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Praxis Care counselling

Praxis Care now offers a confidential counselling service for people affected by mental health issues

Praxis Care aims to provide better access to high quality counselling services  in line with the Improved Access to Psychological Services as outlined by “A Strategy for the development of psychological therapy services” (December 2008).

About us

We have been offering counselling, care and support throughout parts of Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, England and the Isle of Man for 30 years.

We are now expanding our Counselling Service to meet the challenge of the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and to include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in order to meet the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines on mental health.

We offer face-to-face counselling by appointment at our Belfast Office or (by arrangement) in a GP Practice, telephone counselling and through self-help groups.

Accessing the service

–          You can self refer

–          You can be referred by your GP and other health care professionals

–          Family or friends can also refer (with your consent)

Office Hours:

Monday –  Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (evening appointments can be accommodated)

Direct Line – 028 9072 7150 (a voice mail is available on this line and out of hours).


email:  denisegrahame@praxiscare.org.uk or counselling@praxiscare.org.uk

Our CBT/Lead Counsellor/ manager is also registered as an Aviva and Bupa counsellor and can therefore take referrals as part of a treatment program covered by medical insurance

We can also offer counselling to the Polish Community (in the Polish language).

What is Counselling?

Counselling provides a private and confidential setting to discuss your problems or difficulties with a professionally trained counsellor.

Models of Therapy Available

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (recommended by NICE)

Integrative Counselling

Humanistic Counselling

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies are a range of therapies based on concepts and principles derived from psychological models of human emotion and behaviour. They include a wide range of treatment approaches for emotional disorders, along a continuum from structured individual psychotherapy to self-help material.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT.

During times of mental distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress.

CBT practitioners help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour.  In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.

Integrative Counselling

Integrative Counselling is a kind of counselling model in which aspects of individual models relevant to the client’s needs are united to form an integrated theoretical perspective unique to the client.  A counsellor will work with a client’s experience and apply the appropriate theory and technique.

Humanistic Counselling (Person-Centred)

Person-centred therapy, which is also known as client-centred, non- directive, or Rogerian therapy, is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that places much of the responsibility for the treatment process on the client, with the therapist taking a non directive role.

Why Choose us?

We have been providing counselling and support for 30 years and our counsellors are members of the BACP, or BABCP (some are members of both) .

Counsellors also undergo clinical supervision on a monthly basis and their work is regularly quality assured.

Praxis Care has a track record of quality and has achieved a gold award for Investors in People and operates according to the ISO:9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard for business.

First  Contact and Initial Assessment

There will be an initial informal discussion to explain what we offer and help you decide if you want to proceed to the assessment stage

If you decide to proceed, an assessment will be carried out with you. This usually takes an hour and there will include more detailed discussion about what help would be most suitable for you.  In the subsequent sessions the therapist will endeavour to help you to cope more effectively with the problems you face; enabling you to make the changes you want to make and live a more fulfilling life.

Our counsellors are qualified to work with the following issues:-

  • Depression and low mood
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Excessive worry/Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (we have a speciality in this area)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Pure obsession without ritual obsessions
  • Social anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Assertion
  • Panic attacks and Agoraphobia
  • Relationship breakups (for individuals)
  • Bereavement issues
  • Health anxiety
  • Suicide ideation
  • Employment issues
  • Debt
  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Sexuality
  • Self-Harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sleeping problems
  • Mindfullness (form of meditation)
  • We also offer personal counselling for students undertaking personal development at college.

For further information on our counselling service please contact our office at the above address and telephone number.

A fee is chargeable to cover the cost of the service

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