Verified Therapist

Next Step Therapy

Qualifications & Accreditations:

Dip Addiction Counselling 2004
PG Dip Counselling 2007
PG Cert Hypnotherapy 2010
EMDR Training 2017

Professional Status:

Supervisor and Accredited Therapist

Issues worked with:

Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma and PTSD, Bereavement and Loss, Addictions, Anger, Self-Esteem

For whom:

Adults, Adolescents, Groups

Price:

70
!st session free

I do offer concession

Professional association:

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy., Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Theoretical approach:

Person Centred Psychotherapy, Humanistic and Integrative

ABOUT ME & MY APPROACH

I am a psychological counsellor and have practised fulltime for over 15 years now. Prior to this, I worked in a voluntary capacity for 20 years in the addictions field. I did my original training at Clouds House as an Addictions Counsellor. A few years after this, I did a Postgraduate Diploma training course at the University of Bristol in Counselling and Psychotherapy and later on a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis. I did training as a clinical supervisor a few years ago. In 2016 I completed EMDRIA Accredited training.

I am fully accredited by both Irish and British Associations of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP & BACP). I am also accredited by Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (formerly IAAAC) and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) as an addictions professional. Finally, I am recognised by the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) as a registered clinical hypnotherapy practice and by the Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association (CHPA) as an accredited Hypno-Psychotherapist. I am completing the accreditation process for EMDR Assoc

However, as important as qualifications and understanding the theories underlying human distress and development are, and they are, most of my ‘feel’ for this work comes from my own personal experience. I embarked on my own journey of discovery and recovery, renewal and redemption on 1st May 1982 and from that day forward, I have tried to change my mind and my moods; to refine my consciousness and transform unskilful behaviours into skilful ones. But above all, I have learnt to accept myself.

I believe that therapy is all about relationships and I understand relationship as the state of being related; a condition or character based upon this; as kinship. It is the first condition of being human and creates bonds between people which are greater than the sum of the parts. This interconnectedness between two people has been significant in healing since the time of Hippocrates. The different relationships available in a therapeutic encounter are as follows:

The Working Alliance
The Real Relationship
The Transferential Relationship
The Developmentally Needed or Reparative Relationship
The Transpersonal Relationship

I strive to bring all of these into the therapeutic experience.

I am qualified to treat a variety of problems. My current focus is addictions and comorbid complex trauma.

The qualities I bring into the therapy room include, kindness, curiosity, respect, humour and compassion

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