Dónal Carmody - Counsellor / Therapist
The person-centred approach is a non-judgemental type of therapy which is founded on the belief that the client is the best judge of what is right for them. It is a counselling technique which does not try to offer direct advice. It does something much more powerful. By listening to the emotions behind the words and reflecting them back, the counsellor holds up a mirror to the client so they can see what is really going on. It is a mirror held to one side, so to speak, and this allows the client to see themselves as never before.
The client can then use the insights gained to make decisions that were not previously possible and to come to terms with issues that previously seemed hard to deal with. It may be that a client is freed by this process to let something go - whatever they feel is best for them. This type of therapy is particularly helpful, in my experience, to clients who are suffering from relationship difficulties, depresssion, bullying, bereavement, workplace stress and adult survivors of sexual abuse.
People see a counsellor for a variety of reasons. You may be facing a life-changing event that has created anxiety, shock or grief. You may be experiencing feelings of depression and isolation, low self-esteem, without fully understanding why.
Life can be scary at times, especially if there is a crisis. The idea of counselling can be a daunting one, often surrounded with questions around what exactly happens in the sessions.
There might be events from your past that are preventing you from living your life in the manner you'd like.
Is there lack of direction, feelings of tiredness or being trapped ?
Relationships may be proving difficult for you to manage.
You may be aware of self-destructive behaviour occurring in your life which is also having effect on others around you.
Having feelings such as anger, shame, guilt, sadness or loneliness, which is causing concern ?
Who comes to counselling?
Gestalt is a practical therapy, the therapist working with the client to support awareness of their experiences in the here and now. Gestalt upholds that change happens in the present, and I support my clients, where necessary, with practical activities to integrate change.
This approach is suited to many clients but not for all. I find this approach unique in its way of connecting with clients through all senses. Which offers a dissociative approach to connecting with issues, concerns and phobias.
Cogitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive way. It encourages you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel.
Talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel better about life.