Brenda Adams Counsellor and Psychotherapist at Flourish Well-Being Antrim
Hi and welcome to my profile.
Along with my private practice, Flourish Wellbeing Counselling NI in the Antrim Area, I am also a counsellor for NEXUS NI and I volunteerer for Cruse bereavement care as a bereavement Counsellor and supervisor.
How will we work together?
I will work with you in a way that best suits your needs, the therapy is individual to you and what works for you as an individual ensuring the best possible outcome, using a number therapeutic approaches, including Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred, Brief Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapies, I am a member of BACP working towards accreditation and I am accredited with the NCS. I always work within the strict code of ethics and guidelines.
Life can be extremely difficult to cope with at times, for everyone, depression anxiety, bereavement, stress and mental health issues can affect ANYONE, life can be unexpected; job loss, marriage/ relationship breakdowns, bullying, accidents, trauma, abuse, bereavement domestic violence, sexual abuse and many more obstacles’ that make everyday life painful, You do not need to face these difficulties alone:
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Are you struggling with anxiety?
Are you struggling emotionally?
Are you suffering from stress?
Are you experiencing worry or negative thinking?
Do you suffer from depression?
Do you have low self esteem or lack confidence?
Are you experiencing suicidal thoughts or self harm?
Have you experienced the loss of a loved one?
Counselling can help you to understand and explore your feelings, give you the tools to help yourself, supporting you while you reflect and explore the core issues that is causing you distress and pain. Empowering you without the fear of being judged. Counselling isn't about giving you advice but rather to help you arrive at your own solutions, I can give you a safe, calm, warm, confidential space and help you understand and express your thoughts and feelings. I am highly skilled in dealing with a wide range of mental health issues, trauma, and suicide first aid with a well of experience working with stress, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, OCD, health worries, panic disorders, suicidal ideation, self harm, bullying, anger, bereavement and many other personal problems.
Taking the first step can be very scary, so well done for getting this far!
I know from my own life experience, how beneficial Counselling can be, my own life took me on this journey so I fully understand how intimidating it can be, therefore I am fully committed to fully supporting you take the first steps to a more positive future. I am passionate about helping others and feel that counselling really can be life changing. It can empower you and give you the helping hand to find your own voice.
It is important to remember you are not alone, there is non judgemental help, compassionate care and support here for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I feel for me to offer you the best possible care and support, it is vital to keep on top of different therapies to develop new skills and to constantly update training, I am always open to learning new skills as I believe it is important to do whatever we can to promote healthy ways of coping with problems to ease emotional pain and improve mental health. Here is a list of some of my qualifications and certificates:
AQA Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
AQA Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
OCN Level 3 in Trauma and Addictions (WAVE)
OCN Level 4 in Psychological Trauma (WAVE)
CRUSE ABC Foundation in Bereavement Counselling
Level 5 Diploma CBT
Mental Health First Aid
Suicide First Aid- APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING- (A.S.I.S.T)
Understanding Self harm and Substance Abuse
Wellness Recovery Action Plan ( W.R.A.P)
Level 1 Suicide Connections and Interventions
Level 2 Suicide Connections and Interventions
Safeguarding in Young People and Vulnerable Adults
Macmillan understanding Cancer and its treatments
OCN Level 2 Parent/Teen Communication
Mood matters for adults
ASCERT Young People Substance Misuse and Mental Health
K.A.S.H Kids and Sexual Health Workshop
ASCERT Working with Young People and Substance Misuse
Women's Aid Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness. (bronze workplace charter award)
ASCERT foundation module children, young people and families
Supporting bereaved young people and children.
BACP Certificate of proficiency
BACP working with young people in the LGBT community
BACP Working with young people and self harm
BACP working with young people and eating disorders
NEXUS Trauma and the body; the theory and practice or sendorimotor psychotherapy
Diploma in counselling children and adolescents
Level 3 parent/teen communication group facilitating
Cruse accredited certificate supervision
NSPCC Child protection
RAINBOW PROJECT : introduction to LGBT Affirmative therapies
Accredited EFT foundation course
Accredited EFT Master Practitioner's course
Understanding and working with learning disabilities
Weight stigma and the Psychological cost of toxic shame
Working with autism
Create youth wellbeing and mindfulness coaching
Creative counselling skills-working with mandalas and masks
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session
(please note - Debit cards are not accepted)
Sessions normally last 50 minutes
Reduced Fee for Student counsellors
Before we commit to the first session we can have a quick discussion on the phone to make sure that you are comfortable with meeting me, at this stage I am happy to ease any worries and answer any questions you may have.
If you feel uncomfortable phoning at the first point of contact, feel free to text me on 07933486322 emails can sometimes be delayed so phone contact is recommended or click on the Facebook icon and send me a private message
Concessions offered for
Confidentiality is of absolute importance, everything you say will be kept totally private, the space is your time, your safe place, your needs come first.
A good therapeutic practice requires counsellors to take part in regular supervision to monitor their practice, I undertake supervision to ensure I adhere to this value, in supervision I may need to discuss client issues but never reveal client identities,everything is confidential.
However there may be occasions when complete confidentiality does not apply, if there is any questions relating to this please feel free to ask.