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, 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.

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Fees & Appointments

£40 for a 50-minute counselling session. Clinical supervision fees start at £40. Appointments can be booked throughout the week and up to 8.00pm.

Face-to-face counselling sessions can be booked for Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between the hours of 3.15pm and 8.00pm.

Morning sessions currently take place on Thursday between the hours of 11.00am and 1.15pm.

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

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Since therapeutic services are able to continue operating under the Health Protection Coronavirus Restrictions, South Belfast Counselling is facilitating face-to-face counselling sessions as normal.

Covid-19 mitigation measures have been undertaken using a common sense approach, recognising that both parties in the counselling alliance are adults who have the ability to make reasoned judgements on risk.

You can access the service’s Covid-19 risk assessment here.

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.

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