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About me and my therapy practiceMy name is Declan Harrigan and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I began my career in corporate sales while studying Social Policy and Sociology at Magee, University of Ulster.
After University and spending an additional 4 years training as a therapist I now have experience in counselling and psychotherapy for over 10 years both in the North of Ireland and since 2012 in West Lothian, Scotland. My experience in counselling began in the North of Ireland where I worked specifically with those people affected by self-harm or suicidal thoughts / ideation.
However, in addition to this work I have also worked with issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, abuse or post Northern Ireland conflict prisoners affected by PTSD to name but a few. I have worked extensively on anti-sectarianism projects with young people using various counselling approaches in groups to help change their negative thinking about each other and encourage them to look at the similarities instead of the very minimal differences.
I moved to Scotland in 2012. In 2015 I founded S.M.I.L.E Counselling. S.M.I.L.E Counselling is a social enterprise that offers free, bespoke counselling services to children and young people.
I am very much a therapist that takes the lead from my clients. I will work with you and ensure that my approach fits your needs and not the other way around.
I create a relaxed and professional environment that will allow you to use your space in the way that will ensure you get the most from your therapy with me.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Families, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited