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MBACPPsychotherapist/Counsellor. Individual and Relationship

About me

I work as a private practitioner in Downpatrick and in addition to working with individuals I have a specialist interest in Relationship Counselling. As a Relate qualified practitioner I offer relationship counselling to individuals and couples including married couples, cohabiting couples and LGBT+ couples.

I offer brief (6-12 sessions) and long term (open ended) counselling and psychotherapy to individuals.

I have experience of working with people seeking support with the many challenges they face in their day to day life: personal/family relationships, separation and divorce, anxiety and depression, bereavement, work related stress and unemployment. I also see clients who are not facing any particular crisis but come for therapy to help them reach their full potential and live life to the full.

Registered with BUPA

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Level 4)
  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling (CPCAB Level 5)
  • Relate Trained Relationship Counsellor
  • BACP Proficiency Cert
  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
  • National Qualification in Tackling Substance Misuse

To maintain professional standards I engage in continuing professional development including ongoing attendance at The Institute of Psychoanalysis lectures.

I currently work in private practice and in the voluntary sector in individual and relationship Counselling.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

An assessment session of 1 hour.

An ongoing session lasts for 50 minutes.

The fee per session is £40.

Concession rates may be available.

When I work

Flexible appointments including evenings

Further information

Starting therapy is a positive sign of curiosity, courage and a willingness for things to be different. The process of therapy provides an opportunity to explore your life more closely and to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties and struggles. As we discuss and talk about these difficulties together we will begin to find new ways of tackling them and reaching resolutions that will help you move forward in a more positive way.

I understand how hard it can be to make the decision to contact a counsellor, so if you feel you might benefit from counselling or psychotherapy but are not sure, a telephone conversation will give you a chance to find out more and help you decide whether you would like to meet for an initial session.

69 Church Street, Downpatrick, Co.Down, BT30 6EH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme