Psychotherapy is something I’ve been really interested in for many years. Exploring self and relationship and how we get overwhelmed, blocked and side tracked and how to undo that is very close to my heart.
When asked, I say that I aim first and foremost to be a very person-centred and relational psychotherapist. Creating a warm, safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space for the client is my first priority. As an attachment and trauma-informed therapist, making the therapeutic space a “safe haven” to take refuge in, and a “secure base” from which to venture out into the world again hopefully renewed and encouraged is how I conceptualise the core framework.
I completed my BA Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in 2019.
During my training in CIT I worked as a trainee psychotherapist in the HSE, in the Mallow Primary Care Centre. I was part of the multi-disciplinary mental health team. This was an invaluable experience for me. I worked there for two years seeing a wide range of clients with a broad variety of issues between October 2017 and September 2019.
Over the years I have explored many kinds of personal development, including mindfulness and yoga. In my spare time I love films, reading, music, hiking and DYI. I’m quite partial to board games!
Before retraining to be a psychotherapist I worked mainly in software teams as an analyst in a few well known companies, including Canada Life, Vhi, IBM and Microsoft. My original bachelors degree is in philosophy from UCD.
I completed a Masters Degree in Cyberpsychology in IADT in 2016. This programme opened me up to the possibilities for online therapy and how the internet can be a very useful tool for mental health. As part of my masters I designed and conducted research into the use of virtual reality for treating social anxiety, and how self-compassion might be helpful as part of that. The outcome of that research can be read about here. I found during this research that listening to my participants’ stories, their difficulties as well as their hopes and dreams, that I clearly recognised that I wanted to go back and train to be a psychotherapist.
I work as a humanistic and integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and I am fully accredited with the IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).