Swords Counselling & Phychotherapy Services

Sometimes the first contact is the hardest, nearly all of the time it gets easier after that call.

Who We Are.

Swords Counselling Service offers a calm space in which you can explore the difficulties you are experiencing in your life. Whether you have an immediate issue you need to work on or would like to develop your awareness and capacity for understanding yourself more fully, we offer a warm, caring and non-judgemental place for you to take that step.

The ethos of the service is to provide a quality, affordable service in a safe setting to individuals, couples and families to explore issues that create barriers to them living a fuller and more meaningful life.

Gerard Dunne

The Service was established in 2016 by Gerard Dunne, a fully qualified, insured, professional Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is a pre-accredited member with the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (I.A.C.P.) and adheres to their strict code of ethics and practice guidelines. With previous work experience in the community, youth and health sectors, Gerard has gained valuable experience and training in issue’s such as; anxiety and depression disorders, relationship issues, abuse, suicide ideology, self harm and workplace related issue’s, e.g. stress, bullying and burn out.

Counselling & Psychotherapy

“We can provide counselling & Psychotherapy for a wide and varied group of issues”

At Swords Counselling Service our therapeutic approach is Integrative, meaning that we combine a variety of techniques and approaches from schools of therapy such as, Person Centred Therapy, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which allow us flexibility and adaptability in order to meet the client’s needs.

Person Centred Therapy (PCT) is a form of talk-therapy. The goal of PCT is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behaviours are being negatively affected. It is based on a subjective view (personal opinion) of human experience. This approach provides a climate of safety and trust in the therapeutic setting so that the client, by using the therapeutic relationship for self-exploration, can become aware of blocks to growth. Person-centred therapy is best characterised as a way of being and as a shared journey in which the therapist and client reveal their humanness and participate in a growth experience.

Choice Theory/Reality Therapy (CT/RT) is a psychological explanation of how and why people behave as they do. It is an active, directive approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It offers a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) framework from which the counsellor operates. It encourages people to see that they are not victims of circumstances. Rather than being passive and powerless it assists people in obtaining the skills and confidence to solve their own problems and discover more effective ways of living. Its problem-solving focus is considerably best suited to assist people develop the skills of helping themselves and having a sense of control over their own lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for treating mental disorders. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions, e.g. thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions.