About me; My background, training and style of working

 

I have over 20 years experience working in the community development/social work field.In the 1990s, I found myself drawn towards psychotherapy as part of my own healing journey and as a way of supporting others. This led to me deciding to commence training as a therapist. I completed my four year training in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy at the Institute of Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dun Laoghaire in 2002, graduating with a professional Diploma in Psychotherapy.

 

My therapeutic approach which I call Integrative, draws from a wide range of models;Psychodynamic therapies, Gestalt, Person Centred,  Cognitive and Solution focused approaches, Body Oriented and Transpersonal approaches. I move between these styles and approaches in response to what and who I meet in the therapy room. 

 

I run my own private counselling and psychotherapy practice in South Belfast, and welcome enquiries from people of all ages and backgrounds.

 

I also continue to work in the community/social work sector as a counsellor/therapist/mental health trainer.  Local organisations I have worked with include ;

 

Include Youth (Give and Take Scheme) - mental health group work programme with young adults

Staffcare (South and East Belfast Trust) counselling service for adults 

Contact Youth counselling service for young people age 12-25

Barnardos  therapeutic service for young people with sexual behaviour problems - as a therapist/trainer

Simon - training in adolescent mental health

 

I am a registered member of two professional bodies; the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP) and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).