Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist here in IOCPS. I also work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and Group Facilitator in The RISE Foundation which is for family members of people in addiction as well as Turn2me.org (teen and couples), Accord (couples) and The National Counselling Services (Adults). I am currently also undertaking a masters in Play Therapy. So, as you can see, I have worked with an array of clients, from 3 upwards, in many different environments with many different issues.
I volunteered for many years in The Carlow and South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre as well as Talk It over, a service for bereavement and suicide support and prevention. I currently volunteer with Support after Homicide and Children’s Hospital Ireland. My qualifications include a degree in social studies, diploma in social care and a degree in counselling and psychotherapy, as well as a qualification in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy, person-centred relationship counselling and play therapy. I am accredited with IACP as well as pre-accredited with IAHIP and IAPTP.
As a Therapist, I aim to meet clients where they are at in life and work at a pace that suits them. I work in an authentic, confidential, non-judgemental manner integrating different ways of working, but mostly in a person-centred way (i.e. the client is the centre of the therapy, not the condition/issues and they are supported in being involved in the decision making). I like to also provide psycho education to assist clients to understand their issues. I try to incorporate all parts of the client, their spiritual, physical, cognitive and emotional selves.
I am committed to my ongoing learning and regularly update my skills, I have some experience of CPD in mindfulness, CBT, DBT, SFT, suicide prevention and extensive tele-therapy training. I am always deeply honoured to be part of my client’s journey as I understand that taking that first step to counselling can be a very vulnerable one.