Counselling

It’s likely that you’re thinking about coming for counselling if you’ve reached my website. So where do you start?

The first steps can feel rather daunting and confusing!

Essentially people come for counselling because they want a better life and if you have reached this point you will probably want to do something about it now and not later.

It can be difficult to make that first contact. In looking around for the right counsellor, you have already taken the courage to acknowledge something really important to yourself.

Whether you have a specific problem to resolve, a deep-seated or complex emotional issue or a general sense of dissatisfaction in life, counselling could help you find clarity and understanding, as well as a means to helping you reach your full potential.

With this in mind, my main focus is to build a therapeutic relationship with you in an empathic, accepting and non-judgemental manner and to facilitate your exploration of the issues in a safe and confidential environment.

I can assist you to identify your own personal resources and capabilities, which are sometimes hard to find during times of confusion, conflict and anxiety.

I will help you to see your circumstances from a new perspective and to explore and help you gain access to your own inner strength and wisdom. In this process, you will experience more clarity, enabling you to move through whatever issues are negatively affecting your life.

I can offer you professional help and support to find your way through your difficulties.

There is little difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling is the term generally given to a brief form of therapy which can last between 6 to 12 sessions, while psychotherapy consists of more in-depth work and is open ended (several months or years).

Therapy allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively, to explore issues that are affecting your life and to help you improve your situation by exploring new ways of coping, in privacy and confidence.

I can offer you that safe, confidential space in which to explore whatever you need to look at. We will work at your own pace with whatever you choose to look at in each session.

To be listened to and to have your feelings acknowledged can in itself be a very powerful, healing process for people whose experience elsewhere may have left them feeling unheard, unacknowledged or misunderstood.

There are times when things can get too difficult to handle. Our lives are full of stress, demands and pressure. For most of us the immediate support network is our friends and family. However, there are times when we need to look outside our immediate circle of contacts to get the help we need.

Sometimes those who mean the most to us are simply too close to the issue to offer objective support (for example, family and personal problems). At other times they are too far removed to understand the issue properly (such as, professional and career problems and dilemmas). If a relationship is in trouble or if depression simply gets too much, not everyone feels comfortable talking to a family member or a friend.

Throughout the counselling process you will be encouraged, supported and empowered to make positive changes. My aim is not only to help you cope with a current issue or crisis, but to help you to identify the tools you need for the future, so you can take control of your life.

I work with adults and young people, covering a broad range of issues including:

  • Anxiety/stress,
  • self-esteem,
  • interpersonal difficulties,
  • feelings of depression,
  • loss and bereavement,
  • abuse,
  • family relationships,
  • addictions,
  • anger,
  • occupational and educational problems,
  • health,
  • major life changes,
  • acute or chronic illness,
  • gender issues.
As a Therapeutic Counsellor/Psychotherapist my approach is based upon ‘Person-Centred’ philosophy which works to understand an individual’s experience from their point of view. It offers a therapeutic relationship with the qualities of a non-judgemental and empathic relationship, genuineness and acceptance. I believe that these conditions can help people to find and trust their own inner resources and self-direction, making possible an opportunity for clarification and development.

I have trust and respect for the client’s process in counselling, which includes believing that they will know better than me which path feels right for them.

The confidentiality of the therapy can allow people to risk opening up areas kept locked away, and the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client can offer the opportunity for trust and the feeling of safety which facilitates the work.

I do not have the ability to solve your issues for you. You are your own expert.

My aim is to listen with warmth and empathy, to provide you with a confidential and safe space in which you can explore your feelings and options and to help you unravel your thoughts, facilitating a process which may enable you to understand your own issues more clearly. Through this process you can find ways to grow and move forward with your life in directions that are more fulfilling and positive for you.

There are also issues which are not easily resolved without professional help:

  • Alcoholism and drug addiction,
  • depression,
  • anxiety and panic attacks,
  • prolonged bereavement and grief,
  • marital problems,
  • eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia),
  • various phobias

All these issues are very difficult to cope with and overcome, unless you receive qualified assistance by a psychotherapist/counsellor.

After a brief initial contact by telephone, we would arrange to meet for a 60 minute confidential assessment, when we would be able to talk about your needs and how they may be addressed. We will also be able to decide whether we want to work together.

If this is the case, I usually start with a 6 to 8 session agreement (once a week), with the possibility to continue on a longer term basis.

FREE Bereavement Counselling Service in Drogheda

Drogheda Senior Citizen’s Interest Group offers FREE Bereavement counselling to any individual living in the Drogheda area.

Bereavement Counselling can help

Death and Bereavement may bring many changes which are often difficult and painful. It can be helpful to talk with a counsellor who is specifically trained to support you and help you begin to talk about what has happened. I am a member of the team of DSCIG designated counsellors. We work with individuals and couples who have experienced bereavement at any time in their lives.

Counselling Service

Each session lasts for fifty minutes and is an opportunity for the client to explore their issues in depth, so that they can begin to heal and recover from their loss or bereavement. I will provide you with an initial assessment which is an opportunity to meet with you and begin to form an idea of your issues and how I can help.

How to Make a Referral

You can refer yourself to the service by emailing or contacting Drogheda Senior Citizen’s Interest Group on 041 9844776. They will take some basic information from you and offer you a counselling assessment appointment with myself or another of their Bereavement Counsellors. If you prefer, just contact me and I will arrange your counselling sessions for you.

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma Counselling Supervision
  • Fully Accredited Member of the BACP
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Certificate in NLP

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The fee is €60 per hour counselling session

‘It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried’ – Carl Rogers