Ms. Francine Bracken

Balance Counselling

Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Belfast

Member Organisation(s): MBACP

Therapy Provides:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling

Therapy Provides:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling

Twin Spires Centre
12A Curran House
155 Northumberland Street
BT13 2FG

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Member Organisation(s): MBACP

Therapy Provides:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling

About Balance Counselling

Balance Counselling is a private counselling practice specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals, couples and organisations.

My practice is minutes from Belfast City Centre and my mission is to become a centre of excellence in providing professional, confidential CBT to all communities in Belfast and the surrounding areas.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework. I offer a professional confidential service in discreet comfortable surroundings.

I provide CBT counselling for a variety of personal and interpersonal difficulties including the following:

Low Self Esteem
Relationship difficulties
Panic Attacks
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Social Anxiety
Work related difficulties
Family problems
Childhood Abuse
Eating Disorders
If you are affected by any of the above or are distressed by anything that is not mentioned above please contact me for a free intial assessment session. This session lasts 90 minutes (normally sessions lasts 60 minutes) and is an assessment of your current difficulties. It is also an opportunity for you to find out more about CBT and myself as a therapist before making any financial commitment. As counselling is very personal to each individual it is important that you ensure that you feel comfortable with the therapy and therapist from the outset.

I also offer supervision to qualified therapists / trainee therapists. If interested please contact me.

If you have any questions on any of the material that is covered in this site or require further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 07846136506 or email As I am with clients most of the day it may be difficult to reach me by phone but please leave a message and I will contact you at my earliest convenience.

My training, work experience and any achievement

Francine Bracken (MBACP, BSc, PG Dip, PG Dip)


BSc (Hons) in Psychology from QUB (2004)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Organisational Counselling from Roehamptom University of Surrey (2006)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre (2010)

I have worked with The Samaritans for many years helping individuals who are experiencing feelings of distress and despair and may be thinking of ending their own life. I have also worked in GP surgeries treating patients for the following disorders: depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), low self esteem, anger and realtionship difficulties.

I am a trainer and group supervisor with Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre and train on thier Certificate Course and Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy
At present I am working towards accreditation with the Brisith Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Further Information

My aim is to make counselling available to all regardless of their income or economic status so if you feel that you really need help but would find paying these fees very difficult please contact me to discuss this.

Age I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Other concerns & issues I deal with

Concerns & issues I deal with

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Assertiveness
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Bullying
  • Childhood Issues
  • Compulsive Behaviour
  • Couple Relationships
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Low Self Confidence
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Marriage (Marital Relations)
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Negative Thoughts
  • Obsessions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Panic Disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Personal Relationships
  • Personality Disorders (PD)
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Natal Depression (PND)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rape
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship Problems
  • Repetitive Negative Patterns
  • Sadness
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Self Harm
  • Separation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shyness
  • Social Phobia
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Trichotillomania
  • Unresolved Issues
  • Work Stress
  • Emotional Abuse

Therapy Provides

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling

Price List

Special Online Booking Offers

Fees are charged on an hourly basis and due at the end of each session.
Assessment session (90 mins): FREE ASSESSMENT SESSION (This is the first counselling session it assesses your current difficulties along with your suitability for CBT)
Single session (60 mins): £40
Block bookings : Block booking of 5 sessions £175; block booking of 10 sessions £280 (fees must be paid in advance to qualify for discounted rate)
Couple counselling: £60 per couple per session. (please note that couples attend together initially then both attend seperately then couples continue to attend together)
CBT for Organisations: I also provide CBT therapy for employees of small businesses. Fees depend on the needs of the organisation please contact me directly for a tailored quote
Cancellations: As I allocate time from my diary which could have been given to another client cancellations are charged at £20 if less than 24 hours notice is given.
Fees are reduced for students and the unemployed please contact me directly regarding this. I also offer reduced rates to trainee counsellors attending for personal therapy.

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