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Counselling and Therapy Newtownabbey. 

Professional therapy for personal healing, growth & discovery.  

    Counselling Newtownabbey, private counselling, therapy and healing. 

    Accessible affordable professional mental health support, supporting Newtownabbey, Belfast, Co. Antrim & surrounding areas.

161 Antrim Road, Newtownabbey, B​T36 7QR

 Contact: 02890923322 / 07454779988

Email: [email protected]

“When a person realises he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy.

It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”

Carl R Rogers

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a confidential talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their concerns in a confidential safe environment. Counselling aims to help people overcome fears or issues that may be causing distress, with a non-judgemental professional approach. Talking through problems can allow time and space to process situations/relationships improving how these are handled or reacted to. A contained healthy space to work through such issues can really help to make sense of your thoughts and feelings. This can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and experiences, in order to face up to problems you may be encountering. Counselling can mean different things to different people, it is a very individual process, in general it is a process people undertake when they want to change something in their lives or explore elements of their lives in more depth.

Counselling is a confidential service, unless I have cause to believe that you are at serious risk/harm to yourself or others, strict confidentially will be adhered to. We will discuss and contract confidentially on our first session. Counselling is a non-directive therapy therefore a counsellor will never tell you what to do, instead they will encourage you to talk, listen without judgement to explore and uncover any root causes of your issues in order to identify specific thinking or behavioural patterns. For further information on what to expect visit:

Why Counselling?

Life can be challenging for all of us and mostly we manage, but sometimes we have problems or experience feelings which cause us longer lasting distress and we find it difficult to cope. Changes in personal circumstances, working life or relationships can leave us feeling lonely, confused, angry, anxious or out of control. External pressures can create an added sense of imbalance and loss of control. The overwhelming impact of these feelings can often lead to damaging thought patterns or behaviours; feelings of anxiety, depression or other limiting emotions; or struggling with personal and professional relationships. Counselling is a proven way to help you understand, process and manage these feelings and their impact.

Sometimes we need a safe place to express our innermost feelings and to openly meet the reality of our lives and relationships. It may simply be that you need some time to yourself, to process thoughts and feelings in order to make stronger decisions and gain confidence in respective areas of your life. Counselling can help you gain clarity and look forward with greater hope and optimism.

Some people benefit from Counselling at specific times in their life, while others seek therapy as a form of self-care, a dedicated time and space to explore different aspects of their life, to manage personal wellbeing and nurture our minds.

Whatever your needs may be at this time, seeking professional support is the first step in taking back control. Taking this first step can be daunting therefore I will do my utmost to put your mind at ease.

Why AD Counselling?

As an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Holistic therapist, I offer clients a unique humanistic approach to counselling that combines my own proven signature framework with more recognised counselling theories. I work with a wide range of personal issues and challenges.

Abuse, addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, anger, bereavement, behavioural patterns, bullying, childhood issues, compulsive disorders, confidence building, depression, domestic violence, emotional distress, family problems, grief, intimacy issues, job loss, life changes/adaption, loss, low moods, negative thoughts, relationship, sexual issues, self esteem, stress, trauma, work related issues.

I have extensive experience and specialised training in the following areas:

• Working with Trauma

• Intimacy & Relationship Issues

• Stress and Anger Management

• Self Confidence /Body Image

• Anxiety & Depression

• Dealing with Distress and working with suicide & self harm

• Inner Child Healing

• Mindfulness and Mediation

If you’d like to have a confidential no-obligation chat about any of these or any other issue or anxiety, why not give me a call to find out how I can help. Just call Ashleigh on 07454 779988 or email [email protected]

Alternatively request a call back and I’ll be happy to give you a call at a time that suits.

Please be assured that all contact is regarded in strict confidence.

What to expect?

The first session is an opportunity for us to get to know one another, when I will typically ask questions about you and your life. This introductory session will help me make an assessment on if and how we can best work together. It will also give you the opportunity to decide if you want to commit to working together going forward. The first session is a very gentle session, a mix of counselling and assessment and provides the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have and help you feel more at ease during the process. These might include Why you are seeking therapy? Your personal history and current situation? How are you currently feeling? Or what you would like from therapy?

The initial session usually lasts 45-50 mins.

Follow on Sessions 

Clients often ask many sessions will they need. The answer is that it depends on the person and their individual needs. Some people want to address a number of issues, therefore we may look at an open ended approach, taking the therapy on a week by week basis. Others may seek counselling to address a more specific issue or just want to make a small improvement in their lives. So, once we have our initial session, we can agree a programme of support to suit your personal needs and budget. However, it is important to highlight that sometimes further issues emerge as counselling develops and we may need to re-assess your requirements.

Each Counselling session lasts 45-50 mins.

Where does Counselling take place?

Counselling takes places at my private practice based in Newtownabbey, my practice is situated within , Physiotherapy Asociates, 161 Antrim Road, Glengormley BT36 7QR, from where I offer face to face Counselling sessions and for the foreseeable future, remote Counselling via telephone or video call. 

See contact for directions 

Associate Counsellor

Should I not be able to accommodate you for any reason I can offer you the support of Counsellor Victoria.  Victoria is a qualified and Registered integrative counsellor, providing professional, confidential and non-judgmental environment.  See Victoria's profile for further information.  (Sessions will be held at my premises 161 Antrim Road.

Remote Therapy 

Telephone and video sessions are available for those who cannot attend face to face therapy (around 40 mins). 


During the current Covid 19 pandemic, I am following current government guidelines and taking all possible measure to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and our clients. All face to face sessions will require clients to adhere to recommended social distancing and safety measures.

Please refer to my Facebook page for tips, advice and useful videos to help you manage your mental health through these uncertain times. With enough common sense, consideration, care and compassion for ourselves and each other, we will get through.

Professional Therapy for Personal Healing

When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”

― Carl R. Rogers

To arrange a telephone consultation please email [email protected]  

or call/text