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Gina is a native of the West of Ireland and has been working as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist for over six years. She is a fully accredited member of IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy) and IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  Gina holds a post graduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

Since qualifying Gina has undertaken specialised training that enables her to work with survivors of sexual violence, trauma and abuse.  In her practice she works in a client-led way with clients from age 16+ using her instinctual skills of deep listening, empathy and compassion.  These skills help ground her clients into safety thereby opening the way for clients to explore whatever it is that emerges for them feelings of: sadness, anger, loss and topics such as; grief, fertility, adoption, anxiety/panic, addiction, relationship difficulties, and work related stress.

 

Gina has a special interest working in the area of esteem and esteem building and works closely with her clients’ by collaborating and empowering them as they expand their self-awareness and helping them make meaning and sense of their experiences (past and present) in a non-judgemental way. She fully believes in the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit.

 

Gina is very interested in the creative aspects of her work and uses playfulness where ever she can.  She wholly believes in the power of connection and the potential for self-discovery, healing and personal growth by being simply fully heard and held with respect, kindness and care in relational depth.

 

Anxiety, Depression, Panic

The shameful feelings and overwhelming challenges that we can experience from anxiety, depression and panic attacks are held with respect in the dignity of the counselling space. The intimate nature of counselling can be a life line for those struggling to express and name how these mental health difficulties affect them on a daily basis.

Stress including Work Related Stress

The taboo around work related stress is beginning to lift and the counselling space is great place to begin this process.

Sexual Abuse/Violence, Trauma

The establishment of safety between the client and therapist is an integral piece working with survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

Relationship Difficulties

The counselling process and the confidentiality that it offers to both individuals and couples is unique because it offers clients the opportunity to explore aspects of themselves and their psyche that they may have previously been unaware of, thereby opening up a huge potential for personal growth and learning.

Esteem/Self Worth

The complexities of esteem are often so blocking and stifling that it can often be a more attractive option to live with these feelings and keep going. Engaging with a therapist and connecting with the painful aspects of low self-worth and esteem is a powerful place to begin the journey towards empowerment.

Fertility

The complexities connected to fertility challenges can be overwhelmingly difficult to cope with as an individual going it alone, or as a couple. Counselling opens up a space to explore the sigma surrounding fertility and a place to process the emotional turmoil of fertility difficulties and dilemmas.

Adoption

The grief, loss and unanswered questions around the adoption process can be a source of overwhelming pain for everyone connected to this process. The deep emotional impact of adoption can be difficult to express and the counselling space offers all those involved in the adoption process a safe base to explore how they feel and how they have been personally impacted.

Grief and Loss

The non-linear aspect of grief and loss can lead to a myriad of confusing and painful feelings that can be explored with kindness and compassion in the counselling setting offering all those affected by grief and loss a unique space to process their inner pain.

Addiction/Substance Misuse

The supportive aspect of the counselling space provides those who struggle with addition a safe non-judgemental haven to begin the journey toward healing and recovery.