Malachy Dunne Reg MBACP (Accred) BA(Hons) Dip Couns
Honesty · Acceptance · Empathy
As we adjust to the new normal created by the coronavirus, online sessions offer opportunities to experience compassion, acceptance and healing. Working in this way can be effective and connected. I am an experienced therapist, teacher and supervisor and able to adapt to meet your needs at this unusual time.
I have been working as a Counsellor for more than ten years and have been privileged to witness incredible growth in clients, many of whom had given up on the idea of self-acceptance. My work aligns with a humanistic, or person-centred, approach and is based in compassion; both for self and others and, through compassion, helping people bring peace to their lives.
Before becoming a counsellor, I lived in London for twenty years and ran a successful landscaping and garden centre business. I was lucky to work in some wonderful locations including the Chelsea Flower Show and the Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth. There are parallels between tending to the needs of plants and people and I believe passionately in the power of both to flourish, given the right conditions. I moved to Cornwall to find a quieter place to bring up my two young children. Outside of counselling, I love the sea and try to get in it as often as I can.
Today, many of us need contact with nature more than ever. Climate Grief and Eco-Anxiety are very real and the changes to our environment are increasingly affecting our mental health. At Lifetime Therapy, I offer Wilderness one-to-one sessions, translating our Wellness counselling therapies to the outdoors. Sometimes described as Ecotherapy, working therapeutically outside brings us into contact with the environment as a healing space; by immersing ourselves in nature we are reminded of our connectedness with wider landscapes and richer ecosystems and access different thoughts and emotions, enhancing our experience of growth. In Cornwall we can walk and talk by rivers or seas, in woodland or on moorland and experience the richness of our landscape as a backdrop to healing.
Humanistic counselling predicates in the belief that we all, given the right conditions, have an infinite capacity to heal and grow. These conditions: honesty, acceptance and empathy, offered skilfully by a trained therapist, will form the basis for change and healing. Whilst it can be most effective in helping individuals deal with many issues including addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and abuse of any kind (whether historic or current), the humanistic approach does not offer quick fixes and can be incredibly powerful in enabling lasting change.
At Lifetime Therapy I am a Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Group Enabler. I have also lectured in Counselling and Supervision. I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework.
Qualifications · BA (Hons), PGCE, RegMBACP (Accred), Dip Couns Cert Supervision(level 6)
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
BA(Hons) Counselling Studies (1st Class)
Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a selection of Person-Centred Therapies for individuals and groups as well as Internships and Clinical Supervision for practitioners. Sessions maybe face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype or similar platform. The details of these, including prices and concessions, can be found on the website: https://www.lifetimetherapy.co.uk/