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Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland

Clare WatsonThe main Epilepsy Action contact for Northern Ireland is Clare Watson.

She can be contacted on 07885 778 585 or email cwatson@epilepsy.org.uk.

In Northern Ireland approximately 20,000 people have epilepsy. Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age and from any walk of life.

Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland:

  • Raises awareness and increases understanding of epilepsy
  • Lobbies and campaigns for a better future for people with epilepsy
  • Supports people through our network of volunteers, branches and groups
  • Organises information events for both people living with epilepsy and health professionals
  • Provides community-based counselling to adults with epilepsy, carers and parents of people with epilepsy

Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland provides epilepsy awareness training sessions to groups who want to learn more about epilepsy. These include private employers, healthcare and service providers and schools. Find out more about our training.

Find out more about groups in your area

Epilepsy and/or brain injury counselling service

Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland and Headway, the brain injury association, work together to provide community-based counselling throughout Northern Ireland. The service is for adults affected by epilepsy and/or brain injury. That could include:

  • Adults affected by epilepsy and/or brain injury
  • Adults caring for someone affected by epilepsy and/or brain injury
  • Parents of someone affected by epilepsy and/or brain injury

People affected by epilepsy and/or brain injury tell us they need emotional support at different times on their journey with their condition. These could include:

  • A new diagnosis
  • Changes in the condition
  • Changing relationships with friends or family
  • The ongoing challenges of living with a long-term condition

Brain injury and epilepsy affect not only the person living with the condition, but carers and the wider family. Many adults affected by brain injury and/or epilepsy and their carers go through difficult times in their lives. Talking to someone you can trust can make a real difference.

Where can I access counselling?

We deliver counselling throughout Northern Ireland, locations include: Ballymena, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Coleraine, Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Lurgan, Omagh and Portadown.

The service is delivered free of charge. Sessions are usually delivered once a week over six to eight weeks. A session lasts fifty minutes.

How do I access counselling?

Please complete the counselling enquiry form. A counsellor will then contact you to arrange your first appointment. This first appointment is a chance for you to talk to the counsellor and make sure that counselling is right for you.

Who are the counsellors?

The counselling service is delivered through a placement programme with Ulster University. All placement counsellors are completing a Degree in Counselling and they complete a placement as part of that degree. Placement counsellors all have regular professional supervision from another counsellor throughout their placement. Placement counsellors have completed training with both Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland and Headway. They have a good understanding of both epilepsy and brain injury.

If you have any questions about the Epilepsy Northern Ireland counselling service, please contact either:
Clare Watson, Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland, at cwatson@epilepsy.org.uk or 07885 778 585

Johny Turnbull, Headway, at johny.turnbull@headway.org.uk

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