Helen Armstrong B.ED, Dip Couns., Dip CBT, Dip Rel. Couns., MBACP (Accred)
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 can be flexible regarding my time and location. My practice in Belfast is close to train and bus facilities and car parking is available here and in Carrickfergus.
Both offices have easy access for those with mobility issues.
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.
We will go into the therapy room and 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.
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.
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 currently employed with an agency whose referrals come from GPs and the Trust.
I am Relate NI trained in relationship counselling.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£35 per 1 hour session
£45 per hour for couples
Students £25 per hour.