Like most counsellors, I decided to train in counselling and psychotherapy out of my own interest in discovering more about who I am.
Everyone struggles and my own have revealed the importance of humanity and humility.
I know what it is like to be deeply vulnerable in the most inconvenient of circumstances!
I understand what it is to love and to experience profound loss and grief. I have experienced loss of faith, purpose, direction, belief and belonging.
I know what it is to find and lose connection with myself and with others as well as with a higher power and to experience the dark night of the soul.
Along the way I discovered some new friends, specifically, self-compassion, patience, acceptance and kindness - but I still see my old friends too (self criticism, self judgement and resentment), we are not as friendly as we used to be but we haven't parted ways completely. That is all part of being human.
I began my training in 2006 with the Flatstone Institute, a small organisation based in Cork. I chose them because of how they structure the training with an emphasis on the personal development of their trainees. It's what suited me because I value and understanding the meaning and complexity of life issues through my own internal experience better than through 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!
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 mindfulness, age old wisdom, and from life itself. I believe strongly in the healing and soothing power of mother nature who has no agenda and does not try to interfere, it just is. 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.
At present I am also a member of The Association of Registered Complimentary Health Therapists of Ireland (ARCHTI).