Loretta M Kelly Accredited Counsellor in Co. Antrim

Loretta M Kelly Accredited Counsellor in Co. Antrim

Crumlin
Co. Antrim
BT29

07936294437

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Crumlin
Co. Antrim
BT29

07936294437

About me

Hello. Welcome to my site. I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist/counsellor with wide experience in one-to-one client work. My private practice is in a rural setting and is a relaxed, safe and comfortable environment where you can find space and time to work on whatever is troubling you.

I have worked as counsellor since 2010 in an NHS medical practice on issues of anxiety and depression. I have also had my own private practice since 2013 providing clients with confidential and professional support in a wide of issues including those relating to: relationships, gender, health, employment, bereavement, panic attacks, social anxieties, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, body dysmorphia and low self-esteem.

I have also worked with adults who have Asperger's Syndrome and with parents of children with Asperger's.

Occasionally individuals who feel they might benefit from attending counselling are reluctant to try it because it is new to them. If you are browsing this web-site because you have issues that are causing you distress I would be pleased to meet and discuss with you the therapies I practise and to explore how these may help you.

Whilst I favour Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) I work in an integrative manner blending the various therapies I have studied to create an approach personalised to the individual needs of each client.

I welcome both male and female clients from teenage years up. Prior to working as a counsellor my background was in education and I was a primary school principal for 18 years.

I work on on both short and long term approaches and I have worked with those on Employee Assistance programmes who wish support to help them return to work.

I have also wide experience in working with students taking personal therapy as part of their Counselling training.

A former client wrote this about her therapy experience:

From our first meeting Loretta made me feel at ease. The worries and fear I had in the days and hours before melted away. Loretta was warm, sincere and genuine and I felt as if I had known her for years. That first meeting gave me the reassurance I needed to go back again. I was able to speak freely without fear of judgement or ridicule. This was something, I could never do. I could truly be myself as I felt safe and protected.
I was the type of person when family/friends had a problem, I would have been the one to help. But I couldn’t help myself. I bottled it all up so tightly that even I couldn’t release my own fears. Friends would cry, get upset and I would reach out to them. But yet I couldn’t reach out or ask for help myself. I have now learnt to do that too.

Be under no illusion, counselling is not a run in the park. It takes hard work and determination to get better. If you think like I did, that your therapist is going to give you the answers to your problems. You can think again. Counselling doesn’t work like that. You have to try different therapies to see which one(s) work for you. It’s trial and error. Everyone thinks and works differently what works for someone might not work for another. Loretta helped me find the tools to enable me to get better and I am still using them today.

I always had heard people mention about they felt they were on a journey and I wondered what they were on about. Counselling is like that sometimes a session goes well. You feel afterwards that you have made some headway, then on other days your brakes have ceased and you come out shattered. There are days full of emotional highs and lows but you work through them. You try one approach; it doesn’t work so you try another. But Loretta was like my sat nav. She kept telling me that my destination was up ahead, there were a lot of miles for me to cover. But with her support and encouragement, I did finally make it.


This past year has been without doubt life changing. It wasn’t easy but anything in this life worth working for isn’t. I do look at things differently now, I have changed, others notice it but can’t really put their finger on it. I have now a greater understanding of myself and what I need and I have let go of everything and everyone who has held me back over the years. I no longer look back as my past is history, I look forward to many tomorrows and I enjoy the present as it is my gift. So thank you Loretta for giving me my gift. It will be forever unwrapped.




Training, qualifications & experience


My professional qualifications are:

M.A (Ed). (OU)
B.Ed. (QUB)
DASE. (QUB)
Higher Diploma in Counselling. (UU)
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour (IICT)
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CPCAB)

Further Professional Development in the areas of:

Sexual Abuse
Domestic Violence
Child Protection
Suicide Risk Awareness
Game Playing
Life Coaching

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • My counselling room
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Fees

£30 per 1 hour session. Please enquire for concession fees for students/unemployed.

For those who are new to counselling or who have some questions about it I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation (with no obligation to proceed further) on request.

Further information

If you phone and I am unable to take your call please leave your details and let me know if you wish me to text or phone you back when I am free. I will get back to you as requested.

My premises are wheel-chair accessible.

Maps & Directions

Crumlin, BT29

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Sessions held in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Morning, afternoon and early evening sessions possible. Please contact for current availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme