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Dip HE / Foundation Degree Counselling. (MBACP)

About me

There are times in our lives when we feel the need to call out to someone, to have a genuine person to be there and to reach out to us in our hour of need. Someone to offer the hand of friendship, to listen attentively, be non- judgemental, supportive and caring. This could make a world of difference to each and everyone of us. 

Serenity counselling can offer you a confidential, tranquil and safe environment throughout your counselling journey. I understand that it can be difficult to share concerns, however counselling can offer a way to alleviate worries and offer support, friendship and a way forward.

I am situated in Castledawson village mid-way between Belfast and L/Derry approximately a quarter of a mile off the main arterial route. Please do not hesitate to arrange an initial free consultation, after which you can decide in your own time whether or not to avail of further counselling services.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Ulster, Diploma HE /Foundation Degree in Counselling Studies.
ASIST- Training (Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training)
BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care (Distinction)
N.V.Q. Level 3 Child Care (Trained in working with A.D.H.D, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia & Dyspraxia)
Qualification in Mindfulness training, Irish mindfulness Academy in Dublin.
Two supervision modules in counselling ethics and legals, through Aims Award and JMC counselling services.

Level 6 qualification through Aims Awards and JMC counselling training resulting in the completion of a research proposal and Dissertation studying the limited counselling services available for ex-combatants on both divides in connection with the troubles in Northern Ireland.

My training consists of a variety of psychological therapies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Humanistic Therapies (Person-Centred Counselling)
Psychodymamic Therapy

I integrate these therapies to suit the individual needs of clients. My aim is to listen attentively to each individual and create a supportive, therapeutic setting. I also provide an Integrative Counselling Service for adults and children within a regional Health Centre, working with various complex issues. I have over 20 years experience working within the primary and secondary school setting, working alongside both children and adolescents with Special Educational Needs.

To ensure the safety of my clients, I have become a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice. I have public liability insurance and I engage in one and a half hours personal supervision monthly with an accredited supervisor.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

Initial Consultation: Free

50 minute session: Fees will can be negotiated at initial meeting.

Concession fee for students and Counselling Students requiring Personal Therapy in relation to their course.

Further information

In relation to booking a consultation, or if  further information is required, I can be contacted via my mobile or email address by using the details below:

Mobile: 07561801005


Member Organisation (s)


B.A.C.P   Voluntary Accredited Certificate of Proficiency.

Waiting on accreditation to be assessed by NCS

24 Station Road, Castledawson, Magherafelt, County L/Derry, BT45 8AZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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