Ursula Somerville

: Wicklow Street Dublin 2: 086 356 4908Contact

    Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach

    Ursula listens for a living! She listens in a unique way where she really hears the language of the unconscious of her clients.  This is important, for when you talk about difficult things in psychotherapy it’s not the same as telling your friends about your story.  You can expect Ursula to enquire, gently, in order to understand, in a different way, the nuances of your story. You may need to tell your story a few times before you can have a different relationship with it, as the unconscious gives up its hold on the ways that hold you back and instead allows you to become the person you were born to be.

    Sometimes it’s difficult to talk in sessions. However, Ursula welcomes this and indeed uses these silences to deepen the work.  She also practices a nonverbal model of sand therapy in the session: a powerful way of freeing up the unconscious which both facilitates and enables free expression.

    Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation

    Ursula holds a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as postgraduate diplomas in: Gestalt Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, Play Therapy and Group Facilitation. She has also completed additional training in Jungian Sand Therapy.

    Ursula is an accredited member of The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and The International Jungian Sand Therapy Association (IJSTA). In addition, Ursula is a Registrant with The Irish Council for Psychotherapy, European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and The European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP)

    As an accredited clinical Supervisor with The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and a recognised Supervisor with The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Ursula is available to supervise counsellors and psychotherapists together with other practitioners in the health and mental health profession to include social care workers.

    Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest

    As a Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist with over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of human relationships. Ursula was invited to deliver training and share her interest in sand therapy and play therapy in the St Petersburg University in Russia in 2010 and University of Minnesota in the USA in 2011.

    Ursula’s work involves helping clients deal with and come to terms with any of the whole range of emotional feelings linked to: depression, relationship issues, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, illness, sexual issues and general stress; all can make it difficult to cope with everyday life experiences.

    If you have experienced a major life event (i.e. relationship breakup, bereavement, loss of job, change in financial situation…) or if indeed you feel a bit “flat” and the usual coping skill like “getting on with it” or “bouncing back” are no longer working for you, this is a good indicator to seek out professional help to restore you to the person you were born to become.

    Ursula’s fee €70 per 50 minute session

    Articles by Ursula

    Drawing Lines In the Sand… in The Irish Times
    What is Parenting through Sand?
    Healing Commences with Sandplay
    When Baby Doesn’t Come

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