I have over twenty years experience as a Psychotherapist and over ten years experience as a Group Facilitator and Lecturer in third level education in Counselling and Psychotherapy, up to and including Level 8 programmes.
I also have a background in musical theatre and this allows me to bring a high level of creativity to my work. Knowing that each individual is unique, I believe that the personal journey to happier mental health will also be completely unique. I would love to journey with you and I would especially love to journey with you in a group space.
I am passionate about the value of group work as it is deeply transformative.
There are pieces we carry that can feel so shameful, terrifying or over-whelming, that we struggle to even acknowledge their existence. We may have been carrying these pieces for years or even decades, and we have often been carrying them entirely alone.
When we gradually feel safe enough to share in a group and we tentatively reveal our vulnerability, something amazing happens. We begin to experience acceptance, prizing, valuing, and we begin to feel new seeds of self-worth growing. We also begin to see that others have their own vulnerabilities too and that whilst completely unique we are also so alike in our human condition.
Please take a look at the feedback on my 'Personal Development and Counselling Skills’ courses and 'Self-Exploration through Expressive Arts' retreats and feel free to email any questions you may have.
Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - Tivoli Institute
Bachelor of Science honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Middlesex University
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Middlesex University
Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling - National University of Ireland
Professional Certificate in Sexual Addiction Counselling - PCI College
I have further training and experience in the following areas:
Intensive Training and Supervision For Group Counsellors with Gerard and Marianne Corey
The Art of Group Facilitation with An Croí Wisdom Institute
EFT Training - levels 1 - 3
Advanced Diploma in Child Psychology - level 5
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Masterclass in Mandatory Reporting and the Therapeutic Relationship with One in Four
Areas of research:
Wombtwin Survival: “The death of a twin or multiple in utero or at birth has significant psychological effects upon the surviving baby or babies and this phenomenon should be widely understood by counsellors and psychotherapists”
Theatre and Mental Health: “A consideration of the psychologically-therapeutic value of participatory theatre, without overt psychotherapeutic structure, on a child or teenager with mental health challenges”
Courses can be delivered for groups with specific interests or backgrounds. Please let me know if you would like to be with a particular group or if you would like to arrange something for a particular group.
My approach is primarily humanistic, working from the person-centred model, however I have also integrated some of the key concepts behind other theoretical approaches and may utilise techniques from these models.