What is Counselling?

    Not knowing what counselling is or how it can help can seem frightening and could 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 don’t need help I can manage
    • I don’t need or want to talk about it
    • Some things you don’t talk about
    • I don’t want to be judged
    • I’m frightened of change

    Feelings like anxiety, depression, anger, grief etc can become very intense if you turn them inwards and try to bottle them up.

    Recognising you need help is a positive sign.

    In counselling you can talk about 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 manage.

    Darren Magee has many years experience providing counselling in Belfast, supporting individuals, couples and groups.

    Offices in 142 Malone Road, Belfast.home

    Clients can also be seen in Anna House, Dunmurry every Wednesday.

    Contact 07771 707652 or email info@sentientcounselling.co.uk for an immediate appointment.




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    Darren Magee is a down to earth therapist with many years experience working with individuals, couples and groups providing counselling, psychotherapy and mediation in Belfast. He draws on CBT, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Solution Focused approaches to maximise support for clients.

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

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

    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.

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

    He is also an experienced mediator and is a member of the Northern Ireland Counselling Forum and is a registered therapist with BUPA.

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