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Our mission is to provide an exceptional counselling service, with a multi-disciplinary approach to emotional health and well-being. 

  About Us  

 

We see uHub as having something for everyone, from small children right through to adults.

 

We have an exceptional team, delivering talking therapy, drama, music, creative, holistic therapies and yoga. Our clients can choose which therapies best suit their needs. 

Promoting emotional wellness, balance and contentment.

We are both fully qualified counsellors, registered with BACP and with specialisms in cognitive behavioural therapy, life coaching and working with children and adults with autism or those who have experienced trauma or bereavement. We also have years of experience working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, phobic anxieties, trauma, bereavement issues and other mental health issues.

 

We are a fresh thinking and innovative charity in North Down. Our uHub provides a space for talking therapies, life coaching, CBT and also holistic therapies which will provide a complement to our talking work.

 

All our counsellors are members of BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines. We provide a safe and confidential environment where feelings can be explored. We work from an integrated approach, psychodynamic/person centred which we tailor to meet the needs of each individual so they can get the best possible service and experience from their counselling.

We aim to offer a warm, supportive and non-judgemental way of working, which is focused around your needs. By talking and understanding your current situation, and often your past, it is hoped that your presenting issues can be greatly improved. Our clients are offered an initial assessment where counsellor and client will work in collaboration to agree an approach for the work.

 

At uHub we have a wealth of experience working with children and young people including those with ASD, ADHD and behavioural problems. Our approach can be tailored to include creative therapy, CBT and systemic practice.

Give us a call to chat through how we work and how we might be able to help you.

T. 028 9188 8448

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  Services  

Services

Talking Therapy

Talking therapies are available for both adults and young people.  There are many different types of talking therapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Integrative Therapy)which involve talking to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. 

Huddles

A Huddle is a theraputic group workshop bringing together mindfulness, art & play to support children with emotional regulation issues, social or communication needs and/or low confidence and self-esteem.  

Play Therapy

Helping children up to the age of 12 to process feelings in a safe, gentle way using play as a form of self-expression. Lots of resources are provided to encourage open-ended play (play without rules or directions), which the child is free to explore at their own pace with the support of a therapist.

Spectrum

Our In Touch with Autism Project includes parent & carer support, information and signposting. We also create programmes, events, and activities based on need in the community for both parents, adults and children. We believe that learning from others experience and making supportive connections can be powerful - Join our faceboook group!

Sand Therapy

Using our sand therapy room with a trained therapist creates a safe enviornment to explore your inner world, emotions that you may find difficult to put into words. Favourable for those that have experienced trauma.

Art Therapy

Using art or creative activities in a therapeutic environment with a trained therapist. The aim isn’t to produce a great work of art, but to use what you create to understand yourself better. Favourable for those who struggle to communicate feelings verbally.

Equine Therapy

A unique and powerful way to engage sensitively with another living creature that can offer insight into our own strengths, difficulties, and negative survival patterns. 

Filial Therapy

 Filial therapy is a blend of person-centred play therapy and family therapy. It is designed to improve parent/child relationships & attachment difficulties by involving parents and carers in therapeutic interventions that benefit the whole family.

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 Meet the Team 

Call us for a chat about which service would be suitable for you or your loved one

T. 028 9188 8448

Faces Summary
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Pamela Kirkpatrick

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Pamela (Pam) is the clinical lead at uhub and a co-founder, any support you may need for yourself or for anyone you may be working with, Pam will happily support you or them or support you to support them through that process. Pam has too many years to count working as a counsellor and coach in the community and voluntary sector, she also worked as the mental health representative for the Belfast trust and a client coordinator for Action Mental Health. Pam is also a keen Baker (requests on a postcard) and loves spending time with her family especially at Christmas…..as that's her most favourite time of the year.

Cara Collins

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Cara graduated with a diploma in integrative counselling and went on this year to complete a advanced diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hopes to be accredited very soon. She has been working for several years within the voluntary sector and gained a vast amount of experience during this time working with a wide range of issues.

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Gayle Vance

Gayle is a registered member of the BACP and she holds qualifications in Integrative Counselling; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Coaching & Mentoring; Therapeutic working with Children and Young People and Bereavement Care. With over 10 years experience using talking therapies, Gayle has worked across a wide range of issues with both young and adult clients, with them always at the centre of the therapeutic work. Gayle specialises in bereavement, loss and attachment counselling with specialist training in this area.  When not working, Gayle loves nothing more than a long walk in nature, especially the Mournes. Dancing about her kitchen to 90s music and sipping a warm coffee...but not at the same time!

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Emma Doran

A registered member of BACP, Emma has been with uHub since 2017. Emma uses an integrative approach. With a person-centered and humanistic style, Emma's priority will always be to keep the client at the centre of all her work. Using a relaxed and personable approach, Emma supports client work across the community through a range of areas including suicide ideation, self-harm, depression, grief, low self-esteem, sexual orientation, anxiety, anger, survivors of abuse/sexual abuse. Emma is also a qualified EFT practitioner and can offer this approach to clients.

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Lillian Neill

Accredited Counsellor Higher Diploma in Marriage and Relationship Counselling. As an accredited counsellor I have a passion for and many years experience in working with individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties in their lives and I specialise in relationship counselling. 

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Sonia Byrne

Sonia is a qualified counsellor. She has an advanced diploma in integrative counselling and in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Sonia is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP). Sonia has experience working with teenagers and adults with a variety of issues. She specialises in bereavement counselling and has over ten years experience in this area.

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Delia Graham

Delia is a registered member of BACP and has been a counsellor at uHub since 2017. She works therapeutically with adults and teenagers and takes a creative, flexible and integrated approach based on client needs, particularly working with depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem and loss. Delia is interested in the body-mind connection and attachment wounding and has trained in Embodiment practices. She believes in helping clients to live more authentically, working to uncover what this means for them, to challenge unhelpful patterns and make more empowered choices.

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Mourna Coghlan

Mourna gained her Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in August 2020. Retiring from Family and Childcare social work 2 years ago, Mourna made the decision to become a counsellor. She has also worked as a mental health support worker and was a volunteer counsellor with Cruse bereavement care for 5 years. Mourna practises an Integrative approach as a member of the Uhub Therapy Team and she is a accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Nicola McGhee

I'm Nicola McGhee, I am an integrative therapist. I have been working for one year and have CPCAB levels 2 & 3 in counselling skills and studies and a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling. In my spare time I love to walk in forests, mountains and on the beach which encourages my creative imagination to dream! I enjoy bodyboarding and kayaking as well as watching football, rugby and movies.

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Victoria Gregg

Victoria Is a registered member of BACP. She holds CPCAB level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is completing her Level 5 post qualifying Diploma in Trauma informed counselling with children and young People. Victoria is a qualified EFT practitioner and can offer this approach to clients, Victoria also offers walk and talk therapy. Victoria is uHub’s Huddle co-ordinator and facilitator as well as a Lego therapy facilitator for children between 4 and 14. Victoria has years of experience working with children in organisations such as Home Start, Child Contact Centre and YMCA. In her spare time, Victoria loves anything to do with being outdoors from camping, hiking, sea swimming, water activities, cycling and long walks.

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Martyn Henry

Hi I'm Martyn, I am a student Integrative therapist. I am currently completing the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling qualification and have Student membership with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In my free time I enjoy getting a little competitive playing board games with my friends and doing some medieval reenactment.'

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Vanessa Morris

Hello, my name is Vanessa I am a fully qualified Integrative therapist working with children and adults. I have a BSc hons degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Middlesex University. In addition to this, I have completed a level 5 diploma in Counselling Children & Young People. I am a registered member with the BACP. I tailor each session to your specific needs whether it be short term or long term work. Together, we can explore your worries, troubles and problems and work towards getting you to where you want to be. In my spare time I can be found bingeing Rupauls Drag Race, dancing likes nobody's watching and singing like nobody's listening. I also enjoy bad jokes and cheesy puns!

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Patricia

Patricia is an integrative therapist. She has a level 4 diploma in counselling and os currently studying for a post qualifying level 5 diploma working with children and Young people and will be due to qualify in May 2022. Patricia is a member of The BACP. She can offer walk and talk therapy as an alternative to face to face sessions.
As well as working at Uhub Patricia volunteers with Cruse Beareavment care and has experience working with grief as well as working with young people in schools. In her spare time Patricia enjoy walks, yoga and baking.

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Julie Robinson

I’m Julie, I’m a student integrative counselling therapist using talk therapy with adults. I can also offer Walk & Talk therapy. I will be graduating in June 2022 from FdSc in Integrative Counselling, I am also a student member of BACP.

As an integrative practitioner, my personal working model is to create a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, provide a person centred approach, whilst blending and weaving other counselling modalities into my work.

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Tanya

I am Tanya and I am a trainee Art Therapist at Ulster University and will be graduating this August.
I also have a BA in Fine and Applied Art. To date, my Art Therapy experience has been working with children and young people on a variety of issues.
Previously I have a wealth of experience in the community arts and voluntary sector coordinating and facilitating arts programmes most recently with WheelWorks.
In my spare time I love walks on the beach, dancing with my kids, great coffee and catching up with friends.

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Louise

Louise has a diploma in therapeutic counselling and is qualified to work with young people and adults. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Louise adopts an integrative, person centred approach to her sessions and can offer walk and talk therapy as an alternative option. Louise is passionate about supporting others and feels privileged to work alongside people in their therapeutic journey.

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Nikki Ireland

I have completed a degree in therapeutic communication and counseling studies and I am currently completing my client hours to meet accreditation. I am currently carrying out one to one talking therapy with clients"

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Kathleen

Hello, I’m Kathleen, and I offer ‘walk and talk’ therapy. I am in the final stages of qualifying as an integrative therapist and am a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have a background in outdoors education, peer counselling and social enterprise and love working with people. I believe that healing and empowerment can come through growing our self awareness and understanding of how we relate to ourselves, others and the world around us. I am keen to support more people to access the benefits of doing therapy outside and in more natural environments, and currently offer outdoor sessions in Crawfordsburn country park and Redburn country park. In my free time I love swimming, listening to podcasts and exploring Northern Ireland.

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Megan

Megan is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. She graduated with an advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling in 2019 and is soon due to complete her level 5 Diploma in Children and Young Persons Counselling. With an integrative and creative approach Megan supports adults and children with a wide range of issues. With the client the priority Megan will tailor the therapy to meet their individuals needs. She can also offer walk and talk therapy for those who prefer a more natural therapeutic setting.
Megan loves music and in her spare time you can find her rocking out to some Green Day

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Mervyn

Hello! I am an accredited member of the BACP and have been a therapist since 1999, as well as
clinical supervisor and counselling trainer since 2006. I have worked in many areas of counselling
including bereavement, depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, personal development, support groups, Further Education and Employee Counselling. I work therapeutically with adults and I take a creative, flexible and client centred approach. I am focused on the areas of depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss. I am very inspired by the ideas of Dr Carl Jung and Dr Carl
Rogers, and I believe in helping clients to lead more meaningful lives on their own terms. In my free
time, I love spending time with my family, trail walking, swimming, music, theatre and exploring
dreams.

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Pauline

Hi, I'm Pauline and I'm a counsellor in training, studying at Belfast Met for a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice.
I have a background in youth, arts and community work, including work with brain injury, D/deaf, disability and mental health organisations. I enjoy reading, walking and creativity.

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Jemma

My name is Jemma Wemyss. I'm a Certified Play and Creative Arts Therapist with over 10 years experience working therapeutically with children and young people in schools and the community. I have a special interest in storytelling using sandplay and puppets. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and camping in my van.

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Suzanne

I am Suzanne and will qualify in August with a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice. I am registered with the BACP and working towards accreditation. I have experience counselling adults and hope to extend this to working with young people. I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients to improve their wellbeing. In my spare time, I love socialising, travelling (especially to America), reading and bingeing a series on Netflix!

Careers

We provide placements for students of Counselling, Art Therapy and Play Therapy.

From time to time we may have volunteering opportunities too. If you are interested please contact info@uhub.org.uk to find out more. 

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Byrony Jackson

I'm Bryony, I'm a Qualified Integrative Therapist working out of East Belfast and Bangor who focuses on person centred initially in our first sessions to get to know what you would like to gain from the therapy, but can also explore the past with you should you choose to! I've also recently completed training in Specialist Bereavement counselling for Babyloss, Stillbirth and Miscarriage as the need in N Ireland is so great. If you don't see me around the Hub, you'll definitely find me somewhere with a book in my hands!

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Erin Neill

I'm Erin, I am a trainee art therapist from the Ulster University currently studying a MSc in Art Psychotherapy, graduating in 2023. I also have a BA Hons in Fine art and enjoy working with oil pastels, dress making and working with different textiles during my spare time.

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Shannon

Hi! My name is Shannon, I’m a trainee integrative therapist and have a student membership with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have CPCAB Levels 2 & 3 and I’m currently completing the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I love nothing more than being around people and spending time with friends & family. Hobbies include listening to every genre of music, going on walks by the sea and eating chocolate… preferably all at the same time!’

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Rachel Cooley

Rachel is the Project Administrator for uHub Therapy Centre. Rachel has over 10 years working in admin and events in the voluntary and community sector . Rachel loves watching sports, especially rugby and cycling (yes cycling really!!) and of course her beloved Marge, the cat she adopted years ago. Rachel is also a devoted auntie to her two nephews who live in Edinburgh; thank goodness for FaceTime and budget airlines.

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Eva Swanston

Hi I'm Eva, I created and am responsible for uHubs' brand identity, graphic design and website.  If you come across any problems on the website, like broken links or confusing navigation please do let us know.

In my spare time I enjoy the simple things in life, good coffee, walks with friends in beautiful places, befriending animals, meeting interesting people, good music, good food and Netflix.

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 Contact us 

Location

T. 028 9188 8448

36 Hamilton Rd,

Bangor

BT20 4LE

55 Templemore Ave,

Belfast

BT5 4FP

 Office Opening Hours 

Monday: 9am - 3pm

Tuesday: 9am -3pm

Wednesday: 9am - 3pm

Thursday: Office Closed

Friday: 9am - 3pm

Saturday: Office Closed

Sunday: Office Closed

Feel free to leave an answer phone message or contact us via email outside of office opening hours.

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