Jean McMinn Therapy

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Hello, I’m Jean McMinn. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you.
Whether you’ve had counselling before or this is your first time seeking professional support, I’m glad you’re reaching out.
You might be troubled about the future or troubled from memories of the past. You could be having relationship difficulties, or you might just be looking for support while you try to make sense of the way you feel about yourself and your life. Perhaps you’re hoping to recover from bereavement, or you’re struggling to cope with daily anxiety.
Pain, trauma, grief, distress are all real. They are messages to ourselves signalling that that we want to heal something in our lives. Perhaps we want to live differently, to thrive, to feel at peace and not live from a wounded part of ourselves.
With almost 30 years’ experience as a counsellor, I’ve worked with a diverse range of people who’ve come to therapy with many different types of concerns, from trauma to challenges with depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties. I also have a special interest in working with women’s relationship to food and body image.
Your recovery is a unique and personal process and I believe I can support you during this difficult and challenging time in your life.
I have a wealth of skills and knowledge but believe that you are best placed to know what is right for you and what sits easy with your own values and beliefs.
I currently offer private practice counselling in Holywood and Moira.

EMDR Level 1 and 2, MSc in Guidance Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamics of Human Development, Certificate in Psychotherapy, Certificate in Counselling Supervision Skills, Certificate in Group Relations and Interpersonal Skills
Couples Counselling, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationship Counselling, Self-Worth, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) (2012-13) in Higher Education Working Group on standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Commission of Victims and Survivors (CVSNI) Working Group (2010-12) to develop a strategy for the new Victims and Survivors Service in Northern Ireland.

Psychological Therapy Services (PTS) Strategy Steering Group DHSSPS (May 2009 -2013). This Group was established to implement the recommendations of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability (2005) (Northern Ireland).

Health Professional Council Professional Liaison Group (PLG) ( November 08 – September 09). The PLG was established to make recommendations on the regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapists to the Department of Health in September 2009.
Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the UK health sector. Our purpose is to help the whole sector develop solutions that deliver a skilled and flexible UK workforce in order to improve health and healthcare.

BACP Representative for attendance to the Department of Health Select Committee (June 2009 – 2013) as an expert advisor.BACP Panel member for written responses to public consultation reports, policy and strategy documents.

Mental Health Promotion Expert Working Committee (2004 – 2006) – The Committee was established to take forward key aspects of the Independent Review commissioned by the Department of Health, Social Service and Public Safety (DHSSPS) of policy, practice and legislation relating to mental health.

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Perhaps you are a little unsure about who can help or where to turn. Deciding to have therapy can be a daunting process, so it’s useful for us to have an initial meeting. I offer an informal 30 minute free consultation session. This is an opportunity for you to meet me and get a sense of how I work, for me to learn more about your needs and why you’re considering counselling at this time in your life.
It allows me to assess how I can support you and then we can then decide how to proceed.
It can be a big decision to decide whether to begin counselling and important that you find the right therapist to work with. We will work collaboratively throughout the process. Whether we work together for a short time or over a longer period, there will be regular points at which we review the therapy. This is important to make sure you are getting the help and support that you need.
All of us have struggles in life, at times we hit what feels like insurmountable brick walls obstacles. I believe that knowing we are not alone is vital. So too, is feeling safe, accepted, heard, and understood. Being supported to work at a pace that is right for you and having the space, support and courage to hear that wise and knowing part of you that will lead you to your healing. I am here to support you on that journey.

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