Martin Barr - Reg.MBACP - F/Degree integrative Counselling, Dip/he Youth/Com

Martin Barr - Reg.MBACP - F/Degree integrative Counselling, Dip/he Youth/Com

Healo - The Experience
20 Balmoral Avenue
BT38 9QD

07577939158 / 07723481157

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Healo - The Experience
20 Balmoral Avenue
BT38 9QD

07577939158 / 07723481157

About me

I have a great passion and enthusiasm for the work I do as a counsellor and I believe in the whole health of a person. My Wife and I have Co-Founded the service Healo - The Experience and are delivering a range of wellbeing options for people in the surrounding area we aim to work creatively to meet your needs and develop a counselling and wellbeing option that best fit your needs. We aim to provide our clients with a safe, confidential space where a person can be honest and be themselves.

Healo currently provide Counselling, Homeopathy and Auricular Acupuncture relaxation groups and courses.

Healo is based in Whitehead serving Carrickfergus, Larne and the East Antrim Area, based in the Whitehead Community Centre with willingness to arrange alternative venues where needed.

I have been working for over 15 years within the helping professions including mental health supports youth work, family work and working within the homeless and care sector.

I qualified in 2013 as an Integrative Counsellor and have since this gained a wealth of training and experience. I have been working as an addictions/substance misuse practitioner and have grown to recognise how complex people are through this work. This has included working with injecting drug users, new psychoactive substances (legal highs), alcohol dependants and those who are struggling with prescribed medication dependency.

I have worked with survivors of domestic violence female and male, relationship issues and individuals with issues of anger.

I also have gain significant experience working with people who have suffered from trauma in their lives.

I combine techniques that include Person Centred, CBT, NLP and Mindfulness and have delivered training for clients in the area of harm reduction.

I have written and am currently running a stop smoking program

I have experience in working with:
Suicidal thoughts,
Domestic Violence/abuse (male and female victims),
Anger Management,
Survivors of Abuse
relationship issues.

We also currently run relaxation groups using Auricular acupuncture and mindfulness techniques and these techniques have been very successful to help reduce anxiety, stress and improve sleep..

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling
(Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic approaches)

Dip/HE, Youth and Community Development

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Anger Management -counselling application
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming skills (NLP)
  • Repetition and Compulsion: psychodynamic approaches to understanding and working with addiction
  • Child Protection
  • Keeping children safe: Training for staff
  • Assist- suicide first aid
  • Brief Intervention Approaches and Working with Drugs and/or Alcohol Misusing Clients
  • Harm Reduction and Working with Clients (drugs and alcohol)
  • Basic Drugs Awareness course
  • Alcohol and Young Peoples Development
  • Keeping children safe: Training for staff
  • Working With Ethnic Diverse Clients.
  • Domestic violence awareness training
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Building Skills for recovery
  • Core Skills (group delivery)

Member organisations



£30 Per Session
£5 Relaxation group
£20/week Quit smoking group

Further information

We are currently running a range of well being courses check out our website for further info and to book.

Maps & Directions

Carrickfergus, BT38 9QD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


monday to friday 9am - 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults