CAROL DUFFY Psychotherapist & Supervisor

 Reg. ICP,  MIAHIP, MIACP

I am a qualified and accredited psychotherapist and supervisor with over 10 years of psychotherapy practice.  I offer therapy to Adults and Adolescents, which can be face to face and online, or a combination of both.  

Therapy covers a range of issues and concerns, including, anxiety, stress, low mood, depression, negative thoughts, and different trauma and attachment needs that may have been missed when growing up, or in current relationships.  

I also offer supervision to health care practitioners, psychotherapists and counsellors working with adults, adolescents and children. 

Therapy for Adults

Therapy first explores any goals you may have, and aims to move towards personal empowerment.  Perhaps you want to improve your self esteem or boost your confidence. Perhaps you are experiencing worries and anxiety and want to restore a sense of peace and calm.

I often get asked what is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy.  There are many similarities and skills that are interchangeable. Counselling helps by talking about current situations or problems which are often more immediate, and Psychotherapy helps to raise awareness of deep rooted patterns and habits of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, which is longer term. Either way everyone who decides to engage in therapy, wants to discover new healthier and happier ways to live life, and therapy offers an opportunity to feel supported in gently exploring a range of worries, anxiety, feelings, emotions, and situations to difficult experiences, that include trauma, abuse or neglect. 

Therapy for Adolescents 

My practice with adolescents focuses on reducing anxiety, overwhelming feelings and thoughts, utilising a specialised skill set to support adolescent development,  reduce symptoms of psychological distress, as well as building better relationships between the adolescent and parent, and in providing parental strategies.

Trauma

Trauma is often stereotyped into descriptions such as big "T" and little "t". Big T could be described as incidents as violence, robbery, rape, war and recurrent sexual or physical abuse. Little 't' can be smaller or less pronounced events, like divorce, infidelity, loss of employment, that can still be traumatic, but in the small 't' form.  However, Trauma is more about the impact than the cause itself, and how the trauma is “remembered” in the brain / body.  Parts of the brain become compromised in a traumatic experience and your reactions become about survival, rather than thoughtful or insightful responses or interactions. Reactions to a traumatic experience all deserve compassion and empathy. No matter what kind of adversity you may have faced or still face, your recovery is just as important, meaningful and deserved as anyone else’s.


Trauma informed Therapy 

My psychotherapy work is underpinned by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™, and EMDR, both are highly specialised and trauma informed models of therapy. They both encourage awareness of present moment internal experience, and  using mindfulness based interventions (Embedded Relational Mindfulness©).  I like this approach as it really supports being compassionate towards a range of human experiences, and cultivate a persons strengths, while providing enough challenge to stimulate growth, healing and improve overall wellbeing.  (The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, is based in Boulder, Colorado).     


Supervision

I provide supervision to a range of practitioners. Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychotherapists, Play and Creative Arts Therapists. My approach is collaborative, reflective, and supportive. Along with psychotherapy, I have a diverse background, having working the the civil service for a number of years, and volunteering on the Ethics Committee in the IAHIP for 8 years providing support and consultation on ethical matters regarding practice.  Along with supervision  I  deliver training and workshops on trauma and shame, focusing on neurobiology, attachment, and affect regulation, and overcoming shame through interpersonal healing, and compassion.

Bio

I hold a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, and Post Qual. specialism in Adolescent Psychotherapy, and a core training in Adult Psychotherapy.  To deepen my work I spent a few years training with the Sensorimotor Institute in Trauma, Developmental Injury, and advanced training in Complex Trauma and structural Dissociation. 

My background has creative roots,  having a BA in Fine Art and as classically trained musician tutoring music for a number of years.  Therapy combined with Creativity can be hugely supportive in personal development and expressing what is often difficult. 

I have had a Meditation & Mindful Practice for over 25 years, and believe in the importance of improving wellbeing, and connection between the body mind relationship.  I'm a qualified Yoga Teacher and am completing a Dip in Mindfulness Teaching of the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and ( Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) programmes.  While I have a range of different trainings, my approach to therapy is a tailored to each individual, because after all therapy is really about the person who is having a variety of human experiences.

Sessions are 1 hour long, on a weekly basis.

Fees:

Psychotherapy / Counselling fee €70 per hour
Parent Mentoring €70 per hour
Supervision €70 per hour.
Mindfulness (One to One) 

Carol Duffy - (086) 8058622