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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
An assessment session of 1 hour.
An ongoing session lasts for 50 minutes.
The fee per session is £40.
Concession rates may be available.
Flexible appointments including evenings
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.