Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Dermot holds a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College. He has completed further training at the Children’s Therapy Centre, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative and Play Therapy and a Diploma in Creative Supervision.
Dermot has also completed training with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Issues of Sexual Violence: The Counselling Process. Dermot holds an MA in Pastoral Leadership awarded by DCU and a BA in Theological and Philosophical Studies, from The Milltown Institute. He is currently pursuing an MA in Creative and Play Therapy at the Children’s Therapy Centre.
Dermot is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). He works under the code of ethics of the Irish Association of Play Therapy & Psychotherapy (IAPTP).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Dermot’s’ training and theoretical approach is humanistic and integrative. He incorporates the theoretical approaches of person-centred psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. Dermot also uses creative methods such as sand tray in his therapeutic style. Dermot believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is crucial for effective therapy.
He is influenced by the work Carl Rogers, who writes, “When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an emphatic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.”
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Dermot has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2009. He has gained experience in supporting people with issues including depression, anxiety, abuse, sexual violence, PTSD, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, sexuality, lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. Dermot has experience in many different settings, including working in a hospital, prison, and in primary and secondary education.