I am a Counsellor with 10yrs experience that offers Confidential Counselling to individuals and couples in a relaxed non-judgemental environment in the local East Belfast community with a broad spectrum of issues. I am a member of BACP and accredited with NCS. I work from an Integrative perspective which combines different approaches (Person-Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic). These approaches are tailored to fit the individual, their difficulties, personality and particular needs.
How counselling can help
I believe healing begins by experiencing unconditional acceptance and understanding and this can begin in a Counselling relationship. Therapy allows you the space needed to truly explore your thoughts and feelings in a way that is meaningful to you and for you to share your story in a safe space where "you can be true to yourself".
Life can become overwhelming and at times complicated, whilst we can't undo the hurt and pain from the past, we can look at the obstacles and challenges that are preventing you from moving forward and reaching your full potential. It is my goal to work together to help you explore who you are and help you come to terms with and find the solutions to your difficulties which in turn will help you experience a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I work with a wide variety of issues such as, Depression, relationship issues, spiritual issues, confidence issues, low self esteem, postnatal depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexual orientation issues and those at risk of suicide and self harm.
What to expect in your first session
Our initial meeting will last for an hour and we will discuss particular issues (past and present) that are causing you difficulty and distress and also for you to get an understanding of what counselling is and what you are expecting from counselling and if it is for you at this time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UU Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Formally Diploma)
- AQA Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Accredited with (NCS) National Counselling Society
I regularly attend training to keep up to date with safe and best practice:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Child and Vulnerable Adult protection training
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Suicide and Self Harm Risk Assessing
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)
- Working with Domestic Violence and Sexual violence
- Dual Diagnosis (Addiction and Mental Health)
- The Intoxicated Client (Keeping them Safe)
- LGBT awareness
- Working with marginalised groups
- Trauma Recovery
- Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
- Clinical note taking (legal consultation)
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.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
£30 Counselling/Therapy Session.
Reduced rate offered for Individuals receiving benefits and students and again I am more then happy to discuss your particular needs further. I can accept both cash and card payments.
I do my best to be flexible around appointments and am happy to work evenings. Please feel free to make contact and discuss your particular needs further.
Practical details about my practice
I arrange to meet with any potential clients in easy access venues that have transport links close by and access for those with disabilities.