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Counselling

I am a qualified counsellor with an NCFE Diploma in Counselling and a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory from Sunderland College, UK.

I offer confidential, non-judgemental one to one counselling to adults and young people aged 11 upwards.

I can provide support on a range of issues including stress, bereavement, depression, anxiety, anger, problems at work, school, or in relationships, bullying, assertiveness and confidence building, self-harm, trauma, suicidal feelings, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

My approach is person-centred/humanistic. I subscribe to the ethical guidelines of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Experience

I was employed by Streetwise in Newcastle upon Tyne to counsel young people aged 11 to 25. My post included a secondment as school counsellor at Walker Technology College where I also ran after-school drama workshops for young people to help raise self-esteem and combat bullying. I worked in five 'feeder' primary schools promoting positive mental health, training staff, and running workshops for children with behavioural and learning difficulties. A further secondment involved co-facilitating a group for young adults with histories of self-harm at NACRO

My experience includes counselling adults affected by sexual abuse for Someone Cares, and asylum seekers and refugees at Freedom from Torture. I had a private practice in the NE seeing clients with a variety of issues.

I was a play therapist for Place2Be at Easington Colliery Primary School, Co. Durham.

I delivered drama workshops to vulnerable young women in Newcastle to raise awareness about mental health for Glasshouse Arts at Them Wifies, a women's community arts organisation on Tyneside.

I ran a support group on behalf of Tin Productions for the Clown Doctors and was invited to sit on the Steering Group.

A professional writer, theatre practitioner and lecturer, I am able to use a range of creative approaches where appropriate, and have extensive experience of facilitating creative writing and drama groups for adults and young people with mental health problems and disadvantaged backgrounds.

My practice

Please note: Parents or guardians must give written permission for under 18s to attend counselling.

My fees are €45 an hour for adults in full-time employment. For children and young people and those on low incomes I offer a sliding scale of fees.

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from counselling, telephone 087 9410962 to arrange an introductory session or email me at: kath@kathmc.com.

I am based in Milford, Donegal.