Hello, I’m Máire and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist. Before I started practicing I had over 14 years experience working in various educational settings.
In 2009 I started my training as a psychotherapist with the Tivoli Institute in Dublin. In June 2012 I qualified as a psychotherapist.
I am working in the caring profession for almost 20 years. I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist in different settings.
I worked as a member of the Student Counselling Service team in NUIG.
I worked in Changing Minds which was based in the Galway People’s Resource Centre. I worked with a range of issues which included financial distress, anxiety, low self esteem, depression, bereavement and relationship difficulties.
I have my own private practice in a discreet, calm and quiet setting. I offer low cost services (subject to availability) for those whom affordability is a major factor. I draw on a wealth of life experience and from areas such as, education, music and business. I work with adults as well students in 2nd level aged 18 and older. I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IAHIP). I was one of the regional contact people for the (IAHIP) South Connaught Regional Group. I was the Secretary for the (IAHIP) Conference Committee. Special rates apply for students who are training to become psychotherapists. Oibrím as Gaeilge freisin.
In counselling and psychotherapy clients use different resources such as mindfulness, goal setting, positive psychology, keeping a mood diary, self talking and self care which could help them manage their emotions and live their lives in a more satisfying way. This could help them take control of their lives, develop as individuals and help their relationships with others.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist I use a humanistic and integrative approach, embracing person-centred, gestalt, and psychodynamic styles as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other techniques and methodologies that are designed to facilitate the exploration of problems. I place particular emphasis on skills and theoretical models concerned with the development of a therapeutic relationship. But, no form of therapy is completely adequate in all situations and so I use my experience and know how to choose techniques and strategies that are most pertinent to the situation and for that moment in time.
I have completed the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshop, Keeping Safe Training (abuse awareness/reporting procedure, creating safer environment, inclusion/disability and management issues), STORM (Skills Training on Risk Management) Training (crisis prevention, problem solving, assessment and crisis management), a Professional Qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness and a Child Protection and the Counsellor/Psychotherapist Training.
My counselling & psychotherapy practice is situated in Ross House, Victoria Place, Eyre Square in Galway city. I offer counselling & psychotherapy in a warm, safe and non-judgemental atmosphere to explore and reflect upon difficulties using the latest know how, techniques and research applied in a professional and confidential way.
Thank you you taking the time to read this, I hope this article has helped to get a bit of insight into the work that I do.