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MEd, PGDipG&C, BA(Psychology), MBACP(Accred)

About me

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 adults (18+). I also run Exploring Anxiety groups, which meet weekly for four weeks and are an opportunity to discover how anxiety works, and to build a toolbox of helpful resources. 

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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.

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£50.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva

Additional information

Exploring Anxiety groups run for 90 minutes, once a week, for four weeks. The cost is £25 per week if you wish to pay as you go, or you can pay for the whole course upfront for £90. Please contact me for further details if you think you might be interested in joining a group.

When I work

Monday - Thursday, both daytime and evening appointments available. Open from 10.30am until 9pm.

Further information

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.

22 Lisburn Road, Moira, County Armagh, BT67 0JR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
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