Hope 24 Conference – Lighthouse

Hope 24 will be dedicated to fostering a culture of learning, innovation and solidarity by empowering individuals and organisations to excel in their missions.

2024 National Counsellors’ Day Conference

National Counsellors’ Day 2024 National Counsellors’ Day Conference PCU will be presenting at the upcoming National Counsellors’ Day event on Saturday 29th June. This year’s theme is ’The cost of living crisis: The cost of NOT dying! Why All Therapists must get comfortable talking about money!’. The event is being held on Zoom and tickets […]

Belfast Recovery College and the Recovery Ethos

What do we understand about Recovery? So what are these Recovery Colleges I’ve been hearing about? In this workshop John will talk about his own Recovery and what Recovery Colleges did for him and might do for you/ your clients.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy 2 Weekend Workshops (Non Residential) April 13th & 14th and May 11th & 12th 2024 Venue: St Columb’s Park House 4 Limavady Road Derry / Londonderry BT47 6JY www.stcolumbsparkhouse.org Presenter: Marina Sweeney (MBACP, MIACP, UKRC Reg, ind. MASFP) Discover the power of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Help clients to: Focus on […]

Working with the Body in Talking Therapy Workshop

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Working with the Body in Talking Therapy Workshop Saturday 13th April, 2024 Helen Farrell, MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons)Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Meditation Guide www.freshairtherapy.uk What do we understand about embodiment? How can we help our clients and ourselves connect with the body in talking therapy and what impact can this have in […]

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Meets With MLAs

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Meets With MLAs Northern Ireland Counselling Forum members together with our patron Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE met with MLAs Colin McGrath and Robbie Butler on Tuesday 5th March to discuss challenges and opportunities.  We discussed how counselling professionals already play an important role in the Community & Voluntary […]

Charlotte Denny

Charlotte was a Founder Member and Secretary since 2004 and sadly passed away after a long and arduous illness, bravely borne, on 30th January.

Mental Health First Aid – Lighthouse

Regardless of your modality, you’ll be able to integrate the skills and knowledge from Mental Health First Aid directly into your work with clients.

IFS Informed Workshop

An introductory day exploring the Internal Family Systems model with two experienced Certified IFS Therapists.

A Father’s view of Grief, Healing & Moving Forward

Since the loss of his young son in 2003 Philip McTaggart has been working in the area of mental health and suicide prevention. He has been fully dedicated to creating awareness in the community about the causes and repercussions of suicide and mental health.

NICF Conference 2023 – Feedback

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our Conference this year at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. Our keynote speaker was Dr Carolyn Spring and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback for the event.

NICF Conference 2023

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Conference 2023 Saturday 20th May 2023 Main Speaker: Carolyn Spring Do counsellors really matter in the process of recovering from trauma? Or is it the tools they’re using (such as EMDR), their techniques (such as rewind, or grounding) or their theoretical approach (such as trauma-focused CBT, or Internal Family Systems)? Could […]

Sleep Better

This will be an informal presentation by Barbara Crozier. Barbara is an integrative counsellor in Belfast, working with adults and children. She is also a Sleep Counsellor with Sleep Scotland, “UK’s oldest sleep charity, providing direct support to families and training on sleep.”

Lego Therapy

This is an opportunity for you to come and see a demonstration on Lego Therapy.

Baroness May Blood

Baroness May Blood It is with deep regret we have learned of the death of our Patron, Baroness May Blood. She was supportive of our concerns regarding party of esteem in the field of mental health, and the work we carried out within the community of Northern Ireland. She attended our Conference, when her other […]

Focusing & The Body

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 12th November 2022 Focusing & The Body – Home Or Hostile Environment Cliodhna Davis Focusing has been described as many things: a doorway, body magic, a path to healing, a homecoming. In this short experiential workshop, Cliodhna will provide an overview of the experiential practice of Focusing and its particular […]

Free Live Workshop – Calming the Inner Critic

Live Free Workshop Calming the Inner Critic 26th & 27th October from 14:00 – 17:15 BST Cutting-Edge Interventions to End Shaming Self-Talk Presented by world-renowned trauma expert and author Kathy Steele, MN, CS.  The inner critic is a natural phenomenon, but it can paralyse our clients and lead them to lives filled with inaction, inner […]

The Magic Is Within You

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 22nd October 2022 The Magic Is Within You Vivian McKinnonBACP accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist  Vivian McKinnon is the founder and owner of Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation center offering restricted environmental stimulation therapy. Formally known as sensory deprivation. She is also the founder of RAFT (Reconnection and Floatation Therapy) […]

Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma and the Animal Body

Institute of Embodied Psychotherapy 3rd & 4th December 2022   Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma and the Animal Body This two-day module explores somatic approaches to healing trauma, drawing on the body’s natural resources and capacity for self-healing. Neuro-scientific research shows us that the instinctual parts of the brain that process trauma in […]

Relate NI – 75th Annivesary Conference – Relationships Matter


Forum Event – Saturday 25th June 2022

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 25th June 2022 Reconciliation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) – An Introduction Pearl EllisBACP accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist  I have 18+years’ experience working as an integrative therapist with Adults & Adolescents. During my career I have trained in several therapeutic approaches. My work has often led me into working with the […]

Forum Event – Saturday 30th April 2022

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 30th April 2022 RECONNECT – RESTORE – REVISION Sharon Ramsden In this first meeting of the NICF post-restrictions, we are welcoming a space for members and those new to the NICF to come together and reflect on the impact of past 2 years. For many us this has brought about […]

Open Letter To Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE

Open Letter To Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE
 Chair of UK Covid-19 Inquiry Dear Baroness Hallett We are writing as a coalition of 27 organisations, listed below,  who came together during the initial Covid 19 national lockdown, in April 2020, to ensure that the four Governments of the UK delivered a comprehensive set of […]

bacp – Northern Ireland Elections 2022 – Manifesto Submission

bacp – Northern Ireland Elections 2022 Manifesto Submission The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the leading and largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. Representing more than 60,000 practitioner members working across the United Kingdom, and over 1,915 members in Northern Ireland, we set and maintain high standards of […]

Join the Action Trauma Network

he purpose of the Action Trauma Network will be to primarily connect professionals/like-minded individuals working with clients/patients affected by trauma.

Mental Health Strategy – Letter To MLAs

As a Forum representing over 800 members, all professionally qualified counsellors and psychotherapists from across Northern Ireland.  We are keen to write to local MLAs and highlight some concerns with implementation of the Mental Health Strategy, and the need to ensure it delivers much needed counselling support to address the growing need we are seeing across our communities.

Thursday 20th May – Raising Our Voices

We were delighted that the Health Minister recently announced £10 million for a Mental Health Support Fund, which should increase access to counselling and talking therapies.

June 2021 – Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit

We are fast approaching the Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit returning this June and for the first time we will running over three days, hosted live from Titanic Belfast from 21-23 June 2021.

Mental Health Counselling

Don’t let the Covid Crisis Become a Mental Health Crisis Help Ensure All GP Practices Offer Timely Access to Mental Health Counselling Covid has taken a huge toll on our friends, families and communities. We’ve lost loved ones to the virus while essential workers exhaust themselves trying to keep us safe. We’ve experienced social isolation […]

PHA – Pre-Consultation for Suicide and Post-Vention Services

In September 2019, the Department of Health published a new suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland known as Protect Life 2. The strategy includes specific actions which the PHA is responsible for delivering, and the agency is now undertaking a pre-consultation on these suicide prevention and post-vention services.

FREE Training – Leonard Cheshire

FREE Training with Leonard Cheshire Do you work in the homeless sector or probation / prison services? Are you a health professional who supports people with alcohol addiction? If so, take this opportunity to register for FREE training (funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive NIHE) Who is it for? People working in the homeless […]


OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH SPECIAL OFFER TO MEMBERS OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM Carolyn Spring is a long time supporter of the Northern Ireland Counselling Forum (NICF) and would like to extend a special offer to you. Four Working with Trauma webinars and a live (online) Q&A with Carolyn Spring for £40. In […]

SDS’ Free Thursday

Free live sessions on ZOOM led by the world-experts in psychology and psychotherapy fields.

Big Deal – Gambling Training

Big Deal – Gambling Training Three hour CPD certified course is aimed at professionals who engage with young people age 11-19 years. This free training has been developed and delivered by GamCare, the UK’s leading charity supporting problem gambling. Course content: Identify gambling related harm experienced by young people. Recognise the risk factors, signs and […]

Free Relationships & Sexuality Education

Free Relationships & Sexuality Education for Adults Are you a parent or youth worker who needs extra support talking to young people about: Puberty Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Healthy Relationships Safer Sex Contact bethodonnell@relateni.org for more information or to book in Free Relationships & Sexuality Education for Young People Three online workshops on LGBT […]

24 August 2020 – Positive Mental Health Webinar

Positive Mental Health – The Power of Activism and Mutual Aid This webinar will explore innovative approaches to alternative, community based, holistic models of mental health care that recognise and respond to the context of people’s lives. Speakers include: Taiwo Afuape – Clinical Psychologist and Systemic PsychotherapistMichael Patrick MacDonald – Author and Grassroots Organiser with […]

Thursday 23rd July 2020 – Changing the Context – Understanding Mental Health

Changing the Context – Understanding Mental Health Thursday 23 July 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Dominant discourses around mental health present the ‘problem’ of mental health as being located within the individual, disconnected from their wider social, economic, political and environmental contexts. The solution that follows is to focus on the individual, to ‘fix the disorder’. […]