Janet Matthews, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Janet Matthews, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Co. Antrim

07581 031915

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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


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        Career development
        Making difficult decisions
        Assertiveness training

        Photos & videos

        • Mindfulness 1
        • Mindful
        • Mindfulness using your phone camera
        • Counselling Room
        • Main photo


        £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.

        Maps & Directions

        Ballymena, BT42

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair 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