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)
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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:
Member Organisation (s)
B.A.C.P Voluntary Accredited Certificate of Proficiency.
Waiting on accreditation to be assessed by NCS