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About me

Hello and how nice to meet you!

Why did I choose to work as a counsellor?

I have always been interested in people and why they think the way they think and why they do the things they do. Having made many mistakes myself and repeated self-defeating patterns, I embarked on my first counselling course and studied an OCR certificate in Counselling which was awarded to me in June 2007.

Intrigued and fascinated by the subject, by people, their behaviour and myself, I continued to the next stage of training, which was Ulster University Diploma in Counselling (with Distinction) and saw my first client in 2008.

I qualified as an Integrative counsellor in 2010. As an integrative practitioner, I use a range of theories and techniques to meet the needs of clients, with a range of issues, across the lifespan. I have a particular interest in working with children and creatively with adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as holding a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling, I have completed training in creative techniques as well as a Level 5 in CBT (2011) & Level 6 (2018) in Supervision.

I also hold a Degree in Early Childhood Education. This degree provided me with a sound knowledge of development psychology which has provided me with a lens to view clients under. I am qualified to postgraduate level.

My interest in Counselling was ignited whilst working for NSPCC (2002-2012) and it will come as no surprise that my counselling placements were carried out in schools. Having completed the Diploma in Counselling, I continued my counselling practice in schools as well as joining Contact Youth and Lifeline from 2010- 2017. Here I gained much experience in working with clients who were affected by many psychological difficulties including self harm and suicidality. During this time I spent some time in America Studying Risk assessment models, behavioural techniques in the de-escalation of intrusive thoughts and techniques in DBT.

I have also work on the Self Harm Intervention Programme with both New Life Counselling and Inspire.

As a Lecturer at NRC on various counselling Programmes and I am qualified to Post Graduate level. Teaching on these courses keeps me abreast on current research and changes in this ever evolving subject.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday 9am - 12 & 5pm-8pm

Tuesday 9am - 12

Wednesday 9am - 12 & 5pm-8pm

Thursday 1pm-8pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

The Therapy Rooms. Counselling, Supervision & Training., 24A Fountain Street, Antrim, BT41 4BB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person

I Studied CPCAB Level 6 at NRC in January 2018- Dec 2018. I passed this qualification in January 2019.

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Marianne Michelle Laverty

Marianne Michelle Laverty