I am a Chartered Psychologist with The Psychological Society of Ireland. I am also accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on the BACP Register.
I have 25 years experience of working in a wide range of settings including the statutory, voluntary and private sector. My experience includes:
5 years specialising within the mental health field including acute psychiatry and community mental health settings working with patients presenting with schizophrenia, manic depression/bipolar, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression including generalised anxiety disorder, anorexia and bulimia, OCD and other mental health issues.
6 years specialising in counselling adult survivors of chilhhood abuse including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. I also provided therapy for adult survivors of rape or sexual assault. My work included counselling survivors of clerical and institutional abuse. This involves working with the client in accessing legal support if desired by the client.
5 years specialising in counselling within university counselling services including Queens University Belfast and Dundalk institute of Technology.
3 years specialising in post-primary counselling in schools for children aged 11 to 18.
In addition to the above I have ran my Private Practice for 19 years. Within my Private Practice I offer individual and couple counselling and Clinical Supervision for Counsellors. I now work in my Private Practice full time. My work in Private Practice includes:
-offering counselling to survivors of Institutional and clerical abuse. I am registered with Towards Healing and therefore counselling can be offered free if you have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect by a member of the clergy or lay person working for the Catholic Church.
-Working for an Employee Assistance Programme Provider offering counselling to clients experiencing work-related stress or personal difficulties that may be impacting on their performance at work.
-I also receive self-referrals from individuals and couples seeking support for a wide range of emotional issues.I have extensive experience gained over the last 25 years in working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, low mood or depression including post natal depression, suicidal ideation, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, work related stress, low self-esteem, anger management, bereavement and loss, eating difficulties including anorexic and bulimic behaviours, and other self-harming behaviours. I have extensive experience of working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including abuse trauma, trauma as a result of the Northern Ireland Conflict and trauma experienced following any life threatening or terrifying experience.
My main models of psychological intervention include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)including mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches.
I am Bupa registered.
I also offer Clinical Supervision for counsellors and counsellors in training.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology 1990-1993
One year certificate in Counselling Skills 1995-1996
MSc in Counselling Psychology 1996-1998
Recent training includes:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mental Health First Aid
Critical Incident Debriefing
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Institutional and Clerical abuse
£60.00 per session
£60 per session. Funded counselling can be provided for victims of clerical abuse and/or their partner or children.
Daytime, weekend and evening appointments available for telephone or video counselling.