Lauren McWhirter BSc, Adv Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred), UKRCP - Individual Therapy

Lauren McWhirter BSc, Adv Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred), UKRCP - Individual Therapy

Co. Antrim

Co. Down

02890705290 / 07729830351

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About me

Experienced, accredited specialising in anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self worth, anger, stress, childhood issues, abuse - including sexual abuse. Understanding how difficult it is to make that first step I offer safe, caring, confidential and professional support.

I am an Accredited member of BACP, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and also am listed on the UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, UKRCP.

I have experience in working in the voluntary and statutory sectors. I still volunteer as a clinical supervisor within the voluntary sector.

I can offer longer open ended therapy or short term, solution focused therapy.

People come to counselling for different reasons but the common thread is that they don't feel that they are functioning to their full potential.

By taking a huge and brave step you can start to make changes. Counselling can help - talking and sharing your feelings with someone professionally trained can make an enormous difference and give a huge sense of relief. Taking that step to email or phone can be difficult so I try to make you feel as comfortable as possible and do appreciate that it does require an element of bravery to make that first contact.

My approach is integrative within a person centred framework, building a therapeutic relationship based on the core conditions - empathy, being non-judgemental, open and honest. My practice is client led, giving the client a place to explore problems and anxieties. By exploring the feelings and fears the client can reframe the problems and recognise their own resources to become empowered.

I integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic work and Solution Focused Therapy as appropriate.

I am a trained and practicing Clinical Supervisor, supervising other counsellors.

I offer private supervision for practicing counsellors using an integrative approach.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bsc(Econ), Queens University Belfast
Cert. in Counselling Skills
Cert. in Counselling Studies
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate in Sexual Abuse and Dysfunction
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Supporter
Cruse Bereavement Supervisor
Accredited BACP and UKRCP

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


The fee for a fifty minute counselling session is £40.

The fee for 1 hour of supervision is £40, for 1.5 hours is £50.

Please ring me on 07729830351 / 90705290 or e-mail for further information or to discuss any queries regarding the service or to make an appointment.

Reduced rates for counselling students requiring personal therapy or supervision.

Further information

I am BUPA approved.

I am Benenden approved.

I am an affiliate counsellor for an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) UK based provider.
I am a past affiliate counsellor with the Queens University Belfast Student Counselling Service
I have my own private practice
I have my own professional indemnity insurance
I abide by the Data Protection Act 1998
I abide by the BACP ethical framework
I have my own private supervision to ensure my best practice.

I have an up to date AccessNI police check

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT5
Newtownards, BT23

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Monday - Thursday daytime and evening appointments available

Supervision & training

Approved Supervisor with the University of Ulster.

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