MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Our team at The Flawed Journey includes both Counsellors & Psychotherapists, trained in different therapy modalities with a minimum of 2 years experience. Our therapists work in their own unique way and tailor their approach around what works best for you and aim to deliver only the most professional quality of services. We have a modern non- clinical approach and believe in reducing stigma around mental health by normalising common issues. Our team stay updated with weekly meetings, external supervision and seek their own therapy when required to continue helping individuals who seek our services.

EMMA CRAIG

Founder, Director & Head Counsellor

Emma fully qualified within Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling back in 2019 after studying at an advanced diploma level with Belfast Met College & CTAA and then soon after launched her thriving private practice "The Flawed Journey."

Emma is from Northern Ireland and went down the path of starting her career as a Mental Health Counsellor at a time when she was also battling with her own mental health but found it difficult to locate young therapists with services that included no waiting time and avoids charging large fees.

Emma seen a lack of resources and support for young people especially those in their late teens & twentys and though her own mental health struggles and professional experience found that she could provide a service that is accessible and affordable for all. Emma believes in providing a unique service that will "normalise" talk therapy and shift the stigma around individuals seeking help.

 

Emma has been helping a variety of different clients located in Australia, UK, Ireland and many other parts of the world since late 2019 and has extensive experience working with many common issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, childhood trauma, expatriate / relocation issues, relationship break ups, self - esteem issues, and most recently the C-19 response.

Emma has an integrative approach and uses a Psychodyanmic approach that focuses on analysing past relationships and, in particular, traumatic childhood experiences in relation to an individual’s current life. Emma believes that by revealing and bringing these issues to the surface, treatment and healing can occur. 

 

Cognitive-Behavioural approach to raise awareness around, how our thoughts and emotions are directly linked to our behaviours and feelings and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which encourages individuals to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.

Emma's therapeutic style is a Humanistic / Person-Centred therapy approach focusing on the importance of a non-judgemental, empathic and congruent relationship to increase a person's feelings of self-worth and to reduce the level of in-congruence between the ideal and actual self. Emma believes in creating a safe space that is relaxed and non-clinical will quickly build a strong client-therapist relationship.

Emma loves being able to work with a broad range of issues but feels very drawn to assisting individuals with trauma, self-love and childhood abuse.

 

Emma is continuously learning and expanding her knowledge within theories and new therapy styles as she believes this is what enables a Therapist to be modern and up-to-date. Emma is also commencing study in Clinical Psychology in Oct 2021 and is excited to expand her knowledge beyond Counselling and to dive more in depth into human behaviour, diagnosis and open up further future career opportunities within trauma research.

Emma has internationally recognised memberships with the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA), International Therapist Directory and a current student membership with BPS (The British Psychological Society).

Emma is currently working online by providing her services remotely with both adults & adolescents via phone call and zoom video call sessions.

Next available appointment for new clients: Currently Available - Monday - Friday (Online)

ALYSHA DOHERTY

Counsellor & CBT Therapist

Alysha graduated from University of Ulster in 2014 after studying Social Psychology and completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2016.

Alysha had prior experience of working as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has gained exceptional experience of delivering one to one client sessions with a broad range of individuals, who have a variety of different needs and mental health issues.

Alysha has been working under The Flawed Journey since February 2021 as a Counsellor & CBT Therapist. Alysha has had an interest in Psychology and Counselling from a young age, she has always aspired to having a person-focused career and one in which she feels like she can make a difference (however small that may be) to someone’s daily life.

After having her own experience of counselling when Alysha was younger she knew counselling was something she wanted to do as a career. Alysha is extremely passionate about mental health and believes mental health services should be accessible and affordable with realistic waiting times. Being able to be in a professional role where she can help make that a reality is incredibly important to her.

 

Alysha uses a Cognitive-Behavioural approach in sessions to explore client's thoughts, feelings, behaviours and find tools to help you feel more positive. The CBT approach is goal-oriented and aims to provide you with tools to apply to daily life long after therapy has finished.

Alysha believes CBT or ‘talking therapies’ can be hugely beneficial to help improve any individual’s mental well-being.

 

Alysha's therapeutic style is relaxed and informal with a focus on the ‘now’ and how we together can help you move forward more positively. She believes building a strong rapport with clients is key to effective counselling.

 

Alysha sees CBT is best when it is client-led and she always tailors session plans to suit the individual’s needs and pace. Alysha is always updating her theory and knowledge surrounding CBT and how to effectively deliver CBT in sessions.

Alysha loves being able to work with a broad range of clients with a variety of mental health issues, however, having experienced social anxiety and panic feels very equipped and drawn to help clients deal with these issues.

Alysha has a current membership with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland and is currently working towards also obtaining accreditation with BABCP.

Alysha is based in Northern Ireland and is working with individuals across the globe by providing online sessions via both phone call and zoom video. Check out further details about Alysha here.

Next available appointment for new clients: Currently Available - Monday - Sunday (Online)

CLAIRE BOOTES-QUIGLEY

Claire is currently our content creator and has worked in consultative sales for 8 years. Claire is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Counselling with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

 

Claire has seen first hand the huge benefits of talk therapy Claire developed her passion for mental health issues and decided to pursue it as a career. 

 

One of Claire's biggest passions is accessibility and de-stigmatisation of mental health services. Claire believes the barriers to entry for therapy are too high, and in many cultures there is still a stigma associated with therapy. Her goal is to write informative and well researched articles that provide resources for those who are struggling but cannot access therapy directly. 

 

Claire is an expat originally from Ireland, has previously lived in New Zealand and has spent the past 5 years in Sydney, Australia. Claire has also run a travel and lifestyle blog "Quigley's Life" for the past 4 years to help people escape the ordinary. 

Claire's bubbly attitude to life, knowledge of mental health and experience of life abroad as an expat will assist individuals with mental health resources.

Check out our Blog to read Claire's great content, if you have any requests or suggestions for blog content, you can get in touch with her below.

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