Dermot McCarthy Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College -accredited with Middlesex University
One of the first counselling theorists I encountered was Carl Jung. He envisaged the three core conditions for counselling as Congruence, Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy for the client. These core conditions struck a chord with me. In my practice, I fully incorporate these values. I am very much a Person-Centred therapist. Furthermore, I believe that the most crucial part of the counselling process is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
During this healing journey with my clients. I provide a space for the client that is safe, secure and free of judgements. I, as a therapist, inform my clients that we are on a journey together. I am there to facilitate this journey. I may occasionally advise and signpost, but I firmly believe the growth comes from within. I believe it is immensely healing to hear your thoughts and voice in the presence of another, without fear of judgement. Finally, I welcome all to my practice regardless of gender or sexual orientation I salute the bravery of everyone passing through my door. It’s the most difficult step to take of a rewarding journey. I look forward to working with you.
Dermot holds a Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College. It is accredited with Middlesex University.
In February 2009, Dermot lost his job with a large corporate. He was an accountant Back then, he thought great; he got redundancy. He would have no problem in getting a new job. He was wrong. Ireland had just encountered the worse recession ever. It proved to be extremely difficult to find another role.
Four months passed. There was no sign of a job. Anxiety was creeping in. He got a part-time role, relief but not for long. It took him another year to get another job. Within that year, he remembers waking up one morning, feeling a sense of gloom and despair. Depression had got a grip of him. He felt utterly useless and alone. It was not until a friend of his told him that he was seeing a therapist, that he got the courage to seek help. So, he got the number and booked an appointment. He was in an awful state. Next week came very quickly. He got a call from his therapist, and an appointment was made. Looking back, he knew deep down that he was on the road to recovery. According to him, it was nice to hear that somebody cared.
He met his therapist, and the first session was like a verbal volcano. Suddenly, all the stuff he had been carrying poured out. Throughout the years he has dealt with the shame and guilt concerning his sexual orientation. He is tremendously proud to be a Gay man. The anger of the bullying he endured. The loss and grief of a taken youth. He was now on a path of finding who he truly is . Self-love is a beautiful journey to be on. During this time, he found he had a passion for therapy. He commenced his studies. He soon realised the corporate world was not for him.
One of the first counselling theorists Dermot encountered was Carl Jung. Carl Jing envisaged the three core conditions for counselling as Congruence, Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy for the client. These core conditions struck a chord with Dermot. In his practice, he fully incorporates these values. In his words “I am very much a Person-Centred therapist. Furthermore, I believe that the most crucial part of the counselling process is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist”
Primarily, Dermot deals in the areas of Low Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, Grief & Loss, Sexuality, Inner Child Wounds and Anger Management. He welcomes all clients regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
He particularly welcomes members of the Trans Community. He feels that the rights of the Trans Community are 20 years behinds others in the LGBTQ+ Community. He is currently attending a course run by Pink Therapy in relation to Gender, Sexuality, Relationships and Diversity.
Finally, in his words “I salute the bravery of everyone passing through my door. It’s the most difficult step to take of a rewarding journey”