Kiverco invest 5k in Mid Ulster Mental Health Services


Mid Ulster Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is relocating to a brand-new state-of-the-art building located in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. The centre due to open at its new location in August offers free counselling services to anyone who resides or works within the Mid Ulster area. The MACP charity offers guidance on a number of issues that can affect mental health including stress, bereavement, suicide, abuse, redundancy, and work pressures.  The charity also works closely with youth groups and schools to highlight issues such as online bullying, substance abuse, and self-image/eating disorders. To assist with furnishing and resourcing the facilities with the equipment needed to support clients, the charity commenced a large fundraising effort with a target of £15k. Anne McKiver, owner of Kiverco explained why she decided to support MACP. “This is an extraordinary charity that offers free support to anyone struggling with mental health in our community. As part of our health and wellbeing programme within Kiverco, we have partnered with MACP to offer mental health support to our employees and their families. The charity has already saved the lives of many people in our community and Kiverco were delighted to lend a hand with financial support to ensure that they can continue to support many more families in the future. 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on so many families in Northern Ireland and mental health support is more important than ever. Kiverco’s donation is only one of many within the local area, but we are delighted to play our part in this community initiative.”The new mental health hub will house a new office, disability toilets, a staff kitchen, one large training room, 2 waiting areas, 3 counselling rooms, and full disabled access with a lift, to ensure facilities are accessible to all within the community. According to the Northern Ireland Youth Wellbeing Survey, 12.6% of children and young people in Northern Ireland suffer from their mental health, which is 25% higher than the rest of the UK.  The report also highlighted that 1 in 10 youths between the age of 11 -19 had engaged in self-harm and 1 in 8 had thought or attempted suicide. As a result of the dire state of mental health within Northern Ireland, facilities such as MACP are essential to healing poor mental health within society.



Niamh-Anne McNally                     

Further information on the Youth Wellbeing Prevalence Survey 2020 - HSCB (



MACP Public Consultation Thursday, August 22nd 2019 St Joseph’s College Coalisland

On Thursday, August the 22nd, the Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MACP), held a public consultation and workshop in St Joseph's College Coalisland. It was encouraging to have so many individuals, community groups, councillors and organisations from the Mid-Ulster area represented.  Organisations in attendance were: Fostering Network, PCI College, Coalisland Fianna GAA club, Woman's Aid, St Joseph's College Coalisland, Friends 2 talk, Mid-Ulster Council and Church of Ireland Coalisland.

Councillors who attended from the Mid-Ulster District Council were: Francie Molloy MP for Mid-Ulster, Councillor Dan Kerr Independent Republican, Councillor Niamh Doris Sinn Fein, Councillor Robert Colvin UUP, and Councillor Linda Dillon Sinn Fein. Also, in attendance was Mr Phillip Clarke Mid-Ulster District Council. The event was compered by Miss Amanda Canavan, who then introduced and explained a little about our guests and speakers throughout the evening. Amanda is a counsellor and committee member for MACP. First up to speak, was the Reverend Andrew Rawding from the Church of Ireland Coalisland.  Andrew spoke passionately around many mental health-related issues, but specifically in relation to those excluded mainly from society who are experiencing many mental health issues. A very strong advocate of MACP for a long time, Andrew also trains MACP counsellors around suicidal ideation. 

Amanda then introduced the chair of MACP Mr Joseph Coney, who educated the attendees on the organisation itself. Joe set out the vision for MACP in the months and years to come, and what that would mean for those suffering from mental health difficulties and the community in Coalisland and Mid-Ulster as a whole. What was abundantly clear from the talk, was the importance of counsellor and client safety, and the structure and support that needs to be in place to empower those who access the counselling service. Another interesting development explained by Joe was how MACP has set up a newly formed focus group, with the intention of former MACP clients assisting the project on what’s needed and what may be helpful.

After two years of preparation, MACP has also launched a children & young people’s counselling services aimed at 11-18-year olds. This part of the evening's events was explained by Mr Shane Morrow, a psychotherapist and clinical counselling supervisor who has worked with children & young people for over 15 years. Shane also holds the position of clinical lead for the children's and young people’s service within MACP. 

After a well-earned break, Amanda invited the participants to break into smaller groups. Each group had a facilitator who also was qualified therapists and committee members, Mrs Hilary Phillips, Miss Colleen Skeffington, Miss Sarah Connor and Mr Seán Mac Giolla Fhiondáin. Their job was to ask two straightforward questions to encourage participant input and ideas to assist MACP on the way forward, and how MACP can work in partnership with existing organisations who reside in the Mid-Ulster area. Amanda’s final task of the night was to bring everyone together again where each facilitator would give feedback on the task at hand. Ideas and comments were absolutely vital and extremely important with regards to the work MACP will work towards, in the coming months and years ahead. 

So, all and all, the evening was a huge success, with many new partnerships formed as organisational input is vital. This will assist MACP to work with clients accessing the service, as we move forward together. A very special thanks to the principal of St Joseph's College, Mr Dessie Mc Neill for allowing MACP to use the premises. To everyone who attended, made contributions, and supported the work that MACP are engaged in. The volunteer counsellors, trainees and are qualified, for their amazing contributions and hard work. Linda Skeffington from Linda’s Larder, who took care of our hospitality needs, Dan and Chris for their administrative contributions; and to the committee of MACP. 

If you or any of your family, friends or colleagues are in need of support, please contact MACP to make an appointment. Our service is free of charge and confidential. You can attend for just a few sessions, or for as long as you need the help, it’s up to you! 


Walking through the minefield that is Trauma, Workshop by Mr Davy Hutton


The Counsellors of the Mid Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MACP) Coalisland welcomed Mr Davy Hutton, renowned Trauma and EMDR Specialist to the Cornmill Heritage Centre Coalisland, to talk about Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The event was well attended and a huge success.

MACP are providing counselling to anyone with any problem within this area, for suicide ideation, anyone that has lost a family member or friend to suicide, or anyone living with someone who is suicidal. In addition, we also work with Trauma and addiction. We will of course work with any issue a client may bring to counselling. Should you wish to make an appointment, please call, in confidence, 028 8774 6375, or 07840 854836.

As the project grows from strength to strength, unfortunately so do our costs. So, anyone who is in a position to make a financial donation to our work no matter how small, you can do so on our website at and ensure you reference your donation with your name.

Thank you all so much for the local support, without such support the project simply could not exist.


       Grand Opening of our new premises in Coalisland



Mental Health Seminar with GAA Stars Oct 2018

Seminar took place at St Joseph's High School Coalisland.

                  2017 Karl Gregory 2 Day Workshop 2017

On Friday, September the 29th, and Saturday, September the 30th, the MId-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Coalisland, welcomed Mr Karl Gregory to Coalisland and Letterkenny respectively. Karl, from Bristol, a writer, researcher, clinical counselling supervisor, and therapist, facilitated the counsellors of MACP with a 2-day workshop on: 'Working relationally using existential Concepts.' The workshop was a wonderful success, and no doubt, Karl will be returning again in the future. Thank you all involved, and all of you who helped organise this event, especially those of you who attended. No doubt we have all learned a great deal, which will most certainly help when we are working with clients. And finally, thank you to Karl Gregory. A fantastic guy, with amazing skills, who assisted and enhanced one and all in a truly remarkable manner! Thank you, Karl!




Mount Errigal Sponsored Climb


As you may also be aware, following the fantastic success of the previous climb to the top of Slieve League, we have been approached by several people wishing to raise funds on behalf of MACP. Therefore, we have decided to organise a second climb, this time to the top of:

Mount Errigal close to Letterkenny on
Sunday, October the 1st 2017






Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 10 am-1 pm



Invitation to local Community Groups,

Businesses, Social Workers, Teachers and Individuals


This information morning will explain how counselling can help those who suffer from mental health problems including suicide, trauma, addiction, depression, domestic violence etc. In addition, the MACP are committed to adding to our current partner organisations in Coalisland, Cookstown, Dungannon and Lough Shore areas, or anywhere which falls into the Mid-Ulster Council area.


Organisations or individuals who wish to attend this information morning will need to register. Organisations can only register two representatives as we believe this event will be heavily attended. 

Upcoming Raffle Prizes/Sponsored Walk

The Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.


MACP are registered with the Charity Commission NI, and with the Inland Revenue for tax purposes. Every penny raised, goes directly towards the project, helping each and every person who uses the charity, addressing many issues including suicidal thoughts, families bereaved by suicide, addiction, trauma, domestic violence, anxiety and depression. There are many more issues those who use our charity present with. MACP work with anyone who lives in the Mid-Ulster council area, including Cookstown, Dungannon, the Lough Shore areas and Magherafelt. We will of course work with anyone who comes from further afield.


                             2016 Dr Raman Kapur


Date: Thursday 24th November 2016

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm approx.


                Light lunch refreshments will be provided after this event


We are delighted to announce that Dr Raman Kapur, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of the Threshold programme Belfast has agreed to deliver a 3-hour seminar to all JMC/MACP Students and Professional Counsellors on Thursday, October the 24th 2016 from 10 am-1 pm, in the Training Unit.


This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a little about how to integrate psychoanalytical concepts, particularly Object Relations Theory (ORT) into your counselling practice.


Dr Raman Kapur is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in psychotherapy and is also the Chief Executive Officer of the mental health charity Threshold, based in Belfast. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and also holds an Honorary Senior Lectureship with the School of Psychology, the Queen's University of Belfast, where he was formerly course Director of the MSc in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his work in providing services to people with mental illness in Northern Ireland.



                                            Barbara Mitchels Workshop


Date: Saturday 10th December 2016

Time: 9.30 - 4:30pm

Venue: Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown


The MACP committee are delighted to inform all of our JMC Counselling & Training students and all of our MACP Counsellors and students, that we have arranged for Barbara Mitchels PhD, FBACP (Snr Accred), BACP Registered, will be coming to the Glenavon House Hotel on Saturday 10th December 2016. Barbara has written many books on confidentiality and the law, children and trauma, as well as being heavily involved in the new BACP Ethical Framework. Barbara will facilitate a workshop on  neuroscience of trauma, as well as working with vulnerable clients/children and the law. The third topic Barbara will talk about, is the changes made to the new BACP Ethical Framework and its impact. 


We have decided to combine the JMC and the MACP Christmas dinner that day around 1 pm. This will be a three-course meal. There will also be tea/coffee and scones mid-morning and in the afternoon. 


May 2016


MACP are delighted and excited to inform everyone that the

renowned Coach, Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer & Consultant


Mr Steve Page


 Will deliver a workshop on:

  Relationship, Shadow and Supervision

This workshop will be held in the very tranquil and beautiful setting of rural Donegal at:


 The Glenveigh Room, Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy Co. Donegal on:

Saturday, May the 21st 2016 from 9:30 am-4:30 pm




Steve Page M. Ed., Dip. H.P., Reg MBACP (accred.) – has over 25 years experience as a therapist, supervisor and trainer and currently works in independent practice in North Yorkshire. He is co-author (with Val Wosket) of Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist (3rd Ed. 2014) and author of The Shadow and the Counsellor (1999). There is considerable research evidence that the counsellor-client relationship is key to therapeutic impact and success. In this experiential workshop participants will be invited to consider and explore the personal characteristics and qualities we seek to express in our therapeutic work with clients. We will go on to explore the Jungian concept of ‘shadow’ and consider how it can assist in our understanding of what it means to be ourselves with clients.  The third part of the workshop will be to examine how we make the best use of our supervision to safeguard our clients and be a catalyst for our development as practitioners. 

2014 -2015

Tim Bond B.A., CQSW., Cert Ed, PhD., Fellow BACP
Tim is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Adjunct* Professor to the University of Malta. His extensive research and publications about professional ethics include Standards and Ethics for Counsellors in Action (Sage Publications). He is currently a consultant on professional ethics and standards to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the Ethics Committee for the British Psychological Society.

Barbara Mitchels PhD, LL.B, Dip Couns, Fellow BACP, Solicitor.
 Barbara holds dual qualifications in law and in psychotherapy. She has over twenty years’ experience in counselling, and has other post qualification training and experience in specific modalities and in the treatment of psychological trauma and holds an Advanced Certificate in Counselling Supervision. Dr Mitchels is also a solicitor, now retired from practice, with experience in criminal and family law, human rights and child protection work.

   MACP Counsellors' who successfully completed their Child    Protection and Vulnerable Adult training with Volunteer Now.


Our volunteers at Child protection and Vulnerable adult training days received certificates for completing the training. From top left to right:


Roisin Timlin (Course trainer from volunteer now), Claire Donnelly, Vicki Beatty,

Andrea o Hagan, Deanna Little, Patrica Donnelly


From bottom left to right Sarah mc Aleer, Sarah Connor, Meabh Brown, Grace Gardiner and Caroline Keatley

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