Joanne Watt

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Registered MBACP (Accred)
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Templepatrick BT39 & Newtownabbey BT36
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I AM NOW OPEN AND REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING NEW AND EXISTING CLIENTS IN PERSON AGAIN! Phone and zoom sessions still available if preferred. Good hygiene measures in place for your safety.

Are you feeling anxious, depressed, discontented, confused, or maybe even just need someone to talk to?

I offer a very private, comfortable and relaxed space, where you can have time and a safe place to talk through your challenges and learn new coping strategies, which can enable you to work through the feelings that are troubling you. From my own experience, this can really help to deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis or bereavement, improve your relationships, reduce confusion, or develop better ways of living.

I am an integrative therapist, fully qualified to work with individuals and couples, meaning I use different theories to suit each clients individual needs. It is my role to listen, support and help you understand your feelings and behaviour better and, if necessary, help you to improve your way of thinking, communicating and your ability to cope with whatever difficulties you are facing.

During sessions you will be encouraged, through a respectful and non judgemental environment, to talk openly in a way that cannot always be possible with family and friends. This can be therapeutic when you are feeling low and can really help you to start taking control of your feelings and begin to move towards a happier and more contented life.

Sessions last approx. one hour, during which time you will have my full and focused attention - something which can be very difficult to get in every day life!

Counselling in Newtownabbey, Antrim, Ballymena, Ballyclare, Larne, Carrickfergus and Belfast area

Training, qualifications & experience

I  am a qualified, experienced, Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their ethical frameworks for good practice.

Aside from my private practice, I am a qualified Associate Counsellor with Relate NI, working with couples and individuals facing relationship issues.  I have also worked as a bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, experienced in working with adults, children and young people facing grief and loss.

I have completed CPCAB/Relate training for working with couples, working with trauma in adults, CBT for anxiety, depression, social phobia and PTSD, working with stroke survivors, Childline training and ASIST suicide intervention in suicide first aid.

Client Testimonial 1

"I was so nervous about starting counselling and wasn't sure what to expect from it. However, on first meeting Jo she completely put me at ease and I ended up looking forward to our sessions. I really benefited from seeing things from new perspectives and felt understood and supported at a time when I really needed it. Although I am now feeling much stronger and have finished counselling, if I ever need support again in the future I will definitely be going back to Jo"

Client Testimonial 2

"After my wife died, I was completely overwhelmed by my grief and felt so alone and was very emotional and confused about how I could go on without her. Joanne showed such empathy, was so patient and having her support really helped me to work through things. I am really glad I overcame my negative view of counselling and don't know what I would have done without it"

Client Testimonial 3

"Joanne really helped me to deal with a lot of issues, especially learning to overcome my anxiety. I now feel stronger and more positiive about the future. She helped me to work on improving my confidence by encouraging me to change the way I think about things. I didn't want our sessions to end. "

More testimonials available on my website...

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Located close to Belfast, Antrim, Ballyclare, Glengormley, Carrickfergus, Whiteabbey, Newtownabbey and Larne.

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£40.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Morning, afternoon or evening appointments £45 per session (1hr),

Couples: £55

Student rate: £35

Payment accepted in cash, online banking or via Paypal

When I work

Weekday, evening and Saturday appointments available.

Further information

If you would like to discuss how counselling could help you, please call me on 07768 803721, or email me at There will be no obligation to book a session unless you wish to do so.

I can be flexible with appointments, and will do my best to find a time to suit you.

Further information available on my website

Ballyclare, Templepatrick, Co Antrim, BT39

Carnmoney, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, BT36

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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Joanne Watt
Joanne Watt