I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor who offers adolescent, adult, individual, couple, and family counselling. I work with my clients to help them meet life’s challenges, including depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and relationship conflicts. My goal as your counsellor is to make you feel supported, heard, and understood as you make this important decision to invest in yourself and your future. Each of us possesses intuitive wisdom about what we want and need for a healthy and balanced life. Counselling lets us dig deep and bring that inner knowing to the surface, into our awareness. Once we know better, we can do better—working toward positive change, healing, and peace. I am an integrative therapist who is passionate about teaching you how to use the many tools I have been taught to improve your wellbeing. Our work together will draw on many approaches including mind-body, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), person-centred, psychodynamic, compassion- focused, attachment-based, and mindfulness-guided. I graduated from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) with a Level 8 B.A. (Honours) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am currently pursuing a Level 9 Master’s Degree from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
Counselling has become a part of everyday life and is something familiar to everyone. Counselling may be described as a process by which a trained counsellor helps a client to understand and clarify his or her life situation and explore troubling issues. The aim of counselling is to empower the client to overcome his or her problems and to achieve mental health and wellbeing.
There are many ways in which counselling can help people to achieve mental wellness, such as gaining an insight into the origin of their emotional difficulties, becoming better at relating with others, becoming more aware of their thoughts and feelings, developing a positive attitude towards themselves, finding solutions to problems, finding out about ideas and techniques to manage behaviour, and learning interpersonal skills, to name a few.
The length of treatment is determined by the needs of the client. The best length of treatment is the one that generates healing and growth for the client in the most efficient time. Because clients differ with respect to their individual needs, the length of therapy may be anywhere from 6 sessions to 20 sessions or even longer. The duration of each session is 50 minutes to an hour. The frequency of sessions is usually once per week.