I firmly believe that the main thing in successful therapy is a strong bond between a client who is motivated to change and a therapist 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 therapist.
I am genuinely present with people as they explore the issues that have brought them to therapy. I provide a comfortable space whereby I use compassion, empathy, acceptance, confidentiality, kindness, warmth, and my knowledge and experience of counselling psychology.
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, drawing on theories of person-centred/Rogerian, existentialism, CBT, motivational interviewing, 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 and psychotherapist, 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
DipHE Counselling & Psychotherapy
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 therapy in Kilkenny and in Carlow. Appointments can be arranged for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from morning to evening.
For individual therapy with adults and teenagers the fee is €50 per session; for couples therapy the fee is €60 per session. Payment is made at the end of each session. Alternatively, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) can be arranged. Receipts are given upon request. Sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples.
I provide telephone and online counselling and psychotherapy anywhere in the world (except Canada and the U.S.A). I hope to return to face-to-face therapy in 2022 in Kilkenny and Carlow at:
1. 4 Watergate, Kilkenny, R95 H6CF
2. Teach Bhride, Tullow, Carlow, R93 W447
3. New Oak Community Centre, Carlow, R93 DK06
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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 feedback_form_ivan_kennedy_may_2020.pdf.