Psychological & Counselling

Service Overview

The Ely Centre provide Talking therapies to clients from across Northern Ireland through our Clinical Team and our Sessional Talking Therapists.

If you are in distress and need to speak to someone urgently, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 or Samaritans on 028 90664422. You can reach the Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414

Our aim is the delivery of quality talking therapy care incorporating internationally validated appropriate psychometrics, at risk protocols and clinical procedures.

The goal of the Clinical Service is to Implement a Victim informed, Victim centred , systemic approach by considering each person’s needs, experiences and goals in a holistic manner utilising highly qualified and experienced Clinical staff , Sessional Talking Therapists and Health and Well Being programmes

The Ely Centre Head of Clinical Services is Dr Arthur O'Malley

Dr O’Malley, is a well published Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and EMDR Consultant who has worked in a variety of clinical settings from Hospitals to outpatient settings across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. With over 30 years of experience in clinical assessment in all age groups and in a variety of clinical settings including Accident and Emergency, large General Hospitals , Paediatric wards, Adult and child and adolescent mental health services.

Since returning home he has been providing therapeutic support to victims and survivors of the troubles and veterans of the HM Forces. With over 12 years’ experience of practicing EMDR supervision Dr O’ Malley has been supervising a wide range of health professionals who were seeking supervision for their clinical practice. Over the last few years Dr O’Malley has been employed by a range of mental health Trusts in the NHS to provide clinical supervision for their clinical employees.


Clinical Team staff

Mrs Anne Moore: Ely Centre Clinical Co-ordinator.

Mrs Moore assists Dr OMalley in the operational delivery of the Clinical Service and co-ordinates the delivery of the talking therapy and complementary therapy programme.

To contact Anne, please email

Mrs Gladys O’Callaghan: Ely Centre Clinical Adminstrator

Mrs O’Callaghan provides administrative support to both Dr O’Malley,Mrs Moore and the sessional therapy team to ensure the effective delivery of the clinical service

To contact Gladys, please email

At The Ely Centre , all counselling is free of charge and in accordance with ethical standards (eg. BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy).

The BACP ethical standards can be viewed by downloading the following link BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions


Upcoming Training Events 

Sensorimotor Focused EMDR Workshop 

The Ely Centre are inviting delegates to attend our 2 day workshop on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April 2022 at Sintons on The Bridge Scarva. Sintons at the Bridge

This workshop will explore the latest advances in Trauma Focused Psychotherapy for Victims and Survivors of The Troubles including Veterans and Security Force Personnel. 

12 CPD Have been awarded by the EMDR UK Association and a certificate will be distributed following the completion of a course evaluation form. 

Please click on the course materials below to learn more

Sensorimotor EMDR Course Outline


Please find link attached to Eventbrite ticket booking system

Client Information Sheets 

If you are considering seeking Therapy but are unsure what to expect we have developed some information sheets to answers some of most frequently asked questions clients ask us. We would encourage you to read these information sheets before referring. If you have further questions then please do get in contact with a member of the clinical team.

We hope that you will find these information sheets helpful.

In Brief, our service is about enabling you to explore your feelings and relationships more effectively in a confidential, respectful and trusted environment. It gives you a chance to really look at issues in some depth, and gain a more confident perspective.

Client Information Sheet  Mental Health and The Troubles

Client Information Sheet  Therapy ! Is it for Me ?              

Client Information Sheet  When to Seek Help

Talking Therapies Provided

The Ely Centre provide a variety of evidence based psychological treatments often the therapist will integrate various treatments to meet your individual/ family needs. There are many ways of working or 'modalities' in counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists may be trained in one approach or use techniques from different methods if they think these would help a client.

Behavioural therapy

Behavioural therapies are based on the belief that your unwanted or unhealthy behaviours are a learned response to your past experiences. They focus on current problems and aim to help you learn new, more positive behaviours without having to analyse the past.

Behavioural therapy often works well for compulsive and obsessive behaviours, fears, phobias and addictions.

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)

CAT looks at your past experiences and relationships to understand why you think, feel and act as you do. It relies on forming a trusting relationship with your therapist, who will help you make sense of your situation and find new, healthier ways to cope with your problems. CAT is a time-limited therapy, typically lasting around 16 weeks.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' refers to a range of psychotherapeutic techniques (talking therapies) designed to help people change how they think (cognitive), and how they act (behaviour), and to help them make sense of problems by systematically breaking them down into a more manageable form.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the treatment of choice for a number of mental health difficulties, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, and clinical depression, and for the neurological myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or chronic fatigue syndrome).

The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way. Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy is based on the theory that your previous experiences can damage your perception of yourself, which can affect your attitudes, emotions and your ability to deal with certain situations. It can help you to identify, question and change poor mental images of yourself, so guiding you away from negative responses and behaviour. It can help pessimistic or depressed people to view things from a more optimistic perspective.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and traumatic life experiences. It is particularly used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly. EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, helping the brain to process the unresolved memories and make them less distressing.

(EMDR) Therapy is A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (Shapiro, 2001) was initially developed in 1987 for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model (Shapiro 2007). EMDR is an individual therapy typically delivered one to two times per week for a total of 6-12 sessions, although some people benefit from fewer sessions. Sessions can be conducted on consecutive days.

Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.

During EMDR therapy, clinical observations suggest that an accelerated learning process is stimulated by EMDR’s standardized procedures, which incorporate the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation (e.g., tones or taps). While clients briefly focus on the trauma memory and simultaneously experience bilateral stimulation (BLS), the vividness and emotion of the memory are reduced.

The treatment is conditionally recommended for the treatment of PTSD.

Humanistic therapy

This approach focuses on the individual as a whole. It encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving your highest potential rather than on problematic behaviour. Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches.

Person-centred therapy

Person or client-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you come to terms with any negative feelings and to change and develop in your own way.


Psychological trauma is something which can occur when an individual undergoes some sort of severely distressing or disturbing experience (whether it is an accident, the sudden loss of a loved one, physical or emotional abuse, etc) that they are unable to process in a healthy manner.

Reactions to psychological trauma can vary and may include (but are not limited to): unpredictable emotions and/or mood swings, lack of affect, flashbacks, headaches, nausea, etc

If not treated or addressed, psychological trauma of this kind can lead to a variety of further complications, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and self-harm.

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Service Information


Sessions last for up to 60 minutes. Your Therapists  will discuss with you how often and when you will meet depending on the problem you are encountering. It is important to arrive on time as your counsellor will be working to an appointment system, sessions that start late will still need to finish on time.

Counselling is limited to a maximum of 8 sessions per year however there are exceptional circumstances.

The Process

Your first meeting is called a Clinical Assessment. This will be conducted by either Dr OMalley of Mrs Moore . The Clinical Assessment is used to establish.

At this stage all clients will be required to sign the counselling consent and confidentiality form.  Client Consent and Confidentiality Form

What your concerns are, if therapy is able to help or is right for you at this time, if you would be better supported by another service; if you are able to commit to service.

If at the end of this meeting you and the Assessoe will agree that this is the best form of support for you, and you are able to commit to counselling, you will be allocated a practitioner to commence working with.

Occasionally due to service demand there can be a delay between your initial assessment meeting and your first talking therapy session, however this will always be kept to a minimum.

Your therapist will listen carefully to the difficulties you are experiencing. Your counsellor is a professional qualified and experienced practitioner, and the work you do together will be about helping you to find the right solutions for you, rather than telling you what to do.

Holistic Approach

Counselling  services link effectively with additional wellness services to allow people the benefit of dual participation, whilst facilitating relief from distress and recovery.

Our holistic approach also allows you to benefit from other Ely Centre services including Welfare and Benefits Advice, Befriending Outreach, Carers Support, Peer Group Support, Personal Development Courses, Respite Opportunities and Legacy Programmes.


Strict confidentiality is always maintained. No personal information either verbal or written will be disclosed to anyone without your consent, unless you or someone else is in danger. Some non-personal information will be shared within the centre for administration purposes.

Therapists are required to have a supervisor who monitors the quality of their work. The process of supervision is conducted in a way that ensures your confidentiality.

Refer To Our Service

If you would like to refer to this service please drop into the centre, give us a call, or fill in the service referral form which should only take a few minutes.

Ely Centre Counselling and Assessment Rooms.