Female Counselling in Newtownabbey, NIR

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Deborah Catherall
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
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.
028 2502 2231 View 028 2502 2231
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Creative Healing
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
My name is Michelle. I have over 8 years of experience working with young people & families who have been impacted by sexual trauma. I have worked in schools and the community as a counsellor supporting children with a wide range of issues. I have an MSc in Children & Adolescent Psychotherapy, BSc in SW, Certificate in sandplay, & EMDR. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals feel safe and comfortable enough to explore their thoughts and feelings through a trusted therapeutic relationship. I utilise different creative and therapeutic approaches alongside play and talk therapy & EMDR.
My name is Michelle. I have over 8 years of experience working with young people & families who have been impacted by sexual trauma. I have worked in schools and the community as a counsellor supporting children with a wide range of issues. I have an MSc in Children & Adolescent Psychotherapy, BSc in SW, Certificate in sandplay, & EMDR. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals feel safe and comfortable enough to explore their thoughts and feelings through a trusted therapeutic relationship. I utilise different creative and therapeutic approaches alongside play and talk therapy & EMDR.
028 9694 3420 View 028 9694 3420
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Ellen Bowler-McCartney
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36  (Online Only)
I work with young people and adults so they can feel better about themselves and less anxious. If you are struggling with sleep, social anxiety, lack of confidence, loneliness or have difficulties in relationships with family or friends, I will do my best to help. If you are tired of perfectionism or people pleasing and would like to communicate your needs more effectively, we can focus on that together. If worry has put up barriers to you living your most joyful life and overthinking is disrupting your days or nights, then I am here to help you sort through it all with talk and with art.
I work with young people and adults so they can feel better about themselves and less anxious. If you are struggling with sleep, social anxiety, lack of confidence, loneliness or have difficulties in relationships with family or friends, I will do my best to help. If you are tired of perfectionism or people pleasing and would like to communicate your needs more effectively, we can focus on that together. If worry has put up barriers to you living your most joyful life and overthinking is disrupting your days or nights, then I am here to help you sort through it all with talk and with art.
028 9694 3765 View 028 9694 3765
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Jennifer Lyness
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
Hi there, thank you for visiting my profile today. I am a psychologist, psychotherapist and pluralistic counsellor, I have been working and studying in the mental health field for 20 years and have a wealth of experience supporting clients with a variety of mental illnesses and struggling with a range of issues. I am passionate about the ability of the brain to heal and helping clients to understand how this is possible, enabling recovery, the strengthening of resilience and the ability to cope with life and the accompanying stressors in a much more effective way. This will greatly benefit yourself and others around you.
Hi there, thank you for visiting my profile today. I am a psychologist, psychotherapist and pluralistic counsellor, I have been working and studying in the mental health field for 20 years and have a wealth of experience supporting clients with a variety of mental illnesses and struggling with a range of issues. I am passionate about the ability of the brain to heal and helping clients to understand how this is possible, enabling recovery, the strengthening of resilience and the ability to cope with life and the accompanying stressors in a much more effective way. This will greatly benefit yourself and others around you.
028 9694 3408 View 028 9694 3408
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Kiri Wilson
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
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.
07872 177631 View 07872 177631
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Megan Crowe
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
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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Claire Thompson
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
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.
028 9692 8222 View 028 9692 8222
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MJR Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Services (CBT)
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36  (Online Only)
Acknowledging that something doesn't feel quite right and that we may need help and support can be very challenging for us to accept. In a world where anxiety, stress and depression seem all consuming, it can be hard to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Thats were exploring your difficulties with a trained professional can help. Working together as a team, we will work collaboratively to help you reach your goals in therapy and equip you with the tools to become your own therapist.
Acknowledging that something doesn't feel quite right and that we may need help and support can be very challenging for us to accept. In a world where anxiety, stress and depression seem all consuming, it can be hard to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Thats were exploring your difficulties with a trained professional can help. Working together as a team, we will work collaboratively to help you reach your goals in therapy and equip you with the tools to become your own therapist.
028 9279 1488 View 028 9279 1488
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Anne O’Kelly
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
Are you worried for you and your family as a result of a breakdown in relationships. Are you fearful for the mental and emotional well being of all the family members especially children. Would you want to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to reach an understanding of how to cope with family change and transition? I am an experienced and skilled therapist. I provide a safe healing space for you to address your concerns and fears with a view to reaching a resolution and plan for the future.
Are you worried for you and your family as a result of a breakdown in relationships. Are you fearful for the mental and emotional well being of all the family members especially children. Would you want to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to reach an understanding of how to cope with family change and transition? I am an experienced and skilled therapist. I provide a safe healing space for you to address your concerns and fears with a view to reaching a resolution and plan for the future.
028 9163 8460 View 028 9163 8460
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Julie Halliday - The Breakthrough Project
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
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.
028 9433 8764 View 028 9433 8764
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Sinead Corey Play Therapy
Counsellor, MA, PTUK Accred
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
Hello my name is Sinead and I am an Accredited Play Therapist and Registered SandStory Therapist. I have twenty-six years’ experience in a mainstream primary school where I have specialised as a Nurture Room Teacher. I am experienced in supporting children with Attachment Type Difficulties, Selective Mutism, and children diagnosed with with ASD and ADHD. I have supported children experiencing isolation and bullying and have empowered children to build resilience and develop social skills with their peers. I have extensive knowledge of working with individuals and with small groups of children/young people and their parents.
Hello my name is Sinead and I am an Accredited Play Therapist and Registered SandStory Therapist. I have twenty-six years’ experience in a mainstream primary school where I have specialised as a Nurture Room Teacher. I am experienced in supporting children with Attachment Type Difficulties, Selective Mutism, and children diagnosed with with ASD and ADHD. I have supported children experiencing isolation and bullying and have empowered children to build resilience and develop social skills with their peers. I have extensive knowledge of working with individuals and with small groups of children/young people and their parents.
028 9694 3693 View 028 9694 3693
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Frances Lindsay
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
My name is Frances and I am an integrative counsellor. I have trained in several therapeutic approaches so that I can meet each clients individual needs. I am also a qualified child counsellor, working with children 3/4 and up.
My name is Frances and I am an integrative counsellor. I have trained in several therapeutic approaches so that I can meet each clients individual needs. I am also a qualified child counsellor, working with children 3/4 and up.
028 3829 4769 View 028 3829 4769
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Victoria Lynn Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
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
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Laura Stewart
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
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.
028 9694 3561 View 028 9694 3561
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Dr Jane Simms
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
I am a Highly Specialist Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years experience in the area of adult mental health, teaching and research. I currently work in NHS and Private Practice. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). That means you can be assured that I am trained to the highest standards. I specialise in adult mental health, with specialist interest in complex trauma. I offer individual therapy to address any type of mental health issue such as depression, interpersonal problems, trauma, anxiety, stress, abuse, and self-esteem issues.
I am a Highly Specialist Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years experience in the area of adult mental health, teaching and research. I currently work in NHS and Private Practice. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). That means you can be assured that I am trained to the highest standards. I specialise in adult mental health, with specialist interest in complex trauma. I offer individual therapy to address any type of mental health issue such as depression, interpersonal problems, trauma, anxiety, stress, abuse, and self-esteem issues.
028 9507 2459 View 028 9507 2459
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Heather Low
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience. I work with both individual clients and couples ( I am a Relate Qualified Relationship Therapist) While there are many themes in counselling for example loss, trauma, crisis, ongoing mental health difficulties, relationship issues, life events or changes, each client is unique when they come to therapy. The most important things I can bring is to support and respect the processing of each clients experience, listen, to understand without judgement and with compassion.
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience. I work with both individual clients and couples ( I am a Relate Qualified Relationship Therapist) While there are many themes in counselling for example loss, trauma, crisis, ongoing mental health difficulties, relationship issues, life events or changes, each client is unique when they come to therapy. The most important things I can bring is to support and respect the processing of each clients experience, listen, to understand without judgement and with compassion.
028 2502 2069 View 028 2502 2069
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Connie Chaudhry
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT37
Hello and welcome to my profile.I am an experienced counsellor, EMDR trauma therapist and counselling supervisor working in Antrim town & online. I work with mental illness including post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, depression and OCD, but I also work with improving mental wellness. This includes setting goals, improving sleep and other routines, life coaching, and working on and with relationships.
Hello and welcome to my profile.I am an experienced counsellor, EMDR trauma therapist and counselling supervisor working in Antrim town & online. I work with mental illness including post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, depression and OCD, but I also work with improving mental wellness. This includes setting goals, improving sleep and other routines, life coaching, and working on and with relationships.
07588 744248 View 07588 744248
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Joanne Welsh Counselling Services Ballyclare
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newtownabbey BT37
I offer warm, non-judgmental therapy, helping you understand yourself, face difficulties, make decisions or begin to make changes. This involves talking about life experiences in a safe space, providing you with support and helping you make future plans. I offer therapy for individuals, couples and young people (12+). I can help with a range of difficulties including anxiety, work related stress, depression, relationship difficulties including sex therapy (low desire, vaginismus, DE, ED & PE), self esteem, bereavement, trauma & addictions including sex addiction. I'll focus on what you want to achieve.
I offer warm, non-judgmental therapy, helping you understand yourself, face difficulties, make decisions or begin to make changes. This involves talking about life experiences in a safe space, providing you with support and helping you make future plans. I offer therapy for individuals, couples and young people (12+). I can help with a range of difficulties including anxiety, work related stress, depression, relationship difficulties including sex therapy (low desire, vaginismus, DE, ED & PE), self esteem, bereavement, trauma & addictions including sex addiction. I'll focus on what you want to achieve.
07792 813171 View 07792 813171
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Joanne Watt
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
I offer a very private, comfortable and relaxed space, where you can have a safe place to talk through your challenges and learn new coping strategies, which can enable you to work through the feelings that are troubling you. This can help to deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis or bereavement, improve your relationships, reduce confusion, or develop better ways of living. My role is to listen, support and help you understand your feelings and behaviour better. whatever difficulties you are facing.
I offer a very private, comfortable and relaxed space, where you can have a safe place to talk through your challenges and learn new coping strategies, which can enable you to work through the feelings that are troubling you. This can help to deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis or bereavement, improve your relationships, reduce confusion, or develop better ways of living. My role is to listen, support and help you understand your feelings and behaviour better. whatever difficulties you are facing.
07480 536605 View 07480 536605
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Valerie Best
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Newtownabbey BT36
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.
028 9433 1962 View 028 9433 1962

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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.