I have always been interested in people and what makes them who they are. I am curious about the stories people have to share and how their lives have brought them to this place in time. I know that life is not always how we might want it to be and that this can be difficult. We can all benefit from help and support at these times. I established my practice to offer accessible and welcoming counselling and wellbeing support in the Cork area. Online and Phone Counselling is available for other areas.
If you choose to come to me for counselling or to attend one of my workshops, you will be met with warmth and caring and please know that you will be respected and welcomed without judgement.
My qualifications and professional background
When you are choosing a counsellor, it is important that you know they are fully qualified and have experience in the areas that you might want to talk about.
Continuing my learning
I believe it is important to continue to learn and develop professionally, to support my clients and respond to their changing needs. As a lover of learning, I continue to engage in a variety of professional development and training programmes in many areas. These include:
- Positive Psychology
- Sexuality and Sexual Health
- Conflict Resolution
- Mental Wellbeing
My work background
As well as being a practicing counsellor, I have worked in the area of health and wellbeing for 25 years, both within the health services and in the community and voluntary sector.
I am an experienced facilitator and trainer in the areas of personal and professional development, mental wellbeing, sexuality/ sexual health, and other health related areas.
My previous work roles have also included family support, parent mentoring and crisis pregnancy care and early childhood care. I bring all of this together with the learning from my own life journey so far, to support me in my counselling role with my clients
My counselling ethos and approach
I am there to listen and to hear whatever you need to talk about and wherever you wish to start. I work with my clients using a person-centred approach, which means I believe that, as a client, you know best when it comes to your own situation, your difficulties and needs. You might require support to uncover this and the assistance to find your own answers, so I will help you where you need me to.
I also believe that how we think impacts on the way we view ourselves and others. It also shapes our choices and our actions. We can sometimes have a positive and balanced way of thinking, but at other times much less so. Therefore, challenging such thought processes when they are not helpful to us, can increase positive well being and guide us towards a more fulfilling life. In my role as your counsellor, I can support you in this process.
Counselling is always about working with you, not pushing or pulling in any direction, it will always be your choice.