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 and Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP), a Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy (The Greenane Centre) and a BSc (Hons) in Obs. & Midwifery (Trinity College Dublin). In addition, Deirdre is a graduate of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre where she volunteered for a number of years.
“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. I understand that we are all unique and clients are helped by different processes at different times. Mine is 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 loss and grief, critical illness, loss of meaning in life, relationship issues, mother-daughter difficulties, complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, women’s reproductive issues 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 a special interest in the area of trauma and work from a humanistic-integrative perspective with the clients’ needs at the core of the relationship. Within a safe environment, adverse childhood experiences can be aired gaining insight and understanding.
Bullying, an issue that often undermines mental health is very damaging. With support I can help you build your self–esteem, confidence, and 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.
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, clients may begin to assimilate their emotional distress and find a way forward”.
“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”.