Connie Chaudhry - Registered and Accredited (BACP) Counsellor and Supervisor
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At the very heart a counsellor listens - simply to listen. I will listen with kindness and empathy, without judgement, no matter what you bring. Life and experience has taught me that we all have a story. And that reframing our life scripts and stories within us, along with considering our patterns in relationships, can help us to move forward with hope and change. Everyone's counselling journey is different, and I attempt to work with you, where you are at, and hopefully give you some simple techniques that you can take away and make your own. So whether you have a mental health diagnosis or have simply hit a difficult phase in your life, get in touch to see how I may be able to support you, at my private premises in Antrim Town Centre.
Initial Contact - When you first get in touch we will usually arrange a call of 10-15 minutes to assess your suitability for counselling and for you to get a chance to speak to me and ask any questions you may want to. This is not necessary however and we can use email to communicate if you prefer. After this we will arrange our first face to face session. During this session I will need to ask some questions and complete some paperwork which usually takes up the first 15-20 minutes, after which you will have an opportunity to talk about the issues that bring you. After this session you can decide if you wish to continue seeing me, and if so sessions are usually once a week for one hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience: I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2006 and became a Registered and Accredited member in 2014 and am governed by their guidelines and governance. The BACP awards Accreditation to Counsellors with a high level of experience and Continued Professional Development (ongoing training), through a stringent process of self-reflection and record keeping.
I attend monthly supervision at all times that I am in practise. My experience includes 4 years counselling with a GP's practise, 5 years with suicide prevention helpline as a telephone counsellor, bank shift leader and seeing clients in the community, 5 years in private practise, and 2 years as a teacher of counselling courses in adult education.
I have done a lot of work with teenagers/young people between the age of 11 and 21 and especially welcome referrals for this age group. Young people are very receptive to the idea of 'think good - feel good' which is grounded in CBT. If they can learn techniques to deal with anxiety, low mood, anger and other mental health issues at a young age, this will give them skills for life. It also conveys the message that talking/counselling is nothing to be ashamed of and this can be a very relevant message, especially for boys. I also use a mixture of CBT, Mindfulness and EFT to work with young people with self-esteem and self-worth issues and also digital addiction (see more on this below).
My qualifications are as follows:
- B.A (Hons) English(1997)
- P.G. Dip in Journalism and Mass Communications (1998)
- M.A. English (2000)
- OCR Certificate in Counselling (2006)
- Dip HE in Counselling (2009)
- Level 5 Certificate in Mental Health Studies (2011)
- BACP Register Proficiency Test (2013)
- Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2014)
- BACP Accreditation - September 2014
- BSc Hons Psychology (2016)
- Master Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) (2017)
- CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (2017)
Like many colleagues, I am committed to ongoing CPD (Continued Professional Development) and have completed many short courses under this umbrella. Some of these are as follows:
- ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Understanding of Adolescent Development
- Understanding Trauma and Trauma Recovery with Adolescents
- Mindfulness Meditation Training
- Grief Trauma and the Helping Relationship
- Sexual Abuse: The Counselling Process
- Impact of Alcohol and Self-Harm
- Treating the Multiply-Disordered Suicidal Client: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Perspective
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
- Working with Domestic Violence
- Trauma and the Body
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Sand Tray Therapy
EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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Counselling Appointment Daytime 9am to 3pm - £40
Counselling Appointment Evening 4pm to 8pm - £45
Counselling Student Fee - £30
I do offer reduced charges in some circumstances so please do enquire even if you feel you cannot afford this fee.
I offer Counselling Supervision for qualified counsellors.
The cost for this is £35 per hour and £50 for 1.5 hours, with a FREE initial consultation and a reduced fee (£30ph)for counsellors who are students or doing voluntary work only.
I am passionate about offering a service that is evidence based. I stay up to date with the latest research around counselling and what is most useful in recovery. I do not believe in only relying on older theoretical models of counselling, and through my study of psychology, try to stay abreast of neuropsychology research.
Neuroplasticity is a concept that suggests our brain can change physically and change our minds. This is quite a new concept but few now doubt its existence and relevance. There are various activities that research has now shown contribute to neuroplasticity, and I endeavour to include these within my practise. There are simple changes that we can make in our lives, that if practised regularly, have been shown can increase our happiness levels by up to 40%.
Many recent research studies also show the benefit of Mindfulness to the changing brain structure and dysfunctional habits and I attempt to introduce clients to this practise and develop positive habits of an ongoing basis.
I work with a combination of CBT, Mindfulness and EFT techniques with young people with digital addiction. This is emerging as a worrying and widespread side affect of the digital age, and research has shown digital addiction in teenagers can not only be harder to treat than drug addictions, but significantly contributes to poor mental health.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday - 9am to 3pm
Wednesday and Friday - 4pm to 8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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