I grew up within sight of the sea and always loved animals and the outdoor life. I still find nature, the wild and the domesticated, deeply revitalising and feel very lucky to have been able to make my home back here again in 2003, after 18 years living and working overseas.
Having worked in a variety of jobs, I eventually became a post-primary and adult teacher, tutor, facilitator and mentor. This work led me to want to work at a deeper level with people and so I went back to college to study Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2008. Nothing ever grabbed me like psychotherapy. Unbeknownst to myself, it was to this profession that I was heading all along.
Life was not always plain sailing, and like most people, I visited some tough places within myself over the years. But to the good in the end, and it is often on those experiences that I draw to do better counselling and psychotherapy.
My sense of purpose is most satisfied when using my education and training, my knowledge, skills and my experience to engender and facilitate change and well-being in others. I am encouraged and uplifted by the inherent courage and wisdom of the human spirit, and in its capacity to heal. I greatly value the trust my clients give me to work with them at a deep level and truly enjoy my work. I feel very privileged to have found my role and my forte.
My Professional Profile
My Qualifications: BA (Bachelor of Arts degree) BEd (Bachelor of Education degree) CertAgr (Certificate in Agriculture) DipCouns/Psych (Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy); MIACP (Accredited Member of the IACP – Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
My training as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist was undertaken in a leading college specialising in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I augment this on a very regular basis with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and excellent Professional Collaboration. I hold CPD certificates amounting to over 500 hours of further psychology and counselling-related education and training, including in: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Suicide Prevention and Mindfulness.
I have a passion for the improvement of mental health and wellbeing in the community, and am committed to providing professional, non-judgemental, confidential, adaptable and affordable services. All of my work is supported by regular Expert Collaboration, Professional and Public Liability Insurance and by an on-going commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
My approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy is Person-Centred and Integrative. This means I draw from a range of techniques and therapies including: CBT, EFT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Existential, to practice a holistic, down-to-earth style of therapy; blending clinical expertise with sensitivity, perception, intuition and humour.
The Counselling, Psychotherapy and Training Services I offer are underpinned by more than 20 years experience working and studying in the ‘helping professions’ of: Teaching, Mentoring, and Tutoring secondary school and adult learners; and Facilitating addiction recovery groups, men’s groups, and cancer patient peer support groups.
I always endeavour to facilitate healing, peace of mind, and a sense of wholeness and well-being. The Values, Principles and Code of Ethics set down by the IACP guide all my Policies, Procedures and Practices. Thus, a culture of Professionalism, Respect, Competence, Integrity and Best Practice supports the delivery of all my services, administration and record keeping.
The Circle has been used as a symbol to represent timelessness and spacelessness – the eternal ‘NOW’ – with no beginning and no end. It has also been used to represent the totality and unity of ‘the self’: the body, the mind (or psyche) and the spirit; and also the relationship between humans and the universe. Keywords associated with the circle include: fulfilment, oneness, inclusion, completion, totality, wholeness, infinity, perfection and origin.
The Square has been used to represent the ‘Earth’ as opposed to the ‘Heavens’. It is a symbol of the physical body, the physical world, earthly existence and of reality. The square has also been used to represent form and order within the universe; the union of the four elements: earth, air, fire, water; and the attainment of unity. Some Keywords associated with the square include: simplicity, balance, straightforwardness, stability, integrity, ethics, principles, direction and dependability.
Squaring the circle symbolises humanity’s instinctive quest to harmonise our physical and spiritual natures. The connection between these two primary forms expresses balance and the union of time and timelessness, Yin and Yang.
The Triangle The bullet points throughout my site are actually a stylised Celtic letter ‘d’ or a Greek ‘delta’ glyph. This is symbolic of a doorway where the balancing of thought and emotion provide a pathway to higher wisdom. The triangle has also been used to represent the threefold nature of the Universe: Heaven, Earth and Human; the Father, Mother and Child within us all; the trinities of Love, Truth and Wisdom and the Body, Mind and Spirit. Keywords associated with the triangle include: creativity, harmony, proportion, manifestation, illumination, culmination and integration.