Sentient Counselling provides professional, private counselling in Belfast, 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
    • I’m not mad
    • I can manage alone
    • 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. You can what  and how you think and how you feel about life’s challenges. You can improve your emotional well being.

    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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    Contact 07771 707652 or email for an immediate appointment.




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    Darren Magee

    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 has experience working with issues such as trauma, chronic illness, abuse, personality disorder, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, relationship issues and bereavement.

    Darren is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an Accredited Professional Registrant member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and works to their code of ethics. For more information visit or

    Darren is also an Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charities members and partner beneficiaries. He is subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of his professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by his registered governing body.

    Darren also provides clinical supervision as well as counselling in Belfast for other therapists and professionals in healthcare or managerial positions.

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    Darren is author of the book ‘Surviving Other People’s Self Esteem‘. It is 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.

    This site contains many articles and links. Please feel free to browse through them on the video or the resource page. There may be something informative and useful for you.

    Further Resources can be found on the Sentient Counselling YouTube Channel

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

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