Sinead McDonnell Registered MBACP F/Degree in Counselling (Commendation)

Sinead McDonnell Registered MBACP F/Degree in Counselling (Commendation)

County Antrim



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County Antrim



About me

I am here to help if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with relationships, anxiety , depression or another situation or event in your life which is causing you stress or unhappiness.

Perhaps you have experienced a painful loss through bereavement, separation, divorce, relationship breakdown, redundancy or family problems.

Or have you been subjected to bullying or abuse be it sexual,emotional, financial or psychological ?

I understand and appreciate how daunting it can be to seek counselling when you are experiencing pain or feeling fragile, vulnerable and anxious. I can help you to work through your anxieties.

I commend  you for making this first step.

  I believe I can help you to find hope,  heal your hurt and bring peace to your life.

Counselling provides you with an opportunity to release your burden.

Through an empathic counselling experience in a safe, confidential space, I can offer you the support and opportunity you need to identify, explore and reflect on the issues that cause you pain and distress.

This can be an empowering experience which increases your insight, self-awareness & self-understanding, making you feel stronger and better able to identify, prioritise and cope with your life and what is truly important for you.

I am a fully trained professional counsellor and a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
My work is underpinned by their code of ethics which requires me  to work in a non- judgemental way, to the best of my ability,  keeping the interests and well being of my client paramount at all times.

I am also a fully trained bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care.
I am an experienced integrative practitioner which means your therapy will be tailormade to suit your individual needs by using techniques from a number of therapeutic approaches including Humanistic, Person Centred , Cognitive Behavioural  and Psychodynamic therapies.

I am situated in North Antrim and available to see clients in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Cushendall, Larne or Antrim. 

My own life experiences brought me to seek help through counselling so I appreciate what a big step this might be for you. We all experience many forms of grief and loss throughout our lives.

I am committed and passionate about helping you find a positive way to heal your hurt.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Counselling (Commendation)
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Counselling
Bereavement Workshop Training
Understanding Self Harm Oct 2015
Cruse Bereavement Counsellor Training Jan-Apr 2015
Nexus Sexual Abuse Annual Conference 12 Nov 2014
Suicide Awareness

Suicide Prevention
Ascentis Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course Sep 2015
Safeguarding : Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults Oct 2015
Working with children
Cancer Awareness with Macmillan 10 Nov 2015
Wellness Recovery Action Programme (WRAP) 01 & DEC 2015
Cruse Sudden & Traumatic Death  20 Feb 2016
Telephone counselling training Sept 2016

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£35 per hour.

Student discounts.

Concessions for Trainee Counsellors.

Discretionary reductions negotiable for clients on low income.

Further information

Why counselling ? 

Individual clients experience many positive outcomes and benefits from counselling. Almost all of them report  the immense sense of relief they get just from sharing their burden with a responsible, trustworthy, professional caring counsellor & being listened to.

Other benefits include: empowerment to bring about healthier changes

Improved confidence & better self esteem.

Recovery from painful experiences.

Healing past trauma.

Improved relationships

Better ways of coping with stress

More control of their life

Finding purpose & fulfillment in life

Increased self awareness

Inner peace through self acceptance

Increased sense of well being

Maps & Directions

Ballymena, BT44
Ballymoney, BT53

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I offer a private, confidential & flexible counselling service and can arrange evening, weekend or Bank Holiday appointments to meet your individual requirements. Please call or email me.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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