Counselling & Psychotherapy Services

“We can provide counselling & Psychotherapy for a wide and varied group of issues”. We provide counselling for a range of issues including; Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Post-Traumatic, Stress Disorder and Phobias etc), Bereavement & Loss, Depression, Health Related, Issues, Identity Problems, Personal Development, Redundancy, Relationships, Self, Esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Work Related Issues.

Anger Management

If you feel that your anger is affecting you in a negative way, getting out of control or impacting on your relationships counselling can help you to handle it better. When we understand why we are angry and can identify where our anger is coming from we can then find better ways to deal with how we feel.

Anger management techniques, together with an understanding of why we are angry, can be highly effective in teaching us how to deal with anger in a positive way and reduce the stress we experience as we encounter challenging situations in all areas of our lives. By letting go of anger we can experience our lives more fully.

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Anxiety & Stress

When someone suffers from anxiety they experience fear or dread beyond a normal reaction to the daily stresses we encounter – the worry is out of proportion to the original situation faced by them. Anxiety is a very subjective experience with each sufferer experiencing the fear or “danger” in a very unique way. We feel the threat and fear based on our unique perception of the event and our perspective is based on our unique background, with our own needs, desires, self-concept, resources, knowledge, skills, personality traits and maturity.

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Bereavement & Loss

We all experience grief in our own way and the more significant the loss is to you the more intensely the grief may be felt. Even a subtle loss, almost imperceptible to others, may have a significant effect on us because it is our loss.  Mourning is a very personal and highly individual experience and how you grieve depends on the nature of the loss, your coping style, personality, life experience and your faith. It is a process which takes time and cannot be rushed.

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Depression

Depression can affect anyone at any stage in their life. Anxiety, stress and lack of energy can leave you feeling down and miserable for a few days or so and we may even say “I’m depressed”. The difference with depression is that those feelings last for a long time, can feel overwhelming and make life very difficult to cope with.  There is no single test to take to diagnose depression as there are many symptoms. If you experience a number of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it is possible you are suffering from a depressive episode.

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Personal Growth & Development

Some people come to counselling for help with a particular issue that is causing them distress in their lives at that time. However, others begin counselling to answer questions for themselves around who they are, why they think and feel the way they do, what they want from life and their relationships, to connect with a deeper side of themselves and discover more about themselves. The focus of therapy is on the personal, subjective side of the client’s life experience – seeing life from the client’s perspective. By connecting with our own inner wisdom, with the freedom and responsibility that it brings, we can bring about a change in our way of being in the world.

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Relationship Difficulties / Marital Breakdown

Our relationships are such an important part of our lives that when we are experiencing difficulties with those relationships it can affect every other area of our lives. The stresses we experience such as financial problems, work issues, demands on our time and energy, raising children etc can put a strain on our relationships with those closest to us. We can find ourselves tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Differences in personality, goals in life, expectations of what a relationship “should” be, and communication style can result in difficulties and leave us feeling disconnected from each other and lonely.

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Suicide / Self Harm

Suicide is a very difficult issue for anyone who encounters it, whether it’s trying to deal with our own suicidal feelings or trying to cope with the loss of a loved one through suicide. Anyone touched by suicide struggles with a wide range of emotions associated with grief and loss, with the added pain of knowing that the person we love chose to take their own life. Whatever the circumstances this is a time when an experienced professional can really help.

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Employee Assistance Programmes

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service offered by a Company or Organisation to their employees. This benefit/service means that they can avail of a number of counselling sessions to assist them with any problems or issues they may be dealing with, either personal or work related.  The Company can refer the client, or the client can refer themselves for counselling. Issues dealt with can be personal to the client but having an impact on their work life, or the client may be experiencing issues at work that they may need help with. The Company pays for the sessions however, the sessions are confidential between the client and counsellor.

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Problem Solving/Conflict Management

The problem solving process involves two main parts: diagnosing the conflict, and developing alternative solutions.   Diagnosis emphasizes identifying the parties’ underlying interests.  The goal of problem solving approaches is to find mutually acceptable solutions to problems.   Solutions may take the form of a compromise, or agreement on a fair procedure for generating an outcome.  Integrative, or win-win, solutions are the most desirable

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Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Abuse comes in all shapes. Some may be more obvious to the world, some known only to the victim and perpetrator. If someone grows up in a home where there was abuse, it is difficult not to think of it as normal. It is also difficult to accept someone you love has hurt you. Many survivors assumed responsibility for the abuse –even think it was because something was wrong with them. Unfortunately, long after the abuse has stopped the aftereffects continue to haunt them. Core feelings that were born in the environment of abuse strangle their emotional and developmental growth.

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