Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Níall holds an Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Munster Technological University (MTU) and a Bachelors of Arts (HONS) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Cork Institute of Technology CIT). Níall also holds qualifications in Psychology and Mental Health from University College Cork (UCC).
Niall is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), and he adheres, fully, to their Code of Ethics.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Níall’s approach to therapy uses whatever the process demands at a particular moment and as a therapist Niall does not know what direction a session will take. Niall’s own intuitive and organismic responses are vital in attending to the cues from his clients.
Therapy is a holding environment in which change happens within the structure of the relationship over time. This relationship between Níall and his client is a central therapeutic factor that provides the basis for all other therapeutic processes. Research demonstrates that the therapeutic relationship is a more significant factor than any particular method of therapy.
The model of therapy which Níall uses draws on several theoretical and technical approaches: psychoanalytic, humanistic, body-oriented and Gestalt theories. Níall finds that standardisation of a rigid technique is inappropriate as it does not allow him to make the necessary response to the individuality of each person. It is therefore necessary that his actual therapeutic approach be flexible enough to respond to the uniqueness of each client.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Níall’s training includes theoretical perspectives from Relational Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Attachment, Trauma Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), The Neuro Affective Relational Model for Healing Attachment, and Understanding & Working with Complex Developmental Trauma & Dissociation in addition to Internal Family Systems.
Níall has experience working for a number of different organisations conducting counselling and psychotherapy to adults aged 18 and over and is particularly interested in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal ideation, relationship issues, low self-esteem, loss, self-actualisation and individuation. Níall’s Master’s thesis surrounded these areas which related to the replacement child phenomenon – a child who is conceived or born to replace a child or other member of the family who has died – which can be the root cause of these areas and a person’s suffering is often overlooked and this condition can go untreated for decades.