Who I am

I have been a counsellor for over 14 years and have experience in counselling adults, children and young people in the NHS, Schools and Voluntary Sector. 

I am fully qualified and accredited with the BACP and also have a specialist qualification and experience in counselling children and young people. I am able to offer professional and confidential counselling for adults, children and young people in a discreet environment. 

I appreciate that taking the step to seek out a counsellor can be a daunting thing for most whatever age you are. I value the uniqueness and worth of each individual and will put you or your child at the centre of the process.

My counselling approach is called Integrative, which is where different counselling approaches are blended throughout the process. A way of working together that is tailored to  meet your individual needs.

My counselling work has been in addition to many years experience as a qualified Nurse and also eight years as a Teaching Assistant working with children with special needs in mainstream schools. I also have counselling experience in a special school and am able to adapt how I work if a client finds verbal communication challenging. I work using creative and play-based approaches especially when working with children. I have also completed specialist training in anger management.

How will counselling help you?

Life brings all kinds of challenges and you can often struggle at such times. I aim to offer ​ a warm, accepting and non-judgemental  counselling space that can help you with issues such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, anger, stress, the impact of abuse, self esteem, divorce and separation and many other issues that can affect people of all ages.

Sometimes in life you can find yourself self experiencing these kind of life challenges and emotional difficulties that are difficult cope with alone. As an accredited and experienced counsellor I hope to help support you at such times whether you are an adult seeking support for yourself or for your child.

Counselling offers a therapeutic relationship where difficulties can be explored and processed enabling you to feel strengthened and better able to cope with life's challenges. Because I understand that coming to counselling and opening up to another person can be difficult and you most likely feel very nervous; I always seek to provide warmth, acceptance and a non-judgemental counselling relationship in line with the BACP ethical framework.

The first step

Once you have emailed  or contacted me by phone I will arrange an appointment for the first session and send you an assessment form to complete. This initial assessment session is where you can find out more about how counselling works and give some background about what has led you to seek counselling. It is also a chance for you to find out whether you will feel comfortable talking to me. If you are seeking help for your child then this initial session can be a joint parent/child one to enable you both to meet with me and explore the counselling process.

I offer face to face counselling within a private, discreet  setting in my own dedicated counselling room in Ballynahinch, Co Down. (I also offer some evening appointments available in a private and fully accessible room in Lisburn, Co Antrim.)

If you are interested do get in touch by phone or email and ask for an initial assessment session to find out if this is the right way forward for you (or your child).

Training, qualifications & experience

-MBACP (accred)

-Anger UK approved Anger Management professional training for counsellors

-Post Qualification Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - CPBAB

-Foundation Degree of Science: Counselling - University of Ulster with Distinction

-14 years counselling experience both with adults and also counselling within a school counselling service.

-RGN - The Royal London Hospital

-15years Nursing experience

-8years Teaching Assistant experience with young people with Learning difficulties, ASD, Down's syndrome,Dyslexia, ADHD, etc    


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