Sinead McDonnell MBACP F/Degree in Counselling BALLYMENA,BALLYMONEY,LARNE
As an experienced counsellor, I am here to help if you are feeling sad or overwhelmed, struggling with relationships, anxiety , depression, phobias, or another situation in your life which is causing you stress or unhappiness.
I will support you if you have experienced a painful loss through bereavement, separation, divorce, relationship breakdown, redundancy, betrayal or family issues.
Or perhaps you suffer from low self esteem, emotional abuse, or lack in self confidence, or struggle with relationship issues.
I understand and appreciate how daunting it can be to seek counselling when you are experiencing pain or feeling fragile, vulnerable and anxious. I can help you to work through your anxieties.
I believe I can help you to find hope, heal your hurt and bring peace to your life.
Counselling provides you with an opportunity to release your burden.
Through an empathic counselling experience in a safe, confidential space, I can offer you the support and opportunity you need to identify, explore and reflect on the issues that cause you pain and distress.
This can be an empowering experience which increases your insight, self-awareness & self-understanding, making you feel stronger and better able to identify, prioritise and cope with your life and what is truly important for you.
I am a fully trained professional counsellor and a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
My work is underpinned by their code of ethics which requires me to work in a non- judgemental way, to the best of my ability, keeping the interests and well being of my client paramount at all times.
I specialise in Grief,Bereavement & Loss & have undertaken training with Cruse Bereavement Care for both adults & Children.
I am an experienced integrative practitioner which means your therapy will be tailormade to suit your individual needs by using techniques from a number of therapeutic approaches including Humanistic, Person Centred , Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies.
I am situated in County Antrim and available to see clients in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Cushendall, Larne, Antrim & Coleraine.
My own life experiences brought me to seek help through counselling so I appreciate what a big step this might be for you. We all experience many forms of grief and loss throughout our lives.
I am committed and passionate about helping you find a positive way to heal your hurt.
Training, qualifications & experience
University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Counselling (Commendation)
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Counselling
Children & Bereavement Jan2017
Understanding Self Harm Oct 2015
Cruse Bereavement Counsellor Training Jan-Apr 2015
Cruse Supervision Training 2017
Nexus Sexual Abuse Annual Conference 12 Nov 2014
Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Wave Level 4 Psychological Trauma Oct 2016
Ascentis Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course Sep 2015
Safeguarding : Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults Oct 2015
Working with children
Cancer Awareness with Macmillan 10 Nov 2015
Wellness Recovery Action Programme (WRAP) 01 & DEC 2015
Cruse Sudden & Traumatic Death 20 Feb 2016
Telephone counselling training Sept 2016
Bereavement Workshop Training Nov 2012
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
£40 per hour.
Concessions for Trainee Counsellors.
Discretionary reductions negotiable for clients on low income.
Why counselling ?
Individual clients experience many positive outcomes and benefits from counselling. Almost all of them report the immense sense of relief they get just from sharing their burden with a responsible, trustworthy, professional caring counsellor & being listened to.
Other benefits include: empowerment to bring about healthier changes
Improved confidence & increased self esteem.
Recovery from painful experiences.
Healing past trauma.
Better ways of coping with stress
More control of their life
Finding purpose & fulfillment in life
Increased self awareness
Inner peace through self acceptance
Increased sense of well being