Loretta M Kelly Accredited Counsellor in Co. Antrim
Hello. Welcome to my site. I am a BACP accredited and qualified psychotherapist/counsellor with several years private and GP surgery experience in providing confidential and professional one-to-one support to those with issues causing them concern.
These include: relationship difficulties, depression, health issues, hypochondria, anxiety, employment difficulties, generalised anxiety, bereavement, panic attacks, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, body dysmorphia and low self-esteem.
My private practice, which is in a tranquil, rural setting, is a relaxed, safe and comfortable environment where you can find space and time to work on your problems. I see my role in this as providing guidance to support you on your journey. My experience has shown me that within each of us lies the ability to overcome many of the issues we are confronting and I have found that, when clients take time in therapy to reflect upon their situations, the personal insight they gain can enable them to plan a way forward with greater confidence.
Occasionally individuals who feel they might benefit from attending counselling are reluctant to try it because it is new to them. If you are browsing this web-site because you have issues that are causing you distress I would be pleased to meet or talk with you to discuss the therapies I practise and to explore how these may help you.
Whilst I favour Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) I work in an integrative manner blending the various therapies I have studied to create an approach personalised to the needs of each client. This means I work with you to help you in 'the here and now' with the current issues you face and if necessary, help you identify how the patterns of behaviour you use are not in your best interests. I will also help you to explore your past experience to see where such patterns have come from and how they can be changed.
I welcome both male and female clients from teenage years up. Prior to working as a counsellor my background was in education. I was a primary school principal for 18 years. My extensive experience in schools has given me a unique insight to the problems those involved in education face today.
I work on on both short and long term approaches and I have worked with those on Employee Assistance programmes who wish support to help them return to work.
I have also wide experience in working with students taking personal therapy as part of their Counselling training and I have worked with adults who have Asperger's Syndrome and also with parents of children with Asperger's.
|A recent client wrote this about her counselling experience.
"The first day I met Loretta was the beginning of the end of the old me. The one who was weighed down with so may issues from her past. I felt as if I was on a wheel going round and round and not knowing how to get off. Loretta changed all that by showing me how.
Loretta is a lovely warm person and I always felt very comfortable in her company. Over time we talked about all the problems I'd had with my childhood and how they affected my life. Things I hadn't ever been able to discuss with anyone before. She taught me how to challenge these thoughts and create new, more positive ones.
Life won't always be easy but I now have the tools to deal with whatever comes along. I still can't get over this new me and I'm still learning."
And another client writing about her therapy with me said:
"As anyone would be, I was very nervous about beginning my therapy sessions. I was at a time in my life where a lot of changes had happened, personally, socially and in my career. I had carried baggage from my past for too long and knew it was time to make a change.
Loretta gave me the opportunity to talk freely and openly about my "issues" then gave me the tools and skills to work through them. This takes hard work. However with Loretta's help and guidance I have made peace with my past and am ready to approach my future with abilities and skills to deal with whatever comes my way. A year ago I would not have been so optimistic about what lies ahead."
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional qualifications are:
M.A (Ed). (OU)
Higher Diploma in Counselling. (UU)
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour (IICT)
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CPCAB)
Further Professional Development in the areas of:
Suicide Risk Awareness
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Whilst face-to-face counselling is preferable for most clients I also counsel online or telephone for those who, for various reasons, are unable to attend my Crumlin practice.
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£30 per 1 hour session. Please enquire for concession fees for students/unemployed.
For those who are new to counselling or who have some questions about it I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation (with no obligation to proceed further) on request.
If you phone and I am unable to take your call please leave your details and let me know if you wish me to text or phone you back when I am free. I will get back to you as requested.
My premises are wheel-chair accessible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sessions held in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Morning, afternoon and early evening sessions possible. Please contact for current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|