Kerry Courtney MBACP, NCS Accred. Reg., BA (Hons), PG Adv Dip.
12 Balloo Avenue
I offer confidential counselling to children, young people and adults. I am experienced in creative play with children and young people, as a way to bring understanding and resilience to their personal needs. I incorporate psycho-education into my sessions, to help bring understanding to your mental health issues, particularly with anxiety, trauma and avoidant behaviours.
During our initial meeting (the assessment), we will explore your background; past and present issues; the reasons that brought you to counselling; and what you would like to get from your counselling experience. Making the decision to come for counselling can feel daunting. As a counsellor, it is important that I help you feel as safe as possible while you explore the areas that make you feel vulnerable. I understand that going into an unfamiliar situation can make most of us feel anxious, therefore I will explain the process from the beginning and I will also give you space to share with me, what you feel comfortable sharing.
Everybody goes through times in their life that feel too hard to manage. Everyday life can seem overwhelming and sometimes our own identity and self-worth gets 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
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 qualification in Complex Trauma and Childhood Abuse in 2017.
- Cert. in Complex Trauma & Childhood Abuse (NCS Accred.)
- Level 5 Post-Qualifying Diploma Counselling Children & Young People
- Bachelor of Arts Humanistic Counselling Practice
- Online Child Protection
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
- Adult Safeguarding
N.C.S Accred. Registrant
Access NI Enhanced Clearance Cert. (Children 2015 & Adult's at Risk 2017)
I have been working as an Integrative Counsellor for the last 7 years, pulling from different counselling approaches depending on your needs, including Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have counselled in a community-based setting, primary and post-primary school setting, telephone counselling and private practice. I have gained approx. 1,200 hours of post-qualified counselling practice.
I have worked first-hand with women and children affected by domestic abuse, families in kinship foster care and families affected by ongoing mental health issues within the home.
What I offer:
- Individual counselling to all ages, using the Integrative Approach
- Gradual Exposure and 'Rapid Rewind Technique' to help treat PTSD, panic attacks, phobias and abuse
- Mental Health Workshops for adults
- Group Work Programmes for children and young people
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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Ongoing sessions after assessment: £35 per 50 minutes session
I offer workshops to organisations for service users, as a half day, full day or an ongoing weekly programme.
*Rate of these workshops on request*
FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS FOR THE PUBLIC:
Anxiety Workshop 18+
4 week group work for P7s transitioning to Year 8
(All information on booking your place is on my Facebook page)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|