I have completed ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), have a Certificate in Group Facilitation and have trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy.
I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.iacp.ie), a professional body whose function is to ensure high professional standards as well as provide a code of ethics and practice.
I have been a counsellor in Northside Counselling Service since 2004 and am part of a Counselling Practice in Skerries, Co Dublin (www.corecounsellingtherapy.ie) where I work with adults, individually or in couples, including Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs); limited sessions provided by some employers and private health insurance companies, including VHI & LAYA. I have experience in a range of psychological issues including: anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, bereavement, trauma, childhood abuse, separation and relationship difficulties.
I attend regular supervision with an accredited supervisor to ensure my clinical work and professional standards are maintained.
My style of counselling work is predominantly Humanistic and Integrative. My core training was in Person Centred Counselling but also included studying other models, eg CBT, Gestalt and Psychodynamic therapies. Being an Integrative counsellor I use a variety of approaches and strategies of therapy according to the client's needs and the presenting issues; including how to reduce the effect that stress has on the body, brain and nervous system. In my work as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counsellor I work short-term using mainly Solution Focused Brief Therapy which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and Mindfulness.
I regularly attend workshops as part of my Continuing Professional Development.