List Of Therapeutic Approaches

A quick note before I move on to my list of therapeutic approaches.

There are times when things can get too difficult to handle, we become overwhelmed and life suddenly becomes impossible to navigate or, so it would seem. There is no shame in this, our lives are full of stressors, demands, pressures and distractions. If a relationship is in trouble, depression creeps in, or life in general becomes overwhelming not everyone feels comfortable talking to a family member or a friend. But, it is so important to find support, and not to leave it until it is too late.

Motivational Therapy

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counselling style designed to recognize and resolve client ambivalence in order to prepare clients to change addictive behaviours. It is a technique that has Rogerian underpinnings (e.g., non-possessive warmth and unconditional regard) and is non-confrontational in that it elicits change statements and goals from the client, rather than the therapist. I have found it to be a very successful way to approach problem gambling issues with clients.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses ambivalence to change. MI is a conversational approach designed to help people with the following:

  • Discover their own interest in considering and/or making a change in their life (e.g., diet, exercise, managing symptoms of physical or mental illness, reducing and eliminating the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs)
  • Express in their own words their desire for change
  • Examine their ambivalence about the change
  • Plan for and begin the process of change
  • Elicit and strengthen change-talk
  • Enhance their confidence in taking action and noticing that even small, incremental changes are important
  • Strengthen their commitment to change


There are four core principles of MI:

  • Express empathy
  • Roll with resistance
  • Develop discrepancy
  • Support self-efficacy

If you are looking for a change. If you are struggling with addiction, Motivational Interviewing can be a powerful assistance tool. If you need to know more information or would like to schedule an assessment, please call me on 087 2909182. I have helped many people over the years find the right path to self recovery.


E.M.D.R (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that help’s people heal from life experiences that have had a disturbing effect on them. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took much longer to make a difference.


EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from a psychological trauma much as the body recovers from a physical trauma. When you cut your hand your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

EMDR demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. If someone has suffered a traumatic event and have not dealt with the issues it can cause a block which in turn acts like an emotional wound that can fester causing intense suffering. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, I can help clients activate their natural healing processes.

If you are suffering from a traumatic emotional event, trusting people might be difficult for you. You might have difficulty eating, sleeping. You might feel isolated and alone. I have had experience with many people facing these issues and have helped them on the path to self recovery using EMDR.


Psychotherapy is a form of therapy in which a person with mental or emotional problems talks with another person. With successful psychotherapy, a client can experiences positive change, resolves or mitigates troublesome behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions. Ideally, these are replaced with more pleasant and functional alternatives.

Psychotherapy includes interactive processes between client and psychotherapist. Psychotherapy aim is to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. I employ a range of techniques designed to improve the mental health of my client, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).

Psychotherapy can be used in a wide variety of issues and in many different area’s of therapy including mental health counselling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counselling, school counselling, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, play therapy, occupational therapy, psychoanalysis, anxiety and addiction therapy.

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world become reflected in the patient’s relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.

If you are looking for someone to talk to or would like to know more information about the various practises of therapy in general, Please call me on 087 2909182. I have helped many people over the years find the right path to self recovery.


C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence based practice best suited to the treatment of anxiety. CBT has some of the highest success rates recorded not only for anxiety but also in Family, Relationship, Work Stressors and general daily living therapy models. As part of my work I feel a big part of what defines our issues is generated by the three simple tenants of CBT – Thinking Feeling and Acting.


By choosing to change one of these three simple examples, we will in turn effect the other two and we will feel, act and think differently. CBT creates an awareness of our thoughts, feelings and actions, giving us the opportunity to catch negative responses before they happen.

If we do not have this simple model, and are therefore unaware of our thoughts, feelings and actions, in the long term, we become burnt out, depressed and unable to care for ourselves much less others. If we become aware of how we feel inside, and listen to what our body is telling us, we can spot the early signs of Anxiety, Depression and defuse Stress.

Providing Safe Therapy

I am committed to the process of safe and private therapy, and believe it offers clients a supportive environment in which they can explore a wide range of issues. The therapeutic approach depends on what I feel would be the most suitable for the client.  I believe that within these guidelines, clients can not only explore difficult emotions, but work to attain better self awareness, and self development.

Counselling For You

I have experience working with anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, trauma, abuse and the general emotional problems that living a busy life can create. I have a special interest in addiction, personal development and working with young people in relation to sexual identity. I offer counselling on a one to one basis and couples/group counselling as needed. Each session lasts approx. 50 minutes.


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