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Cert Ed., MBACP (Accred), Lvl 6 Cert In Supervision

About me

I have been counselling for over 20 twenty years and I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Life, living and dying present many challenges to us as individuals and families throughout our lifetime. Through counselling we can receive professional support to help us understand, manage and change if necessary, our thoughts feelings and behaviours.

As an Integrative counsellor I engage with my clients in an environment where they can reflect on their concerns and issues without fear of judgement. We are all unique and I appreciate and relate to my clients and their life experiences as individuals.  I am respectful, empathic and genuine and work with my clients to develop a trusting relationship which provides a safe space to share, reflect and process what causes the concern, confusion and emotional distress or hurt.  My way of being, my training and my experience can help you to understand yourself more clearly and compassionately and if desired make changes that allow you to live and experience your life and relationships with less distress and more fulfilment.

My Professional Background and Experience:

As an accredited and registered member of BACP, I adhere to their Ethical Framework, Code of Practice and requirements for their professional register, to ensure I work safely and professionally with each individual client.

Most of my counselling experience has been working as student counsellor in Further and Higher Education with students from adolescence to adults dealing with a diverse and sometimes complex range of  issues including  Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Bereavement / Loss, Relationship Problems, Eating Disorders and Sexual Orientation, sexual abuse and behavioural disorders.

I also worked with an addiction agency, counselling clients who  had a dependency on alcohol and prescribed medication.

Throughout my Counselling Career I spent almost twenty years training and mentoring trainee counsellors from level 2 through to foundation degree level and for 7 years was a Course Director for the University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Counselling.

My core training and practice is in Integrative Therapy, however I have experience in a range of approaches and all my work is supported with Continuous Professional and Personal Development and Training.

I am also a qualified supervisor and supervise counsellors privately and as a supervisor on the University of Ulster supervisors list for their range of counselling training programmes

What to expect from counselling with me:

  • Initially clients may contact me on my mobile telephone number. A client may find this initial contact difficult however I will support them to make an appointment for a face to face interview.  Alternatively you may leave a message or a text and I will return your call.
  • At the first appointment we will introduce ourselves and work together to come to an understanding of the counselling process and your needs.  I appreciate that this experience may be difficult for clients however I endeavour to provide provide a warm, understanding and confidential environment to help initiate a trusting relationship.
  • We may contract at the end of this session or you may wish to consider your options further and we can contract at the next session.  A contract will be negotiated and agreed and provide clarity regarding the setting, timing, purpose, monitoring, closure and feedback  of the counselling relationship.
  • I have a choice of settings for my practice based in an holistic therapy room (Ravensara Holistic Therapy) in Randalstown and a counselling room in Antrim.  Both are calm and comfortable, easy to access, with free parking and close to the M2 and major roads.

Training, qualifications & experience

1973    Cert in Education                                                                  Keele University

1994     Cert in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning          RSA

1996    Adv Cert in Education (Counselling, Psychology of Adolescence

                                              Addiction, Pastoral Support)                Queen’s University

2005    Adv Diploma in Counselling                                                    CPCAB

2007    Certificate in CBT Skills and Theory                                        University of Ulster

2010    Mentorship for Performance Improvement                              University of Ulster

2011    Trained to Deliver Safeguarding Training  (Social Services in association with                                                                                                                University of Ulster)

2014    BACP Accreditation as  Counsellor / Psychotherapist

2015    Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision        CPCAB


2006    Motivational Interviewing

2007    Working with People with Cancer Related Issues (NRC/Action Cancer)

2008    ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

2009    SAFETALK (Suicide Alertness)

2012    The Impact of Family and Alcohol Abuse on Self Harm

2013    Psychological Trauma and Dissociation

2013    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD) through a scholarship to Kansas State                    University

            Art Therapy- ( Kansas State University)

            Drama Therapy ( Kansas State University)

2014    Trauma and the Impact on Families

2014    Ethics Masterclass (Tim Bond)

2015    Supervision CPD (Bobby Moore/University of Ulster)

2015    Certificate in Mindfulness (AWARE)

2016    Trauma is a Worldwide Phenomenon (NICF)

2016    NLP

2016    Trauma and Addictions  ( Wave/Queens University)

2017    Working therapeutically with the hurt child within.                    NCS

2017    Online Webcast: Private Practice conference 2017                    BACP

            ‘Identity: can you tell me who I am?’

I have attended a variety of conferences covering a variety of issues including Suicide and Suicide prevention, Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection/ Safeguarding Training, Working with Depression.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

I have a sliding scale of fees.

Trainee Counsellor -            £35 per hour

Voluntary Counsellor -        £35 per hour

Paid Counsellor -                £40

Supervision of Counsellors - £40 per hour.

When I work

I have flexible working hours which can be negotiated day or evening.

I have availability for online/ZOOM clients during pandemic.

5 Kemmilhill Heights, Randalstown, Antrim, BT41 3AU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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In person

I am a qualified supervisor CPCAB level 6 in Therapeutic Supervision (2015) Prior to this training I was course director for the FdSc in Counselling and a module lead for supervised practice where I trained and supervised trainee counsellors in supervised practice for10 years.

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