I am a professionally qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) as a counsellor and as a supervisor. I work within the IACP code of ethics and practice - for information on the IACP their website is www.iacp.ie.
I hold an honors degree in counselling and psychotherapy from PCI College in Dublin (www.pcicollege.ie), which is accredited with Middlesex University in the UK and is recognised and accredited with the IACP. I hold an MA degree in Women’s Studies with UCD (www.ucd.ie/socialjustice/womensstudies). The learning from this postgraduate degree informs my counselling work, including work around sexuality and relationship issues, gender, and recognition of personal responsibility and possibility for change in social justice and equality issues. I also have a Diploma in Suicide Studies, a Diploma in Group Therapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision and Reflective Practice. In October 2017, I registered with DCU as a postgraduate research student on their PhD-track.
I have experience in working with a wide range of issues and I follow a practice of continuous professional development (CPD) and personal development to expand my resources and enrich my work. In addition to attending IACP workshops and meetings for counsellors and supervisors, over the past two years I have also been preparing a premises in Santry to open as a holistic therapy centre. Renovations are complete and the centre will be opening in 2019.
In September 2017 I joined the Gender and Sexual Diversity Interest Group (GSDIG), a group of therapists in IACP working to promote information and awareness within IACP about working with gender and sexual diversity in the therapy room. Our work directly contributed to the association issuing a statement rejecting so-called 'conversion or reparative' therapy - see the iacp webpage https://iacp.ie/iacp-condemns-conversion-therapy for more information.