Sheelagh is a Counselling Psychologist and a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has worked with adult clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, mental health issues, childhood sexual abuse, chronic illness, addictions, and post-traumatic-stress disorder.
She is seasoned in working with couples on relationship problems and domestic violence. She also works with adolescents with such issues as depression, conduct problems, anxiety, identity concerns, bullying, school refusal, and relationship issues. In her work, she uses an integrative approach to therapy, and utilizes psychological theory and empirical research in her therapeutic work with her clients. Sheelagh focuses on creating a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for her clients by establishing a secure therapeutic relationship where difficult issues can be explored at the client's pace.
She engages in both short-term and long-term therapeutic work. Typical activities include:.
My main way of being with the client is an humanistic approach. This means that I respect the human capabilities of the client and have confidence in their ability to grow and to change. The goal is to find out how the client perceives himself in the here and now and to recognize growth. This is quite an optimistic approach due to the non-judgmental, non-directive attitude of the counsellor and helps the client become aware of their strengths and intrinsic goodness. But on top of this I incorporate psychodynamic elements. I look at what unconscious thought processes are showing themselves in the client's behaviour.
The goal is to help the client become more aware of how the past has influenced their current thoughts and behaviours by helping them work through unresolved issues and conflicts they may have with significant people in their lives. In addition to the two approaches mentioned above, I would also work in a cognitive behavioural manner when a practical approach is needed to challenge the thoughts and perceptions of the client that lead to negative behaviour.
In short, I use an integrative approach which allows me the freedom to be flexible with the client in the very present setting of the therapy room and to fully integrate my knowledge and training into the process in the here and now. Articles by Barry Smyth. He integrates elements of other approaches when necessary, including Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Existential and Emotion Focused Therapies. Pat is a mature, empathic person who strives at all times to work in an atmosphere of gentleness and respect. Breathing and relaxation techniques are used where appropriate.
Issues dealt with in his work include I have trained in Bereavement Counselling helping to support clients following through their grief. I have also worked extensively with clients with Post Natal Depression. I would describe myself as an integrative counsellor, employing aspects of a variety of cognitive, humanistic and psychodynamic models within my work, with an emphasis upon solution-focused therapy and cognitive therapy. I am calm, empathic and gentle in my counselling work, though quite capable of displaying rigour and assertiveness too.
I am patient, kind and tolerant, and have a good sense of humour. Robert Byrne. Addiction counsellor. Dip CBT.
Smart Recovery Facilitator. The metaphor of the hiker and the guide is useful for conceptualizing the counsellor-client relationship. The counsellor guides the client through at least the early stages of recovery, but the recovery process ultimately belongs to the client.
It is the client alone who is responsible and accountable for his or her recovery. By guiding my clients in new directions towards recovery we gain positive results that can then be explored and built on.
Mairin is an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist who works with individuals on a wide range of issues both on a short term and a long term basis. She works as a general counsellor in areas such as relationships, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem and workplace issues. She also has a wide range of experience working with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Always focused on the client, her priority is in providing a safe place where clients can build trust and move towards greater awareness and change.
Mairin works in an integrative way with clients, which allows her to draw on different models of counselling as appropriate to each person.
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