I firmly believe that the main thing in successful counselling is a strong bond between a client who is motivated to change and a counsellor who is willing to learn. I believe that with each client comes a learning experience whereby I aim to understand what life is for them, no matter what life has done to them.
I am privileged to have this job as it is a very rewarding and humbling role. To hear people share their life stories can be profoundly enriching and worthwhile for both client and counsellor.
I am genuinely present with people as they explore the issues that have brought them to counselling. I provide a comfortable space whereby I use compassion, empathy, acceptance, confidentiality, kindness, warmth, and my knowledge and experience of counselling psychology.
Whilst I am mainly a person-centred counsellor, I also integrate that with aspects of motivational interviewing, behaviourism, existentialism, and focussing techniques.
With each client, comes a new person and a new range of experiences, life events, goals, and expectations. My main aim is to help each client to gain insight and to discover a way forward.
To create a confidential and non-judgemental space whereby we work together with compassion, respect, and trust to enable you to improve your life.
As a counsellor, I am experienced in helping people with a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to: anxiety, bereavement, depression, existentialism, general counselling, grief and loss, identity, LGBT, men’s issues, personal growth, relationships, sexuality, self-harm, and shame.
I also have a range of experience in other fields of care, e.g., Applied Behaviour Analysis with people with ASD and maladaptive behaviours, Life Skills and Emotional and Behavioural Care with young people in residential care, and Emotional Support in a Voluntary setting as a former Director of Samaritans, Kilkenny & Carlow branch.
PhD in Education
BSc in Psychology
As an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), I am insured and Garda vetted and my work is ethical, professional, accountable, and held to a very high standard.
I am as flexible as possible and offer counselling in Kilkenny and counselling in Carlow. Appointments can be arranged for Monday to Friday during the daytime and evening; Saturday morning/afternoon under special circumstances.
The initial consultation is half-price; €25 for individuals and €30 for couples. The purpose of this reduction is to give us time to discuss your needs, take some background details, and to assess if I am a suitable counsellor for you. There is no commitment to proceed any further.
After that initial consultation, if you decide to start therapy, the cost is €50 for individuals and €60 for couples per session with payment made at the end of each session. Sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples.
I Counsel in Kilkenny at
4 Watergate, Kilkenny
And I counsel in Carlow at
New Oak Community Centre, Carlow
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Carlow
You can contact me by clicking here, by email, or by phone 085 147 30 40 (if I don't answer you can leave a message with your name and number on my voice mail). All modes of contact are only accessible by me. Please note that due to the nature of the work, I am not always available but I will aim to reply to your contact within 24hrs.
Any former or current clients can leave feedback here.