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Alison Rankin BSc Psych (Hons), PgDip CBT, Accred BACP

Belfast, BT5 5DY
07389 728559 07389 728559 Registered / Accredited

About me

Blue Sky CBT is a Psychological Therapy Service based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Face to face therapy sessions take place in East Belfast, whilst remote sessions are available to clients based anywhere in the UK and Ireland via Skype and Zoom.

Blue Sky CBT was founded by Alison Rankin who has 10 years experience in the counselling and psychological therapies profession and is passionate about supporting clients to enable then to overcome mental health problems and facilitate emotional wellbeing. Alison is an accredited CBT counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Training, qualifications & experience

Therapeutic Approach

I adopt a holistic and person centred approach to psychological health and emotional wellbeing. I have always been curious about the importance of the mind-body connection in mental health and wellbeing and supporting a healthy connection and alliance between mind and body is an integral part of how I work therapeutically. My core modality is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also integrate a number of third wave evidence based cognitive behavioural therapies and specialist psychological therapies including compassion focused therapy, mindfulness and meditation practices and yoga-enhanced CBT.

I work collaboratively with clients to enable them to break the vicious cycle of negative thinking, feeling and behaving through Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy. I have completed training in the UK, Ireland and America and I continue to train and upskill myself in evidence based psychotherapies to offer my clients the psychological support they need to feel better and effectively address the problems they are experiencing in their lives. My work is supported with regular clinical supervision.

Qualifications

  • Psychology Bsc (Hons)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Post-graduate Diploma
  • Food and Mood in a Therapeutic Setting; National Counselling Society accredited course
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training; Yoga Alliance Accredited
  • Yoga Teacher Training; 200 hours, Yoga Alliance Accredited (currently completing -2020)
  • Yoga Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Y-CBT); Massachusetts, America
  • Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Change the way you think and feel with CBT

It’s so easy to keep struggling while hoping that things will get better. But why wait to start improving how you feel about life?

If you are ready to take that step to make change happen, I’m here to help.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Blue Sky CBT is a psychological wellbeing service based in Belfast, Northern Ireland offering a range of services including individual cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, CBT based group therapy, workshops, corporate wellness packages and an innovative new psychological approach combining yoga and CBT known as Y-CBT.

Blue Sky CBT can help with a wide range of difficulties. Including;

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Assertion Skills training
  • Avoidance
  • Bereavement Issues
  • Depression
  • Excessive Worry/Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Health Anxiety
  • Intolerance to Uncertainty
  • Low Mood
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Rumination
  • Self Confidence
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Anxiety
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Work Related Stress

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

Fees

Initial Assessment Session (60 mins) – £50

Individual therapy sessions (50 mins) – £50

Our flexible and tailored approach is designed to ensure that you receive the very best Cognitive Behavioural Therapy service most suited to your individual needs. Your comfort and convenience is also essential, so we can offer cognitive behavioural therapy via:

Our Belfast location (face to face)
Skype
Zoom
Facetime
Telephone Conferencing

During your assessment session, you will be provided with a confidential and caring space where you can discuss the challenges you’re facing, and receive an assessment of the problem.

From this, a bespoke CBT treatment plan will be created, which will usually consist of between 6 and 20 sessions, depending on your goals, of 50 minutes each.

During your CBT therapy sessions, you and your therapist will:

  • Identify thought processes and behaviours that contribute to and exacerbate your issues
  • Work together to understand the problems you’re facing
  • Explore tools of recovery and treatment for you to use in everyday life
  • Implement the skills you need to challenge unhelpful patterns in both thoughts and actions
  • Undergo experiments to test negative and damaging beliefs and behaviours
  • Help you to understand and manage difficult emotions
  • Work together to ensure you’re equipped with the tools you need to manage relapse

Further information

"I'm committed to helping people overcome anxiety, depression and stress, whilst also boosting self-belief and self-confidence.

I believe that with the right support and tools, everyone can change the negative beliefs and thinking patterns that disrupt their wellbeing and hold them back in life."

Source Wellbeing Centre
330 Beersbridge Road
Belfast
BT5 5DY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Weekdays

Evenings

Saturday morning

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Alison Rankin BSc Psych (Hons), PgDip CBT, Accred BACP

Alison Rankin BSc Psych (Hons), PgDip CBT, Accred BACP