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

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

County Antrim

Co. Antrim


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County Antrim

Co. Antrim


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 matain 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:

  • anxiety/depression
  • couple/relationship/family issues
  • carreer change
  • low self esteem
  • 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. 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 very effective for many disorders as 1in 5 people suffer anxiety or 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 reaching 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, it is highly effective in the treatment of many health concerns.

CBT is also excellent for 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 depression. Mindfulness influences the brain which 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
  • Therapeutic Coaching
  • Trauma & The Body-Somatisation & Dissociation
  • Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • Drugs & Alcohol Awareness & Misuse of prescribed drugs
  • Sex addiction issues
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Training)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • NEXUS Workshop (Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse)
  • Addictions including gambling
  • 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


£35 hourly sessions.
£45 couples ...
Personal Therapy for Students £30

Further information

Testimonial from satisfied clients:

'thank you for teaching 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 teaching 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 love, 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 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 or alternatively  you can call or text me on 07516823011. Please leave me a message and I will respond to you at my earliest convenience.

Maps & Directions

Ballymena, BT43

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Integrative Therapy specialising in Relationship Couples Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Please ring me 07516823011

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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