Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Donna holds a Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by DCU and completed a training programme with Turning Point Training Institute. She also has a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland.
Donna has completed further training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, childhood sexual abuse and keeps updated with further courses in effective evidence based approaches for healing and recovery from trauma. Donna has also completed workshops for working with people on the autism spectrum. She completes CPD annually enhancing skills and knowledge. Donna is accredited with the IACP and the IAHIP and a registrant with the ICP and the EAP.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Donna’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative. Practicing integratively is a personal process which incorporates the therapist’s life experiences, trainings, personality, theories, and skills. She believes that human beings are complex and distinctive in their uniqueness, so Donna draws on different therapeutic approaches to fit the needs of each client. These approaches include Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Central to Donna’s clinical practice is the importance of the therapeutic relationship thereby creating a safe and confidential space from which a client can explore the challenges experienced in life and develop the skills and resources within themselves to deal with these challenges and overcome obstacles.
As well as skills and clinical knowledge Donna also brings compassion, calmness and humour into the sessions whilst providing a non-judgemental and caring service.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Donna’s experienced career transitioned from the corporate sector to the mental health field. Donna has worked in mental health with organisations such as the Mental Health Commission, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and St. James’s Hospital.
This variety of clinical settings and experience has developed a keen interest for Donna in Trauma and Attachment, as well as grief and the parenting of special needs children. She also has an interest in working with people with disabilities. Donna works with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, child sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD and stress management. Donna is a parent herself and she has insight to the stressors and joy this journey brings.
Donna’s fee is €80 per session