PJ Toal MBACP & MNCS (Accred)
07470 371344 / 0876 201 740
As an integrative Counsellor I draw on elements of different perspectives and provide a unique therapy which can be adapted to suit a client's needs. I use the insights and techniques of Humanistic Counselling, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to gain a deeper understanding of your concerns and work towards a new and happier sense of self. Below is a very brief description of the approaches I use in my practice which you may find present in our therapy sessions together. These approaches build a strong foundation for our therapeutic relationship to grow in a safe and supporting environment.
By integrating Jacob's and Egan’s counselling Models as a framework, I am able to integrate different theories and approaches as required by my individual clients. Humanistic Counselling offers a non-judgemental relationship between the therapist and client; this enables the client to explore what they need and want in the ‘here and now,’ and how they can reach this goal. Gestalt Therapy in particular focuses on the development of the client’s holistic awareness of themselves, their circumstances and how they live in those circumstances. During this therapy various therapeutic tools and creative mediums may be used.
Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on unconscious thought processes which manifest themselves in a client's behaviour. The approach seeks to increase a client's self-awareness and understanding of how the past has influenced present thoughts and behaviours, by exploring their unconscious patterns. Clients are encouraged to explore unresolved issues and conflicts, and to talk about important people and relationships in their life. By using this approach I offer a safe holding and containing environment in which I aim to build trust and autonomy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works on exploring how negative thoughts and feelings can affect our behaviour and how different aspects of these can be changed to resolve a particular problem or issue. CBT can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. In CBT, problems are broken down into five main areas:
- physical feelings
CBT is based on the concept of these five areas being interconnected and affecting each other. For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Degree in Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in CBT
- Mindfulness Training
- ASIST Training
- Working with Self Harm
- BACP Working with Addiction
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Ethics Masterclass
- Introduction to Psychodrama Psychotherapy and Action Methods
- Relate NI - Relationship Counsellor
- Trauma Training
- Play Therapy
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- £35 per session for individuals
- £45 per session for couples
Our first session, the assessment session is a chance for both the client and I to assess the situation and to develop a way to work together.
I am available to see clients in Newry, Portadown, Crossmaglen, Castleblayney and Dundalk.
Just give me a call/text/email and we can discuss a location and time for an initial consultation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Just give me a call/text/email and we can discuss a location and time for initial 50 minute consultation. Available for calls/texts/emails Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm & Fri/Sat 9am-3pm
Types of client
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