Thinking About Counselling

It’s likely you are considering coming to counselling because of how you are feeling about yourself or because something important has happened in your life.

Counselling can help you come to an improved awareness of what is going on for you while helping you find better ways to cope. Counselling can also help you recognise and challenge 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.

Experiences such as trauma, bereavement, childhood abuse, early separation, emotional neglect, exclusion and bullying can increase suffering and distress and 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, 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.

Privacy Notice

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

Fees & Appointments

£45 for a 50-minute counselling session. EMDR is priced from £65. Appointments can be booked on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Answers to some frequently asked questions about the counselling process and the different types of therapy.

Face-to-face counselling sessions can be booked for Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between the hours of 3.15pm and 7.30pm.


South Belfast Counselling

Room 9

52 University Street



Tel or text:    07749 938 450


If you would like to make an appointment, please use the form below and I’ll get back to you to make the necessary arrangements. Make sure you include your email address and telephone number, otherwise I won’t be able to reply.

I aim to answer your request within 24 hours.