About Me

I have always worked in the area of mental health. In 1998 I qualified as a counsellor & Psychotherapist in London. Since my return home in 2001 I have worked in private practice and within the second level education system. I am fully accredited with IACP. I work with individuals, both adolescents and adults. I am fully committed to best practice and enjoy my work thoroughly. I have also engaged in the clinical group analytic training at St Vincents', which complements and enhances my working practice. I have garda vetting clearance through IACP. I work both face to face and online using Zoom. You can read more about me on www.basinstreetcentre.com


Experience

Psychotherapy for 9 years

I have 22 years experience as a practitioner. Since qualifying I have worked with adolescents and adults in private practice, adolescents within school systems, support groups and staff support within school systems.


Approach

Psychodynamic theory, thinks about the client as having an internal world from which they relate to the external world. This internal world is formed from introjecting early experiences and relationships. The internal world is shaped by an internal dialogue which is mostly unconscious. Drawing on this perspective, the clients’ internal world is something to be explored between client and therapist. A space is created where the client can, in as safe a way as possible, look at their material without judgement, and through the therapeutic process ultimately take it back in a way that it is integrated into the self. This can be a delicate and often complicated process. The psychodynamic approach usually involves longer term work with clients. The psychodynamic perspective considers the individuals’ way of being in the world as mirroring their internal make up. The therapeutic task brings the unconscious into consciousness. Work with dreams, defence mechanisms, transference and counter transference are considered important means of communication from unconscious to conscious.


Qualification

I began my training with an undergraduate honors degree in Psychology from UCD. At Birkbeck I was awarded a cert and Masters degree in Psychodynamic Counselling in 1998. I am currently in my fourth year in The Group Analytic Training in the School of Psychotherapy at St Vincents University Hospital




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