Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Ann holds a BSc(Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College, validated by Middlesex University. She is also a fully accredited member of Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Ann is dedicated to on-going training which will inform her practice and enrich what she can offer to her clients. She has additional training in Issues of Sexual Violence and Trauma, and holds a certificate in psychosexual studies. Ann holds a post graduate diploma in child and adolescence play therapy achieved at the Children’s Therapy Centre.
Ann is a trained Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) working with couples. She has also trained with Bob and Rita Resnick, who are experts in the field of Gestalt Therapy for couples, and holds a certificate in couples counselling from PCI college Dublin.
As a result of the pandemic and the changes being faced to deal with life and our ‘new normal’ Ann is currently participating in a course for online therapy
Ann attends regular supervision as part of her ethical commitment to her work and abides by the code of ethics outlined by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Ann works with both individual clients and couples. Her core approach is in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy; wherein the therapy is client led and the client is held in a safe therapeutic relationship. This facilitates the client to address issues arising in their lives.
As part of her work Ann continues to partake in ongoing training in particular in the interest of couple work at present. Ann uses an eclectic approach when working with couples. She draws on different models to find the best way of working with each couple. Ann believes it is important to work with the difference with a couple and encourage them to find the best way forward that best suits the couple.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Throughout her work with clients Ann has gained experience working with adolescents faced with issues of bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety, fear, trauma, parental separation and divorce. She is empathetic to the difficulties and struggles for parents seeking to keep the relationship with their adolescence healthy and lines of communication open.
Ann works with clients recovering with alcohol addiction and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA). Ann has grown an interest in the links and patterns of relating, due to the influence of relationships experienced and observed throughout childhood and the impact this has on adult relationships.
Ann has a keen interest in working with bereavement, loss and complicated grief as in bereavement through suicide. Complicated grief can cover many issues which the bereaved may have to face and a safe therapeutic space can be used to explore these issues and help find resolve.
Ann also has experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and trauma.
Ann has a strong interest and intention of studying and training more on the system we originate from and the impact our family of origin has on our present relationships.