Tracy Murtagh

Specialist in Depression - Anxiety - Trauma - Bereavement - Physical/Sexual Abuse - Mental/Emotional Abuse - Self Worth Issues - Addiction

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Biography


I began my Counselling Degree at Queens University in 2006. I have also trained in many different aspects of alternative therapies. My degree incorporated many forms of therapy including-
- Person-Centred counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Mindfulness

All of the above contained different aspects of counselling such as bereavement, childhood trauma, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and the many different forms all of these issues can take on an individual, never assume people react in the same way to any trauma is my mantra. After my first assessment I will work closely with my client to decide on the best form of therapy for them and decide the way forward together.
I have had a passion for helping others my entire life and began counselling in 2010. My own past has only served to deepen my desire to help as I can deeply empathise with those who need it most. I believe that no one should suffer in silence and I work hard to try and guide clients to their own answers. When someone feels lost they then become confused and this is a very lonely place to be. I base my work on clearing the mist and helping clients find the answers.

If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl.
but by all means, KEEP MOVING

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Member of

BACP Accredited Registered Member

Approach to treatment

My approach to treatment is based on the humanistic approach that given the right climate the client has the capacity for self healing. My focus is on the person not the problem. The goal is for the client to achieve greater independence. This in turn allows the client to better cope with any current and future problems they may face. The main three conditions that are vital to this approach are-

1. Empathy- the counsellor tries to understand the thoughts and feelings as the client experiences them.
2. Congruence- the counsellor is genuine and real, this allows the client to build a trusting relationship with the counsellor. This also helps with the clients conditions of worth as they feel valued.
3. Unconditional positive regard- this is the counsellor being totally non judgmental i.e. not asking 'why do you do this?' etc. This allows the client to open up and speak about their difficulties without fear of being criticised or judged.

I believe a lot of people struggle in their lives trying to live to perceived conditions of worth which are placed there by external forces, therefore living to please others.

'Stumbling is not falling'

Languages spoken

English

Currently Practice

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Therapy Types

Cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness

Qualifications

Bachelors Degree (QUB) Person Centred Counselling
Training in
- Cognitive Behavioural therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Mindfulness

Demographics of Focus

Depression -
Anxiety -
Trauma -
Bereavement -
Physical/Sexual Abuse -
Mental/Emotional Abuse -
Self Worth Issues -
Addiction

16 and above.