Counselling in BT38

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Laura Stewart
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hello there, my name is Laura of Through the Woods Therapy NI. Sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees and we may need someone to talk to, to gain a new perspective. Here at Through the Woods Therapy, I offer a confidential, non judgemental and a genuine service, whilst you find your way through these difficult times. I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor who provides a safe therapeutic space for reflection and self discovery and when you are ready I can offer solution focused techniques to move forward. Each person has their own perspective and I offer bespoke therapy unique to each individual and their needs.
Hello there, my name is Laura of Through the Woods Therapy NI. Sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees and we may need someone to talk to, to gain a new perspective. Here at Through the Woods Therapy, I offer a confidential, non judgemental and a genuine service, whilst you find your way through these difficult times. I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor who provides a safe therapeutic space for reflection and self discovery and when you are ready I can offer solution focused techniques to move forward. Each person has their own perspective and I offer bespoke therapy unique to each individual and their needs.
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Jennifer L Coulter
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Hi my name is Jennifer. I am an integrative therapist registered with the British Association of counsellors and psychotherapists. I have over 20 years experience working within Psychology services. I work with clients with a range of challenges such as anxiety, low mood, stress, relationship difficulties and loss. I have a special interest and experience adapting therapy for clients with learning disabilities and Autism and their carers.
Hi my name is Jennifer. I am an integrative therapist registered with the British Association of counsellors and psychotherapists. I have over 20 years experience working within Psychology services. I work with clients with a range of challenges such as anxiety, low mood, stress, relationship difficulties and loss. I have a special interest and experience adapting therapy for clients with learning disabilities and Autism and their carers.
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Discover Coping Strategies (DCS) Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Carrickfergus BT38  (Online Only)
I offer a one to one online counselling service for any individual adult who is looking to be totally heard and support for a wide range of issues. If you've been feeling down, lonely, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, confused or you feel you've lost your way and would like support to explore options and hopefully together find solutions to improve or eliminate these negative feelings and thoughts and find a better way forward, through the use of building a tool box together and discovering coping strategies that work for you. I am aware of the initial fears and uncertainty of counselling and provide a safe, confidential space.
I offer a one to one online counselling service for any individual adult who is looking to be totally heard and support for a wide range of issues. If you've been feeling down, lonely, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, confused or you feel you've lost your way and would like support to explore options and hopefully together find solutions to improve or eliminate these negative feelings and thoughts and find a better way forward, through the use of building a tool box together and discovering coping strategies that work for you. I am aware of the initial fears and uncertainty of counselling and provide a safe, confidential space.
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Joanne Hudson
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
My name is Joanne and I am an Integrative Counsellor. Being integrative means that I combine various approaches and tools to meet the individual needs of each client. I offer a safe space for you to discuss your experiences, explore your issues, and perhaps find ways to bring about change and improve your wellbeing. I provide support that is confidential, trusting and non-judgemental. I am fully qualified, and an accredited member of the BACP.
My name is Joanne and I am an Integrative Counsellor. Being integrative means that I combine various approaches and tools to meet the individual needs of each client. I offer a safe space for you to discuss your experiences, explore your issues, and perhaps find ways to bring about change and improve your wellbeing. I provide support that is confidential, trusting and non-judgemental. I am fully qualified, and an accredited member of the BACP.
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Caim Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Hello , Thank you for viewing this profile. I have worked for quite a few years as an integrative therapist. Throughout the years I have learned so much from my clients . I understand each of us is an individual and endeavor to make each process for each person unique to them . Listening to you and using a wide skills set to encourage you as a client to work through and develop a skill set to make wiser and healthier choices in life . I encourage a development to encourage each person to learn to like / love themselves as they are . Building a resilience within each person to continue developing long after therapy ends .
Hello , Thank you for viewing this profile. I have worked for quite a few years as an integrative therapist. Throughout the years I have learned so much from my clients . I understand each of us is an individual and endeavor to make each process for each person unique to them . Listening to you and using a wide skills set to encourage you as a client to work through and develop a skill set to make wiser and healthier choices in life . I encourage a development to encourage each person to learn to like / love themselves as they are . Building a resilience within each person to continue developing long after therapy ends .
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Valerie Best
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Life may be difficult or stressful for you at this time and you would like to talk to someone in a confidential and relaxed environment who is not a family member or friend. We can all face obstacles and challenges at different stages in our lives which may cause us to feel depressed, anxious or overwhelmed. I provide a safe and welcoming place where you can take the time to explore your concerns and work out how these may have affected your well being. Through building a mutually trusting relationship we can help bring about a positive outcome for your future.
Life may be difficult or stressful for you at this time and you would like to talk to someone in a confidential and relaxed environment who is not a family member or friend. We can all face obstacles and challenges at different stages in our lives which may cause us to feel depressed, anxious or overwhelmed. I provide a safe and welcoming place where you can take the time to explore your concerns and work out how these may have affected your well being. Through building a mutually trusting relationship we can help bring about a positive outcome for your future.
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Sonia McCrory
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
CBT is a problem focused approach to dealing with clients suffering with Depression and Anxiety who are seeking help to reduce their symptoms. Depression can be persistent and have lasted many years as a result of childhood experiences, or major and more recent due to a problem at home or work. Clients who wish to work collaboratively& practically using CBT skills, session agendas and setting goals for therapy. Clients will learn to understand their negative thoughts stemming from Core Beliefs that result in dysfunctional behaviour causing them to feel the way they do. CBT is a proven problem focused therapy for these disorders.
CBT is a problem focused approach to dealing with clients suffering with Depression and Anxiety who are seeking help to reduce their symptoms. Depression can be persistent and have lasted many years as a result of childhood experiences, or major and more recent due to a problem at home or work. Clients who wish to work collaboratively& practically using CBT skills, session agendas and setting goals for therapy. Clients will learn to understand their negative thoughts stemming from Core Beliefs that result in dysfunctional behaviour causing them to feel the way they do. CBT is a proven problem focused therapy for these disorders.
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Caroline Morrison
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I am Caroline and Change of Mind Counselling is my private counselling practice. Change of Mind Counselling offers one to one confidential counselling. You will be supported to focus on feelings, experiences and behaviours and how they may be affecting you. The goal of our work together will be to facilitate positive change. I also work with Nexus NI and additionally work in schools with Familyworks NI. The counselling approaches I used are Brief Solution Focused, Person Centred, and some elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Hello, I am Caroline and Change of Mind Counselling is my private counselling practice. Change of Mind Counselling offers one to one confidential counselling. You will be supported to focus on feelings, experiences and behaviours and how they may be affecting you. The goal of our work together will be to facilitate positive change. I also work with Nexus NI and additionally work in schools with Familyworks NI. The counselling approaches I used are Brief Solution Focused, Person Centred, and some elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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Nicola McGhee
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hello, my name is Nicola. I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer counselling in a private, comfortable, relaxed space in a peaceful countryside setting where I extend genuine, non-judgemental, confidential counselling, working with you on a one to one basis. Through listening and supporting you, we will work together to explore and understand your difficult circumstances, worries and concerns to move towards a fresh perspective.
Hello, my name is Nicola. I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer counselling in a private, comfortable, relaxed space in a peaceful countryside setting where I extend genuine, non-judgemental, confidential counselling, working with you on a one to one basis. Through listening and supporting you, we will work together to explore and understand your difficult circumstances, worries and concerns to move towards a fresh perspective.
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Melissa Shannon
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
It is not unusual for people to come into therapy because something is not right in their world. With that sometimes comes the expectation the therapist is going to provide tips or strategies to fix it all. You may have lots of questions and when we are hurting, we are often focused on getting answers without checking to see it we are asking the best questions.
It is not unusual for people to come into therapy because something is not right in their world. With that sometimes comes the expectation the therapist is going to provide tips or strategies to fix it all. You may have lots of questions and when we are hurting, we are often focused on getting answers without checking to see it we are asking the best questions.
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Karla Burns
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Carrickfergus BT38  (Online Only)
I am a non-judgemental and compassionate counsellor who has always been interested in people. I specialise in Person-centred therapy in which sessions are client led based on the belief that the client is the expert of their own life. This means I cannot advise you although I can support and empower you so that you feel comfortable making decisions in your own life. You may be searching here for many different reasons. Whatever the reason I am here to go on that journey with you. What you can expect from me is a safe, confidential and understanding space and one in which I will work at your own pace.
I am a non-judgemental and compassionate counsellor who has always been interested in people. I specialise in Person-centred therapy in which sessions are client led based on the belief that the client is the expert of their own life. This means I cannot advise you although I can support and empower you so that you feel comfortable making decisions in your own life. You may be searching here for many different reasons. Whatever the reason I am here to go on that journey with you. What you can expect from me is a safe, confidential and understanding space and one in which I will work at your own pace.
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James Kernan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a fully qualified Counsellor/ Psychological therapist I am also a Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have full registration with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work with clients I have developed a growing passion in helping people find comfort with issues around addiction, relationship, mental health, sexuality and gender concerns. My work has often been with clients who seek deeper psychotherapeutic reflections on their predicaments. I accompany clients in embracing their vulnerability, tackling their perfectionism, need for certainty, and black and white thinking.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor/ Psychological therapist I am also a Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have full registration with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work with clients I have developed a growing passion in helping people find comfort with issues around addiction, relationship, mental health, sexuality and gender concerns. My work has often been with clients who seek deeper psychotherapeutic reflections on their predicaments. I accompany clients in embracing their vulnerability, tackling their perfectionism, need for certainty, and black and white thinking.
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Kiri Wilson
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
My experience in psycho-education and counselling has focused on supporting individuals living with stress, mental illness & suicidal thoughts. I've supported people who aren't sure what to do next with situations & relationships, or are struggling with feelings of overwhelm or depression. Most people who I've worked with just don't want to be in pain anymore, but everyone's needs & wants are different & it's important to get to know you & meet you where you are on your journey.
My experience in psycho-education and counselling has focused on supporting individuals living with stress, mental illness & suicidal thoughts. I've supported people who aren't sure what to do next with situations & relationships, or are struggling with feelings of overwhelm or depression. Most people who I've worked with just don't want to be in pain anymore, but everyone's needs & wants are different & it's important to get to know you & meet you where you are on your journey.
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Paula Hanson / Nourish Therapies
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Whether you are in acute distress or have experienced trauma at any stage of your life, it can be hard to make sense of how we feel in mind and body, and it can leave us overwhelmed and often reaching for ways to block out these painful experiences. It is my privilege to offer space for you to be heard and seen from a place of acceptance and compassion, and staying with you as your own acceptance and compassion can be felt within you. I am a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist and I use this model of therapy to help with the wounded 'parts' of us, to find healing and transformation.
Whether you are in acute distress or have experienced trauma at any stage of your life, it can be hard to make sense of how we feel in mind and body, and it can leave us overwhelmed and often reaching for ways to block out these painful experiences. It is my privilege to offer space for you to be heard and seen from a place of acceptance and compassion, and staying with you as your own acceptance and compassion can be felt within you. I am a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist and I use this model of therapy to help with the wounded 'parts' of us, to find healing and transformation.
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Photo of Deborah Catherall, Psychotherapist in BT38, Northern Ireland
Deborah Catherall
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
I provide one to one therapy in the Newtownabbey area. I provide a safe, warm and confidential environment where clients are greated in a a non-judgemental way and where they can explore and talk through issues. My work is focused and tailored to the client's requirements, helping them to address & challenge current, beliefs and thoughts to allow change. I offer an initial 20 minute free consultation to ensure I am the right therapist, to explain the merits of each theraputic approach for their needs. The Initial consultation will allow too the opportunity to meet without any obligation.
I provide one to one therapy in the Newtownabbey area. I provide a safe, warm and confidential environment where clients are greated in a a non-judgemental way and where they can explore and talk through issues. My work is focused and tailored to the client's requirements, helping them to address & challenge current, beliefs and thoughts to allow change. I offer an initial 20 minute free consultation to ensure I am the right therapist, to explain the merits of each theraputic approach for their needs. The Initial consultation will allow too the opportunity to meet without any obligation.
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Megan Crowe
Counsellor
Verified Verified
I am passionate and devoted to providing therapueitc opportunities for all children and young people from different cultures, backgrounds, religions and beliefs.  By using play and creative arts therapy, I have supported children and young people who have experienced bereavement and grief, anxiety, anger, Autism, ADHD, bullying, relationship issues, trauma, self-esteem, nightmares, school issues. I understand and recognise that no child and young person are the same and they are unique. I ensure that this is also reflected upon their therapeutic process and journey, meaning that the child can control their therapeutic process.
I am passionate and devoted to providing therapueitc opportunities for all children and young people from different cultures, backgrounds, religions and beliefs.  By using play and creative arts therapy, I have supported children and young people who have experienced bereavement and grief, anxiety, anger, Autism, ADHD, bullying, relationship issues, trauma, self-esteem, nightmares, school issues. I understand and recognise that no child and young person are the same and they are unique. I ensure that this is also reflected upon their therapeutic process and journey, meaning that the child can control their therapeutic process.
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Deirdre Martin
Psychotherapist, SNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I'm Deirdre, a professional, experienced, friendly and down-to-earth therapist in Newtownabbey Belfast. I help people to manage difficulties they are experiencing and to bring about change in a warm, compassionate and safe way without judgement. Do you need help with very treatable issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma/PTSD, bereavement or loss, emotional or sexual abuse, childhood or workplace bullying, childhood/family issues or anger? Perhaps you want to stop people pleasing or to understand the causes of your unhappiness? Do you want more time to yourself but never seem to manage to get it?
Hello, I'm Deirdre, a professional, experienced, friendly and down-to-earth therapist in Newtownabbey Belfast. I help people to manage difficulties they are experiencing and to bring about change in a warm, compassionate and safe way without judgement. Do you need help with very treatable issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma/PTSD, bereavement or loss, emotional or sexual abuse, childhood or workplace bullying, childhood/family issues or anger? Perhaps you want to stop people pleasing or to understand the causes of your unhappiness? Do you want more time to yourself but never seem to manage to get it?
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Claire Thompson
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, my name is Claire, an Art Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I have worked in suicide prevention and self-harm as well as working in primary and post-primary schools alongside my private practice. I am currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD study exploring culture and identity using Northern Ireland's murals as the lens. I am keenly interested in community art therapy, participation and its part in building local resilience.
Hi, my name is Claire, an Art Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I have worked in suicide prevention and self-harm as well as working in primary and post-primary schools alongside my private practice. I am currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD study exploring culture and identity using Northern Ireland's murals as the lens. I am keenly interested in community art therapy, participation and its part in building local resilience.
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Nichola Burke
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am what is called an ‘integrative counsellor’. What this means is that I have trained in several therapeutic approaches so I can meet each individual clients needs. I understand how hard it can be to make that first step in asking for help. I will endeavour to create a safe and welcoming environment. I firmly believe you have the answers within yourself, its just sometimes we don’t get the time or space to figure them out, and sometimes we need someone who is on the outside looking in with a bit of perspective, knowledge or experience to just helping you join up the dots and find your own solutions or conclusions.
I am what is called an ‘integrative counsellor’. What this means is that I have trained in several therapeutic approaches so I can meet each individual clients needs. I understand how hard it can be to make that first step in asking for help. I will endeavour to create a safe and welcoming environment. I firmly believe you have the answers within yourself, its just sometimes we don’t get the time or space to figure them out, and sometimes we need someone who is on the outside looking in with a bit of perspective, knowledge or experience to just helping you join up the dots and find your own solutions or conclusions.
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Julie Halliday - The Breakthrough Project
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Julie Halliday and I am a qualified integrative counsellor at The Breakthrough Project. I provide a confidential counselling service based on the belief that you are the expert on your own life and that with help, you will find the solutions to your problems. I will support you on your journey by offering acceptance, non-judgement and a fresh perspective. I provide a safe and secure therapeutic space for self-discovery, reflection and problem-solving to allow you to move forward towards improved wellbeing.
Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Julie Halliday and I am a qualified integrative counsellor at The Breakthrough Project. I provide a confidential counselling service based on the belief that you are the expert on your own life and that with help, you will find the solutions to your problems. I will support you on your journey by offering acceptance, non-judgement and a fresh perspective. I provide a safe and secure therapeutic space for self-discovery, reflection and problem-solving to allow you to move forward towards improved wellbeing.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in BT38

20+

Average cost per session

£40

Counsellors in BT38 who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
88% Self Esteem
84% Depression
80% Bereavement
80% Coping Skills
72% Relationship Issues
68% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aviva
60% Other
60% Vitality

How Counsellors in BT38 see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

96% Female
4% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in BT38?

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.