Irene holds a MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and has a Higher Diploma in Bereavement Studies from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She also has a BA in Theological and Philosophical Studies, from The Milltown Institute.
Irene attends supervision on a regular basis as part of her own continuous education and commitment to the codes of ethics of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Irene’s training is in the Humanistic and Integrative model of psychotherapy while incorporating approaches in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic and body orientated therapies. Irene also uses the practice of Mindfulness in her work which is shown to be very effective in areas of depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
She believes that the therapy room can provide a safe, confidential and a non-judgmental environment which allows the person to express their personal difficulties, fears, expectations and hopes. Irene believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is of the utmost importance and that the therapy room can provide a place where the client can begin to develop an understanding and come to a self awareness of their own strengths and their capacity to overcome their difficulties.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Irene has extensive experience in the area of counselling in primary, secondary and third level schools and colleges. She has worked with transition year students in the area of anxiety, eating disorders and social anxiety and provided information and support to parents and teachers. Irene also has considerable experience working with the HSE in the area of Mental Health since the passing of the Mental Health Act 2001.