counsellors in Derry/Londonderry

Do you suffer from panic attacks/anxiety, depression, etc.? Need help dealing with certain situations? Realised you need to talk to someone? Come to STEPS! We'll sit down with you and together we'll work out a course of action to help you with your problem.

Counselling and advice

S.T.E.P.S. was opened in March 2012 by Gerry McKinney who is Chairperson and Counsellor of the programme. He has 30+ years experience in this field and receives supervision regularly. The programme runs 3 days and evenings per week catering for up to 20 individuals in one-to-one basis and further 6 persons per group therapy. Its an on-going community service and enables individuals access to emotional support services tailored to each individual's stage of illness and services needed.

Helping you understand

Due to the stigma that remains regarding mental health, individuals find it easier to approach community/voluntary sector organisations initially for emotional support services. Our services will directly benefit individuals with primary experience of mental health issues, their family, carers and our community. They will benefit by using our services and tools tailored to their personal path. Our service will enable individuals to have an understanding of their current mental health difficulties and how to implement coping strategies for their personal recovery plan.

We Create...

a safe place to learn about coping effectively with daily living aiming to build self-help skills and capacity for self-sufficiency, fostering independence & empowerment.

We Celebrate...

diversity around gender, age, race/ethnicity, disability, religion, sexuality & class.

We Believe...

that successful implementation of equality and diversity in all aspects of our work ensures that clients & volunteers are valued, motivated & treated fairly.

We Build...

confidence, trust, empowerment and tools to help you change your future not only personally but for your children, family, workmates etc.

We'll plan sessions to suit you:

  • One-to-one sessions

  • Group therapy

  • Audio education

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Listening ear

  • Free association

Come to us for support with mental health issues

If anxiety, stress, food issues or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones, we can offer support and help to deal with it!