My name is Shane and I am a qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist based in Waterford City.
I use an integrative and person-centred approach, where I employ a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the issues a client may present with. In line with this, I always try to meet the client where they are at in their problem situation. Through collaboration, clients are helped to manage their problems in life more effectively and in turn become better at helping themselves in their everyday lives. My aim is to help clients develop a prevention mentality because I want to see them anticipate problem situations rather than merely manage them once they have arisen.
Over the years I have worked with people from all walks of life with a wide range of difficulties. Having completed an honours degree in counselling, I initially worked with (and still do) individuals suffering from alcohol and/or substance misuse. Whether clients were in recovery or still using, their problems invariably entailed a number of other significant issues, including but not limited to; anxiety, depression, anger, disordered eating, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, suicide ideation and self-harm, personal development, self-esteem or relationship issues, support for family members and concerned others and guilt/shame.
This work led to a desire to enhance my training by completing an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, ensuring that I have a comprehensive toolbox for treating a wide variety of complaints.
When I first trained to be a therapist it was after many years working in manufacturing. As in most workplaces and industries, there were people who suffered from numerous different issues. That was where I learned that I had a genuine desire to help people in a meaningful way.
My career change involved a completely new direction for me and has come to represent a basic philosophy of mine and many other therapists;
“it’s never too late for positive change in your life”.
MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy; BA (Hons) in Addiction Counselling: MACI