Counselling & Psychological Therapies

Want to explore feelings and gain confidence in safe environment?

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Complementary Therapies

Want to access stress relieving therapies?

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Personal Development

Want to grow and learn new life skills?

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Mindfulness

Want to learn about mindfulness & wellbeing, the art of de-stressing and enhance your problem solving skills?

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Life Coaching

Want support in setting and reaching life goals?

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Conflict and Legacy

Want to learn and explore more about our past?

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OUR SERVICES

Therapies

Bridge of Hope provides complementary therapy services including aromatherapy massage and reflexology at our clinics and outreach locations.

Personal Development

Bridge of Hope delivers personal development courses in mindfulness & resilience and provides life coaching and VTCT accredited training.

Psychological Therapies

Bridge of Hope has a team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners trained in Trauma Counselling, Integrative Counselling, Person-Centred Counselling, CBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

High 5 for Take 5 Campaign

Local television channel NVTV puts the spotlight on the now regional Take 5 campaign, which was first rolled out across the city of Belfast in 2015. The positive mental health campaign highlights 5 easy ways we can take to improve our emotional wellbeing everyday. Irene Sherry, co-chair of the Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group, student Dominic Smyth and Jim Morgan Project Development Senior Officer from the Belfast Health Development Unit discuss the benefits of taking time out to look after your mental health.

Read more about positive mental health and wellbeing

OUR TEAM

Irene Sherry

Irene Sherry

Head of Victims & Mental Health Services

Irene set up Bridge of Hope in 2001 as a department of Ashton Community Trust to assist people affected by the legacy of the conflict and to encourage better health and wellbeing. She is the head of the department and a senior manager at Ashton. She is a strong advocate and strategist in the field of mental health and suicide prevention in the city of Belfast.

Lindsay Whitten

Lindsay Whitten

Operations Manager

Lindsay has been Operations Manager at Bridge of Hope for over 5 and a half years. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day delivery of all Bridge of Hope services. She has extensive experience of working within the voluntary sector.

Mary Stanton

Mary Stanton

Training Coordinator

Mary has been based at Bridge of Hope for the last 14 years. She manages the recruitment & delivery of all personal development training including accredited VTCT learning. She is a qualified life coach and therapist.

Kathleen O'Neill

Kathleen O'Neill

Administration Co-ordinator

Kathleen has been based at Bridge of Hope for the last 10 years and co-ordinates the administrative team. She is responsible for the financial management of service delivery.

Áine Magee

Áine Magee

Development Worker

Áine’s work focuses on developing Bridge of Hope’s conflict and legacy programmes especially the Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit partnership work with UU. Her role also involves communications and research development.

Jean Fox

Jean Fox

Family support Link Worker

Jean is a BACP accredited counsellor and works to assist and support victims and survivors of the conflict. She has over 15 years of experience working as a counsellor in Belfast and is highly experienced in the field of trauma counselling.

Liz White

Liz White

Administrator

Liz has been with Bridge of Hope for over a year and is based at the Ashton Clinic. She oversees daily activities at this clinic.

Ellen Harmon

Ellen Harmon

Administrator

Ellen has worked at Bridge of Hope for the last 5 years. She is based at Alliance Avenue and oversees the clinic’s daily activities.

CLIENT FEEDBACK

The venue and life coaching were both outstanding, very much worth my time and I feel I am becoming a more positive person.

I’m beginning to release old patterns of negativity.

I’ve learned so much about myself.

Life Coaching Clients

Stress levels reduced, aches and pains reduced, feeling more relaxed.

Helped me through a hard time in my life.

Less stress, taught me coping mechanisms and improved health.

Therapy Clients

I feel they just gave me a new lease of life.

Realising the connections between your thoughts and your emotions, how your thoughts and feelings are connected.

I found it very inspirational.

Training Programme Clients

OUR FUNDERS