At different times in our life, we may find things difficult. With time, reflection and the support of family and friends, we can often find a way to overcome these difficulties or at least find a way to live with them. However, sometimes these problems can seem so overwhelming, we just don't know what to do and feel stuck and unable cope. This can lead to anxiety, distress and physical symptoms, which in turn can affect relationships, work and well-being in general. When we feel we can't deal with our difficulties and pain on our own, it can be helpful to contact a psychotherapist and counsellor who can accompany us through this difficult time, who in a safe and secure environment can help us explore the issues that are causing us pain. A psychotherapist or counsellor can help you connect with your inner strength and find new resources, can support as well as challenge you to find more appropriate ways of responding to these difficulties and cope better with your pain.
As an integrative and humanistic psychotherapist, I recognise and respect the client as a whole person who has potential to change, heal, grow. Working in integrative way enables me to work with the emotional, cognitive (thinking), physical and unconscious aspects of the person. This enables me to not be restricted by any particular approach but rather use what I feel is most suited to you and your personal situation. I draw on approaches such as person centred, gestalt, somatic awareness psycho-dynamic and object relations. By treating you as a unique human being and not defining you only by "what is wrong with you", you can be yourself and develop a deeper personal awareness of who you really are. It is from this place of increased personal awareness and self acceptance that you can bring about real personal change and growth. By developing a deeper awareness of how your thinking, emotions and your relationship with your body may be impacting your life, by processing past trauma that may still have an impact on you, you can then make more informed decisions, learning to live, risk, hope and engage more fully with life from a place of deeper wisdom within yourself.
I am a fully accredited by the Irish Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (IACP) and Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists (IAHIP) and I adhere to their ethical requirements. I trained at the Institute of Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dun Laoghaire, one of the longest established and respected training institutes for counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. The Institute has been awarded full membership of the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy. I have also worked in Pieta House with adults and teenagers who are suicidal or who self-harm. I see adults and adolescents, couples and older people in relation to a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship and childhood issues. Therapy can help to manage stress such as panic attacks, work situations, communication difficulties and life crises. Any issue can be brought to therapy and explored in confidence.
"The principal aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness but to help (the client) acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering." C. G. Jung