Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Craig holds an MSc in Counseling Education. Since receiving his advanced degree, he has engaged in various intensive post graduate training including trauma-focused modalities that help reprocess distressing events and strengthen relationships. This includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Integrative Body Psychotherapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Craig is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and abides by their code of ethics.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Craig recognises that seeking counselling can be a courageous thing and it’s vital that he helps create a safe and trusted experience. He sees counselling as an opportunity to overcome an obstacle and link with other resources to generate an action plan to move past the hurt or stagnation that life inevitably presents. He believes that therapy doesn’t have to be long-term but simply a way to pick up the insight and skills to move forward with strength and clarity.
Craig believes that the healing process is best approached from a cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor (body/mindfulness) base that will best empower clients and relieve negative symptoms.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Craig has worked in a variety of settings including schools, psychiatric hospitals, residential settings, and in private practice since 2005. He has worked with adults individually, teens and children individually, and providing family interventions. He has provided therapeutic support to adoptive families. His primary focus has been to increase his ability to treat trauma and help his clients establish greater mechanisms to better care for themselves through mental, emotional, and physical interventions. Craig has worked with a variety of professional adults that experience developmental roadblocks assisting them to move past, expansively through those barriers.
Craig has seen outstanding outcomes when using EMDR, an evidenced-based trauma therapy. EMDR has particularly proven success in treating single incident trauma’s (like car accidents, assaults, or other disturbances). When left untreated, people are often left with increased anxiety, depression, and various maladaptive behaviors.
Craig is also a certified provider in the PEERS® Program (The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills). This is an internationally recognized research-validated social skills program treating teens and young adult with social cognitive challenges like Autism, ADHD, social anxiety, depression and learning difficulties.
He has created successful programs in the past to assist these young people to improve their ability to make friends and keep friends. For more information on these courses please visit peersirelend.com
Craig’s fee is €80 per session
Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reaching Below The Surface
Craig recently co authored this vital resource to help address the growing challenges our youth experience today. The book provides:
Tips & Suggestions
Assessments, Questionnaires, Scales, Checklists, & Other Tools
Strategies & Interventions Based on Resiliency FactorsFor Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists and Other School Staff (Grades PK – 12)
44 Counseling Interventions Grouped by 7 Resiliency Factors:
- Self-Regulation & Distress Tolerance Strategies
- Containment Strategies
- Mindfulness Strategies
- Belonging, Purpose & Self-Advocacy Strategies
- Willpower, Self-Esteem & Empowerment Strategies
- Interpersonal Skill Strategies
- Creativity & Gratitude Strategies