Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Denis Ryan has a BA in Philosophy and a four-year Higher Diploma in Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapy, a humanistic body-orientated approach to therapy. He is a member of the training team and committee for the Trácht Psychotherapy Foundation.
Denis is a pre-accredited member of IAHIP and abides by their code of ethics.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Empathy, non-judgement, support, and exploration are the cornerstones of Denis’s practice. Holding a safe space for clients and their experiences is grounded with the foundational principle of ‘All of you is welcome here’.
The power of a non-judgmental space can be transformational. Through his work, Denis knows that through holding a client in their experiences, gently reflecting or noting patterns or behaviors, huge shifts and changes can occur.
As a biodynamic therapist, Denis’s body-focused approach is highly tuned to self-exploration. Many times, we can find ourselves trapped in our own stories and narrative. The body, however, stores the entirety of our experiences and our memories. By working with the body and bringing focus to conscious and unconscious emotions and belief-systems, we can find ourselves closer to the root of our issues as opposed to staying with the symptoms.
Traditional talk-therapy is the basis of his work; however, as an integrative therapist, he also introduces body-focused exercises, movement, emotional awareness techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies, mindfulness, and massage if it lends itself to the work.
This space for exploration is a collaborative process, working with each client uniquely according to their own pace and needs.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
With a fully inclusive service, Denis has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds, genders and sexualities. Some of the presenting issues he has supported clients with include anxiety, depression, ‘stuckness’, anger, stress, shame, sexuality, gender-identity, unresolved childhood issues, trauma, sexual abuse, transitions, long-term illness and transpersonal integration.
In his voluntary work with Chrysalis Community Drug Project, he supports clients exploring issues such as addiction, trauma and social isolation.