How can counselling help you?
Sometimes in life we can find our self experiencing relationship issues, challenging life events and emotional difficulties that are difficult cope with alone. I am a registered and Accredited counsellor with the BACP with 17 yrs experience of counselling adults and children experiencing such times in their lives.
I appreciate that taking the step to seek out a counsellor can be a daunting thing for most people, whether it is for themselves or their child. I value the uniqueness and worth of every individual and provide professional and confidential counselling that will put you or your child at the centre of the process. My counselling approach is called Integrative, which is where different counselling approaches such as Creative, CBT and others are blended throughout the process. A way of working together that is tailored to your individual needs.
Counselling offers a therapeutic relationship where difficulties can be explored and processed enabling you to feel strengthened and better able to cope with life's challenges. Because I understand that coming to counselling and opening up to another person can be a difficult and even, at times, an emotionally painful process I always seek to provide warmth, acceptance and a non-judgemental counselling relationship in line with the BACP ethical framework.
My counselling experience with individual adults and with children in a school's counselling service has been in addition to many years experience as a qualified Nurse and also years as a Teaching Assistant working with children with special needs in mainstream schools. I also have counselling experience in a special school and am able to adapt how I work if a client finds verbal communication challenging. I work using creative and play-based approaches especially when working with children. I have also completed specialist training in anger management.
what to expect in the first session?
Once you have emailed through counselling directory or contacted me by phone I will arrange an appointment for the first session and send you an assessment form to complete. This initial assessment session is where you can find out more about how counselling works and give some background about what has led you to seek counselling. It is also a chance for you to find out whether you will feel comfortable talking to me. If you are seeking help for your child then this initial session can be a joint parent/child one to enable you both to meet with me and explore the counselling process.
I offer face to face counselling within a private, discrete setting in my own dedicated counselling room in Ballynahinch, Co Down. If you are interested do get in touch by phone or email and ask for an initial assessment session to find out if this is the right way forward for you (or your child).
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (A.C.T.O Approved)
Post Qualifying Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-CPCAB
Post Qualification Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - CPCAB
Foundation Degree of Science: Counselling - University of Ulster with Distinction
17 years counselling experience both with adults and also counselling within a school counselling service.
15years Nursing experience
8years Teaching Assistant experience with young people with Learning difficulties, ASD, Down's syndrome,
Dyslexia, ADHD, etc
RGN - The Royal London Hospital.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
play and creative based therapy as required.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
- £40 for 50 minutes.
- concession available for counselling students obtaining personal therapy hours
Availability for day time appointments in Ballynahinch, Co Down.
Due to current Covid 19 restrictions I now offer online counselling via Zoom if preferred.
appointments available outside normal work/school hours