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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.

 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.

EMILY PENTLAND

FASHION & TEXTILES

Emily has a City & Guilds 1 & 2 qualification and a Diploma in Soft Furnishings.  She has been sewing for 25 years.  Initially this was a hobby, but then Emily took a leap of faith and launched her business "Curtains By Emily".

Emily is delighted to have the opportunity to pass on her skills and experience in her classes at 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

CIARA CAMPBELL
POTTERY & CERAMICS

Ciara has been a ceramic artist for almost 20 years. She works from a small studio near Banbridge creating one off pieces in clay, small batches of functional stoneware pottery and large scale ceramic murals.
She has a passion for sharing her craft through community arts and currently has 12 years experience in this field. Ciara’s workshops promote creativity to people of all skill levels and experience.

DEREK BLACK
WOODCARVING

ALAN ANDERSON 
WOODCARVING

ALAN MCDOWELL 
GARDENING & HORTICULTURE

"I decided to establish Portadown Wellness Centre in 2019 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

MANAGEMENT TEAM

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 of over 40 years experience in the agricultural and horticulture sector.

Alan founded the Centre following his own personal experience of mental illness and the recovery process.  His experiences will help ensure that the Centre focuses on care, compassion, empowerment and quality.

Alan's passion is to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill health in Northern Ireland.  It is his belief that everybody experiencing emotional issues can make a positive and effective recovery with the right help and support.

Alan is a Manchester City supporter and also a life member of hi local rugby club.  

CHAIRMAN - GARY MCDONALD

Chairman of the Management Team at Portadown Wellness Centre is Gary McDonald.  Gary has had a career spanning more than 40 years in journalism across Northern Ireland.  He has been Business Editor of the Irish News since February 2000.

As for hobbies, he has played the bagpipes competitively since the age of 14.  The highlight of his musical career was performing at the Opening Ceremony of the World Special Olympics in Dublin in June 2003

TREASURER - ALA AL-JANABI

Ala was born in Baghdad Iraq,  He came to the UK 1976 to study.  With an MBA in business administration, he has managed a range of companies.

Now retired, Ala loves to help others and enjoys volunteering in the community.

LAUREN ARLOW

Lauren is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs our Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Clinic.  She trained with the Clifton Institute in Belfast, a recognised Centre of Excellence.

Lauren feels privileged to become a part of the Portadown Wellness Centre Team and to have the opportunity to support and provide others with the tools to take their power back and live a happier and more fulfilling life.

In her free time Lauren is interested in wellness and also enjoys travelling and meeting new people.

JIM CRUMMIE

Jim is very pleased to bring his experience  as a Director at board level in the public and private sector to  support the management of Portadown Wellness Centre.   With a particular focus on governance, audit  and accountability.  Jim sees a key part of his contribution is  to ensure that the important work undertaken by PWC is supported  by an engaged  management board.

Originally from Rathfriland Co Down, Jim is a strong supporter of volunteering in the community.  He is  currently involved as  Youth Convenor at City of Armagh Rugby Club.

NOEL MCQUAID

Noel is a marrried father of three and grandfather of two.

His varied career has included agriculture, horticulture, dairy, transport and he is currently employed in the distribution department of Almac.

Noel is passionate about sport played football for many years  for Rathfriland FC and Banbridge Town FC.  He is still involved in the local game helping out with coaching and also at committee level with Banbridge Town Juniors FC.

DWAIN TOLAND

Dwain has lived in the Craigavon Borough all his life. He is a father of four and a Manager in Sainsburys.

Dwain is passionate about sport and is an avid Liverpool supporter.  Since moving to Craigavon, he has taken up a leading role in the community and has supported many projects and local school events.