Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile - I have been working as a Counsellor since 1988, offering individual, face to face sessions to both adults and young people. I am registered and accredited with BACP and offer a safe, caring and confidential space for you to explore and address the issues that have brought you to counselling. My hope is that you will acquire a deeper understanding of yourself and others as a result and discover a greater capacity for making choices in your life.
My approach to counselling is an integrative one - it is based primarily on a Person-Centred Approach, but also incorporates principles and techniques from other theoretical perspectives, where appropriate, in order to best address your individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from Queen's University Belfast (1984), a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance & Counselling from the University of Ulster (1987) and a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Counselling from Queen's University Belfast (2003).
In 2011, I also completed a Certificate in Cognitive Therapy Methods (Level 4, CCEA).
I have over 30 years experience of working with a wide range of client issues, including depression, anxiety, panic, stress, adverse childhood experiences, family problems, bullying, relationship difficulties, pregnancy related issues, workplace/employment/academic issues, bereavement and loss, self-esteem & self-confidence, living with cancer, life changes or crises.
I have worked in a variety of settings over the years, including Higher Education, Adult Mental Health, Youth Work, Secondary & Primary Healthcare.
I have been an Accredited Counsellor with BACP since 2005.
For many years, I worked one day a week as a counsellor in the University Health Centre at Queen's, and in private practice the rest of the week, but I left the Health Centre at the end of March 2020, and now work solely in private practice. Clients are seen in the confidential setting of a purpose built office behind my home. It is at ground level and has ample parking space.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Academic, personal or institutional issues experienced by either students or staff in further/higher education.
I also offer mentoring to other counsellors, whether trainees, newly qualified or experienced practitioners.
Monday - Thursday, both daytime and evening appointments available. Open from 10.30am until 9pm.
I can offer either daytime or evening appointments in order to give you the flexibility of coming at a time that best suits your situation.
If you are considering getting in touch with me, please feel free to either phone, text, or email - I will get back to you as quickly as I can, and we can then either arrange a date and time for your first appointment, or have an initial chat by phone, after which you can decide whether or not to proceed any further.