Diane Gowing - BA Hons, Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP
Life can sometimes leave us feeling stuck, or on our own. There's no need to be alone in this. I'm here for you to talk things through.
I'm a psychotherapist and counsellor, and specialise in the areas of grief, loss, abuse and trauma. My practice is based in Belfast and Portadown.
What is Counselling, Psychotherapy?
People wonder what counselling/psychotherapy is all about. It's simple really. Counselling is about talking through a particular issue, to gain clarity about thoughts and feelings. In psychotherapy we focus a little more deeply on themes that crop up, enabling us to gain insight into limiting beliefs that are "programming" us outside of our awareness and holding us back.
The thought of doing this can be quite scary! We all have feelings and/or memories that are painful and we fear being overwhelmed by them. When we uncover such things it's a bit like peeling an onion - we look at things a little layer at a time, to the extent to that you want to. The mind has a great wisdom of its own, and knows if and when to look at what is kept unconscious. The gaining of insight can be a great release, and when we change our thoughts we can change our whole life.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons (Queen's University Belfast)
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCI College Dublin)
Licenced NLP Practitioner (Irish Institute of Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I have worked in Cruse Bereavement Care, Save our Sons and Daughters and Samaritans.
I apply my own qualities of compassion, insight, intuition and non-judgemental listening. I'm an integrative therapist, which means that I use a range of psychotherapeutic approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural:
- Using CBT techniques to manage and counteract unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
- Person Centred:
- Recognising each person as a unique individual;
- Connecting with the thoughts and feelings of the inner self
- Detecting themes and images which provide insight into the unconscious mind, enabling the recovery of what presently lies outside conscious awareness
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Session fee is £40 an hour. Concessions may apply.
Notice of cancellation is required 24 hours in advance.
I also run workshops for groups on subject areas including building self esteem, understanding our own emotions, and handling narcissistic personalities.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client