Each experience is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual.
People attend for a number of sessions for support or to get clarity around a difficulty they are experiencing. They may derive great benefit simply from having a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk freely about issues or concerns. Clients can gain insight into themselves and develop new ways of coping. They will be met with an emphatic and compassionate response, conducive to being able to find new ways forward in life.
Counselling is appropriate for issues that may have occurred recently, and that are proving difficult to manage. For example, this could include; bereavement, anxiety, work stress, family or relationship issues, coping with illness or injury. Six to eight sessions can sometimes be enough. Other times people discover that they would benefit from longer-term work.
Psychotherapy is a longer term deeper process which involves working with unconscious material to uncover the underlying issues that are influencing current difficulties. It could be for example that you are repeating old patterns laid down in childhood, that have left an impression or cause you to behave in ways that limit you or hold you back.
In making the old patterns more explicit and bringing them into consciousness more clearly, we can begin to free ourselves from the past influences and become ourselves more fully. Psychotherapy can be a process which enables us to come to know our authentic self, and to engage more fully and creatively with life. As Carl Jung has said, “We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become”.
Some people may come because they are stuck or confused or in pain, or because they find themselves repeating unhelpful patterns. They may wish to explore why they are feeling anxious or down, or why they feel bad about themselves no matter how successful they are or how much they achieve.
Others come because they wish to explore and come to know themselves more deeply, to connect with their soul’s journey.
A safe space for couples to come together and explore issues they may be having in their relationship. They may be experiencing a lot of conflict, communication difficulties, or have come to a place of apathy and of withdrawal from one another. My work involves enabling the couple to hear each other, and to express themselves more clearly. It can also involve looking at older patterns that are influencing the current relationships, such as unresolved hurts from the past, or messages we picked up from our parents or family of origin about how relationships are.
Counselling for teenagers
Teenagers initially attend the first session alongside a parent or guardian to establish what their needs are. Many young people are experiencing intense anxiety, depression or facing issues such as bullying or family difficulties. Often counselling can help them to gain a stronger sense of themselves and become more resourced and confident in dealing with peers, family, school and life.
My work with trauma is informed chiefly by the Somatic Experiencing work of Peter Levine. This is a body based therapeutic method that has arisen from a biological understanding of how trauma affects the nervous system, which has firm foundations in current neuroscience. “Trauma is a fact of life, but it does not have to be a life sentence”, Peter Levine has asserted. Current research shows that conventional talking therapies are not sufficient to alleviate traumatic experiences. Indeed talking about the events that overwhelmed us can, in fact, be re-traumatising. Trauma impacts upon the body and gets held there, and therefore we need to engage the body in the therapeutic process if we are to heal and move on. For more about Somatic Experiencing see Ireland SE.
Personal development groups
Groups are informed by Jungian BodySoul© work and Somatic Experiencing and include dream work, journaling, artwork, movement and other creative arts practices. Workshops can be adapted to suit the needs of the particular group. If you would like further information or would like to be included on the mailing list for future groups and courses, please email email@example.com.
“The conscious feminine gives us the courage to love an acorn without knowing what an oak tree is.”
~ Marion Woodman
“Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than fear, everything shifts”
~ Bessel van der Kolk
“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living”
~ Marion Woodman