Through counselling with me I will walk your journey with you to find inner healing, confidence and courage to face the dark places in your life.


Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS acc)

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 

"I Am Not what Happened To Me, I Am What I Choose To Become." 



Welcome to Inspired Counselling Services in Ballymena 

Counselling in Ballymena County Antrim Northern Ireland is with Stephen McFarland. I got the name Inspired Counselling, after being inspired to train as a counsellor. I would like to inspire you to be the best you can be. Thank you for taking the time to find out more.

I am a registered member counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I offer 'one to one' integrative counselling, working from a psychodynamic core, therefore bringing the best approaches and my best skills, to suit your personal needs. I also use mindfulness in some sessions if it helps my clients. I offer a warm professional relationship, with confidentiality, in a warm, comfortable and discreet location.

I have many clients in my private practice, from 11 years old to elderly, with different issues, different religions, different cultural backgrounds, from different countries, and we have either worked long term (over 1 year), or short term (6 weeks), depending on their reason for coming to counselling. Two clients are never the same so therapy is tailored to your individual need.

I have over 4 years experience in high schools counselling adolescents, which includes; bullying, eating disorders, physical abuse, mental abuse, shyness, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, exam pressures, anxiety, depression, bereavement, problems at home and many other issues.

I have 3 years experience in a homeless hostel which involves, suicide, self-harm, alcohol problems, drug problems, managing mental health problems, anger management, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, panic attacks and many other issues.

Other issues I have experience of are; postnatal depression, fertility problems, fostering, physical health issues, mental health issues and many more. All my clients have helped me learn more and become a better counsellor.

My main focus is that through this relationship, we can work together towards your inner healing, in a relaxed and safe environment with confidence.


I am a down to earth person, easy going and straight up with integrity. What you see is what you get. I am extremely serious and careful as a counsellor. You give me your precious time and ask me to walk your journey with you, whatever that may be, and I will be giving you 100% every time. That means continued studying and researching to bring you the best counsellor I can be. We go through everything together. 

My private counselling practice exists to carry other peoples pain, hurt, rejection, shame, whatever they are finding hard to carry, through counselling. I will help carry it until we find your way to the light at the end of the tunnel. I have done this with many adults and adolescents. I have helped people carry their burdens for a time, until they are strong enough to let some go, give it away, and take what is left and move forward in life, knowing that I am still here if they need help in the future. I have learned so much from my clients, each one so special as they put their trust in me and we learn together.

The important factor to me and my clients is the result of counselling, the fruit of our labour.

One small ripple of kindness can become a wave as it is multiplied on, with each person benefiting someone else as they have benefited. I like it when I hear of my clients being able to pass on some skills I have taught them onto their friends, therefore the ripple expands.