Helen embarked on a career in counselling after a number of years working in the private elderly care home and veterinary practice. Helen has always had a passion for working with people and with animals. So much so Helen wrote her thesis on the impact of the loss and bereavement associated with pet loss.
Having graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP), Helen also completed a certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling.
Additional qualifications include:
- Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- Certificate in Pet Bereavement
- Certificate in Anger Management
- Certificate in Stress Management
Helen has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in a variety of Counselling Services and is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Helen’s therapeutic approach is informed by person centred and existential therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) while being grounded in a humanistic understanding of psychotherapy.
The duration of counselling will vary depending on the needs and wants of the client. Some clients find they benefit most from short-term, solution focused counselling. Other clients may prefer longer term therapy, utilising the therapeutic alliance between counsellor and client to glean a deeper understanding of themselves.
Counselling sessions are usually once per week and last for 50/60 minutes. The duration of counselling remains the client’s choice at all times, but generally a minimum commitment of six sessions over six weeks is recommended.