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Moira Anketell BACP Accred; Adv.Dip.Couns; Relationship Counselling; Supervision

Bangor, Down, BT20
07968 482529 07968 482529 Registered / Accredited
Bangor, Down, BT20

About me

I'm currently offering mainly telephone or video link counselling - please don't be daunted at the idea of using this means of being able to address your concerns. Even if you are considering couple therapy, Zoom is a secure and effective way of being able to talk together with a counsellor.

You may be feeling anxious or even overwhelmed by current events. Perhaps there are stresses and tensions in your marriage or relationship; maybe you're facing financial strain, or loss of a loved person through death or separation; things may be combining to give you the feeling you're no longer in control of your life. You might feel isolated, anxious and lonely, or profoundly disappointed.

Talking with a professional helping person might seem like a big step to take, and the idea might make you feel nervous or scared, but if you find yourself needing to evaluate your way of thinking or coping, I warmly invite you to consider counselling both as a means of finding a way through, and also as a means of learning about yourself in the context of your life’s story. This will often include considering your experiences, your worldview, your relationships and the events that have shaped your way of looking at things, whether you are facing a particular crisis, or life events in a more general sense. It might at some stage involve your thinking about what you hope to achieve or to change - though this will not always be clear to you at the beginning.

I offer to you a confidential, respectful and caring time and place where you may begin - or continue - the process of regarding your life, reflecting upon it and weighing up what matters for you. You will have my full and focused attention and I will take time between sessions to reflect upon whatever you are encountering in your life.

If you are coming as a couple, I will ask some critical questions which may enable you to recognise your intentions, take responsibility for yourself, and understand what can change.

If you hold to a tradition of faith or spiritual belief, I am happy to give you a place to explore this, and to see how it informs and impacts your decisions and responses.

I work in a person centred, integrative way with a broad range of life's concerns, and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. I've been working as a counsellor for over twenty years and value both my professional training and qualifications, and also my own experience in the 'school of life'.

Location: Two Bangor locations, both with easy access and ample parking space. Disabled facilities.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began counselling some twenty five years ago in a teenage drop-in centre, and my initial training was in working supportively with girls and guys finding themselves facing teenage pregnancy, and with women who were considering, or who had decided to have, an abortion. Later I went on to gain my Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and then to become accredited with BACP. In addition, I hold a Professional Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling and a Level 6 CPCAB Certificate in Supervision for practising counsellors and others.

I am also a teacher with a specialist qualification in working with individuals who have dyslexia, and I therefore have an interest in education-related difficulties.

I'm experienced in working with individuals, couples and in family relationships. I work extensively with clients attending through Employee Assistance Programmes as well as privately and while I work with a broad range of life's challenges, I have particular interests in the following areas:

Marriage and Relationships
Elderly People
Grief and loss - both your own feelings of bereavement, and also talking through the death of a loved one

Male infertility

Female infertility
Miscarriage, abortion and Stillbirth

Some of the ongoing Professional Development events that I have attended have equipped me
to help in the following areas: -

Families and relationships;
Bereavement care;
Solution Focused Coaching
Narrative Therapy
Suicide awareness;
Working with victims and survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse;
Sexual addictions;
Post-traumatic stress disorder;
Spirituality and health psychology;
Student Wellbeing;

Partners of pornography users;
Couple Counselling.

I hold a Level 6 CPCAB Certificate in Supervision and offer supervision for counsellors of couples and individuals.

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

Life Transitions
Family and generational issues
Solution focused brief therapy


My fee for an initial session is £35, and thereafter the cost is £45.00. Appointments last for just under an hour.

Further information

During the first session we can discuss what you hope to gain from coming to counselling and you can consider whether you think we can work therapeutically together. I can answer any questions you need to ask about counselling, or about me as a counsellor. If you wish to continue, a contract will be agreed and this will normally confirm that we will meet for six sessions and then review things. You are, however, free to withdraw from the counselling at any time.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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


Weekdays. Evening appointments sometimes available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am a qualified Supervisor (BPCAB Level 6) offering online or telephone supervision, and eventually, I hope, face to face once again.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Moira Anketell BACP Accred; Adv.Dip.Couns; Relationship Counselling; Supervision

Moira Anketell BACP Accred; Adv.Dip.Couns; Relationship Counselling; Supervision