Counselling involves exploring effective ways to remedy more immediate issues that may be effecting us. Working together in a supportive environment, counselling provides the client with the tools to find resolution. Collaboratively deciding on strategies that can be used to overcome anxiety, stress, loneliness etc. Counselling helps us to recover a feeling of power/control over our emotions and well being leading to more effective self leadership.
Psychotherapy is taking a deeper look at how the past may be influencing and possibly restricting present day living. Childhood or adult experiences can have a lasting effects on us, resulting in certain behaviours or ways of being which may not be helpful to us as adults. The client becomes actively involved in their own healing process, facilitating effective change and healthier ways of being.
My life experience has been the influence or driving force that led me to become a psychotherapist. I have always had a deep need to understand myself and the people around me. My interest in behaviour and its effects deepened through my personal journey in psychotherapy.
I recently qualified with a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from CIT. As an Accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association Of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), I practice under a strict Code of Ethics.
An important part of my work is volunteering with a local Cancer organisation as a Counsellor. I am working towards setting up my own private practice in Bandon. I am constantly updating my training with Workshops and Seminars and will continue to do this.
Other relevant qualifications which I feel compliment/enhance my practice are: Diploma in “Svastha” Yoga Teaching (Singapore). Reiki: Level 1 and 2 (Singapore).
My aim is to provide a safe, secure, confidential, supportive space for the client to exploring what is not working for them and why. Through awareness, change and healing, the client becomes freer to choose behaviours that lead to better personal outcomes and create lasting changes. I respond to each client as a unique individual with a unique set of issues. If the client does not feel safe in the space the therapy will not be effective.
As an Integrative Humanistic Therapist, I draw on a number of methodologies in my work with clients, including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems. I believe attachment can be a very helpful lens through which to gain understanding of ourselves. Mindfulness is an important tool for developing self awareness and promoting regulation.
Therapy facilitates positive change, improves people’s lives and creates space for personal growth and development leading to greater fulfillment.