re:think re:act is Monkstown Village Initiatives’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service. It was established in 2007 as a part-time pilot project. Such was the demand that the service now operates on a full-time basis offering a variety of programmes that promote wellbeing.

Rosie Donnelly

MBACP Accred
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sessions

We can all go through difficult times in life but sometimes we can become overwhelmed and may require extra help or support. Since 2007 re:think re:act has been providing a professional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy service to both adults and young people (age 11+). CBT has been empirically demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of difficulties and is especially useful in the treatment of anxiety and depression. During therapy clients are given the opportunity to explore their difficulties with a qualified CBT practitioner in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of counselling in which the therapist and client work together to identify and solve difficulties. This involves highlighting unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that may be maintaining current distress and modifying these patterns using tried and tested CBT techniques.

Research has shown CBT to be helpful in the treatment of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Anger
  • Stress


As a rule, the more specific the problem, the more likely CBT may help.

CBT involves client and therapist working together to achieve agreed goals. Each weekly session lasts approximately one hour. A course of therapy typically ranges between 8 and 20 session depending on the nature and severity of the presenting symptoms. Although CBT concentrates on the here and now, you will also be asked to discuss your past experiences in order to understand their impact on current patterns of thinking and/or behaving.


You will be encouraged to keep therapy notes and to complete agreed tasks at home each week. You will not be asked to do anything that you do not feel ready to do. However it is important that you are willing to tolerate some anxiety initially in order to progress.

MVI therapists hold a minimum of a Diploma in CBT, are affiliated to a relevant professional body and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. All notes are securely stored and any information discussed in session is treated as confidential. The only circumstances when client confidentiality may be breached are where there is risk to you for example suicide, or to another person or in the case of serious criminal activity. Where possible your therapist will discuss any necessary breach of confidentiality with you before proceeding.

Monkstown Village Initiatives does not have a set charge for individual CBT sessions. However it is anticipated that those benefitting from the service will, as they are able, make a donation/contribution towards the ongoing work.

All individual CBT sessions will take place in our dedicated office at The Upper Rooms, Monkstown Village Centre.

Stress Control at re:think re:act

For the past 5 years staff from re:think re:act, in conjunction with the NHSCT, have been facilitating Stress Control classes twice a year. The classes are run at three different venues within Newtownabbey (currently Monkstown, Rathcoole and Glengormley). Stress Control is a six week stress management class based on CBT techniques which was devised by psychologist Dr Jim White.

The Stress Control programme is useful for those who are currently experiencing problems with stress but can also be used as a preventative/early intervention approach. Topics covered include: managing the physical symptoms of stress; challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking; how to get a good night’s sleep; relaxation etc.

For dates and venues of Stress Control classes in all the trust areas check out Stress Control NI Facebook page.

What is Stress Control?

  • Stress Control was devised by Dr Jim White in Glasgow and is now used widely around the world.
  • The class runs once a week for 6 weeks and teaches skills and techniques for managing stress.
  • Topics covered include: an overview of what stress is, controlling your body, controlling your thoughts, controlling your actions, getting a good night’s sleep and planning for the future.
  • Stress Control is a class not ‘group therapy’ – you do not have to talk about personal difficulties in front of others.
  • You are encouraged to attend all 6 sessions to get the most benefit.
  • Stress Control classes are free.
  • Come along by yourself or feel free to bring a friend or family member with you.

In 2016 we established Flourish, a wellbeing group for those aged 60+. Flourish meets in Monkstown Village Centre, on the second Monday of every month from September to June (2.00pm-4.00pm).

Based on the Five Steps to Wellbeing as identified by The New Economics Foundation, Flourish sessions focus on different ways to boost wellbeing in an informal, fun way. Past activities have included, laughter therapy, Boccia, Brain Training and Christmas Crafts to name but a few! New members are always welcome.

Stress B.E.A.T.

Along with staff from the Youth Works project we have devised a stress management programme for use in schools which we call Stress B.E.A.T. There are two versions available; one suitable for use in a post-primary setting and one designed specifically for P7 pupils. Using CBT techniques Stress B.E.A.T. aims to normalise stress.

The six session programme explores how stress impacts our Body, Emotions, Actions and Thoughts and teaches young people how to identify when they are getting stressed and how to manage this in a constructive way.

We currently run Stress B.E.A.T. sessions for Abbey Community College, Newtownabbey Educational Guidance Centre and Hollybank Primary School.

Please Support Our Work

At re:think re:act we seek to provide therapy free of charge and are therefore reliant on donations received.

If you would like to make a contribution to the ongoing work of re:think re:act you can do so securely online. Thank you.