Carolyn McLaughlin

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MBACP, MNCS, Dip.Cous.
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Antrim BT41 & Ballymena BT42
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello, my name is Carolyn, let me tell you a little about myself and the services I offer. I am a qualified integrative counsellor with experience of working with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings including private practice/charity & GP surgery. Being an integrative practitioner simply means I use a blend of techniques, theories and approaches in order to tailor what suits you  best. This includes CBT - cognitive behaviour therapy, person centred therapy and a psychodynamic approach.

Whilst some may view therapy as a luxury for some it is necessity. I believe we all face difficulties in life and we deserve the right help to make sense of what is causing us distress whilst moving towards better mental health. As a qualified professional I will respect you, not judge, show empathy and empower you (something I am extremely passionate about). I work in a simple, down to earth, relatable way. For some this may be talking therapy, for others it may be getting creative it is whatever works best for you.  Whilst I may not have walked in your exact shoes along your exact path I am willing to pull on a pair and walk with you, not in front of you but alongside you every step of the way.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Onus (NI) Ltd Domestic Violence course
  • Rainbow Project Awareness Training
  • Child Protection Awareness Training (Safeguarding) Suicide Awareness Training. Risk assessment & Safety Planning
  • Trauma Essentials course (with Terry Shevlin)
  • BACP OU How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer
  • Wave Trauma course 
  • ASIST Awareness Suicide Training
  • Essential Training Associates – Counselling children & young people
  • Binge Eating Disorder 
  • Learning Disability, Disability Awareness & MS Training 
  • Generation Hope - Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Autism Solutions NI - Understanding Autism & it's impact
  • 'It's all in the mind' - CBT training - with Dr Maria Kee
  • Autism & Fussy Eating - with Dr Kirsty Porter Nutrition4kidsNI

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a strong affinity in supporting individuals who have been diagnosed with ASC - autistic spectrum condition, or may be experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or communication difficulties.  I am particularly passionate about supporting parents/carers of autistic children or family members, implementing my knowledge/skills and empathy.


From £40.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Face to face, telephone & online sessions - £40 

Face to face sessions conducted in Antrim town centre.  £10 fee required upfront to secure initial session & cover late cancellations (less 24 hours notice this is non refundable in the event of a client not attending)  Please note £10 fee will be deducted from overall session cost.

*This is required to cover room hire costs.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I mainly offer daytime sessions on weekdays.

Further information

I work in a simple straightforward way incorporating theory so that it is understandable, relevant and transferable, allowing the client to use ideas, suggestions etc from the therapy room in their everyday life.

Maine Business Centre, 82E-82J Main Street, Cullybackey, Ballymena, County Antrim, BT42 1BW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

I operate from premises also situated in Cullybackey which is wheelchair/mobility issues accessible with a lift and disabled parking on site.

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Carolyn McLaughlin
Carolyn McLaughlin