Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Karen Fitzsimons graduated from the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire in 2002 and has subsequently been awarded a B.Sc. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College and Middlesex University. Karen also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy, Integrative Bodywork, Embodied Psychotherapy Practice, Cross Professional Supervision and Community Addiction Studies.
Karen has also trained as a couple’s therapist with Accord. Karen is an accredited psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and The European Association for Psychotherapy. She is also an accredited supervisor with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Karen has also completed further training in the area Post-Suicide Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, ASSIST training, Counselling/Therapy for Sexual Addictions and Trauma Based Therapy.
Karen is a registered Eating Freely Therapist.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Karen believes that psychotherapy offers individuals an opportunity within a safe and contained space to initiate a process towards well-being. In time this can lead to the person moving through and beyond the psychological, emotional, and physical impacts that impinge on their day to day living.
In her practice, Karen uses a humanistic and integrative approach which incorporates Gestalt Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches and Body Work; working closely with clients to understand their specific individual needs.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
As well as being in private practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor Karen currently holds the position of group facilitator and tutor with ICPPD Athlone. Previous roles include working as an individual/group therapist with One in Four. Karen also works as a solutions focused EAP counsellor for clients with work related issues.
Karen has extensive experience in working with individuals, couples and group facilitation.