Rachel Ward Pg Dip, Ad Dip. Counselling, MNCS Accred. BSc Psychology
My aim goal is to provide clients with a safe and supportive environment which can help solve their existing problems or difficulties, but to also equip them with the tools and skills to help them face tough situations that they may face in the future, as no matter how hard it is the world will always through curveballs which everyone needs to be able to deal with by themselves.
My private clinic is based in Moy which is central to Armagh and Dungannon and only a few miles from the Motorway (M1) with car parking facilities and plenty of outside lightening for evening appointments.
How can counselling help?
Have you got a child/teenager who has suddenly become very quiet and withdrawn? Do they become angry or upset a lot often when things get on top of them? Are you becoming increasingly worried about their health? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then counselling might be of benefit to your child/teenager.
I specialise in working with children and young adults and my passion is helping these children and young adults to deal with issues they may be facing in school and/or their personal life enabling them to reach their full potential.
What to expect in the first session?
The first step for a client is to call or email me to set up the initial consultation where we will talk about what you want to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue we will set up a second session and arrange to see you on a weekly basis.
You can be reassured that you will always be put first and you will feel seen and heard. You will be thoroughly assured to see if you would benefit from therapy with me or from one of our workshops. I listen carefully to your needs and tailor a treatment programme accordingly to help you achieve your goals. I believe that nothing should stand in the way of our clients achieving their goals but I also understand how hard it can be to set time aside to focus on yourself. This is why I offer a number of different options from day and evening therapy sessions, online counselling and workshops so that your therapeutic needs are still met.
I am a professionally registered as a counsellor with the National Counselling Society (NCS).
I use a range of counselling approaches which might include the physical symptoms of the stress you are experiencing, retelling your story to get it into order in your own mind, identifying unhelpful thought patterns and looking at where these might have originated. We may try creative imagery and mindfulness if you are open to working this way.
I feel it is important to look holistically at each individual to help to address your lifestyle and ways of thinking. We know what to do to stay physically healthy but may get little thought to how to maintain our mental health, this is where counselling can help. However, despite the counselling approach used at the beginning of therapy I focus a lot on the therapeutic relationship. I believe you will feel more comfortable to discuss your personal issues after this relationship has been developed as it focuses on using empathy, genuineness and a non-judgemental approach to help build your trust and respect. I work with clients both in short term and longer term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently hold:
* BSc in Psychology
* Postgraduate Degree in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Informed by Research)
* AIM Awards Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
* AIM Awards Level 4 in Counselling Practice
* Diploma in Working with Children and Young People
* Mental Health First Aid
* 10 years experience working in the care sector
* Undertake regular Continuous Professional Development: The use of play and storytelling sacs, The use of music and communication channels.
* I attend regular monthly supervision
* I have recently had the opportunity to be a volunteer at Adam's Camp NI which is a week long intensive family run therapy for individuals on the autistic spectrum. I have learned a lot which I plan on using to help deliver a more effective service.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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* Initial Consultation - 1 Hour - £30
* 1 Hour Therapy Session - £40
* Block Booking 6 Sessions (1 session free - must be paid upfront) - £220
* Discounted Fee for Students (Evidence to be provided) - £30
I know myself through personal experience what it can take to sometimes make that first call - it can be nerve wrecking where all kinds of thoughts will run through your mind such as 'what is the point? This won't work anyway, What if I don't like the counsellor? Is this the right step for me?' These thoughts are normal but it is well known we can't be anxious about the past as this has already happened, we can be slightly anxious about the present but we will be more anxious about the future as this hasn't happened yet. The idea of attending counselling means change which will cause anxiety - but be very sure it will be a step in the right direction! So please do feel comfortable to ring r even send me a message with any enquiries.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have appointments in morning, afternoon and evening available from Monday-Friday
Types of client