Stephen McFarland | Accredited Counsellor | Ballymena | NCPS

Stephen McFarland

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS16-03191

Location: Ballymena

I am Stephen McFarland and I got the name Inspired Counselling, after being inspired to train as a counsellor. I have worked alongside many people and now I would like to inspire you to be the best you can be.

Counselling with me is in an integrative way, with psychodynamic counselling at its core, which means we will look into the roots of your problems, therefore dealing with any issues, NOT just finding a way to cope with them. Make peace with the past in your mind, to live in peace in this moment, and look forward with confidence. I will walk beside you and give you 100% in each session, it is the way I am. Mindfulness is incorporated if you wish, to enable you to sit with your feelings, and in time, watch the feelings you do not want drift away.

Counselling with me allows you to take time out from this crazy and fast paced world, to sit and think, cry, shout, whatever you need to do, in a discreet, safe, confidential, warm and friendly environment. Everything we do will be at your pace, and your style, for you. My main focus is that through this relationship, we can work together towards your inner healing, in a relaxed and safe environment with confidence.

I also enjoy having students who are completing the counselling training. I offer a reduced rate as I know how expensive the course can be.

I am a registered member of BACP, and accredited with NCS, both of which ensure you that my counselling practice is of a very high standard. Thank you for taking the time to read about my counselling style, and I hope to hear from you soon.


  • Qualifications & Experience
    Foundation Degree In Counselling with University Of Ulster 2014
    Certificate in Counselling Studies with University of Ulster 2011
    Diploma in Mindfulness 2015
    Diploma in Mindfulness Based CBT 2015
    Christian Mindfulness
    Child Protection Training
    Bereavement Training
    Counselling Young People
    Mental Health First Aid
    A.S.I.S.T. Suicide Training
    W.R.A.P. Wellness Recovery Action Plan Training
    Working With Ego States and Dissociative Parts
    Self Harm and the Intoxicated Client
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Anxiety Disorders
    Trauma Training with BACP
    Polyvagal Trauma Training
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Adoption
    • Ageing and related issues
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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