Karen McCleary MBACP NCS acc Counselling with CBT in Belfast and Lisburn

Karen McCleary MBACP NCS acc Counselling with CBT in Belfast and Lisburn

A2 Anna House
37A Upper Dunmurry Lane
BT17 0AA

Bridge Community Centre
50 Railway Street
BT28 1XP

07411 862552

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A2 Anna House
37A Upper Dunmurry Lane
BT17 0AA

Bridge Community Centre
50 Railway Street
BT28 1XP

07411 862552

About me

Life can become difficult at times trying to cut through the noise and confusion of everyday life. The confusion ultimately impacts on our relationships and our ability to make decisions, resulting in depression or anxiety and a sense of isolation. Our thoughts, feelings and behaviour become a confused mesh of which we have no understanding and have difficulty discussing or explaining to ourselves and others. Counselling helps by working collaboratively with the guided exploration of your ‘here and now’ issues or difficulties. I am an Integrative Counsellor specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT) proven to be affective in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Low self esteem. Anger Management and Eating Disorders.

Providing therapeutic reflective space to explore your life, the present, the past or the future. Working together you can develop your understanding of the situations causing prolonged distress, low mood, negative thinking or unwanted behaviour. Develop your self awareness and learn how your beliefs impact on your individual thinking process , behaviour , mood and physiology. Learn and apply the tools to apply to difficult situations now and in the future. As an Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist I specialise in CBT proven to be effective therapy for anxiety and depression. I am a client led counsellor and draw upon the differing theories, providing a tailor made therapy for your personal experience.

Counselling is a supportive process and as a client led counsellor we go at your pace and focus on the things that are important to you such as finding a solution to a specific problem in the present, exploring your past experiences and coming to terms with past hurts, or making sense of your feelings and exploring the possibilities for changing in ways that will make things better and improve the quality of your life.

Leading to:

Acceptance of self
Reducing judgement or negative thoughts of self
Developing new and more effective behavioural skills
Learning ways to communicate and assert yourself

Therefore helping you to deal with issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Decision making, Loss or Bereavement, Anger Management, Low Self esteem, Eating disorders, Life Changes, Weight Loss, Eating Disorders, Bullying, Academic Stress, Personal and Family Relationships, Trauma, Affairs and Betrayal , Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation,

Client Feedback

''I learned that emotions are not 'bad' that they are valid in a situation. I became comfortable with scaling an emotion that in the past i was in fear of ''

''I think the most important things I learnt from the sessions is that anxiety is very common. The distorted toughts that are associated with my anxiety are not necessarily true and it is important to look for the evidence to support or deny these thoughts. I think this is the technique that has been most effective and i will continue to use.

I think that the location for your sessions is very good as it is quite private. The manner in which you approached was non judgemental and challenging my issues was therefore easier to address. I feel that I have the knowledge and confidence to try to keep on top of things now and am very much enjoying life again!

Again I would like to thank you for your time and I hope I will be able to use all techniques effectively in the future and I would also not hesitate to contact you again if needed. ‘’

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate Counselling Level 3
University of Ulster Higher Education Diploma Counselling Level 5
CPCAB Diploma Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 5

Applied Suicide Intervention Training Skills
Mental Health First Aid
Child Protection Training

Anxiety UK approved Therapist

I am an Anxiety UK approved therapist and provide telephone and skype counselling to those with a range of levels of anxiety. For clients with high levels of Depression or Anxiety telephone counselling provides counselling in your home environment and can be a step towards Face to Face Counselling. Telephone Counselling can benefit those who are restricted by a lack of Transport or with family commitments. Payment is required in advance of which paypal is useful.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£35 per session

At the first session we can meet and you can br
ing any queries or apprehensions that you may have. If you decide that we could work together we will schedule further sessions suitable for us both depending on work patterns and  family commitments

I work flexible hours allowing for work shift patterns and family commitments. If you have any queries I can be contacted via the email link above, by text or mobile. If you reach my voice mail when I am working, please leave a message as to how and when you wish to be contacted. I will respond to queries asap.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT17 0AA
Lisburn, BT28 1XP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


morning, evening and weekend appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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