Joanne Watt, Registered MBACP, MNCS (Accred).

Joanne Watt, Registered MBACP, MNCS (Accred).

Co Antrim

County Antrim

07768 803721

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Co Antrim

County Antrim

07768 803721

About me

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 a regular time and 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.

My role is to listen, support and help you understand your feelings and behaviour better and, if necessary, help you to improve your way of thinking and your ability to cope with whatever difficulties you are facing.

I work both individually and with couples from my home (a farmhouse in Templepatrick), where you will be made very welcome, and 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 very 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!

If necessary, home visits are also an option, and can be discussed on request.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

I  am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to their ethical framework for good practice.

Aside from my private practice, I am a bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, trained to work with adults, children and young people and have trained and practice with Relate NI, specialising in couple and relationship therapy.

I have completed training for working with trauma in adults, CBT for anxiety, depression, social phobia and PTSD, working with stroke survivors with communication difficulties, and have completed ASIST suicide intervention training 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 felt completely overwhelmed by my grief, and was very emotional and confused about how I could go on without her. Joanne showed such empathy, was patient and non judgemental, and having her support really helped me to work through the grieving process and eventually reach a point of acceptance. 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


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

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My fee is £35 per session (1hr), or £40 for couples
Home visits available, depending on location
Student rate £25
Online and telephone sessions available. See website (address above) for more details

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 (see above for link)

Maps & Directions

Templepatrick, BT39
Newtownabbey, BT36

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekday, evening and Saturday appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults