My name is Declan Harrigan. I began my career in corporate sales while studying Social Policy and Sociology at Magee, University of Ulster. After University and spending an additional 4 years training as a therapist I now have experience in counselling and psychotherapy for over 10 years both in the North of Ireland and since 2012 in West Lothian, Scotland.
My experience in counselling began in the North of Ireland where I worked specifically with those people affected by self-harm or suicidal thoughts / ideation. However, in addition to this work I have also worked with issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, abuse or post Northern Ireland conflict prisoners affected by PTSD to name but a few.
I have worked extensively on anti-sectarianism projects with young people using various counselling approaches in groups to help change their negative thinking about each other and encourage them to look at the similarities instead of the very minimal differences.
I moved to Scotland in 2012 where I have worked with a national charity, the local authority and I am currently a Clinical Director of a new local charity aspiring to reduce waiting times for counselling for young people in the local area and provide them with support when they need it most.
Training, qualifications & experience
- National Diploma in Care
- Bsc (Hons) Social Policy & Sociology
- Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Theory and Practice
- ASIST Training
- Mental Health First Aid
- CEOP Training
- CSE Training
- Self-Harm and Suicide
- Working with Children and Young People
- Sectarian / Race hate crime
- Child Protection
- Vulnerable Adult Training
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultation - £20
Individual session - £40 per hour
Couples Therapy- £60
Family Therapy - £80
Counselling Student personal therapy - £25 concession