Ann Marie is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and a fully accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). She graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in 2015 and holds a post graduate diploma in Integrative Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Ann Marie has worked for eight years in a number of counselling centres and with Pieta House and has also worked in student counselling services in NUIG Galway, which she found particularly rewarding. This has enabled her to gain valuable, additional experience and an understanding of diverse issues that affect clients at different stages of life.
Ann Marie works in an integrative way which means that the counselling session is tailored to a client’s individual needs. She uses different techniques and approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema Therapy, Existential / Relational Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy. The therapeutic relationship with her clients is of the utmost importance and so she focusses on building the client's trust and collaboration in order to address all concerns and difficulties. Ann Marie recognises that many people lead busy and complex lives and may need individual support to help detangle various life issues and relationships challenges. She offers a safe space where clients can begin to explore their inner thoughts and feelings in order to gain self-awareness and self-understanding. By gaining insight into present circumstances and working with honesty and openness towards personal priorities and values, clients can begin to alter their choices and take actions towards fulfilling, rewarding, and more life affirming goals.
Abuse: When someone has caused you emotional harm or distress and may have taken advantage of you.
Anxiety: Times when you have been overcome by fear and worry which impact your day to day functioning and hold you back from enjoying your life.
Depression: When you feel lost sad and alone, and no longer have interest in life and the things you used to enjoy.
Grief & Loss: When you are suffering because of the death or loss of someone you loved.
Personal Development: Helps uncover the psychological and emotional blocks that prevent you living your best life. Help with developing communication and problem-solving skills and builds self-confidence.
Relationship Issues: When communication difficulties, arguments, money struggles and intimacy difficulties cause you distress. Perhaps stress, substance abuse or infidelity have led to you growing apart from your partner and even led to a relationship break up.
Stress & Burnout: When there are too many demands on you your time and energy leading you to feel tense, frustrated, nervous and angry and you find it difficult to enjoy your life.
Trauma: When you feel overwhelmed by an event and are left feeling deeply disturbed, distressed and helpless preventing you living your best life.