Originally from rural Co Wexford, I began my working life in Dublin before I got itchy feet and moved to London. That move presented me with an opportunity to study and transition into HR Management & Development and later Career Counseling. Initially thinking I might stay a few years, I actually stayed for sixteen!
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Shortly after returning to Ireland I decided to delve a little deeper and I began my training with the Flatstone Institute, a small organisation based in Cork. I chose them because of how they structure the training with an emphasis on experiential learning and personal development. It's how I learn best because I understanding the meaning and complexity of life issues through my own internal response rather than academic learning. The other primary focus of that training is on working from a relational perspective with clients. It was less about the tools and more about the heart!
My interest in spirituality is not as a subject of study but as a lived experience, which really means being guided by my soul (intuition) for direction, authenticity and nourishment. I have a sense of what we long for and are capable of and that the struggle between soul longing, human conditioning and experience is challenging. However, I also believe that struggle is natural and necessary in order to grow in consciousness, humility and humanity and it is my belief that life itself presents us naturally with the growth opportunities we need along the way. I maintain a Camino blog based on my experiences of walking the ancient pilgrimage route along the Camino de Santiago.
This is something I am conscious of in my work with clients.
It is the combination of my training and my life experiences that influence my approach to counselling work now.
As a Counsellor I work from a person centred, humanistic and intuitive perspective with influences from other orientations such as gestalt and from life itself. I believe strongly in our connection with mother nature and her healing power. I also believe fully in the power of compassion, kindness and non-judgement as prerequisites to healing and I know the healer lies within.
Qualifications and Accreditation
In 2011 I received a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Flatstone Institute, Cork and became accredited to the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) in 2015. I abide by the IAHIP code of ethics and I am in regular supervision for my work.