Our history

The problem

We believe that negative thoughts and thinking can underpin the experience of stress, anxiety, anger and low mood. We also believe that “I cant … “  is one of the most limiting and even damaging of thoughts that people can hold accidentally, e.g. "I cant be happy", or “I cant stop feeling anxious / angry / down" or "I cant stop worrying / smoking / shopping".  

Our Intervention

In response, we have drawn upon the best available evidence from psychology, gerontology and CBT to set up The I Can Centre™ where those with health, educational, developmental or OCD-type thoughts around “I cant..” can be empowered and supported towards change. 


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.  

Flyer for "Stress Busters" with The I Can Centre - a community CBT course for the general public

Flyer for "Stress Busters" with The I Can Centre - a community CBT course for the general public

Director: Dr Ann O'Hanlon

The person responsible for all our activities is psychologist, author and therapist Dr Ann O'Hanlon, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, PG Dipl CBT

  • Ann completed a Masters degree in Health Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from The University of Southampton; and five years of postdoctoral psychology and research training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). 
  • At Queens University Belfast, Ann also completed a  Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (with distinction), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive  Behavioural Therapy (with commendation).
  • Clinically, Ann has worked with a range of clients in public and private healthcare settings, incl the NHS. She has also taught in higher education for nearly twenty years, and presented her research at more than 400 conferences and scientific meetings around the world. 
  • As an author, Ann has published many scientific journal papers and books, incl a second edition 2017 academic textbook in psychology (see picture). More bio info about Ann can be seen on LinkedIn.

"Aging and Development", 2nd Edition Textbook in Psychology by Prof Peter Coleman & Dr Ann O'Hanlon

"Aging and Development", 2nd Edition Textbook in Psychology by Prof Peter Coleman & Dr Ann O'Hanlon

Groups we work with

The General Public

CBT; cognitive behaviour therapy with Dr Ann O'Hanlon;  counselling in Newry Belfast and Dublin

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.

Corporate

We provide confidential, top quality support and training for businesses and organisations. These include stress management training, coaching, and R&D.

Clinicians

We support a network for mental health clinicians and professionals incl CBTers, counsellors, psychologists, GPs, and others. Supervision and CPD also available.

Equality and diversity commitment

Equality and diversity at The I Can Centre - a sign with these words

"The I Can Centre" is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all clients, staff, and students who enquire or access our services. 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, curtesy and compassion -regardless of background or context incl age, gender, religion or culture. 

  

Specifically, we value all individuals, their diversity, unique identity and backgrounds. As such, our commitment to equality and diversity includes (but is not exclusive to) religious belief; political opinion;  community background; ethnic and national origin; sex and/or sexual orientation; disability and/or age. 

Respect from a dictionary page

What you can expect from us

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, curtesy 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 advise as appropriate, and amending and updating our policies and practices. 

Group of people happy and clapping at The I Can Centre

What we expect from you

We expect you to support our commitment to 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 curtesy. 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 you to complete a form, so that we as an organisation can deal with this complaint seriously, promptly, and confidentially. 

Steps we take towards equality and diversity

Hands together showing collaboration and cooperation

The I Can Centre™ will make every effort to promote equality and diversity, and ensure that discrimination of any kind does not occur. Such steps include: 

  • Making our statement on equality of opportunity easily accessible and visible 
  • Being available to explain this statement to all staff, service users and visitors 
  • Agreeing and promoting equality at the start of all our training events and community courses 
  • Ensuring that any and all complaints are dealt with seriously, promptly, and confidentially. 
  • Setting a good example by treating all those we meet with fairness, dignity and respect 
  • Being alert to unacceptable behaviour and taking appropriate action where necessary 
  • Seeking to meet best practice standards for promoting equality of opportunity which includes us getting ongoing advise and training.
  • Rotating some of our community courses between church halls of different traditions (only where we have permission for all-faiths-and-none to attend)  in order to encourage people into each other's space in a respectful and structured way. 

Downloads

An information brochure about "The I Can Centre"

The I CAN Centre (pdf)

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