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My approach to Psychotherapy is Humanistic and Integrative.  Humanistic in terms of being non-directive with an emphasis on self acceptance and personal growth.  Integrative in that I use a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client’s individual needs such as;  Pychodynamic which can create a new self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour, Gestalt helping clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviours are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.  Cognitive Behavioural Theraphy (CBT) which focuses on solutions, encouraging clients to challenge distorted thought patterns and change destructive patterns of behaviour.

Qualifications: Masters in Psychotherapy and H.Dip in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and I adhere to their code of ethics and professional conduct.

Why am I unique?

I believe that a rich and varied life experience has taught me to respect and adopt different points of view, feelings, beliefs and value systems helping me to be a better therapist and a more accepting person.

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