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About me

My name is Seán and welcome to my profile.  I am a teacher, fully accredited counsellor with NCS and registered member of BACP. I'm a family man.  I offer confidential, non-judgemental and effective counselling. I am a good listener and I use simple English.

The word SONAS means happy and that's my aim, to help you to help yourself to become happy again. If you need to talk to someone that really listens and understands your worries, someone who gives you the full attention you desire and someone who will treat you in a professional, respectful and in a non-judgmental way, I'm here for you. My specialism in counselling is facial differences and associated problems - depression, anxiety, PTSD, stigma, low self-esteem and suicidal ideations.  I can provide a warm and safe space in which you can share your challenges in your own words and at a pace in which you are comfortable. I am a friendly, caring and easy approachable counsellor who really wants to help people experiencing difficulties that the world throws at them.

What happens during our first session?

The initial session (usually 50 minutes)  is an opportunity for you to talk at your own pace, about what brings you to therapy, to share what you want to achieve and to gain a sense of our working relationship would look like. You can see if you feel comfortable enough to continue and if so, we can arrange a second session and then we can continue as long as counselling works for you. The number of counselling sessions you receive will be tailored to meet your individual needs. Some move forward quickly while others benefit from a slower pace of counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate of Proficiency MBACP 2021

Aim Awards Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Practice (Informed by Research - Distinction)

Aim Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Aim Awards Level 4 Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Aim Awards Level 4 Approaches to counselling Children and Young People

Aim Awards Level 4 Counselling Practicum Level 4

Aim Awards Level 4 Counselling: Embarking on Practice

Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Aim Awards Level 3 Developing Counselling Skills

Graduate Certificate in Education

Professional Qualification in Leadership

Certificate in Emotional Intelligence

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have been teaching for the past 25years and I have prepared children for examinations at various levels. I have collaborated closely with parents in preparing their children for examinations.  I totally understand the many anxieties both students and parents go through before and after examinations. Please contact me if you feel I could help you or/and your child/ren.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

My fee is £35 per session

My fee for low-income workers £25

My fee for key workers £30


Monday to Friday from 7pm - 9pm

Saturday from 9 am - 1pm

Further information

PSNI checked and verified

Professional Indemnity and Professional Liability Insurance.

23 Cahore Heights
Co Derry
BT45 7LG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages



Seán Mac Giolla

Seán Mac Giolla