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Darren Magee

Accredited Counsellor

  • 142 Malone Road, Malone, Belfast, BT9 5LH
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      9am-8pm
    • Tue
      9am-8pm
    • Wed
      9am-12pm
    • Thu
      9am-8pm
    • Fri
      9am-8pm
    • Sat
      9am-1pm
  • Individual £40 Couple £45
  • 44% of enquirers became verified clients

What to Expect

An introductory assessment appointment allows you to discover if you feel comfortable with me, discuss what concerns you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and assess if therapy may benefit you. Please use a contact option on the right to book an introductory assessment session in Malone, Belfast.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You determine which issue concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you discuss. The aim of counselling is to help you to speak about a difficulty and discover a way forward which is appropriate for you.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your ideas, feelings and relevant events in your life. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop or discover appropriate methods of coping.

Therapy

  • Stress
  • Sexual Problems
  • Self Harm
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationship Problems
  • PTSD
  • Panic
  • OCD
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Bereavement
  • Anger
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Abuse

Private Health Insurance Registration

BUPA

Thoughts on Mental Health

At the very core of anxiety and panic is often a feeling of  helplessness, or of having no control over something important, so CBT can help to educate you about your panic. The old saying 'knowledge is power' can ring true; as you begins to understand more about the condition, the more empowered you may feel. The feelings and sensations associated with the panic can become normalised, which can make them feel less intense. This understanding can be helpful in recognising unhelpful thinking habits which fuel your anxiety and panic. CBT is also helpful for helping you identify triggers, recognise thinking habits, and develop coping strategies, such as reframing and relaxation exercises. Through these exercises, you can learn that it is not about completely eliminating the anxiety but riding that wave until it passes.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for panic disorder
CBT works by identifying your unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours, and allowing you to develop healthier ways of managing. CBT therapists use reframing techniques and exercises to help you recognise that when something happens you will form a particular belief about it - you filter the event in a particular way, but there are different perspectives, and there are consequences for how you filter each event. It's not about you being right or wrong, it's just about encouraging you to recognise your thought processes and consider alternative perspectives. CBT also often uses handouts to help you identify your thinking habits, like catastrophising and emotional reasoning, so when you can see those patterns and have a visual cue for your thought processes then you can maybe begin to recognise what you're doing, which makes it easier to step back and reassess. All illnesses have a psychological aspect to them; with CFS, because of the persistent disturbed sleep, low mood, brain fog, pain and fatigue that comes with the condition, it can be easy to get into unhelpful thinking and behavioural habits. CBT can help you develop ways to monitor and pace your activity, set goals and problem solve, shift the focus of your attention, and defuse any anger and frustration you feel about the condition. People with CFS tend to go through a lot of emotional reasoning - 'it's true because I'm thinking it', 'it's true because I'm feeling it', 'it's true because I heard it', and so on - which really exacerbates the CFS symptoms when you go into a bad spell. The worse those physical symptoms get, the worse your mood, and again, the worse your mood, that feeds into your pain levels, and so on. Another symptom of CFS is commonly referred to as 'brain fog', where it's difficult to concentrate or hold a conversation, so CBT can be very good for psychoeducation - educating people about the nature of the condition and, with that information, helping you to start building up plans, setting goals, looking at regulating and monitoring, or 'pacing' your activities.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
Often people who self harm may find themselves in a high state of emotional distress and turmoil, struggling in an unbearable situation in which you may feel powerless, hopeless, isolated or not listened to. For some people, it can be an impulsive act; for others it could be planned. Methods vary from cutting, burning, starving, unsafe sex, binge drinking, and so on. It can sometimes feel like a 'quick fix' to regain control and reduce distress or tension. If there is an underlying feeling of guilt, it can feel like a way of punishing yourself. Speaking to a therapist can help you explore and address the underlying feelings that fuel the self harming, and together you can problem solve and develop healthier ways to cope with and manage difficulties.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of self harm
Psychological abuse can happen to anyone at anytime in their lives. As it can be more subtle than other types of abuse it can be difficult to spot at first. Most abusers begin in small ways, testing the waters as it were to see how far they can go, before it becomes overwhelming and devastating for the victim as it becomes more threatening. As with other forms of abuse it is a way of one person exerting control over another through manipulation to leave them feeling powerless and worthless. Examples of psychological abuse include name calling, mocking, threatening to remove something important, shouting, excluding and ignoring and other humiliating behaviours. Some signs of psychological abuse can be believing you have too many shortcomings, that your feelings don't matter, or having trouble making decisions of your own.
Read More: Understanding different types of abuse and the psychological harm they cause
Infidelity can at times be a sign of something breaking down in a relationship - something such as communication, respect, unresolved tensions, unsatisfactory sex and so on. Sometimes you may lack insight into your own behaviours, so don't understand why you have cheated on your partner. If you are aware of why, you may not wish to disclose this as you fear it may cause more problems in the relationship. However, when the other partner knows but the underlying issues are neither disclosed or addressed, then the relationship may deteriorate further.
Read More: Common causes of relationship problems
Depression is a normal response to loss, however if it becomes overwhelming you may begin to feel detached. You may begin isolating yourself, and withdrawing from other people and favourite activities. Exploring your emotions in therapy, talking about your relationship with the deceased, and what the loss means in your life, without feeling guilty or judged, can help immensely.
Read More: How to understand and deal with the natural stages of the bereavement process

Qualifications

April
2013
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
January
2013
National Counselling Society (NCS) Registered Accredited (MNCS Acc) Counsellor
June
2009
Diploma
Counselling
University of Ulster with South Eastern Regional College (UK)

Darren abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Code of Ethics of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Stranmillis, Malone Lower, Malone Upper, Chlorine Gardens, Ballyfinaghy, Ballymurphy, Malone, Home Affairs Retail Park, Breda, Ballynafoy, Donegall Road, Ormeau, Finaghy, Blacks Road, Ballymagarry, Belfast, Ballymacarret, Castlereagh, Drumbeg, Ballyrushboy

Nearest Train Stations

  • Botanic (0.4 miles)
  • Finaghy (1.3 miles)
  • Balmoral (Belfast) (1.3 miles)
  • City Hospital (Belfast) (1.4 miles)
  • Adelaide (Northern Ireland) (1.9 miles)
  • Belfast Great Victoria Street (2 miles)
  • Dunmurry (2.3 miles)
  • Belfast Central (2.4 miles)
  • Derriaghy (3.1 miles)
  • Yorkgate (Belfast) (3.4 miles)


Wheelchair access: Yes

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Consulting Room of Belfast Accredited  Counsellor Darren

Updated 19 July 2018


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