Psychotherapy Training & Accreditation
Theresa holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP). She is accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and works under the code of ethics of this organisation. Theresa also attends monthly Supervision and regularly participates in continuous professional development training, conferences and workshops. These are in a range of areas including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Race and Culture; Trauma; Neurodiversity; Disability; Motivational Interviewing; Substance Use; Attachment. Theresa also holds a BA, M.Ed. (Lifelong Learning) and a postgraduate diploma in Adult Guidance and Counselling.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic approach
Theresa is an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. She sees the relationship between counsellor and client as key in creating a safe, trusting therapeutic space. In this space she and the client work together in partnership, exploring difficulties that the client brings to therapy and exploring ways of understanding and working with these difficulties. In this non-judgemental listening space, the client is facilitated in developing self awareness, insights, coping skills, recognising and using their own strengths and resources and building resilience. Theresa uses a variety of approaches in collaboration with the client, depending on individual needs (for example humanist, existential, psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness).
Theresa offers both short and long term counselling; this is in consultation with the client and is based on individual needs.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Theresa works with adults (18+). She is experienced in (though not limited to) working with Anxiety, Loss, Loneliness, Relationship difficulties, Life changes, Work or study related stress, work/life balance.
Theresa has worked as a counsellor with Let’s Get Talking Galway and is a student counsellor with the Atlantic Technological University (formerly GMIT).
Prior to working in counselling/psychotherapy Theresa worked in Adult Education (specialising in Adult Literacy), Adult Guidance and Counselling and Disability Support in England and Ireland. She worked in VECS and in universities, in teaching, training and management. She has a long interest in and commitment to supporting adults who have experienced disadvantage to access education, pursue personal learning goals and celebrate the achievement of these goals and the changes that are brought about by this.