UU Foundation Degree in Counselling, (FdSc, University of Ulster)
UU Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Studies, (University of Ulster)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, (University of Liverpool, England)
B.A.Hons degree in History and Philosophy, (St John’s College, University of Cambridge, England.)
M.A. (1976) (University of Cambridge, England)
Registered with General Teaching Council for England and General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (Tr.Ref.No.202433 & GTCNI Reg. No. 1366873)
MBACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Membership no.798455
Accred. Member, NCS (National Counselling Society) NCS16-03363
Continued Professional Development/Experience
- NEELB courses in Primary and Secondary education & special needs.
- NSPCC Childline counselling and Schools Volunteer Training.
- Educare (NSPCC) Certificates on Preventing Bullying Behaviour, Child Protection Awareness and Children’s Rights.
- Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection
- Suicide Prevention and Risk Management
- Mental Health First Aid MHFA Northern Ireland, HSC Public Health Agency
- ASIST workshops in suicide first aid
- Brief Solution Focussed Training
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Championing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
I have more than 600 hours of counselling experience as Childline Helpline counsellor (Belfast) with NSPCC from March 2013 to the present.
Many of the clients that I have worked with have come in to the room with issues of anxiety, low mood or depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, suicidal ideation, unemployment and anger, poor motivation and perhaps feelings of not “fitting in”. My experience shows me that by working with the associated behaviours attached to the emotion we can find a way to manage these issues more positively. In working with you, we will explore together what it is that you would like to achieve in counselling and we will work to your agenda.
In the initial session, we can explore what has brought you to counselling. This gives me the chance to find out a bit more about you and if I don’t think I am the most suitable therapist for you, we will talk this over and give you other choices.
I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is of the utmost importance in any therapeutic work, and I will always work in a way that benefits you.
I endeavour to stay up to date with the latest research around counselling and what is most useful in recovery.