Holly Reid


2018-2020 Post-Graduate Diploma in Trauma Studies, University of Cork

2016-2017          Diploma in Mindfulness, Distinction, Centre of Excellence

2009-2013         FdSc Counselling, Distinction, University of Ulster

2008-2009         Certificate Counselling Studies, Distinction, University of Ulster

2007-2008         Masters Irish Visual Culture, Distinction, University of Ulster

2002-2005         BA (Hons) Fine & Applied Art, 2:1, University of Ulster

2001-2002         Certificate in Foundation Studies in Art & Design, University of Ulster


2009-Present   discover:develop counselling & emotional health facilitation, self-employed

2016-Present       Counsellor, The Aisling Centre, Enniskillen

2016-Present      Counsellor, The Ely Centre, Enniskillen

2012-2017       Counsellor, Lifeline and Contact NI

2010–2013         Educational Mentor, QUB & Belfast Metropolitan College

2008–2011         Progress Project Officer/PT Lecturer, Belfast Metropolitan College


2019 mindfulness-based self-care courses for Boho Community Association

2019 therapeutic services for Brooke House, tailored support for conflict-related trauma

2018 emotional health support workshops for parents working with Action for Children

2017 development of mindfulness-based emotional health programmes, courses and retreats

2013 personal development facilitation and one-to-one mentoring, Exploring Business Enterprise Programme, Belfast Metropolitan College

2012 ‘This Is Me’ project, with Community Arts Partnership at An Droichead School

2012 arts facilitation & identity workshops, Sure Start, with Community Arts Partnership

2012 Culture Night Workshops, with Community Arts Partnership

2011 Culture Night Workshops, with Community Arts Partnership

2011 arts facilitation and identity workshops, Belfast Banners, youth photography engagement, Belfast City Council

2011 arts and heritage facilitation, community archiving work, exhibition production, Then & Now project, East Belfast Mission, Men’s Group

2011 heritage facilitation and exhibition work, Belfast Blitz Community Engagement, Belfast City Council

2010- arts facilitation, exhibition production, Exploring Seeing through Photography

2012 Victims and Survivors Trust

2010 heritage facilitation, community archive work, History and Heritage Collections Project, Lisburn YMCA

2009 arts facilitation, childrens’ workshops, Ulster Hall, Belfast

professional memberships and training

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP Accred.), and am on the BACP register of counsellors, where individuals can search for professional counsellors who meet industry standards. I currently have over 1300 hours counselling experience, and specialise in work around anxiety and trauma. To support my therapeutic, community and education work I have also trained in:

  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Suicide and Self Harm Risk Assessment 
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention 
  • Brief Solutions Focused Therapy 
  • Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult training
  • Working with Trauma 
  • Compassionate Working with Self Harm 
  • Gay Affirmative Therapy 
  • Working with Sexual & Domestic Violence 
  • Counselling work with Marginalised Groups 
  • Legal Issues and Record Keeping for Counselling 
  • Working with children and young people – Childline
  • Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice – BACP
  • Mind-Ed working with children and young people
  • Addressing issues around disability, sexuality & discrimination in group work – Wheelworks
  • Building Financial Capability in Clients training – Educational Guidance Service for Adults
  • Keep it Clear training – use of plain English in materials – EGSA
  • Introductory NLP training