SIANA McGARVEY BTh (Hons), MA (Dist), Reg. MBACP(Accred.)
Over the past 15 years I have gained extensive experience working for 4 of the largest counselling agencies within Northern Ireland. My awareness of diversity and equality issues has been heightened through counselling people from vastly differing backgrounds, with a range of cultural and religious heritages and identities. I have also worked with a significant number of clients with special needs including ASD and ADHD.
Post primary school counsellor
I have delivered schools counselling for several of the organisations who have held contracts with the Department of Education. Between 2003 and 2006 this was with Contact Youth, from 2011 to 2014 I worked for New Life, and from 2015 until June 2017 I worked with FamilyWorks. I have worked in a wide range of schools, including alternative education settings.
I began my counselling career on voluntary placement with Contact Youth in 2002. For the next 7 years I counselled young people in a variety of settings and across multiple community projects. For example, I worked in partnership with CAMHS (Down and Lisburn) in 2005-2006, and within the CHILL project in 2007-2009 (within Belfast, North & South Down) specialising in "hard to reach" young people affected by drugs and alcohol.
I continued my role as a youth community counsellor with New Life from 2010 until 2013, firstly based in Ardoyne and then later in the lower Newtownards Road area.
I provided telephone counselling with Youthline (2002-2006) and Lifeline (2006-2008), offering crisis support to people in despair or distress.
Alongside my work on Lifeline I worked with adults referred through the telephone helpline to community counselling (2007-2008). I also worked as an Associate Counsellor for Carecall (2010 - 2014). Carecall (now Inspire) is a large EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), providing access to counselling for employees throughout Ireland's public, private and academic sectors. I currently work in private practice with adults and also for Lifeworks (EAP).
Date Provider Details
July 1999 QUB BTh Theology (Hons) 2:1
Dec 2001 Durham Univ. MA Counselling Studies(Dist.)
June 2004 OCR Level 4 NVQ Learning & Dev.
May 2007 Keele Univ. Adolescent Addiction Studies
June 2008 NRC Gestalt Therapy Introduction
Oct 2015 OCN Level 4 Psychological Trauma
April 2016 GCB Cert. Clinical Supervision
June 2016 Summit PQ Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
POST QUALIFICATION TRAINING
Below is a selection of training courses I have completed - further details available on request.
Approaches / Techniques: Transactional Analysis 101; Motivational Interviewing; Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (intro); Telephone Assessment; Solution Focused Approaches; Creative Techniques in Counselling; The Use of Dreams in Counselling; Intro.to Jungian Sandplay Therapy; Level 1 Focusing; Somatic Experiencing workshop; Theory and Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (intro); Certificate in Sandplay Therapy Skills (Part 1)
Children and Young People: Introduction to the Children Order; Adolescent Development; Trauma & Recovery with Adolescents; BACP Counselling CYP conference: meeting the Challenges; Supporting Young People through Grief; Working with Autism in Counselling; Critical Incidents in Schools
Managing risk: Suicide risk assessment; Working with Adolescents engaged in risk-taking behaviours, Taking the Lid off (CYP affected by parental substance use); Clinical Assessment, Risk Management & Suicide Prevention; Self Harm and Young People; Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating; Child Exploitation: Online Safety; Child Sexual Exploitation Level 1
Trauma: Introduction to PTSD: Assessment and Basic Interventions; Complex Trauma & Dissociation workshop; Psychological Birth Trauma
Misc: Good Relations; Cultural Competency; Drug Awareness, Essential Law for Counsellors.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
I began a 2 year weekly Infant Observation module with CAPPNI (Child And Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NI) in Sept 2016. Infant Observation develops and hones therapists' attentional abilities and the quality of relationship we can provide, which research bears out is the single most significant factor for therapeutic change.
Related to this I recently completed a bi-weekly module in Child Development and Research, taught by CAPPNI in conjunction with the Tavistock Clinic (Oct 16 - June 17).
I am also working towards registration as a Jungian Sandplay Therapist with AST (Association of Sandplay Therapists).
and very importantly, I have engaged in psychotherapy myself over a significant length of time. I firmly believe that the safest and most competent therapists are those who have significant personal experience of the healing and neurological (= nervous system) "rewiring" processes of counselling.