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MBACP Accred., Counsellor Psychotherapist

About me

I am a Counsellor Psychotherapist accredited with B.A.C.P., (British Association of Counsellor Psychotherapists) since 2010, now offering online and telephone therapy.

I am experienced in all issues that creates emotional difficulty (anxiety, depression) including all forms of abuse, toxic relationships, family strife and a difficult childhood.

During a brief phone introduction, we would explore how you feel about entering therapy. If you are ready, I will explain how I work, what to expect and reassure you that it is comfortable, confidential and safe. During session 1 we will explore your therapeutic goal, and create a plan for healing, how many sessions required, (typically six) and then agree confidentiality.  You can expect to see a positive change at session 3, and towards the end an overall improvement in your outlook and well being. Before we finish, we will check you have achieved your therapeutic goal and you will exit therapy with skills to keep, for positive lifetime change.

All enquiries, and sessions are confidential.

We cannot change the story of our past, but we can change how we feel about it, and move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

I abide by the B.A.C.P. code of ethics, offering each client the strictest of confidentiality and ensure best standards practice by maintaining monthly clinical supervision and continuing my professional development. My style of working is humanistic, integrative, and psycho-dynamic, and includes Solution Focused, Person Centred, C.B.T.. I have approx. 13,400 hours of practice and 12 years of post qualification experience, and operate a Safe Practice Policy.

Qualifications:

Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling Q.U.B, Belfast
Diploma in Psychology of Counselling N.U.I.G., Galway
Cert in Emotional Freedom Technique for Eating Disorders – AAMET app.
Trained in ASSIST, Vulnerable Adults & Child Protection, Suicide Awareness, & Mental Health First Aid.

B.A.C.P. Accredited
U.K.R.C.P. reg.
Private health care registered - BUPA AXA Aviva
Access NI Enhanced Clearance Certificate 2020
DBS Clearance 2020

My counselling experience includes working for twelve years, for four of Northern Ireland’s largest counselling agencies, covering clinics throughout Northern Ireland in G.P. practices, schools, colleges, health centres, and in Voluntary and Community settings. I offer online/telephone counselling to adults, and specialise in abusive/toxic relationships, (intimate or family) and childhood issues and traumas.

Experience working with:

Fear – Bullying, Harassment, Stalking, Phobias, O.C.D, Rape, Trauma.
Emotional – Anxiety/Stress, Bereavement, Depression, Self Esteem, Suicide.
Abuse – Cultic, Clerical, Emotional, Psychological, Physical, Sexual (past or present).
Relationships –  Family, Partner,  Step child/parent, Work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clerical/Sexual Abuse
Stalking/Harassment
Relationships - Family - Toxic
Work Place Bullying
Low Self Esteem/Worth/Confidence
Narcissist Abuse
Toxic Relationships
Divorce / separation

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 per session. £55 evenings.
Private health care registered BUPA, Aviva, AXA

When I work

Morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.

Further information

How I Work:

Unresolved, emotional issues will always spill into many other areas of life, including your self worth and your relationships with others. Your understanding of who you are, and self belief will mirror your experience of life and the world around you. Your current future life journey can be difficult, if your past has buried, forgotten issues of deep hurt, broken trust or painful loss. Creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, we will gently explore your life journey to date, how this has impacted you, and while doing so, find release to these areas of hurt, adding techniques to remain "resolved" in your future life.

Through my experience, this method “lets go” of the issue/s that has held clients back, often unaware that they even existed.

Knowledge is powerful but emotional strength is empowering.

Finally knowing who you truely are, without the assumptions & presumptions of how you "fit" in this world, and being free of the pain of the past is achievable with the right style of counselling. Therapy can be life changing, and in a short time of a few months, unhelpful self belief and thinking patterns, that took a lifetime to develop, can be permanently relieved.


How can a person look forward if they are emotionally chained to the past.


Bangor, County Down, BT20

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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