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B.ED, Dip Couns., Dip CBT, Dip Rel. Couns., MBACP (Accred)

About me

About me

I am a retired teacher whose pastimes include cooking, walking and nature.

I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with 10 years experience working with clients who present with issues such as bereavement, stress, anxiety, low mood, depression and self-esteem.

I am 'Relate NI' trained as a Relationship Counsellor and I can work with couples, singles and any other relationship type.

I welcome all regardless of class, colour, religious affiliation, creed or sexual orientation.

I try to be flexible regarding my time and am currently only working from my home in Carrickfergus.

I normally charge £35 per 1 hour session and £45 for couple sessions.

How I work

I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client is essential for therapy to be successful.

This develops over time and is based on empathy, honesty, being non judgemental and openness.

My approach is integrative within a person centred framework where I integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic work and Solution Focussed Therapy as appropriate.

In Relationship Counselling current circumstances, past life experiences and life-stage events can be explored.

How counselling can help?

Talking and sharing your feelings with someone professionally-trained can bring huge relief

and for many an understanding of their problem is enough.

Others may need to explore and engage in new behaviours to allow change to take place.

Counselling provides that safe and relaxed environment where you can talk, feel heard and understood without fear of being judged.

Confidentiality is respected.

How do I get started?

1. Already by accessing this site you have taken the initial step towards ownership of how you feel.

2.Or ring me at 07990761023 and ask to schedule that first appointment.

(If you leave a voicemail I will reply ASAP.)

What happens in my 1st session?

I will be there to meet you at the door and introduce myself.

 An assessment is completed which requires some basic information and a brief summary of the presenting problem.

You can ask questions and decide if you wish to begin therapy with me.

We will then discuss session times by mutual arrangement.

The session will last 1 hour.

What's next?

Therapy is individual and unique to each client and is your time to explore your experience of life.

Together we will begin to explore your issues by looking at them from different angles, reflecting on new ways of being and hopefully bringing greater clarity and a more satisfactory way of living.

I will listen, support and help you in whatever way I can.

Students

If you are studying and need personal therapy to complete your course I'd be delighted to help. Sessions cost £25 per hour.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor.

My qualifications are

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural skills and Theory
  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling

I volunteered with Cruse Bereavement Care for ten years journeying with both adults and children who had experienced bereavement and loss.

I am Relate NI trained in relationship counselling.

Member organisations

BACP

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).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Fees

Additional information

£35 per 1 hour session

£45 per hour for couples

Students £25 per hour.

When I work

Flexible to suit your needs.

Carrickfergus, BT38

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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