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BSc (Hons), PG Dip., MBACP(Accred), MIACP

About me

Welcome!

I am an experienced Humanistic Psychotherapist and Counsellor registered and accredited with both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Based between London and Dublin, I offer both short-term and long-term therapy for adults. I am DBS checked/Garda vetted, fully insured and practice in accordance with the BACP and IACP Ethical Frameworks. 
Sessions are currently available Online via Video Call or by Telephone or for those clients in Ireland, in person sessions are available in my office in Portobello, Dublin 2.

Whether your reason for seeking therapy now is influenced by the current global crisis or whether you have been considering this for a long time, it would be a pleasure to meet you.

My aim is to provide a warm, calm and compassionate approach to help you to cope better with the issues you may be struggling with. Our therapeutic sessions will be tailored to meet your individual needs, based on a shared understanding of your concerns and problems.

What to expect:

The first session is a therapeutic consultation where we will have the opportunity to explore together the reasons that bring you to therapy and to identify your hopes and aims for therapy. This also gives you an opportunity to meet me and ensure that I am the right therapist for you. Following the initial session and provided that we both wish to proceed. I have a friendly informal style and will do my best to make you feel completely at ease.

How to book:

  • In addition to email enquiries, I offer a free 20minute initial consultation over the phone where I am happy to discuss your needs and together establish if counselling is right for you at this time.
  • To arrange this, please email or call using the details above. I aim to respond within 24 hours.
  • Sessions last 50 minutes usually at the same time and day each week.

My Approach:

The therapeutic approach that predominantly informs my work is Person-Centred Psychotherapy and the work of Carl Rogers. Person-Centred therapy believes that each and every person can, and will, become a more fully functioning person if given the right conditions. The underpinning principles of the Person-Centred Approach are focused on the counsellor being honest, non-judgmental and fully accepting whilst being fully integrated in the relationship allowing you, the client, to lead and set the pace. Although Person-Centred therapy is at the core of how I work, I am continually expanding on my experience/training to enable me to integrate various other psychotherapeutic approaches into my work including Trauma Focused Interventions, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and specific training in Online and Telephone therapy that is accredited by ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • PG Dip. Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accred.) - University of Strathclyde (2014)
  • Cert. Counselling Skills (IACP Accred.) - Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute. (2012)
  • BSc. (hons) Intellectual Disability Nursing - NUI University College Cork UCC (2008)
  • Cert. Solution Focused Brief Therapy - Validium Group Ltd. (2014)
  • Cert. Psychological Trauma Interventions (assessment and delivery) - Validium Group Ltd. (2014)
  • Cert. Working with Eating Disorders - CCPE (2018)
  • Cert. Online and Telephone Counselling - The Counselling Tutor (2021) (recognised by BACP, NCS, Accredited by ACTO)
  • ASIST Accredited (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - Living Works (2018)
  • Student Minds Look After Your Mate registered trainer since 2017

CPD/Further Training:

  • Working with Race in HE Counselling - Birkbeck University (2021)
  • Working with Gender Identity and Sexuality in Short-term H.E. Counselling (2020)
  • Working with Trauma in Short-term Counselling in H.E (2020)
  • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder in H.E Counselling (2020)
  • Working with Nightmares; Dream Completion Technique (2020)
  • Working with Eating Disorders in Short-Term H.E. Counselling (2019)
  • Supporting Students who Disclose Rape or Sexual Assault in Universities (Train the trainer) - The Havens; an NHS SARC Initiative (2019)
  • Consent: A workshop for Students (train the trainer) - The Havens; an NHS SARC Initiative (2019)
  • Normal and Abnormal Eating - BACP (2019)
  • Emotional Regulation - BACP (2019)
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis - West London Mental Health Trust NHS training (2019)
  • ARC: Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency: A Framework for Intervention with Complexly Traumatised Youth (2018)
  • Safeguarding (2018)
  • Trauma Treatment Pathways and Psychological First Aid - Validium House Glasgow (2015)
  • Introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (2013)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Areas of Special Interest

Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety, Sexual Abuse, Bereavement and Relationship problems.

Fees

£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • £70 per session 
  • Limited number of concession rates available to those on a low-income, students or trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Afternoon and some limited evening appointments available Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs

All current availability is working remotely (online video or phone sessions)

Please get in touch to enquire.

Further information

Originally from Ireland, prior to undertaking my training as a therapist I had a career as a registered Nurse specialising in working with dual diagnosis (severe/profound intellectual disability and severe diagnosed mental health conditions). This work was very fulfilling and my wish to spend more time with patients along with my own personal therapy experiences led me to pursue a career in Psychotherapy.

In addition to my private practice work, I have spent the last 6 years as the Clinical lead of a university counselling service working therapeutically with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. It has and continues to be a great privilege to offer support during what is a transformative stage of life. Prior to working in a university setting I have worked therapeutically in a variety of settings including specialist charities, EAPs (Employee Assistance Program), a hospice and public healthcare (NHS/HSE Ireland).

In the time since the Covid-19 pandemic I have been engaging with pro bono work offering counselling support to frontline workers with Frontline19.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Access therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home: Online video or Telephone sessions available

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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