I am a qualified holistic psychotherapist based in Galway and a member of the IACP - Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have a BA (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Diploma in Psychology of Counselling. I also have a background in business and management and I am a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII).
In my early 40's I decided to change career path. Having worked in marketing and managerial roles I felt there was something more for me. I spent a long time deliberating what I would like to do and what type of work I would be best suited to. I chose psychotherapy as I wanted to make a difference by helping others. Over the years I have seen many friends and family struggle with what life has thrown at them and at times I myself have found life difficult. I spent five years studying psychology and the human condition. I have gained much more than I expected from my training and found myself on my own journey of self-discovery in exploring and reflecting on the person I am and who I want to be. There are only two promised days in life - the day we are born and the day we die. Nothing else is guaranteed and we don't have much control or answers regarding our destiny but I believe in living authentically whilst here on this earth and feel this can only be achieved when you know who you are and what's important to you. That's what I wish for my clients - to discover who they are.
As human beings, we may never fully understand ourselves and practice doesn't always make perfect but it definitely helps to progress on this life long journey of self-discovery.
I trained as a holistic counsellor and psychotherapist and I presently work with individuals aged 18 and over. My main approach is Person Centred but I also draw from other therapy approaches such as Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychosynthesis.
Many clients come to see me when they feel unsure about who they are or feel stuck in a particular stage of life. A mountain is sometimes used as a metaphor for life. On the climb of life, we encounter many stages along the way and these transitions challenge and test us. However we can also discover who we are, what our purpose in life is and what's important to us. The circumstances of everybody's life journey is different as everyone is unique. I work with my client to create a space so they can develop an awareness of what is preventing them from living their life to its fullest. It is only through self-awareness, self-understanding and compassion that we can work towards becoming best versions of ourselves. I adapt from a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques depending on each client's particular issue and what they are seeking to achieve in therapy. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is at the heart of the process of change in therapy.
So for anyone who feels they are at a crossroads in life, feels stuck, feels they have lost a sense of themselves or feels they have lost their way, we can work together to help you connect to who you really are and to become the narrator of your own story.
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken
Having done my own personal therapy and being on the other chair as a client, I admire the courage it takes for a client to attend therapy. I always value this truly unique and special vocation. I cherish the privilege of my role as a therapist and trust the process of the work.
Life transitions that I work with:
- Early adulthood – leaving home, starting college, new job
- Anxiety and stress issues – including low self esteem
- Relationship issues - including family and friends
- Circumstantial issues - becoming a parent, career transition, separation, divorce
- Sexual issues - exploring sexual identity
- Loss and grief including illness – losing a loved one, coming to terms with serious illness
- Identity issues - loss of your sense of where you fit in in the world
- Middle years – the sandwich years – loss of a sense of who you are
- Female midlife specialist – including menopause, who am I without expectations from others
- Later years – retirement, existential issues, what now?
Our lives are a series of stages or transitions. A transition is psychological process that a person goes through in order to come to terms with a new situation. They can be difficult, can cause fear and anxiety. However if it wasn't for transitions we would never change or reach our potential. A transition can make you reflect where your life has been and where it's going. Therapy can help you discover how best to manage these stages in life. It is only through self-awareness, self-understanding and compassion that we can work towards becoming best versions of ourselves. Together I work with my client to establish where they are at in their life journey and help them discover who they are and to find meaning and purpose in life.
Everyone's story is unique, important and special. I want to hear your story and help you feel empowered by your uniqueness.
If you need guidance, understanding and a safe non-judgemental space to explore and discover who you are and how to move forward, contact me.
I look forward to meeting you and working together.
Life is a journey not a destination