I work as an integrative counsellor, a type of counselling that integrates different counselling traditions. I draw on the humanistic, psychodynamic ,and cognitive-behavioural therapy models to support you with any difficulties you may have.
Based on the work of Carl Rogers, humanistic counselling respects each individual’s ability to make their own decisions. My work with you will not be about giving advice, nor deciding what is best for you. Instead, through discussion and exploration, the aim is to help you clarify your own beliefs, values and priorities. This work takes place in a supportive, non-judgmental environment giving you space to make your own decisions. Whatever issue you present with, I work with the whole person. We examine the problem not just in the context of your feelings, but of your values, your worldview, and how you interpret the significant events in your life.
Psychodynamic counselling, in brief, recognises the importance of past experience and how it shapes current behaviour and relationships. This enables you to examine any unresolved conflicts or symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships. The psychodynamic approach focuses on the dynamics of relating; in your relationships both inside and outside the therapy room. We explore how you experience yourself in relation to the issue and to significant others in your life.
In addition, we explore how you, the client, experience yourself in relation to me, the therapist. Particular focus is given to parallels between other relationships and aspects of the relationship between client and therapist. The aim is to give you a deeper understanding of yourself in relation to others. This insight is enhanced through exploration of any thoughts, feelings, dreams, or memories that associate to previous relationships or situations.
The process inevitably takes you back to that time in your childhood when you were dependent on others. This is not to apportion blame. Instead, it is to understand the influences that shaped you in your early years of development; influences which live on in today’s relationships.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works best for some individuals with a specific issue or set of issues. CBT combines cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. In short, the cognitive aspect explores the way we think about things, and how those thoughts result in particular moods and feelings. The behavioural component examines the relationship between our thoughts and our behaviours; why we do the things we do. Combining the two can give us a different perspective on whatever issues we might be experiencing.
The approach or blend of approaches I use will depend on the issue you bring, the purposes you hope to achieve, and the assessment I make. I discuss with you in the first and subsequent sessions.
If you wish to make an appointment for counselling in Dublin, please get in contact.