Sentient Counselling provides professional, private counselling in Belfast and Dunmurry, Northern Ireland and beyond. Clients can be seen face to face, by telephone or by video link over the internet.

    What is Counselling?

    Not knowing what counselling is or how it can help can seem frightening and therefore put many people off asking for the support they really need.

    Some people are uncertain about counselling because they think:

    • Everything I say will be analysed
    • It’s an invasion of my privacy
    • It’s only for people worse off than I am
    • Firstly I’m not mad
    • I don’t need help I can manage
    • No one’s going to tell me what to do
    • I don’t want to talk about it
    • There are some things you don’t talk about
    • I don’t want to be judged
    • I’m frightened of change
    • It probably won’t work

    Feelings like anxiety, depression, anger and grief  can become very intense and corrosive if you turn them inwards. If you try to bottle them up they can also affect your emotional and mental health, your lifestyle and your relationships with others.

    Recognising you need help is a positive sign.

    In counselling you can talk about the different areas of your life you find difficult, what you think and how you feel about it.

    A counsellor can help you explore those uncomfortable areas of your life in a safe and non judgmental environment, making them easier to understand and manage. You can develop more appropriate ways to address and deal with life’s difficulties in a healthier way.


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    Likewise clients can be seen in Anna House in Dunmurry Office Park every Wednesday.


    Contact 07771 707652 or email for an immediate appointment.




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    About Darren Magee

    Darren is a grounded, down to earth therapist with many years experience working with individuals, couples and groups providing counselling in Belfast. Practicing an integrative approach, he draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Solution Focused approaches to maximise support for clients.

    He is an Accredited Professional Registrant member of the National Counselling Society and a registered member of the BACP. He has experience working with issues such as trauma, chronic illness, abuse, personality disorder, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, relationship issues and bereavement.

    Furthermore Darren also provides clinical supervision for other therapists and professionals in healthcare or managerial positions.



    Darren is author of the books, ‘When it’s Him‘, a book about different types of abuse and how it can affect men, and ‘Surviving Other People’s Self Esteem‘, These books are available on Kindle, ibooks, and other e-reading devices.

    He has been trained to use the Rewind Technique for working with PTSD

    Darren is a trained, experienced mediator and a member of the Northern Ireland Counselling Forum as well as a registered therapist with BUPA.

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    Sentient Counselling aims to provide a first appointment within five days of your initial enquiry.




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