Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Paul is a fully qualified Gestalt psychotherapist who completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC). He completed his programme of studies through the Gestalt Institute of Ireland. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Couples Counselling.
He is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and a Certified Associate member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and works under the code of ethics of those organisations. He is a member of the Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT). He is Co-Chair of the Organisation Development committee of that organisation.
He attends regular supervision in line with professional standards. He also attends regular workshops and training to further his personal and professional development.
Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Approach
The core philosophy of Paul’s practice comes from his training in Gestalt Psychotherapy. It is the integrity, the oneness of mind, spirit and body and importantly our environment. At the core of Gestalt Therapy is the holistic view that people are intricately linked to and influenced by their environments and that all people strive toward growth and balance.
Gestalt therapy also recognizes that forcing a person to change paradoxically results in further distress and fragmentation. Rather, change results from acceptance of what is. Thus, therapy sessions focus on helping people learn to become more self-aware and to accept and trust in their feelings and experiences to alleviate distress.
Paul supports healing and growth with compassion.
Counselling Experience & Areas of Interest
Paul has extensive experience working with both individuals and couples on a wide range of issues from relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression and loss and grief. Paul offers counselling to those who are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a relationship and struggling to move forward with their life as a single person.
Paul’s more senior age experience has facilitated an easy relationship with clients of all ages. This helps him in developing a connection with the client that is built on respect and honesty.