Counselling Dublin

Counselling space dublinI work as an integrative counsellor. As the name suggests it is a type of counselling that integrates different counselling traditions. The two traditions I draw from are the humanistic and psychodynamic models.

Humanistic Counselling

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 my 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 that gives you the space to reach your own decisions.

Whatever the issue may be, I work with the whole person.  We examine the problem not just in the context of your feelings, but also your values, your worldview,  and how you interpret significant events in your life.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic counselling, in brief, recognises the importance of past experience and how it shapes current behaviour and relationships. This allowss you to examine any unresolved conflicts or symptoms arising 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 that live on in today’s relationships.

If you wish to make an appointment for counselling in Dublin, please get in contact.