Paul Rooney has been a health care professional (nurse) for almost 40 years. He has worked in many specialties including addiction when he was an independent prescriber of medications for opioids, alcohol and other substances of dependence. He taught for nine years and has a Diploma in Counselling.
He offers an integrative model that includes, and where appropriate combines, elements of Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Person-Centred Counselling. He believes that much needless pain is suffered because of a lack of balance in life. Since all human beings have physical, psychological social and spiritual components to their existence, imbalance in one or more of these areas can cause difficulty. A major aim of his counselling is therefore to help restore healthy balance. Owing to his personal faith, he offers a Christian perspective to those who desire to explore the spiritual basis of their existence. This element is entirely voluntary and he welcomes contact from those of any or no faith.
Typical Issues covered include:
Mental Health (e.g. anxiety and depression)
Spiritual matters (whether or not faith is present)
but are not limited to these topics.
He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Held in a safe, private place with no risk of criticism or judgement, counselling encourages you to gain insight into your life and situation and create a plan to help you move forward.
Sessions are always relaxed and informal.
The first meeting includes an assessment of need and the signing of a standard counselling contract so that we know what to expect of each other.
Issues of confidentiality and consent are discussed.
We discuss the cost. Concessions are available for students, retirees, those on benefits or experiencing challenging financial circumstances.
Sessions last about an hour. All meetings have three core conditions:
unconditional positive regard (while you may be challenged, you will not be criticised)
Sessions will usually be held in the Lisburn Road area of Belfast but may also be held in the Newry area, by arrangement.
“I have come that they might have life and have it to the full” John 10:10.