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Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

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 £30 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 for 50 minute for individual counselling (I charge a reduce fee of £25 for the first session).  If you feel you are unable to pay these charges, please talk to me about this. 

£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 30 year working as a nurse (adult, child) and a midwife, I have clear understanding of the impact of illness on mental health. I am highly aware of the stresses of working in the NHS so I have counselling experience working with those struggling with illness or following injury, their families and health professionals under pressure.

I also have experience nursing in Children’s Intensive care unit Belfast, London and Edinburgh where I also worked as a family bereavement carer. Some of this career and life history resonates with clients and is often the reason they make contact with me.

You can be assured, if you contact me, i will do my best to help you or someone you care about.

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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Career development
Making difficult decisions
Assertiveness training

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

£30 first session with no obligation to continue

£40 - 50 minute sessions Group work is £20 per 2 hour session.

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

When I work

Range of appointment times to include evenings and weekends  For more details call, email or text me, whatever is best for you. I am now seeing clients in person. 

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.

Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT42

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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There are 3 steps into the building, after that it is flat. I will be able to book accessible accommodation elsewhere but this may mean you have a longer waiting time

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