Siana McGarvey

Siana McGarvey


Registered Member MBACP (Senior Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07429 552881

Contact Siana

Therapist - Belfast

Belfast BT4
07429 552881
Sessions from £55.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

Availability

Updated 14.9.20: Regrettably I have no availability at present.  If you are willing to wait until 2021 to begin therapy please do get in touch.  All sessions are currently online.  All creative / sandtray process work is currently on hold however if you are interested please do contact me as I have a separate waiting list for this and plan to offer in person sessions as soon as it is safe to do so. 

About me and my therapy practice

Do you sometimes feel like you are going round in circles?  You may desperately want CHANGE but feel like the "same old" situations keep happening - different relationships, different year but the same familiar feelings and reactions. Maybe you wonder if there's something important you need to grasp hold of about yourself.

I'm a qualified and senior accredited counsellor with 18 years' experience helping people feel happier, more fulfilled and more in control of their lives. I have a down-to-earth approach, working alongside you towards goals you set.   My counselling is LGBT+ affirmative and I am privileged to have worked with people from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds.

Young People: I have specialised in counselling young people throughout my career, within schools, alternative education centres and a wide range of community settings.  Some reasons young people might benefit from counselling include family difficulties, anxiety, lowered mood, anger, issues within peer relationships, suicidal thoughts, drug or alcohol related issues, self harm, identity and self esteem.

Jungian sandplay / sandtray process is an option I offer, suitable for all ages, which particularly enables work at depth using symbols.  This gentle yet powerful process supports your own natural capacity for healing, recognising that sometimes the “answers” bypass thinking and talking.   

IFS (Internal Family Systems) is another option I offer.  This is a therapeutic approach which facilitates healing at depth from trauma and difficult experiences.

I am always very happy to hear from anyone interested in exploring the way I work and whether it might suit them.  

My first session

My aim when we meet for our initial session is to explore with you whether counselling with me is a good “match” at this point in time. I will ask you to tell me about how things are now as well as relevant background and history. We will speak about who helps and supports you, including any involvement you have with other services. We will also talk about your day to day well-being, such as your mood, sleeping, eating patterns and any risk or self harm.

We’ll go at a comfortable pace and the format is conversational – the main aim is to see how we get along and how it feels to begin to open up about yourself.  Please do not worry if you find it difficult to talk; we will go at the right pace for you and lots of words and detail are often not needed.

Please note, though, that this first appointment can sometimes bring up some issues you may not have thought about for a while and it can be helpful to plan to have some time out afterwards before you rush into the rest of your day / evening.

Information shared during an appointment is held in the strictest confidence, the only exceptions being if you or a child is in danger or if criminal activity is disclosed.

You will have a sense from our session as to whether you feel I am someone you could work with and I will also be honest with you if I believe there is another therapist or service which would be more appropriate for you at this time. No decisions about further sessions need to be made on the day and you can take your time to let things “settle” and consider the way forward.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work

Supervisor - Belfast

Belfast BT4
07429552881
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

Availability

Due to Covid 19 all supervision sessions are now taking place online.

About me and my therapy practice

I am an integrative therapist with 18 years’ experience working with adults and young people.  My core training in 2000-01 was in person-centred counselling (MA, Durham Uni) and I'm also trained in Jungian Sandplay and Internal Family Systems.  I have undertaken a wide range of post-qualifying training related to working with young people and infant / child / adolescent development.  I trained in Clinical Supervision with Gestalt Centre Belfast in 2014-16 and achieved Senior Accreditation recently (2020).  I provide clinical supervision in person and online to private practitoners as well as those working in agencies and for EAPs.  I am insured to work with practitioners worldwide with the exception of the USA and Canada.  I actively participate in external supervision / consultation for my supervision practice and access relevant CPD on a regular basis.

Practice description

Supervision (or Consultation) is a forum used by practitioners to reflect on all aspects of their clinical work.  For me, the welfare of clients and the quality of the service they receive is the central component of clinical supervision.  I also recognise that each supervisee will need and wish to focus on a range of aspects related to their professional development at different times during the supervision relationship.  Therefore I aim to work collaboratively and reflectively with you to ensure you develop and flourish in the directions you choose.  I aim to co-create with supervisees a two-way feedback process where we can both learn and develop together.

My first session

A description of supervision as a “relationship about relationships about other relationships” has stayed with me from my supervision training.  For me, this highlights that the contact, connection, trust and respect between supervisor and supervisee is key. This of course develops over time as a working alliance however it is crucial to invest in it at the outset to establish a steady foundation for the work. For this reason I see the initial meeting and associated contracting (if going ahead) as very significant. 

Prior to this meeting I will often ask you to forward me your CV, and vice versa, in order to provide some context.  During the initial meeting we primarily speak about your wishes and aims in relation to supervision and my capacity to meet these.  We will explore some of the functions of supervision as well as some of the models / approaches to supervision I can offer and whether these seem to be suitable for your needs.  For those familiar with supervision frameworks, I tend to use a blend of the cyclical and 7 eyed models.  I also employ creative approaches, in particular using a sandtray, for those who are interested in this.

The initial meeting is offered on a confidential basis, with the exception of disclosure of details of risk or criminal activity. It doesn’t include discussion of specific clients due to the absence of a contract at this stage.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work