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Janet Matthews, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT42
07581 031915 07581 031915
Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT42

About me

I offer integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions on a one to one and group basis.

CBT research highlights that, what we think impacts on what we do / don't do, how we respond to situations, and what we feel emotionally and physically setting up a vicious cycle. CBT is about exploring what is not helpful in your thinking and behaviour. If you can relate to this personally I can introduce you to tools which can help you break that vicious cycle, change how you are feeling and live your life to the full.

Individual Counselling

We will meet in a warm welcoming place, where you are can invited to be yourself, share whatever is on your mind and what is holding you back. I am committed to hearing, understanding and acceptance of you and your story. I have helped clients who overwhelmed by anxiety disorders, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), addiction, self-harm, anger, post-traumatic stress and other mental health problems.  I have also helped those who have to make big decisions in life and are finding this difficult to do.

I offer a preliminary appointment so that we can get to know each other with no obligation to continue. I charge a reduced rate of £25 for the first appointment. We both have to feel comfortable about working together or not if you or I don’t think what is on offer would help you.

I will start by listening to your story to gain an understanding of what has been happening to you and to help you understand your feelings. This will enable both of us to tailor a programme that is right for you. I will support you as you learn to be kinder to yourself, recognise and change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviours, while building on your strengths. Developing new life skills, to include mindfulness, will help you manage stress and resolve the problems you are currently facing. This will also help you in the future to stay well and achieve your potential.  This is a guided journey, some clients feel much better in 6 – 8 weeks, for others this recovery journey will take longer.

Group work

Group work is challenging and fun, but mainly very supportive as the group works together. There maybe tears but there will definitely be laughter at some point. Progress can happen quickly as you discover you are not the only one with this problem.

Examples of group work  include

  •    Overcoming social anxiety
  •    Low self esteem
  •    Living life to the full (overcome anxiety and depression)
  •    Assertive training
  •    Panic disorder
  •    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Groups are scheduled this autumn so watch this space. Contact me if you want to be kept informed or if you would like me to run a course within your organisation, church or club.

Working with Organisations

With extensive experience working in the NHS and University (Nursing, Management, Education and Curriculum development) and as director at Emmaus House, a charity in Edinburgh, I can offer your staff CBT Skills training workshops tailored to organisational need. This is particularly helpful to Teachers, Lecturers, Health and Social care professionals, enabling them to use these skills to help them, their pupils, students, patients, clients to realise their potential.


£40 per hour for individual counselling (I charge a reduce fee of £25 for the first session). 

£20 per individual as part of a 2 hours group.

£50 Counselling via skype

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Scotacs Diploma in Counselling and Group Work - A Cognitive Behavioural Approach) in June 2012. However counselling has been an integral part of my work in the NHS and University for over 35 years in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.

During my CBT training and since qualifying I have worked in Edinburgh on a one to one and group basis across the age range; - with Adults, Young People and Children. I have just moved back home to Northern Ireland and am looking forward to establishing my CBT practice here.

I have many enjoyable years working with students in higher education, helping them to manage their studies and life and for some in very stressful personal circumstances.

With over 20 year working as a nurse (adult, child) and a midwife, I have clear understanding of the impact of illness on mental health and the stresses of working in the NHS so I have experience working with those struggling with illness or following injury, their families and health professionals under pressure.

I also have experience working in Children’s Intensive care unit Belfast, London and Edinburgh where I also worked as a family bereavement carer.

I adapt my approach, using my knowledge and skills to meet your individual needs.

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Career development
Making difficult decisions
Assertiveness training

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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£25 Preliminary session with no obligation to continue

£40 for each 60 minute sessions

Group work is £20 per 2 hour session.

If you are unable to pay this amount please contact me.

Further information

An Integrated Approach

During my training we learned how to integrate other counselling approaches within CBT practice which enables me to tailor a programme that is right for you. If we try something and it doesn't seem to be working in a reasonable amount of time, we can explore this and adapt your programme. It is therefore very important that we evaluate your program weekly and that you feel free to tell me if something doesn't feel right for you. Being flexible, and adaptable is part of your recovery journey.

Co. Antrim

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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 Unspecified

There are 3 steps into the building, after that it is flat. I maybe able to book accessible accommodation elsewhere


A range of appointments times are available to include evenings and weekends. For more details email or text me

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Janet Matthews, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Janet Matthews, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist