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Professional membership of both the BACP, NCS

About me

Hello, my name is Michael McCartney, I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor  with over 30 years experience of working therapeutically with both  individuals and groups, in one to one counselling, group support, training and development. I also deliver talks and practical workshops on a range of topics. I mentor and support trainee student counsellors.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

I have worked with clients who have presented with a range of difficulties, some of which were -

  1. General Anxiety, Social Anxiety
  2. Low mood/Depression
  3. Stress
  4. OCD
  5. Relationship Difficulties
  6. Addiction
  7. Low confidence / low self esteem
  8. Family difficulties
  9. Grief

How I work
As an integrative counsellor, I am able to adapt my approach to meet the unique needs  of clients and groups, this helps ensure that clients get the best experience of counselling.

I provide a safe, confidential space where clients can explore their feelings, and any areas of their lives that are possibly causing difficulties. 

How we can connect,

I know it can be difficult to know if the counsellor you are drawn to is a good working fit for you, difficult also to take the first step, for this reason I believe it is important that clients are offered the opportunity to avail of a free initial consultation with me, this gives you the opportunity to meet me, have a chat, ask questions and see if working with me is something you would find beneficial. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, if counselling is something you would like to explore with me please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling.

Cert in Drug/Alcohol Addictions.

Cert in Gestalt Therapy.

Cert in NLP

I have  experience working within a busy GP practice as the inhouse therapeutic counsellor,  working in various local community-based organisations as a therapeutic counsellor and also delivering workshops on mindfulness, self care and personal development. I also assessed clients and was mentor to trainee counselling students.  I also have a private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a qualified Reiki Master and believe the relationship between Mind Body and Spirit is very important and interconnected. I deliver Reiki Training and run development groups for new Reiki Practitioners. 

I also facilitate Mindfulness and Relaxation workshops to group in the local community, this provides group members with the tools and knowledge which can help them to manage their emotions in times of stress or anxiety.


£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

A free initial consultation can be carried out online via WhatsApp.

I charge £45 per session, concessions are offered for those on low income

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

We can work together to find a time that suits us both

Further information

As a therapist I believe it is important to work with the person holistically, which means taking into account their well being on all levels, mind, body and spirit.

As a holistic therapist I have experience in the following -

Training new Reiki Practitioners

Delivering workshops to groups in the areas of Mindfulness, Relaxation, Meditation, Self Care and Personal Development, all of which can possibly help clients manage their emotions. in a more effective and productive way.  

Londonderry, BT48

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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