I hold a BA (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Glyndwr University and an MSc. in Mental Health from Trinity College Dublin. My qualifications also include training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Group Facilitation, Self-Injury, Suicide, Addiction and Loss, Crisis Intervention and Eating Disorders.
I have expertise assisting clients with a variety of mental health issues in residential and outpatient settings, with a particular interest in addiction and homelessness, eating disorders and self-harming/suicidal behaviour. To date, I have carried out both group work and individual client work for a variety of private and community based services, including Forest Healthcare, Crosscare Homeless Services, the Dublin Simon Community and ARAS.
I use an integrated, client-centred approach for the delivery of mental health services that addresses the multifaceted needs of each individual client. I believe that everyone has the potential for growth and change, if given a supportive, non-judgmental environment and the time to explore their individual difficulties at their own pace. I use a range of therapeutic methods in my work, depending on each individual client and their particular needs.
I aim to show my clients compassion and respect and to promote their autonomy within the therapeutic process towards change. My experiences working with clients to this point have shown me that when people are treated as responsible adults they tend to act as such and they will be more likely to openly discuss their concerns and engage in the process. My goal is to promote a motivation to change in order to help my clients develop more self-efficacy in their drive to take responsibility for themselves and those around them.
I am accredited with the IACP (Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy), and adhere to Children’s First Guidelines and best practice policy and procedures.