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BA, PG Adv Dip.

About me

Many of us go through times in our life that feel too hard to manage.  Everyday life can seem overwhelming and sometimes our own identity and self-worth can get lost in the chaos. Counselling is just another tool where you can explore your questions, fears and goals in order to understand what you need and how to get there. No issue is ever too small. If your situation and feelings are overwhelming you, they are important.

I offer confidential counselling to young people aged 16+ and adults.  I am experienced in creative play with young people and I also incorporate psycho-education into my sessions, to help bring understanding to your mental health concerns.

During our initial meeting (the assessment), we will explore your background and the reasons that brought you to counselling.  I will explain the process from the beginning and I will give you space to share with me, what you feel comfortable sharing.

Whilst I primarily offer face to face counselling, due to COVID-19, I am also available for telephone and online counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training:

I began my counselling training in 2007, gaining a degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice, before completing my Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. I gained my certificate in Complex Trauma and Childhood Abuse in 2017.

Qualifications:

  • Cert. in Complex Trauma & Childhood Abuse (NCS Accred.)
  • Level 5 Post-Qualifying Diploma Counselling Children & Young People
  • Bachelor of Arts Humanistic Counselling Practice
  • N.C.S Accred. Registrant
  • B.A.C.P Member
  • Access NI Enhanced Clearance Cert. 2021 (via SIA)

Experience:

I have been working as an Integrative Counsellor since 2010. I have counselled in a community-based setting; primary and post-primary school setting; participated in telephone counselling and currently work in private practice.  I have gained approx. 2,000 hours of post-qualified counselling practice.

I have worked first-hand with women and children affected by domestic abuse; families in kinship foster care; families affected by ongoing mental health issues within the home; homelessness and drug misuse. As well as my private practice, I am currently working with Mental Health Hospitals around the UK monitoring patient safety and good practice from staff.

What I offer:

  • Individual counselling age 16+
  • Gradual Exposure and 'Rapid Rewind Technique' to help treat PTSD, panic attacks, phobias and abuse
  • Mental Health Workshops for adults
  • Training programmes for organisations

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

Individual Counselling:

Assessment: £20 (part of this assessment can also be completed via phone call if you are a parent referring your teenager)

Ongoing sessions after assessment: £40 per 50 minutes session

I offer both short-term (6-12 sessions) and long-term work

Mental Health / Training Workshops:

I provide workshops for organisations, working with staff and service users.

Contact me for further details on fees, availability and topics.

When I work

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Appointments are available Wednesdays between 0930-1830

12 Balloo Avenue, Bangor, BT19 7QT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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