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Marie Neill BA Hons; Adv. Dip. Couns; Cert. Couple Counselling, MBACP Accred.

About me

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Life seems to be getting busier all the time with personal and workplace commitments pulling us in different directions. This can create feelings of anxiety, stress, or uncertainty, putting a strain on our relationships and our health. We just feel overwhelmed. Choosing to come to counselling creates time just for you, time to express your feelings, to gain a new perspective, to take stock, or perhaps set new goals.

I'm a professionally trained counsellor and psychotherapist based in Bangor. As such, my aim is to provide you with a quiet and reflective safe space in which to explore your concerns

My role is to enable you to reflect on the issues you feel are most pressing, to weigh up your options and to support you in making the changes that you feel will create deeper happiness and satisfaction in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Over the last 12 years I have worked and volunteered in a number of areas.

I currently provide short term counselling for clients through two of Northern Ireland's EAPs (Employee Assistance Programme) with the majority of clients presenting with work related stress. I also provide counselling to clients referred via Bupa and Health Assured.

I am trained in Critical Incident and Stress Management.

I am a qualified Couple Counsellor.

For the past 14 years I have been a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care in Bangor and have been a Supervisor for just over 8 years. I have a wealth of experience working with bereavement and loss.

I am also the Counsellor for students at Bangor College (SERC).

TRAUMA and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder): If you have experienced a traumatic incident such as an accident, an assault, near death experience, natural disaster or been involved in or witnessed a tragedy, you may be experiencing some of the following : panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks and avoidance behaviours. These traumas can feel so overwhelming that the body can continue to be involuntarily triggered for many years after the actual event

The Rewind Technique can bring to an end this continual recall and remove the need for avoidance behaviours in a very short number of sessions.

For several years I was a 'Helpliner' with Infertility-Network, the UK's foremost infertility charity. This involved taking calls from women undergoing a range of infertility treatments. My role was a supportive one, a listening ear on issues ranging from unexplained infertility, miscarriage, IVF, ICSI, egg donation, childlessness and frozen embyros.

BA Hons
Certificate Counselling
Advanced Diploma Counselling
ASIST Suicide Prevention Training
Certificate in CBT
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Care Support Volunteer
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor
Accredited member of BACP
Critical Incident and Stress Management Training
Rewind Technique for Trauma and PTSD

Certificate in Couple Counselling

BUPA Recognised Therapist

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.


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work in an Integrative way which simply means that I draw on many therapeutic approaches in order to best help the client. Currently the majority of my work is short term, i.e. 6-8 sessions and can include Cognitive-Behavioural ( CBT ) and Solution Focused techniques to address a particular concern or reach a specific goal.

More complex issues may require further sessions.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£45 per 50 minute session . Couples £50

At the first appointment I can answer any questions you may have. This will include information on the when, where and how often we should meet, what you want to get from counselling and whether I am the appropriate counsellor for you at this time. If you wish to continue we will agree to meet for 6 sessions after which we can review how/if to proceed. However, you are entirely free to stop counselling at any time.

Further information

As an Accredited member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and have monthly mandatory supervision.

I am located in Market Street Bangor. There is ample parking nearby and the counselling room is located on the first floor.

3A Market Street
County Down
BT20 4SP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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


Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 5pm. Last appointment 4pm . Not available at weekends

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Marie Neill   BA Hons; Adv. Dip. Couns; Cert. Couple Counselling, MBACP Accred.

Marie Neill BA Hons; Adv. Dip. Couns; Cert. Couple Counselling, MBACP Accred.