Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Having qualified as a psychotherapist from The Tivoli Institute in 2001, Teresa then specialized and developed an expertise in sex and relationship therapy through further training with Relate (UK) and in couples therapy with The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Canada) She maintains a full time practice and is an accredited member of The College of Sex and Relationship Therapy (London), The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I.C.E.E.F.T (Canada).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Sex Therapy – As a sex therapist, Teresa works with a wide range of sexual issues, concerns and problems. She works with both single and partnered, heterosexual and gay people, and aims to facilitate better understanding of the sexual problems they may experience, decrease the distress that these issues may cause within personal life and relationships, and to alleviate the sexual difficulty itself.
Specific sexual problems treated include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, vaginismus and dyspareunia (painful intercourse), difficulties and differences in sexual desire, inability to reach orgasm and intimacy issues. She also works with individuals who have concerns around their use of pornography, with sexual compulsivity and addiction, and with cross dressing.
Seeking help for a sexual problem can feel like a difficult step to take as our sexual lives are personal and private. Wide ranging experience working in this area has ensured that Teresa is comfortable discussing all aspects of sexuality, sexual behaviour and orientation in an open, safe and respectful way.
Psychotherapy – As a psychotherapist, Teresa is experienced in working with many different issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexual abuse, and family dynamic issues. She has particular experience working with anxiety and panic attacks using CBT. As an integrative therapist she draws on a number of approaches to best suit a particular individual’s needs.
Couples Therapy – Teresa is a certified couples therapist and uses the Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples model. EFT was devised and developed by Dr Sue Johnson and has been found through research to be a highly effective therapy for couples experiencing difficulty in their relationships. It is a collaborative approach which aims to help couples recognize distressing relationship cycles, expand emotional responses and initiate new patterns of connecting and relating that are more beneficial for the relationship.