I am a fully qualified, accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP) and work within their code of ethics and standards. I use an Integrative and Humanistic approach which means I draw from a variety of theories and techniques but ultimately believe that each individual has the capacity to define their own personal growth and change. My goal is to provide a non judgemental, informative and compassionate space for that growth and change to take place.
Duration, Theories and Techniques.
As each individual and each situation is completely unique it is impossible to predict how long or short a course of therapy may be. In order for Psychotherapy or Counselling to be successful you must be prepared to commit to weekly sessions, otherwise it is difficult for lasting changes to take place. You are free to take as many planned breaks as you need and we will constantly review our work in relation to our goals. With this in mind and out of fairness to us both and to the process, I will adhere to a cancellation policy found here.
There are many theories of counselling and psychotherapy. Being an integrative therapist means I draw on a variety of theories and techniques depending on the needs of each individual. Below is a brief description of some of the theories we might use. I do not specifically state which one we are using at any given time rather blend them into our work.
Person Centred Theory.
The person-centred approach has a very positive and optimistic view of human nature. The philosophy is that people are essentially good and that ultimately the individual knows what is right for them, this is the essential ingredient of successful person centred therapy. Together we explore every aspect of the problem or issue and will generally find outcomes or viewpoints that were previously unknown. I can then support you to make changes derived from new insights. PCT is our starting point and the theory I most commonly draw upon.
Cognitive Behavioural Theory.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a goal directed form of psychotherapy widely used to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. CBT focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, behaviours and emotions. See my recent blog post on Treating Anxiety using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy here.
Choice Theory/ Reality Therapy.
Choice Theory explains how our choices determine our lives and how and why we make those choices. It teaches us how to self evaluate and how to make choices that lead to more satisfying lives.
I do not teach any specific form of mindfulness nor impose any spiritual beliefs, I do promote awareness as a key instrument of change. I have an in-depth understanding of the theory and philosophy from which mindfulness based therapeutic practices such as MBSR, MBCT, MBCL are based and I have a good understanding of the principles of other forms of spiritual therapies and philosophies. I am happy to discuss and work with these philosophies and can point you towards many helpful resources (on-line, groups,retreats, practitioners, reading material etc) should you require.
Ecotherapy is the name given to a wide range of treatment programmes which aim to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature. Connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits. More information on this work can be found here.
Existential psychotherapy is a philosophical method of therapy that operates on the belief that inner conflict within a person is due to that individual’s confrontation with the “givens of existence”. These givens are: the inevitability of death, freedom and its attendant responsibility, isolation and meaninglessness.
Psychodynamic counselling is derived from psychoanalysis. The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to help individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that we hold onto painful feelings and memories and in order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences. According to psychodynamic theory, these defences will often do more harm than good.