Before working as a psychotherapist, my professional background was as a pharmacist. It was my work in a pharmacy that provided the starting point for my work as a psychotherapist. Through talking and listening to people dealing with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional conditions for over twenty years I came to understand the value of providing an empathic and professional presence within the pharmacy setting. I fully appreciate that people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, education, sexual orientation, or family background struggle at some point with the demands of 21st-century living.
We may already be equipped with the tools required to safely navigate these demands but sometimes we may need some help in finding our way through them. I subsequently completed an Honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Middlesex University.
I work in a Humanistic Integrative way which means that I draw on a number of therapeutic skills, in particular, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theories. Working in this way allows me to adapt to each person’s individual needs and circumstances, one size does not fit all. Very often we find ourselves stuck in a cycle of behaviour, repeating similar experiences and reliving relationships that only seem to frustrate and upset us. Central to how I work is exploring how past experiences inform and influence our present-day actions and emotions. Working in this way allows me to assist you in finding ways to respond to challenges that restore a feeling of control and increased self-esteem. By gaining a deeper understanding of yourself you can achieve a deeper understanding of how you relate to your life and those in it.
I have previously worked in the Chrysalis Community Drugs Project where I helped clients overcome a range of issues associated with addiction. I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (I.A.C.P) and abide by their code of ethics to ensure the highest standards of professional practice. I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development.