Selina Turkington MBACP (Accred). Dip. Counselling & Dip. CBT Skills & Theory

Selina Turkington MBACP (Accred). Dip. Counselling & Dip. CBT Skills & Theory



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About me

There are times in life when difficulties seem insurmountable and the usual ways in which we find support are not enough, it is at these times that counselling can help. Counselling offers a confidential accepting environment which can be used to foster personal growth and the strength needed to cope with troubling circumstances.

That being said it is important to find a counsellor who you feel confident about. Here is some information about my way of working and background which may help you in your decision-making.

My way of working

I work with adults and teenagers for periods ranging from six weeks, for a short term input, to several years when long term work is more appropriate to client need. At the centre of my approach is the emphasis on forming a sound therapeutic relationship with my client. This is a relationship where the client is the focus and where they are supported to grow in their understanding of themselves and their issues. This understanding includes how they are affected in the here and now as well as considering the origin of the difficulty. It is this awareness which facilitates the changing of unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving as well as patterns of relating to others.

Short term work usually has a focus on current issues whereas those who are troubled by past trauma and childhood issues generally benefit from longer term counselling. CBT is particularly useful for short-term work supporting the client to make connections between their thoughts and emotions and giving consideration to ways in which they can amend their thoughts to healthier alternatives which can lead to a more fulfilled way of living. Longer-term counselling may involve the application of CBT but also supports a deeper level of work where the client is able to explore more thoroughly issues from the past which are impacting on their present day living. The opportunity to talk about past trauma and childhood issues with the support of the therapeutic relationship is of great value and forms the foundation from which changes can be made to how the client thinks and feels long term.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have in excess of twenty-five years of experience of working in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors as a Social Worker, trainer and laterally as a counsellor. I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Psychodynamic) and a further Diploma in CBT Skills & Theory. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such I abide by their Code of Ethics. I qualified as a Social Worker in 1990 on completion of a BA (Hons) Social Work . I have post-qualification and advanced level training in Social Work specialising in attachment issues, fostering and adoption. As a practising Social Worker I am a Registered Member of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

As an Accredited Member of the BACP and being registered with the NISCC I am committed to adhering to the Codes of Ethics of each. Alongside training and qualifications, my experience of working with people at challenging times in their lives is key to the provision of an effective and ethical service within a relationship which is experienced as confidential, warm and accepting.

Areas of Special Interest

I undertake some specialist work with adopted people and parents who may refer themselves to me privately and others who are referred via an initiative called TESSA (therapeutic, education, support services in adoption). My previous career as an Adoption Social Worker with the Health & Social Services Trusts means that I have a wealth of training and experience working with issues such as attachment, childhood trauma, loss, abuse and neglect.

Knowledge and expertise with these very important issues can be applied to other clients who have experienced challenges in their early years which are resulting in difficulties in adulthood. Such people may be experiencing anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties and can, with help learn to manage in a healthier way.

At times emotional difficulties can manifest in disordered eating, by this I mean overeating, restricting food and binge eating. This can lead to significant weight loss, gain and fluctuation over time. I have an interest in this area which I have developed through the completion of the British Psychological Society (BPS) approved training: Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity.

This involved achieving the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in Nutritional Skills for Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in Essential Obesity: Psychological Approaches to Weight Loss

Disordered eating will have developed for reasons; of course these will vary from person to person. Counselling can assist an individual in gaining an understanding of why food has become a problematic issue in their life. In their own time they can begin to think about things differently and make changes in how they relate to food. This often involves new learning, gaining skills to cope with stressful moments and events and the discovery of different eating habits and routines which are ultimately healthier both mentally and physically.

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Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £45.

Further information

I work from accommodation in the East Belfast/Holywood area . Counselling takes place in comfortable surroundings and affords clients privacy with the convenience of easy parking. The premises are accessible to those with mobility difficulties.

Your next step...

Finding the right counsellor can be confusing with clients often making this difficult decision in stressful circumstances.

You are very welcome to make contact with me. It is best if you email me with some details then we can arrange a time to talk in some detail about how counselling might benefit you.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT4
Holywood, BT18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Available for day-time and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am a BACP accredited integrative practitioner, qualified in the use of psychodynamic, person-centred and CBT modalities.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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