I appreciate that taking the first step to make contact with a counsellor may feel daunting, but it can be very relieving, beneficial and worthwhile.
At different times and stages of our lives, we can experience difficulties, stressful transitions, traumatic events and significant turning points which may seem overwhelming, are hard to understand and may cause us emotional distress. During these times we may recognise that our normal ways of coping and supporting ourselves are perhaps not enough.
The causes of how we are thinking and feeling can seem uncertain, questionable and unclear. Counselling offers the opportunity to explore the problems and difficulties you are facing in a safe, confidential and trusting environment, with a view to gaining new insights and finding ways to help you move forward with the aim of providing a better sense of wellbeing.
My way of working.
Choosing to come to counselling creates time and space for you, to come as you are, time to be heard, understood and supported. I believe that having the opportunity to be truly real and explore how we are thinking and feeling about life and our circumstances, can increase our understanding of ourselves and others and make better sense of our experiences, both in the present or perhaps the past.
I respect and value every person as being individual and unique. I will listen attentively with consideration and care, providing a safe, confidential, non-judgemental time and accepting space where you are free to come and explore your difficulties. As I work with individuals of most importance is the therapeutic relationship formed between myself and each client, therefore the client is always at the centre of all of the work. This provides an experience where trust can be built as we work together, leading to personal growth and change. I offer one-to-one counselling and work with clients in both short-term (from 6 sessions) to long-term work, depending on individual need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I first began my counselling training in 2007. I have experience working within the community and voluntary sectors with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, work-related stress, loss, bereavement, miscarriage, relationship difficulties, family issues and trauma.
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person-Centred & Psychodynamic) and a further Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT). I am also Cruse Bereavement trained and have experience of working within this organisation.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I adhere to their ethical framework for good practice which ensures I work in the clients’ best interests at all times.
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
Each session costs £35 and lasts 50 minutes and we will meet weekly. We can agree to work short-term or long-term, depending on your needs.
If you feel that counselling may be helpful for you at this time, you are welcome to contact me by telephone or email where we can arrange an initial assessment session. This provides the opportunity to understand the reasons that have brought you to counselling and we can then agree on the best way forward for you.
I work from premises which are located on Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co.Down and Belfast Road, Comber, Co.Down providing discreet locations with ample parking space. They are in close proximity to Dundonald, Newtownards, Saintfield, Killyleagh and Downpatrick areas and within commuting distance, Belfast, Bangor and the surrounding areas.