The I Can Centre is "A Kinder Society" initiative promoting respect care & compassion
The I Can Centre™ is a psychology, counselling and kindness centre that empowers. Specifically, we help people understand and manage a range of mood states, incl:
We also empower people to develop potential towards the best and finest version of ourselves. This training includes interventions on happiness and well-being, incl optimal development or functioning. For instance, having spent almost two decades studying and researching the lives and experiences of older adults, we know there is much transferable learning to younger generations and a range of psychosocial experiences.
As highly trained psychologists and researchers (and excellent problem solvers with advanced analytical skills), we are also keen to innovate with evidence-based solutions to health, well-being and/or community challenges. So, alongside our own projects, we may be available for academic, health or gerontological research projects and/or evaluations - please talk to us in confidence.
At our Centre, we are passionate about lifelong learning, and do not believe that people should have to wait until they are in crisis before learning techniques to manage how they feel. Instead, by gaining insights and techniques early, we believe that a lot of angst and distress can be avoided, and that people can quickly regain quality to their lives and relationships. So, do talk to us about 1-1 support, or about attending any of our CBT courses - even for information and prevention if not support. Or just call us in confidence office hours to find out more about what we do (and if we happen to be in clinic or running a workshop, just leave a message/email and let us know the best time or day to call you right back).
A .pdf brochure about our Centre can be downloaded here, or at the base of this page.
We recognised that negative thoughts and thinking can often underpin the experience of a range of mood states, incl stress, anxiety, anger and low mood. We also identified “I can't …" as being one of the most limiting set of thoughts for people to hold accidentally, e.g. "I can't be happy", or “I can't stop feeling anxious / angry / down" or "I can't stop worrying / smoking / shopping" or I can't do X".
In response, we have drawn upon the best available evidence from psychology, gerontology and CBT to set up The I Can Centre™ to improve moods and empower people towards better! This process can often include teaching people how to manage and change negative thoughts, from "I can't..” into a strong "I can" - hence the name of our centre. Our interventions take place via outreach community courses (with almost no waiting times), or through more specialist 1-1 CBT sessions [click here].
We got underway as a social development centre in the summer of 2015 offering 1-1 CBT supports, plus community courses (such as "Stress Busters"). We hoped these supports would help people make progress towards improved health, well-being and development or functioning. Findings from pre- and post-intervention survey data, alongside client feedback and testimonials, indicate that we are making progress towards these goals, and towards a better and kinder society.
The person responsible for all our activities is psychologist, therapist and author Dr Ann O'Hanlon, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, Dipl Couns, PG Dipl CBT
We offer a range of psychology, counselling & CBT interventions (incl fun and informal community courses) to men, women and teens of all ages and cultures.
We provide confidential, top quality support and training for businesses and organisations. These include stress management training, coaching, and R&D.
We support a network for mental health clinicians and professionals incl CBTers, counsellors, psychologists, GPs, and others. Supervision and CPD also available.
"The I Can Centre" is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all those who enquire about, or access our services and supports. Within this context, we follow strict ethical guidelines by BPS and BABCP such that all those accessing our services will be treated with respect, dignity, courtesy and compassion -regardless of background or context incl age, gender, religion or culture.
Specifically, we value and respect all individuals, their diversity, unique identity and backgrounds. As such, our commitment to respect, equality and diversity includes (but is not exclusive to) religious belief; political opinion incl experiences / views about abortion; community background; ethnic and national origin; sex and/or sexual orientation; disability and/or age.
We believe that all clients and staff have the right to a supportive and respectful environment which is free from discrimination of any kind. This means that your welfare is our primary concern, and as such, you can expect to be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity at all times. In the unlikely event any form of discrimination or disrespect occurs, you can expect us to deal with this promptly and seriously. This can mean getting all the relevant information, speaking to the person(s) involved, getting outside advice as appropriate, and amending and updating our policies and practices.
We expect you to support our commitment to respect, equality and diversity when enquiring about or attending our services (or in the case of staff, when representing our organisation). We expect you to treat staff and peers with dignity, respect and courtesy. If you are not happy about something, please air problems or concerns as soon as possible - we really appreciate any and all feedback. In the unlikely event you experience any form of discrimination from another, we would ask you to make it clear, if possible, that you find such behaviour unacceptable. Please alert a staff member who may ask/help you to complete a form, so that we as an organisation can deal with any issues seriously, promptly, and confidentially.
The I Can Centre™ will make every effort to promote respect, equality and diversity, and ensure that discrimination of any kind does not occur. Such steps include: