Thank you for taking the time to view my profile especially if you are feeling stressed or are finding life difficult at present. I understand that making the first phone call to a counsellor can be difficult. As a counsellor I can offer you space and time to look at the issues you are facing or difficulties in your life present or past. Throughout my working life I have been involved with people, enabling them to look at their issues, helping them to change and go on with a positive attitude and a new hope.
I am a professionally qualified counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within its Ethical Framework for Good Practice providing a safe and confidential place where you can talk and be treated with respect and assured of a non-judgemental approach.I am also a Senior Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society (MNCS Snr Accred).
I work from an integrative perspective and will offer you counselling which best suits you to find the way forward for yourself, helping you to understand your problems and make choices.
"Pacing is important at the outset. An unhurried pace indicates that here is space to breathe, a certain freedom in the air". Mearns and Thorne
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Certificate in Counselling
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
BA (Hons) Social Work
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Extensive research and study on Post Adoption Depression
Systemic Family Assessment
Assessing Gay and Lesbian Adopters
Child Protection Training
Vulnerable Adult Training
Walk Leader Training
I attend regular CPD and short course training and enjoy learning!
I have over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families as a Counsellor and as a Social Worker.
Registered Member of BACP (MBACP)
Senior Accredited Member of NCS
Registered with Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have over 20 years experience in adoption related issues, working with adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees and am happy to talk with you if you feel counselling would help you as an individual, a couple or a family.
I have a particular interest in Post Adoption Blues and work with individuals and couples who have children placed with them or where the Adoption Order has already been granted. I also work with local Health and Social Health Care Trusts providing counselling and support.
I provide training for new parents, Social Workers and other professionals. I also offer supervision for professionals working in this area.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information, I would love to talk with you.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Have you thought about seeing a counsellor but are afraid that sitting in a therapy room would be difficult, maybe you are anxious about that first session or sitting face to face with someone you don’t know.
Walk and talk therapy is an opportunity to talk with a counsellor in a more relaxed environment, in the outdoors. This type of counselling is especially appropriate for individuals who are going through a life transition, are feeling anxious or are experiencing grief or a significant loss. You can walk and talk about anything that is troubling you or any issue you feel would benefit from therapy.
For more information please contact me and we can talk about how this might work for you.
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling £50 per session
Supervision £50 per hour
Couples £70 per 90 minute session
Personal therapy is offered for counselling students
Concessions may apply - please contact me for more information.
Day time appointments are available Monday to Thursday
Evening appointments are available in Donaghadee on Mondays and Carrickfergus on Wednesdays
Monday to Thursday daytime
Monday evening - Donaghadee
Wednesday evening - Carrickfergus
Private parking is available at both locations and my Carrickfergus office has disabled access.