Training & Accreditation
Pat is a (pre-accredited) member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapists (IAHIP). He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy at Turning Point Training Institute, and will soon complete an MSc in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with University College Cork. Pat has been in practice since 2018, and has also previously worked for three years as a continuing care facilitator with one of Ireland’s leading addiction treatment centres, The Rutland Centre. He has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, and also as an administrator and quality compliance manager.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” – Carl Rogers
Pat’s approach is integrative, drawing on processes including person-centred therapy, CBT, Psychosynthesis, and elements of the psychoanalytic school of thought. He works from a relational model, and values the importance of collaboration in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. Pat’s work is client-led, focussing on the clients’ situation and experience, and offering them a confidential and secure space in which they can explore their own issues. Pat believes that the client has an innate capacity for healing and growth, and he works to establish a stable and collaborative therapeutic relationship enables the client to flourish. The client is met in a non-judgemental, sensitive and understanding manner, which encourages the process of change.
Experience & Areas of Interest
Pat helps people deal with a wide range of issues, including: stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, loss, bereavement, sexual identity, gender issues, LGBTQI, alcohol and substance abuse, compulsive behaviours, motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Pat draws not only on his training and work experience, but also on his life experience such as growing up as a member of the LGBTQI community and recovery from alcohol/substance dependence. Pat has given interviews to local and national publications on the subject of addiction, and has also featured on Today FM and Newstalk radio shows on the same topic. In 2017 he presented a public lecture and discussion on behalf of the Rutland Centre on the topic of “Addiction in the LGBTQI Community”.