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WHO ARE PORTADOWN WELLNESS CENTRE?

WE ARE A DEDICATED TEAM.  Made up of warm and professional people, who value our community and your wellbeing. These are good people who genuinely care, with their own life experience to draw on and the skills to help you.

OUR PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS

We have a dedicated professional, therapeutic counselling team of 3 qualified therapists on site . They are experienced,
understanding, highly skilled and ready to help.

JENNY CARSON

“I have a husband, four grown up children and a degree in therapeutic counselling. As
a person-centred therapist, I give you space and a safe, confidential environment in
which to work through issues that life events have caused. Over 15 years I have helped
clients of all ages and backgrounds to work through addictions, abuse, bereavement,
PTSD, low self-esteem and more. Having come through some tough times in myself, I
understand the struggle that we all experience trying to come to terms with the things
life can throw at us. I feel honoured to be a part of this team, helping to bring those
who are hurting to a place of acceptance of themselves and help them on the road to
recovery and becoming survivors. ”

BRONACH MCGIMPSEY

“With a BSc degree in Applied Psychology, I have worked as a qualified Counsellor since
gaining my Diploma in Counselling in 2011, as well being a counselling supervisor and
college lecturer. I am an integrative counsellor, so I draw from a number of counselling
theories to tailor a best fit approach to the needs of each individual client.
As a counsellor with Nexus NI for 8 years, I gained vast experience in counselling people
impacted by childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. This field of work has given me
a passion for working in the area of trauma.
I have also specialised in the fields of suicide prevention with Lifeline, bereavement care
with Cruse, volunteered as a school counsellor and run a private practice.

Other areas of
 experience include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger, issues with
sexuality/gender and CBT to name a few. I am delighted to become a part of Portadown 
Wellness Centre. ”

CAROLINE ARMSTRONG

“I am privileged to be a part of the team at Portadown Wellness Centre. I have a heart
filled desire to help others in need and am committed to providing support and
empowerment in my role as counsellor in the Centre.”

A qualified counsellor, holding a degree in counselling as well as a BSc (Hons) degree in
 Psychology, Caroline is married with two children.

She is currently working towards a CPCAB Level 6 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and
has been employed as a volunteer counsellor within Care In Crisis, Lurgan for the last two 
years (a voluntary organisation that offers a counselling service to those in need).
She has worked with clients presenting with a wide range of issues including depression,
anxiety, social anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties, miscarriage and anger.

OUR TALENTED TUTORS

Our activity facilitators are an exceptional team, they support our participants to achieve and develop new skills with patience, compassion and encouragement..

DWYER MCKERR
ART

An artist and arts facilitator from
Lurgan, Co Armagh, Dwyer spent his
early working life drawing & sand-
etching in a stained glass studio. After
graduting with a fine & applied art
degree in 2007 he joined the North
Armagh Artists Collective and also
began to teach his first art classes.
He now teaches three regular classes
and facilitates many other projects for
community and social groups. He also
exhibits as a solo artist, with
collaborative partners and with Shore
Collective of which he is also the
current chairperson.

CHRISTINE BOYLE
FASHION & TEXTILES

Taught her to sew by her mum when
she was six, Christine later earned her
Fashion and Textile Design degree in
 1996. She has worked in the Northern 
Ireland Textile, Fashion & Costume
 Industry since, notably as Principal
 Costume maker on Game of Thrones
 (S.1-4). She teaches all levels of sewing 
through her “Colour and Cloth” brand, with over 3,000 students to date.
She loves working on Community
projects and is delighted to work in
her home town bringing Creative 
Sewing Classes to the people of
 Portadown.

JOSH LYNESS
POTTERY & CERAMICS

A potter for four and half years, Josh has a degree in Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing from Ulster University and apprenticed at Ballydougan Pottery before moving on to Loaf Pottery to provide apprenticeships in pottery for adults with autism. Josh was inspired to enter this profession by his little brother, Jonathon who has autism. In the last year Josh has started up his own pottery business Mud Ireland which is incorporated within Portadown Wellness Centre.

SAYON CHEUNG MULLIGAN
COOKERY & BAKING AND YOGA

Sayon’s passion to promote a healthy lifestyle with Yoga and cooking food from scratch started at home. Her Cookery focus is on eating simple foods and creating recipes that anyone can use. She teaches general Hatha Yoga suitable for beginners and improvers. Her classes are designed to offer traditional Yoga to Centre, Breath Work, Physical; (Asanas) and to finish in a relaxed state of mind (Shavasano)
She enjoys finding the balance between her love of cooking and yoga

DEREK BLACK
WOODCARVING

ALAN ANDERSON 
WOODCARVING

TRUDY BEATTIE 
GARDENING & HORTICULTURE

"I decided to initiate Portadown Wellness Centre following my own experience of having mental ill health.

It is my belief that most mental ill health is caused by a trauma or a stress in a persons life. So, to find lasting wellness, we must address these in a safe, confidential environment with a professional counsellor.

Through the experience many of us become isolated, losing self-confidence and self-esteem.  So, we offer practical, therapeutic activities and  classes to boost self-belief and confidence and creates an ambience to meet new, supportive caring friends."

ALAN MCDOWEL, FOUNDER

OUR BOARD

We have a dedicated professional, therapeutic counselling team of 3 qualified therapists on site. They are experienced, understanding, highly skilled and ready to help.

FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER - ALAN McDOWELL

Alan McDowell is the Centre manager and provides an operational outlook to the Centre, drawing upon his background in the agricultural and horticulture sector.

Through the senior management positions that have been held in major companies Alan will be able to effectively develop a client base while developing the strategy of the Centre. His background in sales, marketing and business development will help to ensure the development and success of Portadown Wellness Centre.

Alans own personal experience of mental illness and the recovery process will help ensure that the Centre focuses on care, compassion, empowerment and quality.

BOARD MEMBER - JENNY CARSON

Jenny is married with four grown up children. She is a qualified counsellor with a degree in therapeutic counselling. She works as a person-centered therapist, giving people the space and a safe confidential environment in which to work through the issues that life events have caused.

Over the past 15 years, since qualifying, she has helped clients work through a variety of issues and life events including addictions, abuse, bereavement, PTSD, low self-esteem. She has worked with clients of all ages, from young teenagers to elderly and from all walks of life.

Having come through some tough times in her own life, she understands the struggle that we all experience trying to come to terms with the things life often throws at us. Joining the team at Portadown Wellness Centre is a privilege and she feels honoured to be part of a team who are helping to bring those who are hurting to a place of acceptance of themselves and help them on the road to recovery and becoming survivors.

BOARD MEMBER - CHRIS KRUGER

Chris is currently a Data Sourcing & Technology Specialist for a large UK Banking Group. He is an accomplished coder and programmer. He enjoys using his skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen every day at the Banking Group and has done so for the past 20 years.

He took an entry-level position directly with the Banking Group and has worked his way up to his current position. He is obsessed with all things tech related and he spends a lot of his free time building and fixing computers for friends and family.

Even though he has spent the last 20 years sitting behind a desk staring into a computer screen his real passion has always been working with his hands and being creative.

He started tinkering at a young age and woodworking has been one of his favourite pastimes, He finds it great for relieving life’s many pressures and stresses. He did a course at SERC in Lisburn a few years back to improve his knowledge of fine woodworking techniques using hand tools. He has completed many projects including bespoke beds for his kids, picnic tables, rustic swing chairs as well as fine trinket boxes.

BOARD MEMBER - LYNSEY BANNON

Lynsey is the Fresh manager at Portadown Tesco. She has worked for the company for almost seventeen years, the last two as manager. She has a fourteen-year-old daughter who is her world.

Just like her mum, she is a keen netball player. Lynsey has played since the age of seven and currently plays for Portadown Ladies.

She is passionate about care in the community and has a tremendous gift of combining business with social care with enthusiasm and a great smile.

BOARD MEMBER - DWAIN TOLAND

Dwain has lived in the Craigavon Borough all his life. He is 35 and a father of four young children aged three, five, seven and nine who keep him very busy.

He has worked for Sainsburys for eleven years. He started as a part time colleague in the Sprucefield store and worked his way up to full time colleague then onto team leader and five years ago, he passed his managers interview. He moved to the Craigavon store and currently manages all food service departments.

Dwain is passionate about sport and is an avid Liverpool supporter. He enjoys going to watch them at any chance he gets. Since moving to Craigavon, he has taken up a leading role in the community and has supported many projects and local school events. Dwain is delighted and excited to take up his position on the board of Portadown Wellness Centre