MEET THE TEAM

ALI KNIGHT // COUNSELLOR

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I have a diploma in counselling and a certificate in couples counselling which enables me to offer effective treatment to both individuals and couples. I work from an integrative model of person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy theory.

I work within a framework of the ‘Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)’ and I am a member of BACP. As per requirements laid out by BACP, I have regular supervision to ensure that I am providing the best treatment for you.

I have a passion to see people move forward by finding freedom no matter what circumstance they face.

I have previously worked with people dealing with a variety of issues, these include low-self esteem, bereavement, anxiety, depression, moving on, struggles of everyday life, low moods, family issues and issues from the past that are affecting the present.

I work on a private basis offering both individual and relationship counselling. Charges are available on request. You can find out more via my facebook page.

HANNAH LYNAS // COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST

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I have an MA (Hons) in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT (from Queen University). I am also a registered member of the BABCP and attend regular supervision. I have worked with a wide range of different depression and anxiety disorders using a cognitive behavioural framework.

Before turning my attention to CBT, I worked for the North Eastern Education Library Board. Working with children and adolescents who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid mental health conditions. Through this, I developed a love for a one-on-one therapeutic relationship as well as providing training to others.

If you are struggling with depression, worry, phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder, then I would love to hear from you. If you are willing to engage, CBT is a wonderful tool to help you manage your symptoms. CBT provides a way to bring about real change in your daily life through adapting your thinking and behaviours.

I work on a private basis. Each session lasts for 1 hour and this includes a complimentary assessment.

CAROL THOMPSON // COUNSELLOR

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In 1992 I qualified as a Registered General Nurse and graduated in 2007 with Bsc (Hons) in Community and Public Health. I have 10 years experience in the area of Palliative Care along with being trained in Advanced Communication Skills and qualified as a Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) facilitator.

Along with my experience in pastoral care I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and I work from an integrative model of person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy approach.

To ensure I am a safe practitioner, I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working within a framework of the ‘Code of Ethics’ and I attend monthly supervision.

I am passionate about working with teenage girls and young woman who may be living with issues of low mood, depression, anxiety, low self esteem and a lack of confidence which can lead to different forms of self harm.

Within the last 10 years I have gained the expertise of working with clients who are on the difficult journey of grief and loss that may be due to the loss of a loved one or loss of their health due to a terminal diagnosis or other health issue.

My aim is to provide the opportunity for you as the client in an unhurried way, time to explore the issue and find healthy ways to cope in everyday life. This will be carried out in a space that will be safe, supportive and confidential to encourage and cultivate your self-care, self-awareness and self-growth.

EILEEN JOHNSTON // COUNSELLOR

I have worked as a caring professional for most of my career, which has  involved working with adults with physical disabilities and children with physical and learning disabilities, including autism. Seven years ago I retrained as a Counsellor and have practised professionally at  Links Counselling Centre, Lurgan. I have worked with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, stress, disability, and relationship problems.

I am registered as a BACP Counsellor, and follow their codes, practices and ethical framework and attend monthly Supervision.

I am a Person-centred Counsellor, and also use psychodynamic and cognitive behaviour therapy theory and interventions.  I believe that in providing a confidential, safe and secure space, a therapeutic relationship can be formed, where problems can be explored and journeyed together, and where self care and well being, and enjoyment of life can be attained.

It is a privilege to journey with each client and a joy to see individuals begin to heal and flourish.

I work on a private basis, and now practice in Wellspring at Ostix House. Each session is 1 hour long, and I carry out reviews every 4 weeks.

Qualifications:
BA Hons Social Administration
Masters in Social Work
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Couples Counselling.

COUNSELLOR // SARAH GRANT

I have worked with a range of children and young people in a mentoring capacity; both in mainstream education and additional needs settings. I am passionate about creating a space for people to be listened to and heard. I have seen the transformative power of counselling for people who feel lost or with little hope and I strive to provide that transformation for my clients. 

Through my experience and learning about the dynamics of family life and children’s development I can see the benefit in communicating stress and issues brought up in family life. I have worked extensively with young people with self esteem issues and supported their journey through depression and anxiety.

As a mother of twin toddlers I understand the pressures and strains on mothers. I feel that journeying through the difficulties parenthood raises and the dilemmas surrounding raising children in today’s culture with a counsellor can be extremely beneficial. 

I am registered as a BACP Counsellor and follow their codes, Practices and ethical framework and will attend monthly supervision.

I have a passion to see people truly ‘love themselves’ and journey through hurts and see how that brings about freedom and healing. 

Each of my sessions will be one hour long and will take place in Wellspring at Ostix House or over Zoom.

Qualifications:
BA Hons in Children and Family Work, with Play and Applied Theology
BTEC National Diploma in Childrens, Care, Learning and Development
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 

CLAIRE ROBINSON // STUDENT COUNSELLOR

In 2010 I qualified with a BEd(Hons) from Stranmillis University, Belfast. 

I’ve been in the teaching profession for just over 10 years and have extensive experience working with young people in the Post Primary sector. I am passionate about ensuring effective Pastoral Care and currently hold both a Head of Year and Health Co-ordinator position in school. I have extensive experience helping young people work through issues related to low self-esteem, exam stress, social media and relationship struggles. 

In addition to this I am currently completing a Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Vital Connexions. I work from an integrative model of person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the ‘Code of Ethics’ framework, attending regular supervision sessions. 

Alongside working with young people, 

I am particularly passionate about helping clients of all ages and stages, gain greater self-awareness, purpose and overall wellness. I love empowering clients to put in place practices to help improve their own self-care and to counteract feelings of anxiety and depression. 

I ultimately aim to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel fully secure to unpack whatever anxieties, personal issues or problems they are facing. 

I wholeheartedly believe in the power of the counselling process and look forward to clients experiencing this for themselves.  

If you find yourself needing some help or support in any of these areas, I would love to hear from you.