BSc Psych (Hons), PgDip CBT, Accred BACP/BABCP
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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 over 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) and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Training, qualifications & experience
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.
- 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)
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Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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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
- Bereavement Issues
- Excessive Worry/Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Health Anxiety
- Intolerance to Uncertainty
- Low Mood
- Low Self Esteem
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Relationship Difficulties
- Relaxation Techniques
- Self Confidence
- Social Anxiety
- Sleeping Problems
- Work Related Stress
Initial Assessment Session (60 mins) – £60
Individual therapy sessions (50 mins) – £60
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)
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
When I work
*All sessions are currently delivered remotely
"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."