Ellie Hobson (Dip)Integrative Counselling (MBACP)

Ellie Hobson (Dip)Integrative Counselling (MBACP)

Village Church Belfast
25 Upper Newtownards Road


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About me

I am an Integrative therapist which means I work with clients both in a person-centred way and also pyschodynamically. Being person-centred means sitting with a client as they process their pain. Pyschodynamic means I like to make use of the past to enable a client to move forward and to create understanding and healing. I seek to help clients to understand why they are the way they are and why they do the things they do. I believe in non-judgement, acceptance, curiosity and empathy. I love to provide insight into clients lives which I believe will help them to move beyond their pain or current struggles. I enjoy looking at patterns which are leading to unhealthy lifestyles and to encourage clients to become their best selves.

The best part of this job is to see clients flourish! I have experience working with adults, children and families. I like to incorporate the outdoors into my counselling. This at the moment can be in the form of a walk in the woods if clients prefer walking and talking to sitting in a chair. Either option is available. I tend to encourage clients to get outside - whether that is in our sessions or just in their everday lives because I believe in the power of the outdoors and moving to revive and restore us. I work in a trauma informed way and enjoy exploring attachment.

I believe that movement can help us to take another step towards healing and I enjoy working with the body and using interventions such as walking, running, yoga or simply breathing exercises. I also believe in spirituality and faith and I'm open to exploring these things in client work if interested.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Pyschodynamic). I am a young counsellor, 38 years of age and I believe this is what I was made to do. I love this work and more than that I love seeing the results and change that people often experience. I believe in equality and quite often I have found that I have learned as much from my client as they have from me. Like anything I believe it is how much the client wants to change that will determine the outcome of our work together. I have previous experience of working in a residential setting with children who have been in care. In this setting I trained in attachment and trauma. I have 3 years experience and currently work with an organisation called ImagineIf in Newtownards as well as running my own private practice. I love what I do and I hope to be part of your journey to emotional and physical well being. At times and if I feel it will be helpful, I use a directive approach which often produces quite powerful results, so I believe in the power of a gentle challenge.

Member organisations



I ask for £40 per session, however I never want a client not to be able to come so if this is not affordable, I ask for whatever they can afford. I believe that the amount paid reflects how much the client values both themselves and the work they are embarking on.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT4 3HT

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Friday mornings | Saturdays | Tuesday evenings

Types of client

Young people