Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Kathleen holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a BA Degree in Counselling & Youth Studies from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS). She also holds a Diploma in Psychology of Counselling from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).
Kathleen is a pre-accredited member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP) and abides by the code of ethics laid down by NAPCP. Kathleen continues to find opportunities and training to upskill her personal and professional development.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Kathleen is an integrative therapist who supports and works with clients with a Humanistic and Person-Centred approach to therapy introducing approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to clients to suit their needs while encouraging change and self-awareness. Kathleen feels that an honest and trusting relationship between the therapist and client is vital for development and change.
She works with clients in a flexible collaborative way, where the client is at the centre of the therapeutic process, as the client is the expert of their own story. Kathleen believes all people have the ability to change when they believe in themselves and in their abilities.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers
Counselling Experience and Area of Interest
Kathleen has worked in NUI Galway in the Access Centre which is where her interest in counselling and psychotherapy work began, due to supporting students in distress and those who have struggles in their life. She has experience with students from non-traditional entry routes to College from diverse backgrounds which includes mature students, school leavers, foundation/access students, students from ethnic minority groups, asylum seekers, and students with disabilities. Kathleen works and supports clients with a range of issues including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma from childhood, neurodiversity, suicidality, self-esteem, loneliness, and restoring family difficulties.