A Therapist you can trust
My own life experiences lead me towards a career as a psychotherapist, so after graduating from Queens University, Belfast with a BSc in Psychology, I went on to complete a Certificate in Counselling Studies and a Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Following this, I completed a DipHe in Counselling and a PgDip in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and I became a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist in 2009. I have been working full time as a psychotherapist since.
As well as being qualified as an adult Psychotherapist, I went on to obtain the Child Marker from UKCP, meaning I am also specifically qualified to work with children and adolescents, and I am also a Registered Member of the National Counselling Society.
My area of speciality is eating disorders, and I am qualified as a Master Practitioner in the treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity.
I hold a Diploma in Eating Disorder Practitioner Skills, Diploma in Nutritional Interventions, and a Diploma in Obesity.
Although I specialize in this area, I work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, relationship difficulties, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, child-related issues, family issues, low self-esteem, stress, plus many other issues.
Throughout my practice I have been fortunate to work as a therapist in a range of settings including private, voluntary, charity, community, primary and post-primary schools, and I have worked with a wide range of client groups and issues.
I believe that every client is different, as are his/her needs. Their history, experiences, and life to date have shaped them into a unique individual, with their own unique thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Therefore, in my opinion, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I tailor the way I work to meet your individual needs, making the psychotherapy as unique as you are.
I am an approved therapist for several insurance companies including BUPA, Allianz, Aviva and Vitality, so if you are a policyholder you may be entitled to attend therapy, with the cost being covered by your insurance company.
I practice in a safe and ethical way, adhering to the UKCP Professional Code of Ethics. I am also a Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society, which is a register accredited by the Government and which has also been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
To continually update my professional development I also attend regular and relevant training and supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs & Betrayals
- Anger Management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome /ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive complusive disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
In Addition to my professional qualifications I’ve also completed a number of specialist training courses :
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
- Anger Management
- Emotional Resilience
- Stress Busting
- Emotional Intelligence
- Bullying: Perpetrators & Victims
- Hidden Harm : Alcohol & Drug Abuse
- Working with Special Educational Needs
- Note taking and practice issues
- Responding to Critical Incidents
- Sexual Identity
- Working with trauma
- Working with sexual abuse
- Self Harm
- Play & Playfulness for Clinical Work
- Child Exploitation
- Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Child Protection & Safeguarding
- The Psychological Experience of Practical Care in Babyhood
- Safety Online
- Caring for a Loved one with an eating disorder