Mental Health Therapy

Holywood Private Clinic have teamed up with Sharon Rutherford and Jessica Melville from Insula Wellbeing to offer mental health assessment and therapy. This service is available at the clinic every Thursday. Find out more about the services they offer below and book online or call us 02890422500.

At Insula Wellbeing our goal is to help people struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing.We offer professional assessment and therapy with a focus on early intervention.

Problems we treat include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Psychosis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Emotional distress
  • Low self esteem

Within mental health we talk about “therapy”.  This is ultimately treatment intended to help us heal.  We can sometimes hear this word and feel a sense of fear that we would be asked about things we don’t want to talk about. Therapy can take many forms and should really be termed “getting the help that is right for your needs”.

With our extensive experience working directly in the field of mental health we provide you with an assessment, which simply means, with our skills finding out ‘where you’re at’, what you need help with, and using our knowledge and a very person-centred approach, we look at ways forward. 

Our interventions offer practical strategies alongside talking therapies to increase your ability to cope and often 1 or 2 appointments is enough to make a significant improvement to your quality of life. 

If you are on a waiting list for NHS supports our involvement does not affect this, however we do believe that with support from our service you may no longer need further services.  We will be open and honest during sessions and if our service is not right for you we will seek to signpost you to where your needs are best met. 



  • Initial 2 appointment package: Comprehensive assessment (up to 90 mins) and follow up appointment providing targeted strategies to improve your quality of life (up to 60 mins) £185 
  • Further appointments (up to 60 mins) £85
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Who are we?

Sharon Rutherford

Sharon is a fully qualified and registered (BASW, NISCC) Mental Health Social Worker with over 21yrs working in acute Mental Health within the local Health Service. As a trained Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, she has been qualified as an Approved Mental Health Social Worker (16rys) with a key role under Mental Health Legislation, providing emergency assessments for hospital admissions if needed. Sharon continues to Chair panels for the implementation of the new legislation the Mental Capacity Act. Sharon has worked across a range of Mental Health Services within the South Eastern Trust including Community Mental Health Teams, Mental Health Assessment Centre, Home Treatment Team and also with emergency services providing rapid responses to mental health needs throughout the night. Sharon has worked to support those struggling with their mental health across all ages and sectors of the community.  Sharon is skilled in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of Mental Illness, managing risks in a positive manner and providing a wide range of therapeutic interventions with CPD training in Distress Tolerance, Behavioural Family Therapy, low intensity CBT and perinatal support. Her interventions include both talking therapies and practical supports to manage current symptoms and promote recovery. Sharon has managed several teams with a drive and passion to motivate and enable staff regarding self-care and mental wellbeing. 

Jessica Melville

Jessica is a fully qualified and registered (HCPC, RCOT) Mental Health Occupational Therapist and has worked in various settings within mental health in the NHS for over 15yrs, providing assessments and supporting the management of mental illness. Jessica has worked within the Community Mental Health Teams, Mental Health Services for Older People and on the Psychiatric Ward. For the past 6 years her work has been within the Acute Community Home Treatment Team providing acute care, completing comprehensive mental health assessments and managing high levels of risk with a focus on positive risk taking. Jessica has developed her skills in Vocational Rehabilitation following postgraduate training with her work in Condition Management which focuses on enabling people experiencing both physical and mental ill health to return to work. She has a certificate in Cognitive Therapy with additional CPD training in Case Formulation, Behavioural Family Work, and Distress Tolerance. Jessica also specialises in the use of Standardised MOHO Assessment Tools and Sensory work which is an effective and innovative technique used to help adults manage their emotions and connect with the physiological aspects of our bodies responses to distress.