Brian Doherty - Counsellor & Bereavement Counsellor, UUFDSC, MBACP (Accredited)

Brian Doherty - Counsellor & Bereavement Counsellor, UUFDSC, MBACP (Accredited)

Rockfield Medical
Doury Road
BT43 6JD

BT44 9QD

07597 007158

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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 areas of bereavement, trauma, anxiety and disability and also meet the criteria to provide personal therapy to trainee counsellors.

Having grown up during the troubles in Northern Ireland, I have witnessed the traumatic legacy of this era upon some of the people here. The emotional fallout still impacts many of our lives today.

As a result, my client work has taught me that so many people whose lives were changed forever needed someone just to understand .

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 in similar situations.

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.

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

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.


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.


“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

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


Accredited register membership

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£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

Further information

These are some of my areas of special interest:




Maps & Directions

Ballymena, BT43 6JD
Ballymena, BT44 9QD

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 access: Yes



Types of client

Young people
Older adults