unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.

CBT is also excellent for raising self esteem, anger management or deciding on a new career path, here I would use coaching techniques to facilitate this process. I also integrate mindfulness into my psychological model which is excellent for stress reduction and anxiety. Mindfulness integrates the heart and mind, expanding into self compassion which is the cornerstone of building a sense of courage, resilience, life balance and emotional wellbeing all of which influences the brain and underpins all my teaching of CBT strategies.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapy
  • NCS Registered of Counsellors Accrediated
  • University of Ulster Diploma in Counselling
  • CPCAB Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • University of Ulster PG Dip in Housing Studies


  • Counselling Couples COSCA/IACC
  • Therapeutic Coaching
  • Trauma & The Body-Somatisation & Dissociation
  • Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • Drugs & Alcohol Awareness & Misuse of prescribed drugs
  • Self Harming
  • Sex addiction, alcohol addiction & Gambling
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Training)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • NEXUS Workshop (Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse)
  • The Wonder Years - your birth order
  • Parenting/teens
  • Mac Millan cancer awareness course

I am on the accredited register of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a registered member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)... I adhere strictly to their confidential and ethical guidelines.


Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Sessions lasts 50-60 minutes...

£35 - one to one session
£50 - couples session
Personal Therapy or mentoring for Students £30 per session

£10 secures future sessions

Further information

Testimonial from satisfied clients:

'thank you for teaching us the 'Imago Therapy', we now have a found a new way of loving in our relationship'

' couple counselling allowed me to see that conflict and disappointment in our relationship was growth waiting to happen, this concept has saved our marriage'

'thank you for giving me the tools for self esteem, power and confidence, I can now move forward in life with ease, I am no longer afraid to be myself'

'thank you Josephine for showing me the anger model.... a great tool, one that has changed my life for the better'

'for every problem I may create, I am confident that I can find a solution, this is such an empowering statement... thank you Josephine for bringing back the old me....

'thank you for supporting me during a difficult time in the work place due to my anxiety and depression'......I now enjoy going to work'

'I now know the importance of self compassion, I wish I had come to you 20 years ago'.. So much appreciated'

'I can now forgive myself for not being perfect.... as I forgive myself, it makes it easier to forgive others... I'm so grateful for this wonderful concept'


My private practice is situated at the Ballymena North Business Centre, BT43 6HB, I also hold a clinic in Farranshane House Antrim BT41 2RN. Appointments can be arranged to fit in with your schedule. I'm also happy to answer any queries you may have by emailing me on this directory, alternatively you can call me on 07516823011 for a free chat or email me directly  Please drop me a message and I will respond to you at my earliest convenience.

Maps & Directions

Ballymena, BT43 6HB
Antrim, BT41 2RN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Specialising Relationship/ Couples Counselling & CBT for anxiety, depression, work stress, self esteem career change Please ring me 07516823011 for free chat on any queries you may have

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme