Training & Accreditation
Dee holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by the Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP). In addition, Dee 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 a number of years before graduating in 2019. She is a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and adheres to their professional code of ethics.
“I use an integrative approach drawing on many theoretical approaches in order to fully support my clients. These include humanistic psychotherapy which emphasises the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life; existential therapy which focuses on concepts which are universally applicable to human experience including death, freedom, responsibility and the meaning of life and Gestalt therapy a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience.
At all times, I practice from a pluralistic perspective. The basic principle of pluralistic therapy is that different people are helped by different processes and activities at different times and that the best way of deciding on how therapy should proceed is to engage the client in a process of shared decision-making. I enjoy meeting and working with people from all walks of life and working collaboratively in finding ways to improve their psychological wellbeing”.
“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” Karen Salmansohn.
Experience & Areas of Interest
Dee has worked with individuals presenting with a variety of issues including: trauma, loss and grief, infertility, depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, living with critical illness, family relationship difficulties, bullying, stress, low-self-esteem, finding meaning in life and anger-management. She has also supported those in recovery from addiction and their families. She has a particular interest in women’s reproductive health and wellbeing.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is also about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers, who trust themselves and know their inner strength” Katz Rothman.
“During my training, in the Rotunda Hospital, I was saddened by the lack of psychological supports available to those accessing our maternity services. The experience both personally and professionally, acted as a catalyst and spurred me on to train as a psychotherapist. In my role as a therapist I provide emotional support, during infertility treatment and throughout pregnancy, an opportunity for individuals to process their childbirth experience and support them as they adjust to parenthood. As a mother of four children, I too, have experienced those very challenges”