Training & Accreditation
Deirdre is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and adheres to their professional code of ethics.
She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by the Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP). In addition, Deirdre is a registered midwife having completed a BSc in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin in 2012. She has a certificate in trauma work and volunteered with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for several years before graduating in 2019.
I provide an opportunity for people to share how they are feeling within a safe, empathic, and non-judgemental environment. I use my skills, education, and training together with my life experience to support clients within my practice.
As an integrative therapist, I understand that we are all unique and clients are helped by different processes at different times. I believe in a collaborative approach where clients are engaged in the process of shared decision-making.
I work with clients presenting with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, loss and grief, critical illness, loss of meaning in life, relationship issues, mother-daughter difficulties, issues related to infertility, pregnancy and birth and many others. As therapy progresses, I often find that presenting issues change as the relationship unfolds, and this too can be part of the process.
Experience & Areas of Interest
I have always had an interest in women’s health and embarked on a degree in midwifery as a mature student to make a difference. The experience, however, highlighted to me the lack of psychological supports available to women at this time in their lives. As a result of my experiences, I decided to retrain in counselling and psychotherapy to help to provide that support.
Women face many challenges throughout their lives and psychological issues related to their reproductive health are plentiful. Regrettably, women often struggle with issues relating to infertility, pregnancy, birth (which 20% of women describe as traumatic) and difficulty adjusting to parenthood. Within a safe environment and with a trained professional, those who have experienced trauma may begin to assimilate their emotional distress and find a way forward.
Bullying is an issue that often undermines mental health. It is very damaging. With support I can help you build your self–esteem, your confidence, and your communication skills to enable you to regain your power. I can help you to understand the dynamics that are taking place – then, with that knowledge, you can break the abuse pattern.
For many women, the mother-daughter relationship is special, however, for some it may at times fall short of expectation. This can have a very damaging outcome in terms of confidence and in achieving emotionally satisfying relationships with others. Sharing your feelings is the first step towards recovery and acceptance.
“Sometimes you just need to talk about something—not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air”