Chronic Illness Counselling in Belfast

Photo of Belfast Psychology Services Ltd, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Psychology Services Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
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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 Justin Bradley, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Justin Bradley
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Hi. Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited member of the BACP. I am an integrative therapist which caters for the individual needs of each client I work with. I am also an EMDR practitioner which is a highly effective treatment which enables the client to reconcile the maladaptive thoughts and feelings connected to trauma. I firmly believe a strong therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor can pave the way to successful and rewarding therapeutic change. Feel free to visit my website, justinbradleytherapy.com
Hi. Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited member of the BACP. I am an integrative therapist which caters for the individual needs of each client I work with. I am also an EMDR practitioner which is a highly effective treatment which enables the client to reconcile the maladaptive thoughts and feelings connected to trauma. I firmly believe a strong therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor can pave the way to successful and rewarding therapeutic change. Feel free to visit my website, justinbradleytherapy.com
028 9590 8935 View 028 9590 8935
Photo of Dr Liam Reilly, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Liam Reilly
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and former British Psychology Society NI representative for the Children, Young People, and Families faculty. I have over ten years of experience providing psychological support and care to clients. The therapy sessions I offer are both person-centred and collaborative to encourage your self-expression and self-development. I use various psychotherapy treatment techniques and provide effective strategies to help you to cope with many of life’s various obstacles. The core of my therapeutic work is non-judgemental acceptance, understanding, and support for all experiences and difficulties.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and former British Psychology Society NI representative for the Children, Young People, and Families faculty. I have over ten years of experience providing psychological support and care to clients. The therapy sessions I offer are both person-centred and collaborative to encourage your self-expression and self-development. I use various psychotherapy treatment techniques and provide effective strategies to help you to cope with many of life’s various obstacles. The core of my therapeutic work is non-judgemental acceptance, understanding, and support for all experiences and difficulties.
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Photo of Mary Lavelle, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mary Lavelle
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Summoning the courage to talk to a professional about what is distressing us can be the most difficult, but also the most powerful step towards improving our wellbeing and our lives to a standard that we are more satisfied with and that we deserve. I aim to create a space where the client feels safe, whilst also communicating trust, compassion and understanding so that I may understand what their current experience is truly like for them. I integrate various schools and models of therapy, which I have assessed, are the best intervention for a client in each session and closely monitor their reaction to these.
Summoning the courage to talk to a professional about what is distressing us can be the most difficult, but also the most powerful step towards improving our wellbeing and our lives to a standard that we are more satisfied with and that we deserve. I aim to create a space where the client feels safe, whilst also communicating trust, compassion and understanding so that I may understand what their current experience is truly like for them. I integrate various schools and models of therapy, which I have assessed, are the best intervention for a client in each session and closely monitor their reaction to these.
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Photo of Tim Laubscher, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tim Laubscher
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT12  (Online Only)
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
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Photo of Isabel Mary Stewart, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Isabel Mary Stewart
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT11
I provide a safe, supportive, empathic and therapeutic space and service for those who wish to explore and address any issues and concerns.
I provide a safe, supportive, empathic and therapeutic space and service for those who wish to explore and address any issues and concerns.
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SPACE
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT14
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
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Photo of Jacqui Charles, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jacqui Charles
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4
Hi. Welcome to my profile. I am fully qualified counsellor and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I work in an integrative way within a humanistic framework. Which simply means drawing upon a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. My therapy is tailored to each persons needs as a unique individual. Always delivered in a caring, non-judgmental empathetic way.
Hi. Welcome to my profile. I am fully qualified counsellor and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I work in an integrative way within a humanistic framework. Which simply means drawing upon a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. My therapy is tailored to each persons needs as a unique individual. Always delivered in a caring, non-judgmental empathetic way.
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Photo of Caroline Smyth, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Caroline Smyth
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT6
I am an Integrative Therapist who has been practicing in both private and community sectors since 2015. I am originally from South Australia and Belfast has been my home for 12 years now. I believe that self-awareness and happiness are not a destination and toxic positivity takes us further from who we are. We can become stuck in what has happened to us (depression) or fear what may happen to us (anxiety). Tabula Rasa means clean slate "Where there is nothing, there is the possibility of everything". That slate exists in the present moment and by exploring what your life means to you, you can create a meaningful life.
I am an Integrative Therapist who has been practicing in both private and community sectors since 2015. I am originally from South Australia and Belfast has been my home for 12 years now. I believe that self-awareness and happiness are not a destination and toxic positivity takes us further from who we are. We can become stuck in what has happened to us (depression) or fear what may happen to us (anxiety). Tabula Rasa means clean slate "Where there is nothing, there is the possibility of everything". That slate exists in the present moment and by exploring what your life means to you, you can create a meaningful life.
028 9692 8248 View 028 9692 8248
Photo of Mindtherapy NI, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mindtherapy NI
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Having worked with children and adult mental health sectors using models of psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment, knowledgeable of our community and voluntary sector. I am privileged to have experience with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and levels of complexity. And help them to overcome the language and the culture barriers by speaking the same language with them as I m fluent in Arabic, English, French and Persian.
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Having worked with children and adult mental health sectors using models of psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment, knowledgeable of our community and voluntary sector. I am privileged to have experience with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and levels of complexity. And help them to overcome the language and the culture barriers by speaking the same language with them as I m fluent in Arabic, English, French and Persian.
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Photo of Healthy Mind Coaching in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Healthy Mind Coaching
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Life Coaching - Mental Wellbeing CBT & Mindset Coaching. Are you anxious, stressed, worried, stuck or uncertain about your future? I will help you to get your life back on track and get to where you want to be with our unique way of working & talking with you and giving you practical help by way of integrating challenges into your days & week to allow you to try different approaches to doing things in your life. Helping you to change your perspective and perceptions (Mindset) to take on your issues, concerns or difficulties more on your own terms to achieve better success outcomes in your life.
Life Coaching - Mental Wellbeing CBT & Mindset Coaching. Are you anxious, stressed, worried, stuck or uncertain about your future? I will help you to get your life back on track and get to where you want to be with our unique way of working & talking with you and giving you practical help by way of integrating challenges into your days & week to allow you to try different approaches to doing things in your life. Helping you to change your perspective and perceptions (Mindset) to take on your issues, concerns or difficulties more on your own terms to achieve better success outcomes in your life.
028 9694 3904 View 028 9694 3904
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.
028 9694 3380 View 028 9694 3380
Photo of Kathryn Mounstephen, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Kathryn Mounstephen
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT4
Maybe you feel stuck, or life feels overwhelming. Perhaps there's something in your past you would like to make sense of, or a situation that is troubling you now. You long for someone to listen to your story and to "get" you. To journey with you as you make sense of what has happened, or is happening to you currently. Or you would just like to feel better! Most of all, you just want to move forward, to have peace. To hope again. I offer a safe space to process, as well as a warm and empathetic presence. I also offer sessions for children still at primary school.
Maybe you feel stuck, or life feels overwhelming. Perhaps there's something in your past you would like to make sense of, or a situation that is troubling you now. You long for someone to listen to your story and to "get" you. To journey with you as you make sense of what has happened, or is happening to you currently. Or you would just like to feel better! Most of all, you just want to move forward, to have peace. To hope again. I offer a safe space to process, as well as a warm and empathetic presence. I also offer sessions for children still at primary school.
028 9163 8584 View 028 9163 8584
Photo of Victoria Brown, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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.
028 9692 8289 View 028 9692 8289
Photo of Lisa McKeown, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lisa McKeown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 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.
028 9694 3273 View 028 9694 3273
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.
028 9590 8693 View 028 9590 8693
Photo of MMC Counselling, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
MMC Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am an Integrative therapist using all aspect of psychotherapy that are relevant and applicable to each individual client, this means I work always in your best interest, using my knowledge and skills to tailor the therapy to best suit you and your current situation.I have many years experience in the field of mental health and have close personal experience in a number of areas. I offer an open, friendly, supportive and confidential service and have specialist training in anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family issues and coping strategies.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am an Integrative therapist using all aspect of psychotherapy that are relevant and applicable to each individual client, this means I work always in your best interest, using my knowledge and skills to tailor the therapy to best suit you and your current situation.I have many years experience in the field of mental health and have close personal experience in a number of areas. I offer an open, friendly, supportive and confidential service and have specialist training in anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family issues and coping strategies.
028 2502 2242 View 028 2502 2242
Photo of Ceara Clarke, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ceara Clarke
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist and I work collaboratively with my clients, helping them to understand their difficulties, make sense of their experiences, develop ways of coping and live with more ease. My work is informed by a range of psychological theories and models, choosing the most helpful approach to suit the individual e.g. Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Family Therapy/Systemic informed work.
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist and I work collaboratively with my clients, helping them to understand their difficulties, make sense of their experiences, develop ways of coping and live with more ease. My work is informed by a range of psychological theories and models, choosing the most helpful approach to suit the individual e.g. Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Family Therapy/Systemic informed work.
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Photo of Lea Braithwaite, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lea Braithwaite
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT7
People usually come to therapy because they are in distress, grieving or dissatisfied with certain aspects of their lives and want to address this. Facing change or loss and allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be daunting. I am committed to supporting you through your journey, providing safety, warmth, empathy and consistent reliable support.
People usually come to therapy because they are in distress, grieving or dissatisfied with certain aspects of their lives and want to address this. Facing change or loss and allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be daunting. I am committed to supporting you through your journey, providing safety, warmth, empathy and consistent reliable support.
028 9694 3528 View 028 9694 3528

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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.