I am a fully qualified humanistic counsellor having graduating with an Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) approved Diploma in Counselling from the Cork Counselling Services. I am currently completing an MA in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy. I also have a first class Degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and a Master's in Consumer Psychology with Business from Bangor University, Wales.
I work from a Humanistic Integrative Approach which values at the foremost the personal experiences of the client and the development of a professional and safe relationship between client and counsellor. Humanistic Counsellors do not view themselves as experts on their clients lives, rather they respect the client as a person who has choice in what they do with their own lives. The Humanistic Approach believes in the person's capacity to change, heal and grow towards their true potential. It is holistic in nature – the person’s emotions, thoughts, feelings, mind, body, spirituality and so on are all considered important aspects of the person. The Integrative element means that different theories are integrated together within the Humanistic Approach. In my case, my approach is grounded in Person Centred, Existential and Gestalt Counselling Theory.
I offer a warm, accepting and confidential space for clients to explore and better understand themselves and their lives. Ultimately this process provides an opportunity for healing, change and growth.
I am an accredited member of the IACP, the recognised professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists. I undertake regular Clinical Supervision, Continuous Professional Development and Personal Counselling in order to ensure the safety of my work. I also abide by the IACP code of ethics for counsellors.
I provide counselling services for a number of organisations. I have worked for a several years in coordination and managerial roles in the charity and training sector. I am also a Group Facilitator and I provide supervision to people working within the helping sector.
You can read an article I wrote about loneliness which was recently published in A Lust for Life here.