How Counselling Can Help:
At times in our lives, we can experience periods of difficulty and distress, which may seem overwhelming, with the result that we find ourselves preoccupied with upsetting thoughts and feelings. Sometimes the causes of how we are feeling can seem unclear, which can add to our sense of confusion. Counselling offers the opportunity to explore the problems you are facing with a trained therapist, in a safe, confidential and accepting space. The aims are to help you to gain a clearer understanding of your situation and to find better ways of coping with the particular issues you are facing. Counselling and psychotherapy take many different forms and it will be important to find the right counsellor for you, so I will explain a little about how I work and about my background, which I hope will help you in making your decision.
How I work:
I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy to help you with the problems or difficulties you are facing in your life. Counselling tends to deal with specific problems that may be ongoing, including anxiety, depression, loss and relationship issues. Psychotherapy is a longer-term process where we might work together for periods of between six months and a couple of years or more. It tends to be helpful for more deeply rooted difficulties or problems that you may have been experiencing for some time and which may be connected to earlier life events.
My work is based on an integrative and relational approach, which means that I will draw on different counselling approaches, depending on your particular needs. The relational aspect refers to the importance of building a close and trusting relationship between us, where you will feel able to explore your problems with out any fear of judgement. I offer a safe and confidential space, where we can focus on your difficulties, helping you to gain a clearer understanding of your situation and allowing you to begin to make changes in your life, with the aim of improving your sense of well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling experience is both in private practice and in the voluntary sector. I have worked with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationship issues. I also have considerable experience working with adults who have experienced abuse during childhood and with adults who have experienced more recent sexual assault, having worked in a specialist counselling organization in Belfast.
As a practicing therapist and a lecturer in psychology and child development, I am committed to continuous professional development, attending research conferences and training in a range of areas including counselling practice, mental health, bullying and domestic violence.
I also attend regular training sessions, including Safetalk, Mental Health First Aid and Child Protection Training. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work according to their Code of Ethics. I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
MSc in Psychological Methods, The Open University
BSc Hons in Psychology, Queen's University Belfast
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 to £45 (5pm and after)
You are very welcome to contact me, so that we can arrange an initial telephone conversation, to explore your needs. It is easiest if you send me an email, with your contact details, so that I can then phone you. After that we would then arrange an initial meeting at my counselling room, either in Belfast (Lisburn Road), or Bangor (just off Main Street).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments available.
Types of client