List of NI based counsellors

Mindfulness training is therapeutic NOT therapy but sometimes the message gets confused. And sometimes it’s not easy to know where to go for counselling. SO I put a call out on my Immeasurable Minds Facebook page for local counsellors, as I sometimes need to refer my mindfulness clients on to counselling and I want to make it as easy as possible for them.  

I’ve done my best to provide as many helpful links as I can, it took me some time to look up all the links, please clink on the highlighted and underlined words for the websites. If you want your name or counsellor added here please write to me with the name and contact details and corresponding weblink, I will update this post when I can.

It is a good idea to do a mindfulness course alongside your counselling especially if the counselling understands mindfulness but only if your not currently in acute suffering. All my classes are listed here.

The ones listed below are the ones that came back from my call out. I have not used any of these services personally and am not endorsing anyone in particular. All are listed alphabetical order by first name. Please do your own research and use your own discretion when making an appointment. It seems that often people need to try a few counsellors before they find the one that is right for them. Some counsellors also specialise in certain topics.

You can ask your GP to refer you for free 6 sessions counselling on the NHS, unfortunately there is often a waiting list which is why you may wish to go private or use a free service.

Afterthoughts NI – particularly for Birth Trauma I received this testimonial – “for individual and couple counselling following traumatic birth experience, absolutely amazing, I spent over 5 years searching for the right person and it was Anne Marie! Based over at Source Wellbeing Centre, a truly incredible lady! She has links to Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit but for anyone who had children elsewhere there doesn’t seem to be any support but thankfully she does private work too.”

Caim Counselling, Carrickfergus

Colin Counselling, Poleglass

Cruse Bereavement Care offer free counselling for the Bereaved.

Lifeline the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. Ring 0808 808 8000

The Lighthouse, Belfast – particularly for people experiencing suicide or self-harm.

Nexus NI University Street, Belfast for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

Pips Charity – PIPS Charity is here to provide support to individuals who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives. PIPS also provide support to those families & friends who have been touched by suicide

The Samaritans116 123 Free from any phone – a listening service.

For a list of (recommended by Facebook messages) current NI counsellors in private practice click here.

For updates on this list please go to https://www.immeasurableminds.co.uk/info/mindfulness-for-wellbeing/

Thank you, Bridgeen x

Train with me this winter

Come train with me this Winter! ❄️ There are so many options out there now to learn meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️ I can offer you tried and tested courses that not only teach you to meditate but will give you experience in deep relaxation, self-compassion and happiness practices that are backed by neuroscience🧠 I also offer classes that will help you to continue to practice once you have learnt some basic techniques. For those with experience already I offer deepening you practice retreats (not advertised here). I also give introductory sessions to organisations and workplaces as well as talks and experience sessions for things like mental health week. I have 15 years experience teaching wellbeing including yoga, a Masters in Mindfulness based approaches (from Bangor University, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿) and extensive training with the Plum Village sangha and numerous teachers and organisationsworldwide including @rickhansonphd neuroscience @christophergermerphd self-compassion @mindsprings @tonyrobbins @bangor_university @oxford_uni @mtai.ie to name just a few! Have you checked the training and experience of your teacher? 👩🏻‍🏫 It’s so important that they are continuously training, practising developing. I’m listed with the mindfulness teachers association in the UK and the separate professional teachers association in Ireland and on bemindful.org 🥰I’d love to see you in class this winter just book online via this page www.immeasurableminds.co.uk/classes  🙏💖 @ Belfast City Centre

The Good News

They don’t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

–Thich Nhat Hanh

I LOVE this poem by Thay so much! For long part of my career, about 20 years (!) I worked in the media. My first university degree was in Communications, Advertising and Marketing and being a Belfast child I was brought up glued to the evening news every night. But I’m over with it now, I’ve overdosed on the news – it’s too much and I’ve come to the conclusion it never really changes,especially the political news – though it seems to, it’s just the same old story with different characters… do you agree? Let me know in the comments 🙂 You could have left Northern Ireland twenty years ago and come back to the same old same dramas… It seems to me to be the the same in every country…

Every day on my social media (Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin) I publish a ‘quote of the day’ today’s is by Rolf Dobelli: “We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press.” It’s so true the media wind us up. I wish were all sane and rational creatures but the evidence is clear (even those of you who are reading this thinking ‘no I’m the one sane person who is not influenced by what I read, hear and see) we’re emotional beings. We react to stories and pictures and news based on our personal history, our family history our circumstances our religious beliefs, our ideas and feelings and hormones who else is in the room or our life at the time…

So today instead of reading the news on Twitter, which I must confess has become a source of news for me now that I don’t really do the other sources or watching the Ten O’Clock news on ITV, just sit down and breath for 10 minutes. Whatever decisions, dilemmas, joys or troubles you are dealing with will not be made any clearer by watching or reading news but they may well be made much easier by just ‘simply being’ or conscious breathing 🙂

P.S. I’m not saying never to watch or read news or bury your head in the sand about what’s going on in the world. I’m just saying we all need to cut down our consumption a little and perhaps be more aware how the media manipulate us. Not to say that the media have bad intentions, I worked in media too, it just our culture of news in general gives us anxiety and makes us think everything is awful when the truth is there is lots of good and beautiful things, the negativity bias of our brain means we take more notice of the negative – all of us are subject to this and need to try to balance it with taking more notice of the good news. Just like cutting our consumption of meat, sugar and alcohol is a good idea, cutting our consumption of news media is also a good idea sometimes. 🙂