Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Joan has studied and trained for many years in the area of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
She holds a BA (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She graduated with a Diploma in Counselling from the University of Galway. She is a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist from the Irish Gestalt Institute in Carlow.
She is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and works under their code of ethics. She is also a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT).
Joan attends regular supervision in line with professional standards. She also attends regular workshops and training to further her professional development.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Joan works as a Humanist and Integrative Psychotherapist incorporating many approaches including Gestalt therapy, Person Centered therapy and CBT into her practice.
Joan believes that we all exhibit patterns of thinking and behaviour that either support or sabotage us. Sometimes, these patterns are so habitual and ingrained that we don’t realise that we have a choice over them.
If our patterns support us, then everything is fine. But if they don’t and we are habitually sabotaging ourselves and our relationships, problems will arise.
The goal of therapy is to help you gain awareness of yourself, what you are experiencing, how you are relating to yourself and others. As you continue to attend weekly counselling, increased awareness and connection to self grows, along with the possibility of change. New choices emerge. This can be an exciting and liberating time, but it may also be scary.
As an experienced therapist, Joan will support, encourage and work with you to experience new ways of being. She will also take the time needed to help you integrate these new ways into your life.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Joan has worked with Lets Get Talking Galway and the Student Counselling Service, University of Galway. She currently runs her own private practice.
She has a wealth of experience in the following areas:
Feelings of depression and isolation, anxiety, panic, self doubt and self criticism, addiction problems, extreme feelings of anger, shame, guilt, sadness and loneliness, trauma, sexual and domestic abuse, bereavement, relationship issues, and life crisis.