Maria Irwin (QuestNI)
How counselling can support
I am an accredited Integrative Counsellor with substantial experience in working with adults and young people.
I provide a safe, warm and confidential space in which you can explore the problems you are facing and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. I will listen to you in a non-judgemental and open way. Counselling is at your pace and you will not have to talk about things that you don't want. Through the safety of counselling, you can begin to make sense of your feelings, gain greater self-awareness and find new ways of coping with the difficulties that you face.
What services do I offer?
I provide individual counselling or group sessions for all ages. I also offer support sessions for parents. I have experience of working with children, young people and adults with special needs. I also offer telephone or video counselling.
Why do people come to counselling?
People come to counselling for a wide range of issues, big or small. I can support you as you work through whatever is causing you distress. I am experienced in working with people who facing issues such as:
- family issues, difficulties or change
- impact of illness,
- low mood
- managing strong emotions
- relationship difficulties
- self esteem
- separation and divorce
- work-related stress
My approach is integrative which means that I will adapt counselling to best suit you and the issues you bring.
What to expect?
I meet with you for an initial session. In this session we look at how things are for you now, where you would like to get to and how to best support you. We decide together whether counselling is right for you.
If you decide to continue with counselling, we typically meet weekly for 6 sessions. However, we agree what is right for you.
How do I find out more?
If you would like to find out more, please look at my website www.questni.co.uk. Or you can call me to arrange a confidential chat to see if counselling is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling training
I trained for 4 years to become a counsellor. I have a Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction) from University of Ulster at Jordanstown and a Counselling Certificate from The Queen's University Belfast. I also have a CPCAB Level 5 Post-qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and a CPCAB Level 5 Post-qualifying Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory. I am undertaking a CPCAB L6 Post-qualifying Certificate in Create Supervision of Practice Across the Age Range.
Professional Membership & Accreditation
I am a Senior accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that my practice reaches a high level of competence.
Continuous Professional Training
Since becoming a qualified counsellor, I regularly develop my expertise through professional development in many areas including counselling survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual violence, working with self-harm, the developmental origins of anxiety and depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and working with bereavement.
My Practice & Experience
In my private practice, I provide counselling to men and women of all ages, children and young people. I also for some of the leading counselling service providers in Northern Ireland. Previously I worked as a School Counsellor (Primary, Secondary and Special Needs), Community services, GP surgery and a bereavement support organisation.
I have worked for several years as a senior manager of a large young people and adult counselling service, managing counselling teams and services.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
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.
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
Sessions cost £30 per session (individual)
First session (assessment) costs £15
Concession rates are available