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Fdsc MBACP (Accred) Life Changes, Loss &Grief counselling

About me

I am a professionally qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have considerable experience in working with Bereavement, trauma and anxiety brought about as a result of individual experiences of Change and Loss.

We constantly experience Change and Loss in our lives and sometimes as a result we feel inequipped to deal with it. My work as a counsellor has taught me that so many people who struggle with change and loss in their lives need  someone just to understand so that they themselves in turn may understand unresolved issues from past experience which now hinder them in their daily lives.

Approaching middle age, I found myself reflecting upon my own experiences of change and loss and trying to imagine what it must be like for others battling daily to deal with their own unique experiences.

In 2005 I lost most of my eyesight due to a retinal disease. After battling depression as a result of this life changing event, I decided to become a counsellor so that I could help others through their dark days of change and loss.

At this time, a successful experience in personal therapy helped me understand not only the impact of my disability but also the impact of my many layers of unresolved grief stemming from the loss of family, friends, sporting and work colleagues as a result of the troubles, illness, tragic accidents and suicide.

I find that my considerable life experience is my greatest asset as I walk side by side with my clients on their journey of self discovery.

To be understood is a powerful thing.

If you find this resonates with your life at present then perhaps 'talking therapy' can help....

Sometimes life's journey finds us standing at a crossroads without direction. Let me help you find the way ahead!

My approach

As an integrative therapist, I provide a safe, confidential, therapeutic environment conducive to growth and change where you can express yourself honestly without fear of reproach or judgement.

This acceptance, honesty and understanding allow you to delve deeper into yourself, where you can ask yourself: “If this counsellor can accept me, why can’t I?”

What I hope you will get from therapy

The ultimate goal of therapy is self-acceptance so you can experience life to the full.

I believe that all therapy should be structured in such a way as to maximise your insight into the cause of your behaviour. This helps with ongoing assessment by providing evidence of how the historical setting has contributed to the present problems.

Berne (1966) says "we can heal the past in the present in order to assure the future."

As an integrative counsellor, I am afforded the flexibility to tailor therapy to client needs. This is a fluid process of identifying and understanding these needs, reflection upon best fit theoretical application and evaluation.

With this in mind, I will ask you initially;

“What is it that you want from therapy? What is the goal?”

I hope as we journey together that I can help you gain insight which can, in turn, help you identify problems, unused opportunities and resources.

How to get started

Please either phone me or email me to set up an initial session. Together we will establish your needs and the direction you would like to go. It gives us an opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you. Should this be agreed, a contract of six sessions would usually be offered, followed by a review of our work together. If appropriate an extended contract will then be offered.

This means that we will both commit to ongoing therapy until you feel that the work is complete.

Appointments

My hours are from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday but I will upon request arrange after hours or weekend sessions to suit client needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • FdSc in counselling studies (commendation)
  • Level 4 Certificate in counselling studies (distinction)
  • Child Protection
  • Mental health first aid training
  • Kids, alcohol and sexual health training
  • Bereavement workshop
  • The wisdom of the body - psychodynamic workshop
  • Addressing issues of anxiety - psychodynamic workshop
  • The concept of self- psychodynamic workshop
  • Sexual abuse workshop - nexus

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

£40 per hourly session

Currently providing personal therapy to trainee counsellors at special discounted rates

For more details please don't hesitate to call or email


When I work

flexible with after hours appointments including saturdays

Further information

These are some of my areas of special interest:

  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Abuse

Testimonials

“Brian is an excellent person to talk to. He is professional, kind and understanding. He never judges and his insights are very useful in helping to resolve personal issues and feelings. I would highly recommend Brian as a counsellor.” SB 27/09/2019

"I never knew that i needed to be heard until you invited me to talk and actually listened to a voice i never knew i had." MM 2020

Needed
A strong, deep person,
Wise enough to allow me
To grieve in the depth of who I am,
And strong enough to hear my pain
Without turning away.

I need someone who believes
That the sun will rise again,
But who does not fear my darkness.

Someone who can point out
the rocks in my way
Without carrying me.

Someone who can stand in thunder
And watch the lightning,
And still believe in a rainbow.

- Anonymous

Innerpeace Counselling, 82 Duneaney Rd, Glarryford, Ballymena, Antrim, BT44 9QD

Rockfield Medical, Doury Road, Ballymena, Antrim, BT43 6JD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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