Female Counselling in Belfast, NIR

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Clare Acheson Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Caroline Smyth
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
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.
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Marian Rafferty
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed? Perhaps you have suffered a loss - a relationship, a bereavement, a job? Are events from the past still haunting you? Maybe you are not really sure why you are feeling so low? As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, manage your symptoms and decide what changes you want to make to your life. It is often difficult to talk to friends and family about our problems due to embarrassment or fear of being a burden. As a qualified counsellor, I have been trained to listen and support you through your darkest moments.
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed? Perhaps you have suffered a loss - a relationship, a bereavement, a job? Are events from the past still haunting you? Maybe you are not really sure why you are feeling so low? As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, manage your symptoms and decide what changes you want to make to your life. It is often difficult to talk to friends and family about our problems due to embarrassment or fear of being a burden. As a qualified counsellor, I have been trained to listen and support you through your darkest moments.
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Alanna Kierans
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced and compassionate Clinical Psychologist dedicated to supporting people through times of challenge and emotional distress. Through our work together, we will reflect on your experiences to create an understanding of your difficulties that is informed by psychological theory. This understanding, along with clarification of your goals for therapy, will then guide your psychological therapy plan. My aim is always to provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach a point where you no longer need me!
I am an experienced and compassionate Clinical Psychologist dedicated to supporting people through times of challenge and emotional distress. Through our work together, we will reflect on your experiences to create an understanding of your difficulties that is informed by psychological theory. This understanding, along with clarification of your goals for therapy, will then guide your psychological therapy plan. My aim is always to provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach a point where you no longer need me!
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Elsa Steen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Hello, welcome to my profile. I understand it can be daunting finding a therapist and hope the information below can help. I am a cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and currently work with adults and children. CBT is an evidenced and skill-based therapy which looks at understanding the links between our thoughts (cognitions), feelings (emotions) and actions (behaviours). My aim is to help individuals better understand their thoughts and behaviours, making a positive change in their life.
Hello, welcome to my profile. I understand it can be daunting finding a therapist and hope the information below can help. I am a cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and currently work with adults and children. CBT is an evidenced and skill-based therapy which looks at understanding the links between our thoughts (cognitions), feelings (emotions) and actions (behaviours). My aim is to help individuals better understand their thoughts and behaviours, making a positive change in their life.
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Elaine Gormley
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT9  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Elaine. I am an Accredited member of the BACP and have been working as a therapist for over ten years. I have qualifications, training and experience in working with a diverse range of issues.
Hello, my name is Elaine. I am an Accredited member of the BACP and have been working as a therapist for over ten years. I have qualifications, training and experience in working with a diverse range of issues.
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Lagan Counselling & Training
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT8
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and certified Community Resilience Model (TM) Teacher with many years' experience in working with all sections of our community, particularly with victims and survivors of the NI conflict. I understand the impact trauma of all kinds can have on us, and how it can affect our relationships, our physical health, and our ability to manage the stresses of life. Working with you in a person-centred way I will support you in becoming aware of what might be causing you difficulty, and in learning new ways of coping, always respecting that you are the expert in your own life.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and certified Community Resilience Model (TM) Teacher with many years' experience in working with all sections of our community, particularly with victims and survivors of the NI conflict. I understand the impact trauma of all kinds can have on us, and how it can affect our relationships, our physical health, and our ability to manage the stresses of life. Working with you in a person-centred way I will support you in becoming aware of what might be causing you difficulty, and in learning new ways of coping, always respecting that you are the expert in your own life.
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Seaneen Madden
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT11
Everyone can find it difficult to cope at times, unresolved issues past or present can create stress, anxiety, depression....and may affect your day to day life. Counselling can help you understand these issues more clearly, giving you the space to untangle the confusing, painful feelings and thoughts that may be causing you distress. It is important to find someone you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.
Everyone can find it difficult to cope at times, unresolved issues past or present can create stress, anxiety, depression....and may affect your day to day life. Counselling can help you understand these issues more clearly, giving you the space to untangle the confusing, painful feelings and thoughts that may be causing you distress. It is important to find someone you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.
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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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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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Margaret Ryan
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT11
Not accepting new clients
Hi I am a BACP and IACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I have 20 years experience and work integratively with a leaning towards Somatic work. I believe that the body and mind can not be separated and the impact of our experiences can manifest in many ways physically and psychologically. I have worked with adults privately and in a healthcare setting. Therapy is a very individual process and we will collaboratively explore the way of working that suits you best using my extensive training and experience.
Hi I am a BACP and IACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I have 20 years experience and work integratively with a leaning towards Somatic work. I believe that the body and mind can not be separated and the impact of our experiences can manifest in many ways physically and psychologically. I have worked with adults privately and in a healthcare setting. Therapy is a very individual process and we will collaboratively explore the way of working that suits you best using my extensive training and experience.
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Perspective Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT15
Are you feeling stuck and uncertain about the path ahead? I am an Integrative Counsellor and can help you navigate the obstacles that are preventing you from living the life that you want. Working collaboratively, we can explore the right tools to come up with a tailor-made approach to assist you in improving your emotional well-being. Working at a comfortable pace for you, gaining a different perspective and acquiring new skills along the way, it is possible to achieve a healthy emotional well-being that supports you in your day-to-day life. I welcome the opportunity of working with you in reaching your individual goals.
Are you feeling stuck and uncertain about the path ahead? I am an Integrative Counsellor and can help you navigate the obstacles that are preventing you from living the life that you want. Working collaboratively, we can explore the right tools to come up with a tailor-made approach to assist you in improving your emotional well-being. Working at a comfortable pace for you, gaining a different perspective and acquiring new skills along the way, it is possible to achieve a healthy emotional well-being that supports you in your day-to-day life. I welcome the opportunity of working with you in reaching your individual goals.
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CBT Online
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT2  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome, as a BABCP accredited CBT therapist, I work with my clients to offer a supportive and confidential online space. Online therapy is exactly the same as in-person therapy, but you do it from the convenience of your own space. My approach is tailored to your needs. I used tried and trusted evidenced based therapies to help you meet your needs.
Hello and welcome, as a BABCP accredited CBT therapist, I work with my clients to offer a supportive and confidential online space. Online therapy is exactly the same as in-person therapy, but you do it from the convenience of your own space. My approach is tailored to your needs. I used tried and trusted evidenced based therapies to help you meet your needs.
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Roberta Richmond
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4
Hello, my name is Roberta Richmond I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor with years of experience as a therapist, and managing one of Belfast's largest counselling charities. I am committed to providing counselling and coaching in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Many of us have times in our lives when things seem too much, and we feel overwhelmed, with difficulty coping. If you’re reading this, you may be at that point yourself, and thinking about having some counselling. You may have hit a difficult patch in your relationship and are looking for someone to help you and your partner sort things out,
Hello, my name is Roberta Richmond I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor with years of experience as a therapist, and managing one of Belfast's largest counselling charities. I am committed to providing counselling and coaching in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Many of us have times in our lives when things seem too much, and we feel overwhelmed, with difficulty coping. If you’re reading this, you may be at that point yourself, and thinking about having some counselling. You may have hit a difficult patch in your relationship and are looking for someone to help you and your partner sort things out,
028 9692 8099 View 028 9692 8099
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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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Lily McCavana
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
Hello and welcome to my page. I am a person-centred psychotherapist who works mainly with pregnancy, birth and postpartum including postnatal depression and anxiety and birth trauma. I support women through this transitional period of their life, a transition that is often confronting and might not look how you expected it to. I can support fathers and non birthing parents experiencing birth trauma and postnatal depression. I also work with women and LGBTQ+ people with issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem and relationship difficulties.
Hello and welcome to my page. I am a person-centred psychotherapist who works mainly with pregnancy, birth and postpartum including postnatal depression and anxiety and birth trauma. I support women through this transitional period of their life, a transition that is often confronting and might not look how you expected it to. I can support fathers and non birthing parents experiencing birth trauma and postnatal depression. I also work with women and LGBTQ+ people with issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem and relationship difficulties.
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Dr Casey McGivern
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
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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.
028 9694 3212 View 028 9694 3212
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Claire Freeman Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
You may be viewing this page with a specific issue and not quite sure how to manage it. Through giving yourself time and space to unpack or untangle the issue in counselling, it can help you figure out how to move forward. Every counsellor you work with will offer something unique in the relationship you build. It's important that you find someone you feel you can be open and honest with. My role as your counsellor will be to support you through untangling some of that ‘stuff’ that might be holding you back, becoming a daily struggle or impacting your relationships. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.
You may be viewing this page with a specific issue and not quite sure how to manage it. Through giving yourself time and space to unpack or untangle the issue in counselling, it can help you figure out how to move forward. Every counsellor you work with will offer something unique in the relationship you build. It's important that you find someone you feel you can be open and honest with. My role as your counsellor will be to support you through untangling some of that ‘stuff’ that might be holding you back, becoming a daily struggle or impacting your relationships. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.
028 9694 3003 View 028 9694 3003
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Emma Therese Bourquin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9  (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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Female Counsellors

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.