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About me

Hello, my name is Denise Grahame and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and I am also an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

In addition, I am registered with BUPA and AVIA to as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

I am passionate about helping my clients and forming a therapeutic relationship.  I also provide self-help literature, Relapse Prevention and I teach clients coping strategies in order to become their own therapists.

I offer an evidenced based counselling service, clients can be assured of a strictly confidential service following the National Institute of Clinical Excellence's (NICE) recommendations and the Ethical Standards of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). 

For further information please visit my website :-
www.cbtcounsellingservices.com (where you can view testimonials), send me an e-mail or we can chat on the phone.

Specialisms include the following areas:-

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety - fear of people, crowds, social situations
  • Specific Phobia, flying, spiders, needles etc
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Health Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma Focused CBT and EMDR
  • Workplace issues
  • Bereavement
  • Self-harm
  • Relationships
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Assertion
  • Addictions
  • Sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

Training, qualifications & experience

Denise Grahame MSc BSc (Hons) Psych P/G Dip CBT MBPS
Registered with BUPA and AVIVA as a CBT Psychotherapist

I am the sole Director of CBT Counselling Services Ltd and I have 18 years years experience in the area of mental health. I have worked in most of the 'troubled' areas of Belfast, GP Surgeries, Employment Assisted Programmes (EAP), Private Practice, On-line Therapy, and setting up and managing a CBT service for Praxis Care one of the largest charities in Northern Ireland for  4½ years.

I have also facilitated Stress Control  for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for 2 years and was elected on to a HUB which meets to allocate GP referrals to counselling organisation.  In addition, I have also worked with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the Victims and Survivors Service in Northern Ireland for people affected by the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland and I am currently contracted part-time to work with the South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust.

I am an accredited member with the British Association of Behavioural and Counselling Psychotherapies (BABCP) and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I also specialises in Trauma Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  I also specialise in phobias.  I have completed a two year Post Graduate Diploma in CBT which was accredited by the BACP and I have set up and managed a CBT Counselling Service.  I has vast experience in the area of Mental Health counselling.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Additional information

  • 'Pay as you go' sessions, single sessions or fortnightly).
  • Single Initial Assessments (1 hour).
  • Skype (suits people who cannot leave the house or time is an issue).
  • Self-help literature provided.
  • Top up' sessions as and when needed.

    Fees are due to qualifications, Accreditation, training and extensive experience.

    It is recommended that clients come for an Initial Assessment and 2 - 4 follow-up sessions close together. Then if they choose they can reduce their sessions to fortnightly in order to spread the cost.

    The number of sessions is relevant to a client's issues but the cost can be spread fortnightly.


Hours of Counselling Service:- 9 am - 5 pm (Evening sessions can be accommodated in Newtownards and Belfast)

Further information

  • I offer a Skype service.
    Evening sessions can be arranged in Newtownards, Belfast or by Skype.
    Registered with BUPA and AVIVA.

For further information please visit my website:  www.cbtcounsellingservices.com, email me or chat with me direct by telephone.

50 Regent Street
Co Down
BT23 4LP

Abbotsford Institute
2 Malone Road
Co Antrim

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

There are a few steps entering the premises but I have a downstairs room.


Denise Grahame - CBT Counselling Services Ltd

Denise Grahame - CBT Counselling Services Ltd