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Maria Irwin (QuestNI)

Bangor BT20
07968 836 912 Registered / Accredited
Bangor BT20

About me

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:

  • abuse
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • depression
  • family issues, difficulties or change
  • impact of illness,
  • loss
  • low mood
  • managing strong emotions
  • relationship difficulties
  • self esteem
  • separation and divorce
  • work-related stress

My approach

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Integrative

Fees

Sessions cost £30 per session (individual)

First session (assessment) costs £15

Concession rates are available

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Further information

For more information, please either

Sessions are available Monday - Friday including some evening or weekend appointments available

49-51 Main Street
Bangor
County Down
BT20 5AF

Bangor
County Down
BT20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My room in Main Street, Bangor does not have disability access. However I can offer: * telephone counselling or * arrange a room in a different building

Availability

Appointments available during the day Some appointments in evenings and weekends

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I am a qualified and accredited counsellor working with children, young people and adults.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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