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About me

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What type of therapist am I?

I am a fully accredited BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in Lurgan, N.Ireland. I am here to help you understand the difficulties you have, how they connect to your thinking and actions and what you can do about them.  I am a compassionate therapist who genuinely cares about his client’s well-being and guarantees evidence based therapeutic intervention and psychological services catered to their needs. I am heavily influenced by Compassion Focused Therapy by Prof. Paul Gilbert and have advanced clinical skills training in this approach. I currently only operate remotely via video-conferencing software (e.g. MS Teams, Skype) and I have professional indemnity insurance.

Dr. Mark Doyle

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MY QUALIFICATIONS

September 2004 - July 2007

BSC (HONS) PSYCHOLOGY

I studied my undergraduate psychology degree at Ulster University, Magee Campus. I really enjoyed this experience including all the knowledge and skills I developed over this time including a brief exploration of mental health and counselling. This provided me with the graduate basis for chartership.

September 2010 - September 2014.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD)

I also studied for my PhD at Ulster University, Magee Campus. This was under the supervision of Prof. Jamie Murphy who helped me develop my research skills and adapt to academia. 
My PhD focused on exploring risk factors for mental health problems including childhood trauma, parent mental health, family environments and negative life events. The analysis used was advanced statistics called structural equation modelling. This also provided me with the eligibility for chartered psychologist status with British Psychology Society.

Graduation Caps

September, 2007 - December, 2008

MSC (PG DIP) APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (MENTAL HEALTH)

I also studied my masters at Ulster University, Magee Campus. My masters helped me to further my understanding and knowledge of mental health problems and therapy. I also developed  counselling skills within this qualification.

September 2015 - September 2016

POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

I obtained this qualification at Solent University (Southampton) whilst working for this institution as a lecturer in Psychology. This qualification helped me to develop my understanding, skill and theoretical basis of teaching and learning within university settings. This provided me with the basis for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA- now Advance HE).

Sept 2016 - June 2019

PG DIP COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (ADVANCED LEVEL)

This was my core training course at University of Southampton. The teaching focused on anxiety and depression treatment protocols, skills and theoretical understanding. Alongside the training, I worked within an IAPT setting (Portsmouth) to apply these knowledge and skills within a primary care setting and build up my experience.

Feb 2021 - Jan 2022

Feb 2019 - Jan 2020

CERTIFICATE IN COMPLEX TRAUMA AND CHILDHOOD ABUSE

This course was accredited by the National Counselling Society and delivered by Zest for Life Counselling Services, Banbridge. This certificate focused on a range of childhood traumatic effects and how to work with these specific difficulties within a trauma model therapy framework (Colin Ross)

Accredited Integrated Mindfulness & Compassion Teacher Training Course (Mindfulness UK)

I completed an accredited Mindfulness instructor course which

qualifies me to deliver mindfulness and compassion based practices to groups of up to 15 people. 

Summer 2022 (5 Day Course)

Sept, 2023- June 2024

PG Dip in Compassion Focused Therapy (BPS Accredited)

Queens Uni. Belfast- Clinical Psychologist Supervision Training

This supervision training was to provide training to support

clinical psychology trainees whilst on placement. This covered

a range of supervision models including CBT, 7 I model, ACT &

how to help trainees formulate and develop their clinical practice. 

This also included how to formulate & integrate skills from a range of

therapies

Currently, completing this qualification focusing on compassion focused therapy. This equates to 650 hours of approved CPD with the British Psychology Society. This includes a range of online master classes with Prof. Paul Gilbert, Deborah Lee, & many others. I draw upon this model a lot when working with clients. 

Psychology Session

“Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy”

Nathaniel Lambert

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PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Which professional bodies am I registered with?

BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

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Chartered Psychologist

BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE  PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

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Fully Accredited Member

& registered on

www.cbtregisteruk.com

HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY/ ADVANCE HE

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Fellow

MY EXPERIENCE

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May 2007 - August 2008

SAMARITANS VOLUNTEER

Provided confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to callers who were suicidal. This provided a good level of experience for me to develop my therapeutic skills and compassionate approach.

Mar 2016 - June 2018

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST (TRAINEE) - TALKING CHANGE, PORTSMOUTH

I developed my CBT intervention skills working with adult clients with depression and anxiety in IAPT services Portsmouth. I also received clinical supervision and support from a range of specialist therapists. I worked with a range of conditions including OCD, Panic, Social anxiety, PTSD, health anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder.

Sept 2008 - Sept 2012

SUPPORT/SOCIAL CARE WORKER (PRAXIS & WESTERN TRUST)

These role involved working with individuals with a learning disability & challenging behaviour. This involved managing violence and aggression and also providing access to the community and practical help to clients. It also involved working with individuals with poor mental health and supporting them in practical ways.

Aug 2018 - Jan 2021

ZEST FOR LIFE COUNSELLING AND TRAINING SERVICES, BANBRIDGE

Nov 2014 - Jan 2021

LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY (SOLENT UNIVERSITY, SOUTHAMPTON)

This role involved teaching a range of modules including clinical psychology, counselling, developmental psychology, social psychology and applied psychology. This also involved providing a range of academic and pastoral support to students for their studies and some with emotional difficulties. I developed my teaching practice here to become confident in delivering complex theories and understanding about a range of topics. I was also involved in both the psychology and overall university ethics committees and ran the psychology participation pool. The research element involved helping students complete final year projects and supervising PhD students. I also developed my own research here.

October, 2023- Onwards

8a Specialist Psychological Therapist- Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre (BELFAST TRUST) 

This role involves providing psychological therapy to individuals in severe distress who have been admitted to AMHIC, Belfast City Hospital. This includes a range of assessments, MDT work & helping support an individual to return to the community safely. 

Jan 2021 - Sept, 2023.

Psychological Therapist- Occupational Health Service (BELFAST TRUST) 

This is my previous role providing psychological assessment, guidance and therapy to NHS staff. This role is within Occupational Health Service and has a focus on mental health in the workplace. This role covers fitness to work assessment, delivering therapeutic interventions for staff, group work for long covid, mindfulness & compassion sessions, supervision, quality improvement and co-facilitating training with Belfast Recovery College. 

Provide high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy to a range of adult clients with depression, OCD, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, chronic pain and PTSD. I also worked with post-natal depression and anxiety. This position helped me to develop my compassionate approach to therapy further and build my experience in helping those with poor mental health using evidence based treatments

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

Sigmund Freud

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME...

What am I like outside of therapy?

I am a very keen runner and have raised over £3000 for charities to date including NSPCC, PIPS Upper Bann and MindWise.

My current challenge is preparing for my 2nd 50km Ultra running event at South Lakes, Craigavon. I am raising money for Autism NI. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-DoyleAutismNI 

My last challenge was a 50km at my first Ultra Running event which I completed in under 5 Hours and 55mins. I love running and I am a member of the local Emett's running group.

 

I enjoy going to the gym and have recently taken up Jeet Kune Do in Lurgan. I am also a father to three amazing  kids.

 

I also enjoy playing the odd video-game or two and I am big fan of coffee!

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