Psychotherapy experience and approach
I am an accredited psychotherapist with a Master of Science (MSc.) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from University College Cork, having completed four years of training in Turning Point Training Institute (TPTI). I also hold a Diploma in in integrative Clinical Psychotherapy awarded by TPTI and recognised by IAHIP, IACP and EAP.
I am an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (I.A.H.I.P) and maintain the professional standards set out in their code of ethics, which were developed for the protection of the public.
I attend regular clinical supervision and on-going training to develop my skills as a psychotherapist. I have completed the suicide intervention skills training (ASIST).
In addition to my private practice I have worked as a psychotherapist for the past five years in a voluntary capacity in the Loreto Centre Crumlin and continue to do so.
I work using a humanistic and integrative approach to psychotherapy which prioritises the unique potential of each individual and provides the safe space to explore issues and reflect on life experiences in order to achieve greater awareness, insight and healing. My approach is grounded in Person-Centred psychotherapy, while drawing significantly on Psychodynamic psychotherapy and also integrating other approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where appropriate. As an integrative psychotherapist I adapt my approach to best meet the needs of each person attending counselling and psychotherapy.
In my previous work as a solicitor I had over twenty years’ experience working with vulnerable clients and specialised in the areas of family law, equality law, childcare law and refugee law.
As a family lawyer I represented clients in stressful situations encompassing divorce, separation, custody, maintenance and domestic violence.
In the area of equality, I did a significant amount of work with gay, lesbian and transgender clients, clients with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, both in relation to employment and services.
In the equality and refugee areas I worked with people from many different cultural backgrounds. My experience working with clients in these areas gave me a very important understanding and basis for my psychotherapy practice.