The CANS Staff

Jurita Naumane

Bilingual Counsellor

Jurita Naumane. Qualified bilingual Counsellor (English, Latvian, Russian languages)

My qualifications: BA Psych; MSSc Psychology from the University of Latvia in June 2003 and subsequently a Foundation Degree in Science in Counselling from the University of Ulster in December 2013.
Completed EMDR Level 1 and Level 2 in 2016 and CBT Level 5 in 2018.
Professional membership: MBPsS: 236737
MBACP Reg: 622523
MNCS Prof. Acc.: NCS14-01674

I am currently working for Counselling All nations Service (CANS) since August 2015 as a sessional counsellor and also as a volunteer counsellor with CRUSE Bereavement Care since 2010.

I was on Clinical Placement with Contact NI an organisation providing telephone support and face to face counselling for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation or intention and also for their family members. This placement was from March 2012-2015 and as a Helpline and Community Counsellor there from February 2015-March 2016.

In Contact NI I worked with crisis response calls which required quick assessment of risk and effective engagement to facilitate the caller to re-regulate and to take action on their behalf if necessary. In face to face Community counselling, I worked with clients to reduce their risk and facilitate them in addressing their underlying issues. This fostered my skills development and effective practice in risk assessment and risk management. In this role I received monthly supervision of 1 1/2 hours and had regular case consultations. 

With CRUSE I gained experience working in the area of bereavement and received the agency’s training programme and supervision in this regard. Here I learned to identify and work effectively with the stages of grieving and developed my empathy and my capacity to sit with and to contain painful emotions.

Now working with CANS I am broadening my experience of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures and languages and I have received training in counselling through the medium of interpreters. I am aware of the importance of developing an empathic therapeutic relationship with clients through body awareness and empathic resonance where language is a barrier. I offer native language counselling to any client from my home country.

Regine Candau

Bilingual Integrative Counsellor – MBACP

I have extensive experience working in a one to one counselling setting, with clients raging from 16 years onwards. I use some aspects of the following theories in my work, such as Person Centred Approach, CBT and Psychodynamic approaches.

I also have Level 1 & 2 EDMR therapy training accredited by EMDR Europe.

My areas of expertise are:

Suicide Bereavement counselling and other losses

Suicidal risk client and self harm

Anxiety, depression

Low Self Esteem issues

Tin W Chan

Bilingual Counsellor

I am a bilingual Integrative Therapist working with adults in a community setting. I have over 6 years experience of working as a counsellor.

I am a member of the BACP and EMDR

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling EMDR level 3 Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness Motivational interviewing Wellness Recovery Action Plan level 1 An introduction to psychological trauma level 4

Nike F Dada

Bilingual Counsellor

Have been in training and voluntary work as a Counsellor with two agency CANS & PIPS, since 2014.

Throughout my life I have been involved in enabling people to grow and change. Prior to training as a counsellor.

A Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

My knowledge and skills have developed through my therapeutic work in the working environment as a counsellor in the area of Person Centred, Cognitive Behaviour, Brief Solution Focus Counselling etc., I believe that there is always something new to learn working in my field and make a regular commitment to on-going professional development and clinical supervision.

I work with clients from the age of 18 on an individual basis. 

My Personal Approach

I am trained in the integrated approach models of counselling and psychotherapy and (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Approach (Still in progress)

I will share this knowledge with you where it would be helpful, to enable you to develop tools that you can use in everyday life.

Professional Qualifications
Diploma in Counselling CPCAB.

Further Training

I make a regular commitment to my continuing professional development.

Codes of Practice and Membership of Professional Bodies

As a member of the British Association of Counsellors I am bound by their Ethical Framework of Practice and Disciplinary Code of Conduct which can be viewed by visiting


Experienced in using Core Measure to analysed the client feelings and emotions.

Vivian Ogundipe

Bilingual Counsellor

I am a qualified counsellor, my role as a therapeutic counsellor is to provide you with a safe space, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you are able to explore issues, thoughts, feelings, experiences and to support you in making changes.

My counselling work stems out of my inner desire and genuine interest to help people feel fulfilled. Life brings challenges and sometimes we can struggle with our work/life balance leading to anxiety, stress and depression.

My aim is for all my clients to be enabled to achieve mental health wellbeing and empowerment. The approaches I use are tailored to your needs in collaboration with you so that ultimately you can become your own therapist, by applying new skills and techniques you learnt to determine positive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

I have worked with clients from all age groups and backgrounds in the community/voluntary sector. I may draw upon person-centred techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or integrative depending on your particular situation.

MBACP- Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I abide by their ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

I completed CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Diploma in Caring for People with Learning Disabilities.

BACP Proficiency Certificate,

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Mental Health First Aid,

Grief and Trauma certificate, Compassion Fatigue.

Trauma and Addiction. Drug and Alcohol training, Dual Diagnosis, Child Protection Training.

I regularly attend training, seminars and conferences to keep up to date with current research and best practice.

I have extensive experience assisting clients to work through a range of life issues, including anxiety, depression, self harm, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, addictions anxiety, bereavement, domestic violence, drug abuse, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship issues, self-harm, Stress, work-related stress, and many more presenting issues.

Bouchra Yassin

Bilingual Counsellor

Ms Bouchra Yassin hold an MSc (Hons) in Clinical Psychology and a Practitioner Psychologist. have over 10 years clinical experience. Have passion working with all range of clients, children and adults, in both community and inpatient settings. I am a member of the British Psychological Society since 2005. involved in a variety of research projects and work for a different organisation deal with Mental Health issues and providing a one-to-one psychotherapy.

I worked for the Moroccan Royal Family with the Princess Lalla Amina and the princess Lalla Meryem as a Clinical psychologist, consulting children with trauma at the “National Observatory for children Rights”, Chaired by HRH Princes Lalla Meryem. I also Conducted a research survey on “the condition of poor children (up to 12 years) in Moroccan society and published February 2004: Research, Ministry of health, Rabat, Morocco.

I have extensive experience of undertaking psychological assessments and preparing comprehensive risk reports. I have been consulting, researching, writing and papers published about personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence of women prisoners, 2003: Published “Personality disorder in Women Prisoners”; ALHAYAT JOURNAL; N: 14824; LONDON.

Magdalena Matejkowska

Bilingual Counsellor

I obtained a MSc in Psychology from University of Silesia, Poland in 2012. During my placement in one of Silesia Psychiatric hospitals I was able to work alongside other clinical professionals and understood how important is a holistic and tailormade approach when working with different mental health issues.

Just after my graduation I moved to Northern Ireland. During the past 6 years here I have been applying all my skills and passion for psychology and psychotherapy, working with people from different ethnic minorities who seek help and support here in Belfast.

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also registered with the NISCC, since part of my work experience here in NI is working with elderly people and ASD children in a school setting. Being registered with BACP and NISCC I am committed to adhering to the Codes of Ethics of each. I regularly attend different trainings, seminars and conferences to keep up to date with current research and be able to offer the best possible practice to my clients. I also regularly supervise my practice.

The approach that I use is the Integrative one (Person-centred & Psychodynamic). At the centre of my approach is the emphasis on forming a sound therapeutic relationship with my client. This is a relationship where the client is the focus and where they can be supported in a safe space to grow in their understanding of themselves and their issues. The understanding includes how they are affected in the here and now every-day life, as well as what is the possible origin of the difficulty. This way we are able to look closer on some unhealthy patterns of thinking or behaving that does not help my clients to live a fulfilled life. By building this awareness they can facilitate the change of unhealthy patterns of behaving and thinking, as well as patterns of relating to others and make better choices for themselves in the future.

In my area of interest is DPHP which is a clinical application of contemporary psychodynamic object relations theory, designed specifically to treat the rigidity that characterizes higher level personality pathology. DPHP is designed to help clients become aware of their defensive operations and psychological conflicts.


MSc in Psychology, University of Silesia 2012, Katowice, Poland;

Certificate Trainer in Psychosocial Skills, “Metrum” Workshops and Counselling, ICF, Poland;

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, TC-L4, Belfast;

Trained in ASSIST, ASD Awareness Training, Vulnerable Adults & Child Protection;

BACP reg.

NISCC reg.

Access NI Enhanced Clearance Certificate, August 2017.

Lekan Ojo-Okiji Abasi

HPD in Counselling MBACP, MNCS (Acc), MEMDR (UK & Ireland)

Clinical Co-ordinator

Community development worker and a Professional Bilingual Counsellor, I genuinely care about the welfare and wellbeing of people, and as part of my role, I want to support people to make a difference to their lives and wellbeing at every opportunity, including in diversity and equality of opportunity.
I have worked with people providing one-to-one therapeutic counselling support, exploring issues that might be causing them problems or difficulties, such as:
Depression, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Stress;
Aggression, Anger management, Interpersonal Relationship;
Bereavement and Loss;
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).

My other key skills include: advocacy; Leadership; Management; Mediation; Mentoring; and Children & Youth Empowerment.

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