Counselling in Belfast

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Photo of Ian Atkinson, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ian Atkinson
Counsellor, ACC Reg
Verified Verified
Belfast BT16
Im here to help you find a safe place where you can get help and acceptance. A place where you can be safe in your vulnerability. A place of healing. I want to help you help you travel the path from trauma to growth. I work from a person centred perspective but integrate other counselling methods. I have worked extensively with first responders and understand your needs.
Im here to help you find a safe place where you can get help and acceptance. A place where you can be safe in your vulnerability. A place of healing. I want to help you help you travel the path from trauma to growth. I work from a person centred perspective but integrate other counselling methods. I have worked extensively with first responders and understand your needs.
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Rachel Ferguson
MSc
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
I am a mental health nurse with just under 10 years experience working within mental health services. I have gained quality experience by working in various specialist mental health teams within the NHS. I provide psychological assessments, evidenced based interventions and I tailor support packages to children, adolescents and families. I have undertaken numerous professional training courses and attend regular clinical supervision in order to refine my skills.
I am a mental health nurse with just under 10 years experience working within mental health services. I have gained quality experience by working in various specialist mental health teams within the NHS. I provide psychological assessments, evidenced based interventions and I tailor support packages to children, adolescents and families. I have undertaken numerous professional training courses and attend regular clinical supervision in order to refine my skills.
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Photo of Steadfast Therapy, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Steadfast Therapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4
It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that talking to somebody outside of your family or friendship circle can bring a refreshing perspective to difficult life issues. By providing a therapy space where you can feel heard and accepted without bias, you are encouraged to share and explore those detrimental issues that have prevented you from totally embracing life.
It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that talking to somebody outside of your family or friendship circle can bring a refreshing perspective to difficult life issues. By providing a therapy space where you can feel heard and accepted without bias, you are encouraged to share and explore those detrimental issues that have prevented you from totally embracing life.
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Victoria Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
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Julie Carleton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT5
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster? Life has its ups and downs and sometimes we just need a little helping hand to guide us through. I can offer an environment where you can safely explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around your life issues past and present.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster? Life has its ups and downs and sometimes we just need a little helping hand to guide us through. I can offer an environment where you can safely explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around your life issues past and present.
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Photo of Nora Smyth, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nora Smyth
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
Hi there. Thanks for visiting my profile. I am an an integrated counsellor and work with adults, children, and young people. I have over ten years experience working with children and families in school-based counselling and in private practice. My hope is to provide all my clients a safe space to explore their issues and provide families the support and understanding they need to overcome difficulties. I have worked as a project manager for Place2be, a UK wide organisation that specialises in working therapeutically with children and young people and their families.
Hi there. Thanks for visiting my profile. I am an an integrated counsellor and work with adults, children, and young people. I have over ten years experience working with children and families in school-based counselling and in private practice. My hope is to provide all my clients a safe space to explore their issues and provide families the support and understanding they need to overcome difficulties. I have worked as a project manager for Place2be, a UK wide organisation that specialises in working therapeutically with children and young people and their families.
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Photo of Dr Andrew Mc Gibbon, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Andrew Mc Gibbon
Psychotherapist, PsychD, ACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Waitlist for new clients
I work therapeutically with Children, Adolescents, Parents and Young People up to 25. I help with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, school difficulties, social isolation and identity issues. My experience includes 20 years working in the NHS within The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. I also offer Supervision to professionals.
I work therapeutically with Children, Adolescents, Parents and Young People up to 25. I help with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, school difficulties, social isolation and identity issues. My experience includes 20 years working in the NHS within The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. I also offer Supervision to professionals.
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Photo of Emma Therese Bourquin, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Emma Therese Bourquin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT17  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
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Photo of Victor Henriquez, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victor Henriquez
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT6
I am a therapist working with individuals both face-to-face and online, with a psychodynamic focus.
I am a therapist working with individuals both face-to-face and online, with a psychodynamic focus.
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KGH Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4
KGH Counselling "Because talking is important" Life can be a journey and at times challenging when our feelings and thoughts can be overwhelming and confusing. Let me go on your journey with you.
KGH Counselling "Because talking is important" Life can be a journey and at times challenging when our feelings and thoughts can be overwhelming and confusing. Let me go on your journey with you.
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Orla Turley
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT11  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with low self-esteem, confidence issues, knowing your worth or perhaps unable to set boundaries? Do you feel like you always come last and need to prioritise yourself? Maybe you don't feel understood or heard? I can help with that – change is possible! Day to day functioning can be tough when you're not feeling in control of your thoughts and behaviours, help is available. With the right space, support and time you can learn tools to help with day to day functioning. Therapy can help you accept your past and get clarity on the future.
Are you struggling with low self-esteem, confidence issues, knowing your worth or perhaps unable to set boundaries? Do you feel like you always come last and need to prioritise yourself? Maybe you don't feel understood or heard? I can help with that – change is possible! Day to day functioning can be tough when you're not feeling in control of your thoughts and behaviours, help is available. With the right space, support and time you can learn tools to help with day to day functioning. Therapy can help you accept your past and get clarity on the future.
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Photo of Dr Amanda Gleeson, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Amanda Gleeson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT8  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. I specialise in supporting individuals with psychological difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I also work with anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. I specialise in supporting individuals with psychological difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I also work with anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
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Photo of Tina Harbinson, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tina Harbinson
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT11  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your work or personal life? Are you trying to create new habits but continually fall back into old patterns? Are you feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of daily life? If so, let me help you. I specialise in working with Trauma related issues, Anxiety, stress and depression. I use techniques that are proven to work. I also work with relationship difficulties and provide a non judgmental space for clients, who wish to explore and address concerns. It is also a place where you can create positive change, which allows you to live a more meaningful and enjoyable life - the life you were meant to live!
Are you struggling in your work or personal life? Are you trying to create new habits but continually fall back into old patterns? Are you feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of daily life? If so, let me help you. I specialise in working with Trauma related issues, Anxiety, stress and depression. I use techniques that are proven to work. I also work with relationship difficulties and provide a non judgmental space for clients, who wish to explore and address concerns. It is also a place where you can create positive change, which allows you to live a more meaningful and enjoyable life - the life you were meant to live!
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Photo of Isobel McGill, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Isobel McGill
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT7
I am a qualified registered counsellor working in the Belfast and Bangor areas. I provide a comfortable and supportive safe space for you to explore any unresolved issues past or present. Whilst we cannot change difficult events from the past, we can work together to better understand and work through the challenges that you are experiencing in your life. Together we can develop an awareness of patterns of negative behavior and perceptions that may be leaving you feeling anxious or depressed. The symptoms of your distress can show in a physical and psychological way.
I am a qualified registered counsellor working in the Belfast and Bangor areas. I provide a comfortable and supportive safe space for you to explore any unresolved issues past or present. Whilst we cannot change difficult events from the past, we can work together to better understand and work through the challenges that you are experiencing in your life. Together we can develop an awareness of patterns of negative behavior and perceptions that may be leaving you feeling anxious or depressed. The symptoms of your distress can show in a physical and psychological way.
028 9692 8914 View 028 9692 8914
Photo of Clare Acheson Counselling, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Clare Acheson Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4  (Online Only)
Making the decision to come to counselling can be difficult but doing so can be the first step in making the changes you want. I am a fully qualified counsellor and accredited member of BACP, I use an Integrative approach which means that I incorporate different elements of specific counselling theories depending on whatever issues my clients are dealing with, this means that our counselling sessions are specific to your needs as an individual. I have been a therapist for the past 20 years. I have extensive experience in working with both adults and young people.
Making the decision to come to counselling can be difficult but doing so can be the first step in making the changes you want. I am a fully qualified counsellor and accredited member of BACP, I use an Integrative approach which means that I incorporate different elements of specific counselling theories depending on whatever issues my clients are dealing with, this means that our counselling sessions are specific to your needs as an individual. I have been a therapist for the past 20 years. I have extensive experience in working with both adults and young people.
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Photo of John Whinnery - Psychotherapist, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
John Whinnery - Psychotherapist
Counsellor, MSc
Not Verified Not Verified
Belfast BT17
Are you feeling stressed, anxious, worried, just plain stuck or uncertain about the future? We've all been there, isn't it just part of life? Hi, I'm John and I want to help you get out of the dark hole you've been living in lately, I want to help you find your way back to being your best self again. See, I've been in that dark hole and I know the way out, whether you suffer from chronic stress either through work or life, anxiety and/or depression, if your living with a debilitating phobia that's stopping you living a full and active life, I want to help you. Give me a call, I can help you just like I've helped hundreds of others.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious, worried, just plain stuck or uncertain about the future? We've all been there, isn't it just part of life? Hi, I'm John and I want to help you get out of the dark hole you've been living in lately, I want to help you find your way back to being your best self again. See, I've been in that dark hole and I know the way out, whether you suffer from chronic stress either through work or life, anxiety and/or depression, if your living with a debilitating phobia that's stopping you living a full and active life, I want to help you. Give me a call, I can help you just like I've helped hundreds of others.
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Photo of Dr Stacey Baraniuk, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Stacey Baraniuk
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Belfast BT7
You may be struggling with anxiety that has arisen out of the uncertain situation we find ourselves in right now or you may be facing an issue that has affected you for a long time and you've not been able to talk to anyone about it. You may feel that others do not understand or you feel like a burden to family and friends. You want to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space which feels safe, non-judgmental and reflective so you can move forward with your life and make lasting change. I'm here to help.
You may be struggling with anxiety that has arisen out of the uncertain situation we find ourselves in right now or you may be facing an issue that has affected you for a long time and you've not been able to talk to anyone about it. You may feel that others do not understand or you feel like a burden to family and friends. You want to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space which feels safe, non-judgmental and reflective so you can move forward with your life and make lasting change. I'm here to help.
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Photo of Aaron Callaghan, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Aaron Callaghan
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT7
Not accepting new clients
Have you been struggling with how you feel? Maybe it is anxiety, depression, or a general emptiness in life. Would you like to better understand what is driving these feelings? Do you need the opportunity to be listened to, understood, and heard? We rarely get this in our lives, however counselling can provide this. Counselling creates a safe space where you will be able to share with me what is happening in your life. I can offer you a compassionate, attuned, and sensitive relationship where we can bring awareness to the source of these feelings. Through this awareness, understanding and acceptance, change happens.
Have you been struggling with how you feel? Maybe it is anxiety, depression, or a general emptiness in life. Would you like to better understand what is driving these feelings? Do you need the opportunity to be listened to, understood, and heard? We rarely get this in our lives, however counselling can provide this. Counselling creates a safe space where you will be able to share with me what is happening in your life. I can offer you a compassionate, attuned, and sensitive relationship where we can bring awareness to the source of these feelings. Through this awareness, understanding and acceptance, change happens.
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Photo of Mervyn Reid, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mervyn Reid
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT6
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
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Photo of Lisa McKeown, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lisa McKeown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT11  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed, weighed down by feelings of low mood and anxiety? Come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies and tools that will allow you to address the root causes of the difficulties you are experiencing. My favorite thing about counselling is having the privilege to go along with a client on their journey and see them grow and develop as the weeks go on, witness them making the changes they need in order to improve what initially brought them to counselling.
Do you feel overwhelmed, weighed down by feelings of low mood and anxiety? Come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies and tools that will allow you to address the root causes of the difficulties you are experiencing. My favorite thing about counselling is having the privilege to go along with a client on their journey and see them grow and develop as the weeks go on, witness them making the changes they need in order to improve what initially brought them to counselling.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Belfast

200+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Belfast who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
89% Self Esteem
83% Stress
75% Relationship Issues
71% Bereavement
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% AXA PPP
46% Bupa
42% Aviva

How Counsellors in Belfast see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
24% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Belfast?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.