Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation
Susan holds a MA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. She is an accredited therapist the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). Susan has supervision on a regular basis as part of her own continuous education and commitment to the codes and ethics of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).
Susan has completed training in Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and enjoys working with couples when availability allows. She has also completed trauma training with both Babette Rothschild and Pat Ogden.
Susan is currently completing her Gestalt training in clinical supervision, to work with supervisees from September 2023.
She is a core skills trainer on the DBS Masters in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy programme.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Susan’s training was in the Humanistic and Integrative model of psychotherapy. In her practice, she draws upon a number of therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MCBT), Gestalt Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches, working closely with her clients to understand their specific individual needs. Her focus is on the relationship between therapist and client and how healing this can be.
Working with clients in a Humanistic and Integrative way can assist them to work through painful feelings towards acceptance, and richer more fulfilling life patterns. Susan provides a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential environment for clients to explore their patterns and needs. She works with clients for both short-term and long-term periods, and reviews the sessions with each person on an on-going basis to ensure that the work is relevant and the client is focused on the areas that are important to them.
Susan believes that respect for the individual’s fundamental ability to know and understand themselves, is at the core of humanistic therapeutic work. At different times in our lives this ability can become clouded and obscured by circumstances, and past unresolved hurt or trauma can resurface. It is at these times we can feel anxiety, anger, sadness and a sense of being lost, overwhelmed and misunderstood…. generally ‘stuck’.
Susan’s background is in recruitment and Human Resources, and she has experience working closely with individuals who are unhappy in their work environment, or have lost their jobs, income, self-confidence and sense of who they are.
She works with individuals suffering from a wide variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, post-natal depression, eating disorders, sexual difficulties, sexual abuse, bereavement, stress and trauma.
Having lived and worked abroad for many years, Susan also has worked with individuals who experience a sense of displacement and lack of belonging, and feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Susan’s fee is €90 for individuals and €120 for couples per session
A short glossary:
- A Humanistic philosophy emphasizes human uniqueness, and individual potential for growth and self determination.
- Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.
- Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality.