Rita Hashemipour, MBACP Accred Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Rita Hashemipour, MBACP Accred Counsellor & Psychotherapist

44-46 Elmwood Avenue
(off Lisburn Road)


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44-46 Elmwood Avenue
(off Lisburn Road)


About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor with over 15 years experience working in voluntary and statutory organisations. During this time I have developed specialist skills and knowledge in the following areas:

addictions -individuals affected by drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, gambling, internet, shopping addictions, and also family members affected by someone else's addiction.
anxiety & depression
anger management
confidence & self esteem issues

stress- in personal life and also in the workplace
suicide - suicidal ideation, and also for those affected by suicide
trauma & PTSD
grief & loss
unresolved issues from the past / childhood
I also work with clients around life transitions & change.

I offer one to one counselling in a private and confidential setting conveniently located just off the Lisburn Road in Belfast.

I am a humanistic psychotherapist / counsellor, and use an integrative approach to counselling. This enables me to tailor my approach to create a model that best suits each individual client. I aim to offer a confidential, non-judgemental environment so that you are free to explore any issue you choose and at a pace that is comfortable for you.

Our initial session offers an opportunity to discuss what brings you to therapy and to see if we might work together. Research shows again and again that the effectiveness of the therapy or counselling is affected by the relationship you have with your therapist or counsellor. It is therefore important that you find someone who you feel comfortable with and who you can build a trusting relationship with.

If you choose to engage in counselling we can agree a time-scale of sessions appropriate to you and review this on a regular basis to ensure you are getting your needs from therapy met.

There are many reasons why people seek counselling.  Whether you are experiencing a problem for the first time, or have been struggling with long-term difficulties it can be of real benefit to talk with a counsellor.  Talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference, allowing you an opportunity to focus on you and your needs without having to censor or worry about the impact it may have on family and friends.

Training, qualifications & experience

Cert & Dip in Counselling
Cert & Dip in Supervision
Dip in Counselling Drug, Alcohol & Solvent Abuse
Level 4 Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Introduction to CBT Cert
EMDR level 2


ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training)
Child Protection
Working with Problem Gamblers
Working with Anger
Somatic Experiencing
Motivational Interviewing
Anger Management
Stress Management
Domestic Violence
Mental Health
Brief Solution Focused Counselling
Dual diagnosis

Professional Bodies:

Accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).

As an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I offer a confidential counselling service working within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

UKRCP (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also use Motivational Interviewing (MI). A collaborative, goal orientated method focusing on strengthening an individuals motivation and commitment to change. This is particularly useful for clients who are feeling ambivalent about change, or are maybe feeling coerced or pressured to change.

I also work with clients who have been instructed by courts, probation or social services to address their substance misuse or anger issues.


Initial consultation         £20

Counselling session     £40

Skype session               £40

Telephone counselling £40

Concessionary rate of £35 for counselling students.

I offer a number of payment options:

Cash or cheque


Credit / Debit card

I also offer an easy payment option to counselling students.

Further information

I am also an experienced supervisor and am registered with the University of Ulster and Queens University to provide supervision to counsellors in training.  I also provide personal therapy to counselling students at a discounted rate.

I can be contacted via email, text or phone and am happy to discuss any queries or concerns.  Alternatively, you can also visit my website as it gives some further information on my services.

I currently offer appointments mon-fri 9-5, and am also available for evening and weekend appointments.

I am also able to offer telephone counselling; and skype counselling for clients who have difficulty with travel or time constraints.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT9 6AG

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Appointments available Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm. I also offer appointments on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays to accommodate clients who work.

Supervision & training

An experienced supervisor offering individual and group supervision to experienced counsellors, students and trainee counsellors.

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