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The causes of psychological distress are never only within the individual. Every difficulty is relational. Problems generally occur as a result of complex dynamics within our relationship(s); with ourselves and our environment - family, friends, college, workplace, and so on. Through a gentle but rigorous process, my role is to help you explore your situation in order to make fully informed life choices. I do not diagnose or pathologise any feelings or behaviours. You can expect to be treated with respect at all times.
All problems within relationships are co-created. Finding fault, blaming and shaming doesn't help. My role is to facilitate a process where you can make sense of the complex dynamics for yourselves, as a couple or family. I encourage you to take responsibility for understanding and expressing your own needs in an atmosphere of collaborative and respectful exploration.
"Psychotherapy is the single greatest innovation of our times and the discipline on which the eventual flourishing of humankind rests"
Alain de Botton - September 2017
a little about me
I have 20 years experience of providing psychotherapy and counselling (15 years post-accreditation) in the private, corporate and voluntary sectors, both in Ireland and the UK.
My substantive psychotherapy training was at Regent's College (now Regent's University), where I completed a five year course of study between 2001 and 2006, finishing with an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. Upon graduation I received the Hans W. Cohn Award for Excellence. I remain passionate about the existential approach to therapy and over the past decade, alongside this, I have developed a strong interest in ecopsychology and ecotherapy, including completing a formal training in Wild Therapy.
I am accredited with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy through the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, through the Society for Existential Analysis, and I work in accordance with the codes of ethics of those bodies. I am a former member of the governing body and former honorary treasurer of IAHIP.
Between 2012 and 2017, I was employed by Cork Counselling Services Ltd as a senior psychotherapist and trainer of foundation, diploma and degree counselling and psychotherapy students. The training programmes were accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by Coventry University. As part of this role, I completed a Certificate in Counsellor Training with Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute. I run CPD training events for qualified practitioners, together with more substantive trainings, I have facilitated workshops at the annual Edge of the Wild gatherings in the UK, I am registered as a speaker with CONFER and I have delivered bespoke lectures and group facilitation work for The Law Society of Ireland, where I also offered one to one sessions between 2018 and 2022, as part of the Law School Psychological Services. I have also had existential psychotherapy and ecopsychology articles published in Ireland and the UK, was vice chair of the Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy Association of Ireland and I am a founding member of the recently formed Ecotherapy Network Ireland.
A full curriculum vitae is available at my LinkedIn page.
I live and work in Kinsale, where I attend to various people and pets, and in my spare time I play my ukulele (badly).