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Hi, I’m Laura and I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist from the West of Ireland.

I provide a non-judgemental and confidential support through a humanistic and integrative approach.  I am deeply empathetic and offer a safe environment, where you can work through your difficult experiences in an understanding and compassionate manner. My approach allows me to bring together a variety of therapies to ensure the best outcome for you. I believe in tailoring my approach and meeting the client where they are at, as no two people’s experiences are the same. I have listed some things you can expect from our sessions below, but we are not limited to them.

  • We will identify and work through the issues that you are presenting with.
  • We will explore your thoughts and behaviours and the meaning behind them.
  • Understand your triggers and reactions.
  • Work on creating boundaries to maintain healthy relationships with yourself and others.
  • Work on creating a toolkit and replacing unhealthy coping skills with more productive ones.
  • Work through past pain and trauma.

I have experience working with clients presenting with a wide range of issues and mental health problems. I’ve gained varied experience over the past number of years in a multitude of environments. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most fundamental aspect of therapy and that clients have the freedom to choose who they feel best suits their needs.

Below are areas I’m interested in, but not limited to:

Anxiety – interferes with a person’s everyday life. It can be extremely debilitating as it can impact their sleep, their relationships with themselves and others, and their overall function. Therapy can help you draw on your internal strengths and resources while developing tools and techniques to manage your anxiety. Exploring and developing your awareness can help you break the vicious cycle of anxiety with the support of a therapist.

Self-esteem – many of us have struggled with our self-esteem at some stage in our lives. It can impact our relationships, our careers, and our behaviours. Working on our self-esteem and exploring the beliefs we hold about ourselves can improve many areas of our lives, but most importantly our relationship with ourselves.

Depression – people experiencing depression can feel very overwhelmed, hopeless, unmotivated, & have suicidal thoughts. There are many things you can do to help yourself, and people get through it all the time. It’s really important that you seek help if you are experiencing this. With the support of a therapist, you can explore these challenging emotions and experiences in a safe environment.

Chronic Illness – can be a very debilitating disease both mentally and physically. It can leave people feeling isolated and lonely as it can affect many areas of their lives. Exploring the effects of such illnesses with the support of a therapist can allow you to work towards acceptance while developing tools to cope.

Personal Development – working on ourselves in therapy can help us learn and grow to live a life that we love. It can enhance our relationship with ourselves and others, help us find deeper meaning, and build awareness around faulty thoughts and beliefs while working on developing healthier ones.

Trauma – working through our past and present traumas can be a very difficult experience. Trauma can have a significant impact on several areas of your life and can affect you fully experiencing living in the present. The support of a therapist in a safe and healing environment can help you work through these experiences and heal these traumas.

Relationships – are often the most important areas of our lives. How we relate to others such as family, friends, partners, and colleagues can have a significant impact on our well-being. Maybe you are struggling with maintaining boundaries such as saying “no”, struggling with intimacy or trusting others, or maybe you are short-tempered and saying things that you later regret. Therapy can help you make positive changes by exploring and processing these difficulties while developing healthier coping mechanisms.

Grief/Loss – are an inevitable part of life. There are many reasons for grief, including the loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of a job, or letting go of a long-held dream. Everyone reacts differently when they experience grief or loss but it can be one of the most difficult times of a person’s life. Seeking support and working through such experiences at your own pace can help you gain clarity and work towards acceptance.