Josephine McDonnell MBACP (accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Josephine McDonnell MBACP (accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Ballymena North Business Centre
120 Cushendall Road
Co. Antrim
BT43 6HB


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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile .......I view good mental health not only essential but paramount in order to create a positive work-life balance and maintain healthy relationships ...

If you are reading this, then there is every chance that you’re seeking counselling for yourself or someone close to you. You may want to make some changes to your relationship or feels stuck with life or career, you may be experiencing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, work-stress, addiction, bereavement/loss, or issues relating to childhood wounds or trauma. You are not alone.

Choice of Counsellor
You may be asking what makes me different from a lot of other therapists. My background has been involved in the business world.  I had a great job but I had a deep feeling within that there was more that I wanted to achieve, more fulfilment and growth and this lightbulb moment motivated me to return to study and train as a counsellor. I'm now in a job that I love and I use all my life's experiences to enhance my role working with you.  I recognise that you are a unique individual, and that’s exactly how I aim for our session to be tailored to your individual needs. I also believe the importance of updating my training yearly with new modalities so that I can offer you a wider choice of treatments, techniques and tools to manage your life more effectively. I’m also passionate about mentioning students in particular counselling students to support them throughout their studies and fulfil the necessary requirements of their counselling diploma, please see my special rates below for students.

I am accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and  I adhere strictly to their confidential and ethical framework. I am also working towards my EMDR accreditation.

What to expect from me your Counsellor
As your counsellor/psychotherapist I would like to help you work through difficult times in a safe, comfortable, confidential, reflective space in a caring non-judgemental environment where you can talk what is troubling you, this will give you the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and concerns in a way you often can't do with family, friends or work colleagues. Together we can set achievable and measurable goals and whilst there is no magic fix to problems the combination of the right counsellor, with the right therapy and your willingness to change, puts you on the correct path for positive change…and you’ve already taken the most important step by seeking help today.

EMDR Therapy
Are you painfully enslaved by emotional roadblocks and/or poor relationship choices?  Unprocessed memories could be the problem and EMDR could be the answer.  EMDR is a powerful, scientifically validated process that has helped people reclaim their freedom. I also use EMDR therapy for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, addictions to mention but a few. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that is intrinsically 'Client-Centred' at its core and has  been extensively researched and recommended by NICE guidelines

Couple Counselling- Imago Therapy
Relationship disharmony can leave you feeling lonely, sad, disappointed and unsure what to do. In some cases relationships may not be fulfilling your expectations which can impact on your happiness and life satisfaction. Some couples are prone to self-criticism, blame/ shame and they find it difficult to generate feelings of safeness in a relationship, this can lead to anxiety, depression etc. Relationship counselling is focussed primarily on making sure issues are dealt with in a way that supports your health and wellbeing. I will help you explore your needs and wants in a relationship and provide you with a pathway in finding a new way of loving.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
CBT is a proven success based goal orientated talking therapy which anyone can benefit from as it is easily applied to many everyday situations. I work on the belief that you know how to support yourself and you know how to solve your own problems... however sometimes you may experience unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that prevents you from finding solutions to reach your goals and living life as you want to. CBT is highly effective for many disorders, but in particular anxiety and depression which can leave you vulnerable to low self-esteem. CBT is based on the idea that how you feel is directly affected by what you think and how you behave. Here I would support you when you are vulnerable and gently challenge you when you’re stuck.

What do you want out of life?
Everyone wants to be happy and yet much of our time is spent chasing happiness versus being happy, many people are busy being busy but yet never feeling satisfied with life. As you approach a brand new year, this may be good time to reflect and think what is holding me back from reaching my goals, my potential, or you may be thinking of a new career path, furthering your education, raising self-confidence or making changes to your current relationship.   Many people know what they don't want in life but they have not set a vision of what they do want. Here I would use coaching techniques to help you to be more creative and challenge yourself - what do I want out of life, I then would use the appropriate therapy interventions to facilitate this process, thus giving you hope and freedom to make healthy choices in your life. I also integrate mindfulness into my psychological model which is excellent for stress reduction and anxiety. Mindfulness integrates the heart and mind, expanding into self-compassion which is the cornerstone of building a sense of courage, resilience, life balance and emotional wellbeing all of which influence the brain and underpins all my teaching of good mental wellbeing.

.......thank you for reading my profile and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapy (Accredited)
  • University of Ulster Diploma in Counselling
  • CPCAB Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • University of Ulster PG Dip in Housing Studies

Additional training

  • EMDR (Europe)
  • Counselling Couples COSCA/IACC
  • Therapeutic Coaching
  • Trauma & The Body-Somatisation & Dissociation
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • Drugs & Alcohol Awareness & Misuse of prescribed drugs
  • Sex addiction, alcohol addiction & Gambling
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • NEXUS Workshop (Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse)
  • The Wonder Years - your birth order
  • Mac Millan cancer support

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership



I'm happy to answer any queries you may have. Please email me or call me on 07516823011 for a free consultation.

Please drop me a message and I will respond to you at my earliest convenience.


My private practice is situated at the Ballymena North Business Centre, BT43 6HB

  • Sessions lasts 50-60 minutes...
    £35 - one to one session
    £50 - couples session per hour
    Personal Therapy or mentoring for Students £30 per session
    To secure a booking i require you to pay online a £10 deposit, this amount comes off your final session, please get in touch for my banking details.

Cancellation Policy

Sometimes life gets in the way and you may need to cancel a planned session and I understand this but please allow 48 hours for cancellations by texting me at your earliest convenience otherwise you will lose your deposit

Further information

Testimonials from satisfied clients:

'I love EMDR, I no longer let past traumas run my life'.....thank you so much

'thank you for teaching us the 'Imago Therapy', we now have a found a new way of loving in our relationship'

' couple counselling allowed us to see that conflict and disappointment in our relationship was growth waiting to happen, this concept has saved our marriage'

'thank you for giving me the tools for self esteem, power and confidence, I can now move forward in life with ease, I am no longer afraid to be myself'

'thank you Josephine for teaching me mindfulness to mange my stress has changed my life for the better'

'for every problem I may create, I am confident that I can find a solution, this is such an empowering statement... thank you Josephine for bringing back the old me....

'thank you for supporting me during a difficult time in the work place due to bullying'......I now feel empowered and in control of my life

'I now know the importance of self compassion and gratitude in my daily living. I wish I had come to you 20 years ago'.. So much appreciated'

'I can now forgive myself for not being perfect.... as I forgive myself, it makes it easier to forgive others... I'm so grateful for this wonderful concept'


My private practice is situated at the Ballymena North Business Centre, BT43 6HB. I'm happy to answer any queries you may have by emailing me on this directory, alternatively you can call me on 07516823011 for a free chat or email me directly  Please drop me a message and I will respond to you at my earliest convenience.

Maps & Directions

Ballymena, BT43 6HB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Specialising in EMDR therapy for trauma, CBT for anxiety, depression, and Imago Therapy for relationship counselling. Please ring for free chat to discuss your therapy needs - 07516823011

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme