Selina Turkington, BA(Hons), Dip.Counselling, Dip.CBT, MBACP (Accred).

Selina Turkington, BA(Hons), Dip.Counselling, Dip.CBT, MBACP (Accred).



077 7506 3489

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077 7506 3489

About me

There are times in life when difficulties seem insurmountable and the usual ways in which we find support are not enough, it is at these times that counselling can help. Counselling offers a confidential accepting environment which can be used to foster personal growth and the strength needed to cope with troubling circumstances.

That being said it is important to find a counsellor who you feel confident about. Here is some information about my way of working and background which may help you in your decision.

My way of working

I work with people short and long-term, for periods ranging from six weeks to several years, according to the client’s need. At the centre of my approach is the emphasis on forming a sound therapeutic relationship with my client. This is a relationship where the client is the focus and where they are supported to grow in their understanding of themselves and their issues. This understanding includes how they are affected in the here and now as well as considering the origin of the difficulty. It is this awareness which facilitates the changing of unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving as well as patterns of relating to others.

I can assist clients who wish to complete a piece of short-term work to deal with current issues as well as those who are troubled by past trauma and childhood issues who benefit from longer term counselling. CBT is particularly useful for short-term work supporting the client to make connections between their thoughts and emotions and giving consideration to ways in which they can amend their thoughts to healthier alternatives which can lead to a more fulfilled way of living. Longer-term counselling supports a deeper level of work where the client is able to explore more thoroughly issues from their past which are impacting on their present day living. The opportunity to talk about past trauma and childhood issues with the support of the therapeutic relationship is of great value and forms the foundation of changes being made to how the client thinks and functions currently.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over twenty years of experience of working in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors as a Social Worker, trainer and laterally as a counsellor. My Social Work role has a focus in working with young people and adults affected by fostering and adoption. Consequently I have gained specialist knowledge and expertise in the areas of attachment, childhood trauma, loss, abuse and neglect; this has been beneficial for counselling clients seeking help with such issues.

My counselling practise has been in the voluntary sector as well as private practice and has involved working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, loss, childhood abusive relationships and neglect.

I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Psychodynamic) and a further Diploma in CBT Skills & Theory. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such I abide by their Code of Ethics. I qualified as a Social Worker in 1990 on completion of a BA (Hons) Social Work . I have post-qualification and advanced level training in Social Work specialising in attachment issues, fostering and adoption. As a practising Social Worker I am a Registered Member of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

As an Accredited Member of the BACP and being registered with the NISCC I am committed to adhering to the Codes of Ethics of each. Alongside training and qualifications, my experience of working with people at challenging times in their lives is key to the provision of an effective and ethical service within a relationship which is experienced as confidential, warm and accepting.

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Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £45.

Further information

I work from offices located in the Holywood area of County Down. This accommodation offers comfortable, neutral surroundings and affords my clients privacy with the convenience of easy local parking. The premises are accessible to those with mobility difficulties.

Your next step...

Finding the right counsellor can be confusing with clients often making this difficult decision in stressful circumstances.

You are very welcome to make contact with me. It is best if you email me with some details and we can then arrange a time to talk by telephone.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT4
Holywood, BT18

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Available for day-time and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am a BACP accredited integrative practitioner.

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