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About me and my therapy practice
I am a professionally qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have considerable experience in areas of bereavement, trauma, anxiety and disability and also meet the criteria to provide personal therapy to trainee counsellors.
Having grown up during the troubles in Northern Ireland, I have witnessed the traumatic legacy of this era upon some of the people here. The emotional fallout still impacts many of our lives today.
As a result, my client work has taught me that so many people whose lives were changed forever needed someone just to understand .
Approaching middle age, I found myself reflecting upon my own experiences of change and loss and trying to imagine what it must be like for others in similar situations.
In 2005 I lost most of my eyesight due to a retinal disease. After battling depression as a result of this life changing event, I decided to become a counsellor so that I could help others through their dark days of change and loss.
At this time, a successful experience in personal therapy helped me understand not only the impact of my disability but also the impact of my many layers of unresolved grief stemming from the loss of family, friends, sporting and work colleagues as a result of the troubles, illness, tragic accidents and suicide.
I find that my considerable life experience is my greatest asset as I walk side by side with my clients on their journey of self discovery.
As an integrative therapist, I provide a safe, confidential, therapeutic environment conducive to growth and change where you can express yourself honestly without fear of reproach or judgement.
This acceptance, honesty and understanding allow you to delve deeper into yourself, where you can ask yourself: “If this counsellor can accept me, why can’t I?”
What I hope you will get from therapy
The ultimate goal of therapy is self-acceptance so you can experience life to the full.
I believe that all therapy should be structured in such a way as to maximise your insight into the cause of your behaviour. This helps with ongoing assessment by providing evidence of how the historical setting has contributed to the present problems.
Berne (1966) says "we can heal the past in the present in order to assure the future."
As an integrative counsellor, I am afforded the flexibility to tailor therapy to client needs. This is a fluid process of identifying and understanding these needs, reflection upon best fit theoretical application and evaluation.
With this in mind, I will ask you initially;
“What is it that you want from therapy? What is the goal?”
I hope as we journey together that I can help you gain insight which can, in turn, help you identify problems, unused opportunities and resources.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited