"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."
- Albert Einstein
Does life sometimes feel like its getting on top of you?
Could you benefit from a place to take some time out to talk to a independent therapist?
... to make sense of what has been happening
... to explore your thoughts and feelings
... to get back on the front foot again
Registered member of BACP since 2004 and Accredited Member since 2012 and in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Coach and Clinical Supervisor. With over eighteen years experience. I am experienced in working with people providing Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision services in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. I work with a systemic approach and integrate EMDR into my practice for the treatment of trauma. I also have a full, enhanced AccessNI Disclosure.
I work with the most wonderfully resourceful individuals, who often state they do not feel that way when we meet. Helping both individuals and couples reconnect with that sense of resourcefulness is often a significant outcome of the process. The aim is enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. Having the right person to talk to when you really need to talk can be a life changing experience. I am based in Magherafelt and work with you online across Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.
Making the decision to engage in counselling is a big step to take - and it can be a really positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I work.
Counselling takes place in a safe environment, it really helps when you feel able to relate to your therapist. We can meet with sensitivity and empathy for what has been happening for you.In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence, without fear of judgement, more a sense of understanding about what this means for you.
My approach includes working with a solutions focused brief therapy (SFBT) approach focusing on what you would like instead of what you have.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a deeper understanding of self, insight and opportunities for healing we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together we can gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, helping to understand your actions or reactions. There is little we can change at times about what is happening around us, Covid-19 is an example. Our super power is to be able to change the way we respond. It is through this sense of empowerment that the world can begin to look different. By responding better you take back your power and control. Making better choices can transform our experience of being in relationship, with heathier choices moving forward.
I offer a chance to reflect collaboratively on the difficulties or problems you may be experiencing in a secure and confidential environment, with an independent and impartial listener from outside your day-to-day life.
Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:
Dealing with Stress
Low self esteem
Work related stress
"Margaret is the first person really to enable me to recall situations of the past to help me deal with the present - and move forward into the future.."
"I feel I have really turned a corner in my life after working with Margaret"
"A massive thank you for everything, your service is priceless"
"When I think of all that I have gained from your wisdom and insight and your genuine capacity to care about me, I realise I have been blessed just to have known you!"
"With all that I have gained from our sessions, I now feel I have the foundations to build on my life. This may be a sad ending in our work together in some ways but an exciting beginning in other"