Hi my name is Cathy, I specialise in offering a range of Therapies to pre-teens and adolescents who may be struggling with exam stress, school issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sexuality, gender and the many other issues commonly faced by these age groups. I have gained substantial experience helping young people with their problems across the schools counselling service in Primary, Post Primary and Special Education.
I also work with Adults on a range of issues such as Anxiety, Depression and Stress within the Community, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice. This has given me great diversity in my client work and I am able to counsel within a wide range of settings and age grou
How counselling can help
My aim is to provide emotional support to people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives, by helping them to address, identify and work through their issues. Working together through the most important aspect of counselling that being the therapeutic relationship. I will offer you a warm, safe, confidential space. A space were you can talk through your issues and build positive coping strategies into your life, while working towards future goals, for a happier healthier you.
What to expec
The first session will give us the opportunity to meet and introduce ourselves for the first time. A number of things will be covered such as confidentiality and timing's. The session will be offered for 1 hour and an assessment of your presenting concerns will be taken, I will be interested to hear your story and what your goals are for counselling.
Other areas of specialism Autism
Young People and Adults with additional needs, I have personal and professional experience working with (ASD) Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I fully understand the high anxiety that so often goes hand in hand with Autism and aware of the many challenges people can face personally, socially and academically every day of their lives. The knowledge and experience I have gained over many years enables me to offer parental support and guidance as well.
I have a real affinity for working with Older Adults 60+ and understand the in-depth needs that coming with ageing. I have successfully provided Older Adults with counselling sessions within their own home and by telephone.
Bereavement Care, Loss and Grief, previously trained and worked with children and adults at CRUSE
Experience and Training within the Voluntary Sector has enabled me to support clients within the LGBTQ+ Community, I have also gained extensive experience working with transgender clients.
I currently see Student Counsellors within my Private Practice
Training, qualifications & experience
University of Ulster, Foundation Degree in Counselling,
CPCAB L3 Certificate in Counselling
I continue to further my knowledge by ongoing professional development (CPD) and have listed some of that training below:
Assist Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Advocacy OCN Level 3
Elder Mediation Training (Accred)
Bereavement Adult & CYP Trained with Cruse
LGBTQ+ Community training through Cara Friend, Gender Jam, Here Ni, Sail Genderessence, Education NI
EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques
Solution Focused Therapy
Palliative Care Training
OCN level 1 Gambling
Women's Aid, Nexus, Men's Advisory Project (MAP)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Elderly Persons Disorders
Loneliness & Isolation
Young People and Gambling
Concessions offered for
Counselling sessions are for one hour and cost:
Teens & Young People £35
Counselling Students £30