Denise McHugh: Integrative Psychotherapist – Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Hello. My name is Denise and I am a psychotherapist. My qualifications are MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and MSc Social Learning Theory (Child and Adolescent Development). I am also a registered nurse and whilst nursing I specialised in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I now practice as an Integrative Psychotherapist and I am also a qualified supervisor.

I have a Private Practice in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. For adults, I provide a secure base to facilitate painful emotions and memories, to enable grieving and repair, leading to recovery and positive present day functioning and a hopeful future.

For children and adolescents I have a wide range of experience working with psychological, behavioural and emotional problems. I work creatively using sandtray therapy, play therapy and art as therapy mediums but can also use CBT therapy and longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

“I really enjoyed working with Denise. At times therapy was difficult, but her warm and caring approach helped me to talk through my feelings where I felt safe. After some time, I was able to make positive changes to my life.”


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