‘The Magic is Within You’ by Vivian McKinnon, followed by a panel discussion with Emmett Watters, Colin Durling and Prof Paul Miller and Dr Emma Ylitalo-James, facilitated by Vivian McKinnon.

Wednesday 26th April 2023

The Strand Cinema, 152-154 Holywood Rd, Belfast BT4 1NY

Arrival from 5.30pm, screening 6pm sharp, panel discussion 6.30pm -7.30pm.



Event Detail

Join us for this insightful documentary screening where Vivian McKinnon shares her extraordinary personal story of triumph over adversity and how she transformed a breakdown into a breakthrough: securing the belief of "The Magic Is Within You". The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.


This event will give attendees a better understanding of the impact of early life experiences and how healing and growth is possible, by understanding the ripple effect and long term influence it can have on the most minute detail of life. It will explain how early life trauma can result in a fragmented filter of self, the world and others, how addiction is an attempt to soothe the pain and how authenticity is the key to healing.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, learn more about the healing arts within complementary medicine, as well as the medical model and gain skills to support those living with mental or physical pain in either their workspace or among friends and family. 

Benefits of Attending

  • Gain a broader understanding of the things we avoid talking about by looking at modern day environments and how much they differ from even just 3 decades ago.
  • Understand why people behave and respond in the way they do and the different factors that influence how they survive and make sense of the world.
  • Explore the impact of trauma, addiction and mental health on the individual and their friends, families, and colleagues.
  • Improve knowledge of how to provide emotional and practical support to someone who is living with the past very must still present.
  • Develop courage in talking about difficult and sensitive topics.

“The Strand in March 2000.” – Credit David Simpson

Vivian Mc Kinnon



The Magic Is Within you Screening

Vivian McKinnon

Vivian is the Founder and Managing Director of Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation Centre, she is also a trauma therapist offering engaging and transformational 1-1 and group work to minimize the impact and reduce the harm of compromised connections to self and associated symptoms and behaviours. Vivian is a dynamic and engaging trainer and Public Speaker who recognises wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a process of change and growth to tap into interpersonal effectiveness and self-developed parts.


Emmett Watters

Emmett Watters has over 2 decades of counselling and therapeutic practice. Most of this time his focus has been on improving outcomes while addressing trauma in hard-to-reach individuals within the prison system. Emmett is currently working with grassroots organisations delivering clinics specific to addiction and mental health across Belfast. 

Colin Durling

Colin Durling is a practicing homeopath and acupuncturist based in Belfast. He developed an interest in and insight into trauma and overwhelm whilst working on a psychotherapy project in  St. Brendan’s Hospital, Dublin, utilising Professor Ivor Browne’s version of Holotropic Therapy. Having worked for a significant number of years in the emergency services, Colin had previously done training and experiencial work, over the previous fifteen years, in Gestalt therapy, transactional analysis, Rogerian counselling and various kinds of group work. 
Colin works regularly with persons who are traumatised, overwhelmed or breaking down to break through. He uses a combination of dialogue, storytelling, homeopathy and acupuncture to achieve therapeutic ends.

Prof Paul Miller

Prof Paul W. Miller, MD MB BCh BAO DMH MRCPsych FRSA, is an author, Consultant Psychiatrist and founder of the Mirabilis Health Institute; an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University. His humanitarian work has supported projects on the Island of Ireland, as well as in Myanmar, Northern Iraq and he is currently focused upon trauma capacity building for Ukraine.

Dr Emma Ylitalo-James

Dr Emma Ylitalo-James, began her journey in Northern Ireland where she grew up during “the troubles”. She is currently a visiting Fellow of Cranfield University and researcher in the psychology of terrorism, specialising in the antecedent psychological factors of radicalisation and political violence. She is an “in the field” researcher.  

Her main body of research is in the decision making process of individuals and groups in areas of conflict and the influence of stress, isolation and violence on group dynamics and group threat responses. This includes the constructs of social identity and significance quest within communities under threat.  

She is a psychologist with Bsc (Hons), Msc in War and Psychiatry from Kings College University London and PhD in Defence and Security from Cranfield University. She is also a Trainer of NLP and has been using NLP for many years with individual clients as well as other therapeutic models outside of her full time research.  

On a personal basis she competes internationally (still) and is the President of the British Powerlifting Union. 

Bsc (Hons) Psychology, MSc War and Psychiatry, PgcE, PhD Defence and Security 

Extra Info

PIPS Charity – Collections buckets will be available for anyone wanting to donate on the night.

PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland Charity provides counselling and befriending support to individuals who are experiencing or have experienced suicidal thoughts or mental unwellness. PIPS Charity also provides support to families and friends who have been touched by suicide. Their life saving services provide direct support to individuals who are in need. 



The Magic Is Within You Screening

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