Stress Management Clinics

New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership has been running a number of stress management clinics offering complementary therapies to the local residents of North Belfast for several years.  The stress clinics are designed to help local people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and even addictions to drugs and/or alcohol to avail of alternative remedies to treat their problems.

Referrals & Process 

Referrals to the stress management clinics can be made by health professionals, community, voluntary and statutory organisations.  Self referrals are also possible.  Upon referral service users will receive a letter from New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership to inform them of the date and time of their 6 week block of therapies, confirmation of availability for the complete therapy block is essential before therapies can commence.  There can be a short waiting list for this service-usually 4-6 weeks.

Volunteer Led Activity

Stress management clinics are delivered by VTCT/FHT trained volunteers.  All stress clinic users will receive a full consultation prior to treatment and the volunteer therapist will be able to discuss the most effective treatment for individual and specific needs.  Please allow 1 hour for a consultation and treatment on each occasion.

Complementary therapies available


Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is carried out over the head, shoulders and neck while the person is seated and fully clothed.  Indian head massage is an effective aid to relaxation.  It can help by soothing away stress leaving a feeling of renewed energy.

Body Massage is a massage carried out on the full body with oil or cream.  The massage tones the body, stimulates the circulation and helps to release tension and discomfort


Reflexology is a treatment which we carry out on the foot. It is a very relaxing treatment and may be carried out whilst a person is seated or on a treatment table.  During the treatment pressure points are stimulated to promote healing of the whole body.

Hopi Ear Candles

Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions.  The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax.  The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions.

*PLEASE NOTE A hopi ear candle treatment is a single treatment and not carried out over 6 sessions.  There is a charge for the hopi ear candles-currently £7.50.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is performed by the insertion of 5 acupuncture needles at specific points on both ears, the client then lies/sits for up to 30 minutes with the needles in place allowing the treatment to take effect.  In carrying out this therapy New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership follow the NADA UK protocol.  For further information please check out

Flower Essence

Flower Essence therapy is the practice of using flower essence to treat underlying mental and emotional problems which often manifest themselves as physical illnesses or ailments.  Dr Edward Bach , a physician, discovered the original Bach Flower Remedies which is a system of 38 flower remedies that corrects emotional imbalances where negative emotions are replaced with positive.  For further information please check out