Isabelle McGarahan Counsellor


I am in the process of retiring and will not be taking on any new clients.
I wish you all well and hope you find someone else to work with you.

Counselling is a safe and confidential space where you can use the time to talk about concerns, changes or unresolved issues that are affecting your life.

You may feel that you are stuck in a situation and cannot see a clear way through. Talking to a trained counsellor allows you to be listened to without judgement within a framework of respect and acceptance.

The benefits of counselling can include:

  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to cope better in difficult circumstances
  • Improved relationships
  • Clarification of confused thoughts & feelings
  • Assertiveness
  • Personal insight
  • Improved emotional health

About Me

I have had many years of experience as a teacher, pastoral carer, mentor and counsellor. I have worked in both inner-city and rural areas as well as in military barracks and overseas.


I comply with the strict code of ethics of both ACC and BACP which includes having regular supervision and respecting a client’s autonomy and confidentiality.



  • BA (Hons) Theology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Certificate in Integrating Creative Interventions
  • Certificate in Mindfulness
  • Deep Release Principles and Practice 1
  • Level 5 Nutrition
  • Accredited Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors

 Specialist Training.

  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Addictions
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
  • Cancer

My Work

I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space, working alongside you. My approach is person centred, integrative and creative – tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.

I will not be giving you advice but I will work with you, looking at your life and the things that concern you in order to help you see your situation with new insight and clarity.

I acknowledge the spiritual dimension as well as the physical, emotional and psychological needs of the client. I offer a counselling service for people of all faiths or none.

Areas in which I have worked with clients

Abuse (emotional
mental & Physical).


Anger management.



Chronic Fatigue/ME.


Eating Disorders.

Faith issues.

General counselling.

Living with cancer.


Work in the Professional Theatre.

Low self-esteem.

Past unresolved issues & trauma.

Pressures of military life.

Relationship issues.

Self Harm/Suicide.

The elderly.


The first appointment is a free half-hour introductory session. This provides an opportunity to see whether counselling would be a helpful way forward for you.


It is an opportunity to explore what you want to achieve, to ask any questions and to see if we would be comfortable working together.

Subsequent sessions are an hour in length and cost £35 (concessions available).


Counselling can be short term or long-term depending on the client and their needs. We usually agree to six sessions initially and then we can regularly review whether we feel there is further work to do together.