About me

Hi, I look forward to meeting you!

I'm a qualified Person Centred therapist, (BACP accredited course,) with you at the centre of the work.  I care about the details of the session, from making sure you’re physically comfortable & able to feel a sense of home.  I aim to build and create a trusting relationship and take time to get to know you and what your needs are.  I believe I am a warm person, caring and aim to actively listen to what you may be sharing.  Others say I am empathic and kind & offer warming & a genuine interest in people.  I hope you sense this too.  I have my Access NI check cleared and up to date also.  

I work with a wide range of issues from anxiety, family concerns, stress, low mood to supporting children struggling in school due to Covid 19.  I work using natural materials & sometimes use music with clients to help them relax if they want to use this.  Clients can sit on chairs or the floor depending on age and comfort- whatever suits best!  I find my work fulfilling and learn lots from my clients too.  I engage in supervision making sure you have the best service available.  

I work in creative ways in counselling and can work with children up to adults. I enjoy working within this diverse age range.  I make sure that the sessions are led by you and at your pace, and if using materials in the session, what is chosen by you.  I use play & art making in my work when appropriate & work from a person centred approach, with you and your needs being paramount. The work is always client led to fit your needs & I am also able to offer a safe, outdoor garden space if you’d value that for sessions. 

I believe in making a safe space where concerns can be talked about & aim to build a trusting and therapeutic relationship.  

Training, qualifications & experience

  • NCS Accredited & member
  • CPCAB Skills and Studies.  Level 2&3
  • Person Centred Diploma in Counselling. Queens University Belfast.  Qualified in 2008 with commendation. BACP accredited course.
  • CPCAB level 5 Post Qualifying- Diploma in Trauma informed - working with children & young people in schools. 2015 Pass
  • In house training & CPD specific to working with children and young people.  CBT, Attachment, mindfulness, managing overwhelming emotions, play work-music, drama etc, makaton training, safeguarding cyp.  

    Beginning study this year on Supervision CPCAB level 6. 

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.

NCS

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

National Counselling Society

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 have spent 11 years working with children and young people and have a heart to work especially with children.  I work creatively with them using sand, puppets, paint, making and craft and other mediums that are appropriate for the age of the child or young person.

Therapies offered

  • Ecotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£35

£20 Assessment

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can work daytimes and very happy to look at accommodating other times too.  Just send an email and I can arrange a time with you.

Further information

I work from home & have a comfortable, large space for you to relax and be yourself in.  I use creative techniques in my work should you wish to use those.  There is access from the room to our garden outside which is secure & not overlooked.  If you would find this beneficial I am happy to have sessions outdoors.  

Newtownards
Down
BT23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Dianne Minford

Dianne Minford