Pauline Boyce, Eden Therapies MBACP (Accred)
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My background is in beauty therapy and therefore a holistic approach to counselling is an important aspect in seeing an individual as a whole person not just their problem. I work from an integrative perspective, the most important aspect being the therapeutic relationship which provides a safe, non-judgemental, accepting and trusting environment.
How can counselling help
Deciding to attend counselling can be a frightening thought but taking the first step into your journey of change and restoration is a great choice to make. It’s you saying you don’t want to continue with life the way it is now. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming and it is difficult to see a way through or any hope for change. There may have been a specific or traumatic event that has brought you to this place or a long period of unhappiness, anxiety or depression. Counselling provides a safe place where you can talk and be heard, it can help to address issues and offers an alternative way of managing life.
I specialise in relationships and interpersonal complex trauma through all forms of abuse. I believe the most important relationship is the one that is within yourself as it affects all other forms of interaction and intimacy. There are many things which can affect this from the past or in the present resulting in
- low self esteem,
- identity issues,
- social phobia
- unhealthy relationships.
I have years of experience in helping survivors of sexual, emotional, physical and spiritual abuse understanding the effects this has on an individual and their ability to function in every day life.
What to expect
Our first meeting will be an introduction and assessment on the reasons for you coming to counselling. It will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half long and will let you decide if I'm the right counsellor for your needs. Every client is different as is every story so it is important that your counselling experience is 'tailor made' for you in order that you find a way forward. It is important that trust is established through a relaxed, personal, private and non-threatening environment. Weekly hourly sessions will be offered at a time convenient.
I believe in the therapeutic alliance between a counsellor and client and am very willing to take the first step with you to walk a journey towards hope and change through a short or longer term approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP accredited member working within their code of ethics and guidelines with almost 10 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy. I am a trained supervisor and offer supervision to counselling students and experienced therapists.
- Diploma in Counselling
- EMDR Practitioner (working towards Accreditation)
- Certificate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Certificate in CBT
- Certificate in Couple Therapy
- Certificate in Complex Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse
- ASSIST suicide awareness
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Dissociative Disorder
- Risk Assessment & Suicide Awareness
I am a qualified EMDR practitioner working towards EMDR accreditation. EMDR is a research based therapy used in the treatment of trauma and processing of traumatic memories. My training has also involved using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in helping understand the body’s response to trauma and it’s memories. Working with CBT also helps to look at distorted thinking and behavioural patterns that may have come out of childhood or more recent trauma which can help to overcome anxiety and depression in the present.
I have gained experience in working within a range of community and voluntary sectors as well as private practice. I work with all ages, individuals and couples.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Concessions are available for students including personal therapy and depending on the individual.
I work within the ethical framework and guidelines of BACP and continually further my knowledge through training.
I counsel and supervise within a wide catchment area at present and can see clients in Hillsborough and Banbridge.
Car parking is available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified Supervisor offering supervision to counselling students and qualified counsellors.