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 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™, a specialised trauma informed model for Trauma, Complex Trauma, Dissociation, and Developmental Trauma. This approach encourages awareness of present moment internal experience, and using mindfulness based interventions (Embedded Relational Mindfulness (ERM)©. 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).
I hold a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, and a Post Grad. specialism in therapeutic work with adolescents, and a core training in Adult Psychotherapy. I incorporate specialist trainings Adolescent Gestalt Relational, Play Therapy, and Creative process supporting personal expression, nonverbal and unsayable processes, with creative roots in my early education as a fine artist, and as a classically trained musician. I deliver training and workshops for practitioners on trauma and shame, focusing on neurobiology, attachment, and affect regulation, and overcoming shame through interpersonal healing, and compassion.
I bring to my work, over 25 years experience in Meditation & Mindful Practice, developing resources, and compassion for all parts of self. I believe in the importance of improving wellbeing, and mindfulness between the body mind relationship. I have completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, and I am currently participating in Teacher Training to become Mindfulness Teacher for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Sessions are 1 hour long, on a weekly basis.
Psychotherapy / Counselling fee €60 per hour
Reduced Counselling is €50 (for low income, unwaged / unemployed, students without support).
Parent Mentoring €60 per hour
Supervision €70 per hour, (with some flexibility in rates).
Mindfulness (One to One)
Carol Duffy - (086) 8058622