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Registered Member MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist & Supervisor

About me

Welcome to my profile. I offer a warm, non-judgmental counselling service and will help you understand yourself better, face difficult circumstances, make decisions or begin to make changes to your life. This will usually involve talking about your past life experiences, providing you with the support you need right now and helping you to make plans for your future.

I offer both individual and couples counselling, adults and young people (from around 14+) and I can help you to;

  • Understand how you are feeling
  • Identify areas that you might want to focus on
  • Work through the difficulties that you are currently going through
  • Discover what options you have and help you to find the right path forward
  • Cope with change and/or make the changes you want to
  • Learn new ways of coping by creating a deeper understanding of yourself
  • Feel better about yourself and your life
  • See a way forward and make progress towards feeling hopeful

I offer support for a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, work related stress, depression, relationship issues including sexual difficulties (eg low desire, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, orgasm issues), self esteem, bereavement and trauma among others.

I have comprehensive experience and training, working as a psychotherapist both privately and across a number of organisations for many years.


A peaceful and tranquil location, yet only 20 minutes from Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus; the journey all on main roads. This comfortable environment will provide you with some valuable time away and the space you might need at this time. Parking is available.

"Realise that you cannot help a soul unless that soul really wants help and is ready to be helped. I tell you to send that soul nothing but Love and more love. Be still and wait, but be there when that soul turns for help." Eileen Caddy

I will use a range of techniques learnt over the years from different therapy theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and I will focus on what you want to achieve, so offering a service unique to your needs. I offer a flexible professional service and receive consistent positive feedback from clients who gain real benefits to their lives from attending my practice. Take a step forward by getting in touch and following an initial appointment you can decide if its right for you at this time in your life...

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited Registered member with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
  • Registered member with COSRT (College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists)
  • Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (NRC)
  • Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - NRC
  • Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (Tavistock Relationships)
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling (PCI Dublin)
  • Diploma in Supervision (NRC)
  • Certificate in Complex Trauma (Zest)
  • Human Givens Masterclass in Couples Counselling
  • Human Givens REWIND Technique Training
  • Addictions Training
  • Childline Telephone & Online Counselling (NSPCC)
  • Bereavement Care for Adults as well as for Children and Young People
  • ASSIST training
  • Child Protection - Keeping Children Safe Training
  • Vulnerable Adults Protection - Keeping Adults Safe Training
  • Self Awareness & Stress Training
  • Domestic Violence Awareness (Women’s Aid)
  • LGBT Awareness & Workshops
  • Mindfullness
  • Suicide Prevention Training

I work with individuals, couples & young people (14+), entering therapy with a wide range of issues & difficulties.

Along with my private practice, I have also worked for Cruse Bereavement, Childline and New Life Counselling Services and have gained a wealth of experience over the years through these organisations and in private practice.

Believing in the benefits of having a good emotional wellbeing I am also involved with Fresh Minds Education; I currently facilitate online Suicide Awareness workshops across the community, promoting positive wellbeing. I have also facilitated Fresh Minds Education children’s GROW programme; focussed on creating resilience and coping techniques skills.

I continually develop myself by attending courses and workshops and abide by the BACP code of ethics.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £45.00 to £50.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information



Your 50 minute session costs;

- Individuals - £45 (M, T, T & F)

- Couples - £50 (M, T, T & F)

You can pay preferably using cash or alternatively bank transfer.


I provide counselling supervision - £40 for 1 hour; £60/1.5 hours

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions available M, T, T & F 8am-5pm

Further information

Please contact me by phone or email for further information, queries or to make an appointment. I value good service and so I will respond promptly to your queries, providing you with all the information you need and help you to make an appointment.

Newtownabbey, Ballyclare, Antrim, BT39

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I offer regular monthly supervision to qualified & trainee therapists registered with both BACP & NCS including assistance with accreditation

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