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Counselling for Individuals and Couples

As you read this, I want to let you know that I understand the importance of finding the right Therapist to work with and how challenging this may be. I am  sensitive that this may be a big step for you, and for some people, it is the most important step in the process - making that first move.  Whether you are an individual or part of a couple exploring therapy,

I have included some comments for those of you making tentative moves, that may help you get a sense of how I work. These are real comments from people I have worked with and as part of our contract, they are added here anonymised respecting total client confidentiality and the confidential nature of our work.

"Margaret is non judgmental, she listens, she processes your situation (however complicated) and helps you find your way..."

"Margaret is the first person really to enable me to recall situations of the past to help me deal with the present - and move forward into the future..."

"I really feel I have turned a corner in my life after working together with Margaret"

The counselling relationship is a unique relationship, which many people find beneficial.  You can feel enabled to talk freely and confidentially, remaining safe in the knowledge that you are at the heart of the relationship, it is all about you.

I am an experienced, qualified, professional Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach, working with you to enable your issues to be explored in a warm, safe and non judgmental environment. I am a registered and accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy -  MBACP (Accred).

At our first session, we aim to get a sense of what you want to get out of the process and agreeing how you will know when you have achieved it. If we agree to work with one another, then we plan our sessions weekly and begin to build trust and safety in the work.  It is important that we review how we feel our work together is progressing and that we are moving forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

It is important for you to be comfortable that you have chosen a Counsellor who is skilled, able, trained and qualified to work in their professional capacity, with you at the heart of the work.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited Course) and a Diploma in Counselling from Guildford College. Additionally I hold Post Qualifying Certificate in Couples Counselling, Certificates in both Counselling Studies and Skills and a Diploma in Coaching. I also have a BSc in Human Communication. I am a qualified Master Practitioner in NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming, a powerful tool to work with you on transformation. I am trained as as as an EMDR Practitioner working towards accredited Practitioner status.  For systemic work with individuals, couples and families, I hold a PG Certificate in Systemic Practice & Family Therapy.

I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor (British Psychological Society) for trainee and experienced Counsellors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with clients who want to work with a Coach, who prefer life coaching for improved confidence, personal leadership and self mastery - or specifically to focus on important goals in life that are meaningful and close to the heart.

Working this way means you can work towards achieving a specific goal, in a specified timescale, rather than seeking to resolve any deeper issues.  This approach really works for people who feel that counselling may not be what they want or require.

Fees

Additional information

Sessions for individuals are charged at £50 for daytime appointments
For Couples Counselling, the rates are charged at £65 per hour

Availability

Available Monday to Friday. Evening appointments may be available

Further information

Relationship Counselling

There is currently no waiting list for clients.

I offer professional services and work within the BACP Ethical Framework and the Code of Practice for AFT,  Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.  I am a Member of EMDR All Ireland.

I am fully insured with an Enhanced Disclosure Access NI.

Magherafelt
Derry/Londonderry
BT45

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Clinical Supervisor currently providing one to one clinical supervision by telephone and online via Zoom.

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Margaret Spencer

Margaret Spencer