How can counselling help you?
Sometimes in life we can find our self experiencing relationship issues, challenging life events and emotional difficulties that are difficult cope with alone. I am a registered counsellor with the BACP with 13 yrs experience of counselling adults and children experiencing such times in their lives.
I appreciate that taking the step to seek out a counsellor can be a daunting thing for most people, whether it is for themselves or their child. I value the uniqueness and worth of every individual and provide professional and confidential counselling that will put you or your child at the centre of the process. My counselling approach is called Integrative, which is where different counselling approaches are blended throughout the process. A way of working together that is tailored to your individual needs.
Counselling offers a therapeutic relationship where difficulties can be explored and processed enabling more effective thinking and ability to cope. Because I understand that coming to counselling and opening up to another person can be a difficult and even, at times, an emotionally painful process I always seek to provide warmth, acceptance and a non-judgemental counselling relationship in line with the BACP ethical framework.
My counselling experience with individual adults and with children in a school's counselling service has been in addition to many years experience as a qualified Nurse and also years as a Teaching Assistant working with children with special needs in mainstream schools. I also have counselling experience in a special school and am able to adapt how I work if a client finds verbal communication challenging. I work using creative and play-based approaches especially when working with children.
what to expect in the first session?
Once you have emailed through counselling directory or contacted me by phone I will arrange an appointment for the first session and send you an assessment form to complete. This initial assessment session is where you can find out more about how counselling works and give some background about what has led you to seek counselling. It is also a chance for you to find out whether you will feel comfortable talking to me. If you are seeking help for your child then this initial session can be a joint parent/child one and enable you both to meet with me and explore the counselling process.
I offer face to face counselling within a private, discreet and fully accessible setting in Lisburn. If you are interested do get in touch by phone and ask for an initial assessment session to find out if this is the right way forward for you or your child.
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP (awaiting accreditation)
13 years counselling experience both with adults and also counselling within a school counselling service.
15years Nursing experience
8years Teaching Assistant experience with young people with Learning difficulties, ASD, Down's syndrome,
Dyslexia, ADHD, etc
Foundation Degree of Science: Counselling - University of Ulster with Distinction
Post Qualification Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - CPBAB
RGN - The Royal London Hospital
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
play and creative based therapy as required.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
- (initial assessment £20)
- thereafter £40 for 50 minutes.
- concession available for counselling students obtaining personal therapy hours
appointments available outside normal work/school hours
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday or Wednesday evening appointments
Types of client