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About me

My name is Niamh and I am originally from Ireland. I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural therapist, working with individuals and groups.
 I have eight years’ experience working in mental health, in both advocacy and counselling.

Advocacy enables people to find a stronger voice and to get their point across and influence decisions which affect them.

I am passionate about breaking down the stigma attached to mental health issues and I believe that talking to others can be a vital step in a person’s journey to overcoming their own self-stigma.

I offer a non-judgemental practice and have experience with the LGBTQ+ community.

I have delivered mental health workshops in schools and universities which has given me valuable insight into the issues facing teenagers and young adults in the present day.

Within advocacy, I have extensive experience working with people with eating disorders and am very aware of the issues and complexity of these conditions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I provide a warm and genuine environment giving people a safe space where they are heard, valued, and understood.

I believe that we all hold the strength within us to be able to live more fulfilled, purposeful, and empowered lives.
I believe that everyone’s personal situation and story is unique.  That is why, whilst working within an evidence-based cognitive behavioural framework, I offer an approach which integrates several therapies, drawing on different elements based on the therapeutic needs of my client. My training included compassion-focused techniques, solution focused therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and positive psychology approaches.​

Therapy can help us to move towards a brighter future with insight and awareness. 

I practise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT provides a structure which helps you to explore your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and move towards a more manageable tomorrow armed with insight and self-awareness. I offer a space for individuals to address the difficulties they are encountering and teach practical tools, techniques, and skills to help my clients overcome the issues they are experiencing.

CBT is very effective when working with specific therapy goals like managing anxiety or moving out of a period of depression.

​It is also recommended and works for many other issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, eating disorders and addiction.

I believe that change is possible.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Online sessions via Zoom 1hour: £50

Telephone sessions: £45

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I attend regular individual and group supervision, as well as taking part in CPD to support my work and ensure I keep up to date with current research.

Cockenzie, East Lothian, EH32

Type of session

Online
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