Lisburn
Since 2012

Counselling with Compassion

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Meet our Friendly Team

Our Therapists

Our names are Tina and Cathy and we are both qualified counsellors who trained together. We are committed to provide professional and counselling to our clients whatever their needs. Read More about us below.

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Tina

Adult, Single Sessional and executive counselling lead
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Cathy

Integrated Counsellor, Mother -Daughter Coach NCS (Accred), (MBACP) Reg

About Tina

I help people explore the self-doubt and dissatisfaction in an otherwise put together life. Sometimes there is just a little bit of your life you need help with to put right. However, if your life is not so put together? Or falling apart? I can help there too.
I believe you already have the qualities to transform your life and your relationships. With the right perspective and support systems, difficult times can transition to a stronger, more resilient you. I provide you with a safe and nurturing environment when life feels overwhelming or challenging. I work from a strength-based and practical perspective that supports self-exploration and healing.

For over 20 years I was a senior leader in a large public sector organisation.  My motivation in this career was a desire to help people, when I decided to leave this career the same desire was the motivating factor in my ‘what to do next’ question. It took a while to decide counselling was the right path for me … once I’d made the decision I have not looked back. 

I have worked extensively with people who are challenged in their work environment, domestic abuse survivors and members of the LGBT+ community.  As a senior leader I am able to explore some of the complexities people experience within the workplace

My previous career has given me a great foundation in my counselling work. 

Now I work with people who face a vast array or personal and work life challenges including breaches of trust, feeling of confusion, sadness, worry and helping people explore previous trauma impacting on them still.

The bottom line is my clients continue to motivate and inspire me to do this work.

I understand life can be difficult and today’s pressures can mean we are all operating within busy and challenging social structures.  Perceptions and influences can divert us away from the person we want to be. 

Ultimately, as I say to all my clients, I want you to be able to make the most of your life in the way you want to, not the way others think you should.

My personal experiences inform how I work. My experience of the people who see a counsellor is they take away many positives when we part. 

I understand that opening and being vulnerable is difficult and sometimes scary. I'll do my best to put you at ease and feel supported through the process. Therapy with me is like a conversation that focuses solely on your well-being. I ask a lot of questions to get us started on your road for self-exploration. Together we'll figure out what is working and what's not working in your life. And you get to decide where to go from there. And finally expect to laugh and enjoy our sessions because what I hope for you is a chance to speak to someone who gets you and wants to listen to your story to help you write the next chapter.

I have a foundation degree as an integrative counsellor from the University of Ulster.  I have a qualification in single session (one by one) counselling sessions, and I have additional Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training specific to depression, anxiety,and PTSD.  These are the big bits of my training, but I do lots of additional training e.g., Imposter Syndrome, low self-esteem. 

About Cathy

Cathy offers counselling to Young People and Adults, in-person, via zoom or telephone, a trained Mediator, Advocate and Northern Irelands first trained Mother-Daughter Coach.
Experience has been gained working across Northern Irelands Schools Counselling Service in Primary, Post Primary and Special Education, working with young people and adults on a wide range of issues within the Community, Voluntary and Private Sector for the last six years.

Cathy offers counselling to Young People and Adults, in-person, via zoom or telephone, a trained Mediator, Advocate and Northern Irelands first trained Mother-Daughter Coach. 

Experience has been gained working across Northern Irelands Schools Counselling Service in Primary, Post Primary and Special Education, working with young people and adults on a wide range of issues within the Community, Voluntary and Private Sector for the last six years.

Previous volunteer placements developed a passion for working more intensively with young people and older adults. Personal and professional experience enables Cathy to support Young People and Adults with additional needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder  ADHD, OCD and learning difficulties.

Experience and knowledge also gained working with the LGBTQIA+ community enhances the ability to work with a diverse range of issues and client groups, this experience has been invaluable in enhancing the support and understanding given to clients presenting with Gender Dysphoria.

Previous life experience and maturity has increased the diversity, empathy and understanding that Cathy brings to her work and to the therapeutic relationship. By working with clients in an in-depth way she offers choice and tailors the intervention to the individual need, this has proven successful for clients in providing positive outcomes.

Experience

Independent Counsellor

Bee You Counselling

Founder and Independent Counsellor

Counselling At Home, Talking Therapies in partnership with Clare CiC

Sessional Counsellor,  Gambling Addiction

Private School Counsellor

(OPERG) Older Persons Expert Reference Group (BACP)

British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Loneliness Working Group

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Counsellors Together UK CTUK

Older Persons International Day (BACP)

British Association of Counselling  & Psychotherapy

Our Therapy Rooms

Our rooms are based in Lisburn giving our clients a safe space to have sessions with us.

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