CBT Newtownabbey

JIM McGONIGLE - B.Sc; RMN; SEN; Dip Nursing; Post.Grad.Cert; Dip Forensic Psychiatry; M.Sc; Specialist Practice CBT.

JIM started studying Psychology and Human Communication in Jordanstown in 1980, completing the Honours Degree in 1983. From 1984 he has worked in Mental Health, giving him 37 years experience in the field of human psychology and behaviour. He has worked in most areas of the psychiatric care system including mental health promotion, long-term rehabilitation, acute psychiatric disorders, forensic psychiatry, self-help programmes of care, and management of anxiety conditions. He has studied and researched extensively across several schools of counselling and the cognitive therapies, and has multiple qualifications in the arena of interpersonal support and psychotherapy. He has worked in hospitals, secure wards/prison, and a variety of community settings. Currently he works part-time in two hospitals:
- The Ards Hospital, working with serious psychiatric conditions, and
- The Antrim Area Hospital, supporting people who come to the hospital with acute emotional distress.

His particular area of interest is the treatment of severe anxiety / stress-related conditions and low mood. Jim is fully qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse (with Specialist Practitioner status), and also he has full accreditation with the BABCP (www.babcp.com) the lead organistation for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies. He is married and has two sons.

Jim is affiliated with another therapist, Mr Colin Hughes, and between them they offer services in both the Newtownabbey and Belfast areas.

COLIN lives in the Hillsborough area, and lectures on Psychotherapy in Queens University. He offers private therapy services from his office on the Malone Road in Belfast. Colin is a fully Registered Mental Nurse for 16 years, having previously studied Psychology. Like Jim, Colin is also fully accredited by the BABCP; his specialist areas of interest are anxiety, depression and long-term personality conditions. He can be contacted directly on 07745 059443.

Both of us aim, in collaboration with you the client, to quickly and accurately agree upon the specific problem to be addressed, and to engage in treatment with as few sessions as are necessary to acheive agreed goals. All contacts with clients adhere to the relevant Professional Codes of Practice. We are well experienced in all aspects of mental health provision in Northern Ireland, and if after assessment we feel the CBT approach is not suitable for you, we shall endeavour to point you towards suitable alternatives.