About me

Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe confidential and non-judgemental environment.  I use various approaches, as well as drawing on my years of experience in  mental health and wellbeing in order to support you in finding solutions to current challenges. I also have 15 years of experience in working with individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

First steps:

First contact me through telephone or email and arrange an initial session at a time that suits you. The first session will usually last 50-60minites and will involve some discussion about what the counselling process involves. You will have the opportunity to share what you hope to achieve from counselling and your current circumstances. If you feel that you would like to continue with counselling then we can arrange another appointment and take it from there.

Training, qualifications & experience

2005: Bsc (Honours) Applied Psychology (University of Ulster) 2:1

2012: Diploma in Counselling (University of Ulster) - with Commendation

2017: Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care (Adults Management) City and Guilds

I have worked for 10 years in mental health and wellbeing facilitating therapeutic group work, as well as individual support. Through this work and through life experience I have developed an understanding of the impact of mental illness and emotional distress and supporting individuals in overcoming these challenges.

During this time I have taken part in continuous training including Applied Suicide intervention, Keeping adults safe and child protection, coaching and mentoring, Grief Trauma and the Helping relationship, Introduction to Reminiscence and Life Story work.

Prior to working in mental health, I worked with children with autism both in home, school and community settings. I have experience of family work and have also worked as a counsellor to individuals who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder. I have a great understanding and empathy for individuals who have autism and their families.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£35 per session. Each session will be 50-60minutes long and there is usually one session per week.

There may be concessionary rates for students or individuals with a low income.

County Antrum
Belfast
Antrim
BT9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Evening and weekend appointments also be available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Emma Bourquin

Emma Bourquin