There can be multiple reasons why you might feel this is the right time to come for counselling. Perhaps something has happened in your life that has left you feeling like you cannot make sense of the world anymore, or perhaps you feel ready to let go of some of the heavy feelings that no longer serve you, or are not yours to carry any more. I believe that we can all be unreliable narrators of our own lives, and that we can feel alone in the world sometimes.
I see counselling as a space to explore what is going on for you and what you might like to change in a safe, confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment. I believe we should all live in a world free to be who we truly are and to be accepted as such. Most people experience mental health challenges at various times in their lives, and there is a still so much pressure to appear like we have it all together. But often there is strength in admitting that we can’t do it all on our own and that we need a bit of help to get through life’s difficulties. I understand that it can be scary to let someone else in, but it can also be transformational. Together we can find light in the darkness.
I am a fully insured qualified Counselling Psychotherapist and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I am required to meet the highest standards of ethics and proficiency within the counselling profession.
I am originally from Ireland, though I have lived in the UK for many years. My training is grounded in both Integrative and Humanistic approaches, which means I focus on the whole person in the here and now, and I believe everyone’s experience of the world is unique. I incorporate Feminist theory in my work, which means that I also focus on what societal, cultural or political pressures might be influencing how you feel.
I have been working with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years, and I believe that it is incredibly important to have access to a therapeutic space where your identity does not have to be justified or explained. I welcome clients from all abilities, backgrounds and identities as I have experience working with people in distress in a variety of different positions. I believe in social justice, and that everyone should have access to help when they need it.