SOUTH BELFAST COUNSELLING

Thinking About Counselling

It’s likely you are considering coming to counselling at this time because of how you are feeling about yourself or because something important has happened in your life and you feel you might benefit from some support.

Counselling can help you come to an improved understanding of what is going on for you while helping you find better ways to cope and move on with your life. Sometimes part of this understanding involves recognising and questioning the messages that have shaped and formed you into the person you are today.

These messages usually come from your family, school, work, religion, the media and other social institutions and they often bring with them notions of what is right and wrong. Conforming to negative and oppressive messages can leave you feeling that you have not been able to be yourself.

You might end up thinking you’ve made the wrong choices, drifted into a job you’ve no interest in, settled down with the wrong partner, put up with things you know you shouldn’t put up with or felt unable to reach your full potential.

Being subjected to sexism, racism, sectarianism or homophobia can increase the likelihood of suffering and distress. Individual experiences such as trauma, bereavement, childhood abuse, early separation, emotional neglect, invalidation and bullying can also impact on how you might think or feel about yourself.

Unless you are able to confront these feelings and try to understand them, they can become imprinted deep within you and you can carry them throughout your life. The result is that you make the same mistakes over and over, get caught up in cycles of self-defeating behaviour and become unwell.

However, with the right support, adverse messages can be deciphered, scripts can be rewritten and assumptions can be challenged. You can enable change.

Counselling can act as a turning point in your life.

Benefits of counselling include: increased happiness, improved relationships, less stress and anxiety, greater confidence and self-esteem, being the person you always wanted to be, refusing to be bullied or treated unfairly, overcoming self-defeating behaviours and negative patterns of thinking, being assertive, resilient and more able to cope, being a participant rather than an onlooker, understanding what motivates others, speaking your own truth in the world and being heard, having an improved commitment to creativity and productivity and being able to make the right choices.

Your Counsellor

My name is Gary McKeever. I am a fully qualified therapist, with many years of experience working with a diverse range of people in various settings.

Supervision

Supervision is a formal arrangement for both qualified and trainee practitioners engaged in therapeutically-based or helping services. It provides a regular opportunity to discuss clinical work with an experienced consultant.

Fees & Appointments

£40 for a 50 minute counselling session. Discounts are available for student counsellors in training. Clinical supervision fees start at £40 per session.

Privacy Notice

South Belfast Counselling is compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and takes data protection seriously.

Counselling sessions can be booked for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, sessions can be booked between 11.00am and 8.00pm.

On Fridays, sessions can be booked between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

Sessions are timed to begin on the hour and finish after 50 minutes – e.g. a session at 7.00pm would finish at 7.50pm.

Contact

South Belfast Counselling

Room 9

52 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1HB

 

Tel or text:    07749 938 450

 

Please use the form below to request an appointment or to send a message or question.

I aim to respond to you within 24 hours.

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