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My name is Niamh, a native of County Wexford. I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural therapist, working with both individuals and groups. I have spent ten years living and working in Scotland; however, Ireland has called me back home!

 

I have eight years’ experience working in mental health, in both advocacy and counselling. Advocacy enables people to find a stronger voice and to get their point across and influence decisions which affect them.

I am passionate about breaking down the stigma attached to mental health issues and I believe that talking to others can be a vital step in a person’s journey to overcoming their own self-stigma.

I offer a non-judgemental practice and have experience with the LGBTQ+ community. I have delivered mental health workshops in schools and universities which has given me valuable insight into the issues facing teenagers and young adults in the present day. Within advocacy, I have extensive experience working with people with eating disorders and am very aware of the issues and complexity of these conditions.

I believe that everyone’s personal situation and story is unique.  That is why, whilst working within an evidence-based cognitive behavioural framework, I offer an approach which integrates several therapies, drawing on different elements based on the therapeutic needs of my client. My training included compassion-focused techniques, solution focused therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and positive psychology approaches.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides a structure which helps you to explore your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and move towards a more manageable tomorrow armed with insight and self-awareness. I offer a space for individuals to address the difficulties they are encountering and teach practical tools, techniques, and skills to help my clients overcome the issues they are experiencing.

CBT is very effective when working with specific therapy goals like managing anxiety or moving out of a period of depression. It is also recommended and works for many other issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, eating disorders and addiction.

I believe that change is possible. Therapy can help us to move towards a brighter future with insight and awareness.

I provide a warm and genuine environment giving people a safe space where they are heard, valued, and understood. I believe that we all hold the strength within us to be able to live more fulfilled, purposeful, and empowered lives.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I attend regular individual and group supervision, as well as taking part in CPD to support my work and ensure I keep up to date with current research.