Services We Offer

Services for Adults

Our therapists can address the broad range of psychological difficulties that a person might be experiencing, from current situational life difficulties to more deep-rooted psychological and behavioural issues, and those originating in earlier life experiences.

When you avail of any our services you will be received into a warm, empathic, safe relational space. This is the cornerstone of our work. We also pride ourselves on tailoring our approach to meet the needs of each individual client. We will work out with you whether brief focussed work or longer-term therapy will best meet your needs.

You can call us anytime on +353 1 557 5180. Leave your name and contact details and we will return your call within 2 working days. Alternatively, you can complete the Enquiry form.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the process of treating psychological disorders and emotional distress through the use of verbal and psychological techniques. During this process, a trained psychotherapist/psychologist helps you address specific or general problems such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. We can offer a range of therapeutic approaches including Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  Effective Therapeutic support is available for depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties and the ongoing impacts of childhood adversity.

Consultation

If you are struggling in life but are uncertain what kind of therapeutic or other support might benefit you, a consultation appointment plus follow up review could be the answer. The Clinical Psychologist will review your current difficulties, history and early experiences and develop a psychological formulation or understanding of your presenting concerns, and then advise on the best type of support or intervention, based on research evidence.

What is Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments based on psychoanalytic concepts and methods that involve less frequent meetings and may be considerably briefer than psychoanalysis proper. Session frequency is typically once or twice per week, and the treatment may be either time limited or open ended. The work focusses on:

  • Identification of recurring themes and patterns.
  • Discussion of past experiences, with developmental focus
  • Focus on affect and expression of emotion
  • Exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Focus on interpersonal relations
  • Focus on the therapy relationship
  • Exploration of phantasy life

Psychodynamic therapists work to identify and explore recurring themes and patterns in patients’ thoughts, feelings, self-concept, relationships, and life experiences. In some cases, a patient may be acutely aware of recurring patterns that are painful or self-defeating but feel unable to escape them.

Psychoanalysis, which began with the work of Sigmund Freud over 120 years ago, was instrumental in developing the idea of mental suffering and symptoms as meaningful, and in need of being listened to and spoken out. The original Talking Cure, it continues to be the most elaborate and compelling theory of the mental life of humans. It is a powerful and effective means of addressing human mental suffering, and of affecting deep personality structures. Both psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy promote change, to enable people to experience life differently and to develop their own solutions to life problems.

A considerable body of empirical research supports the efficacy and effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy. Effect sizes for psychodynamic therapy are as large as those reported for other therapies, and it has been shown that people who do psychodynamic therapy continue to improve after treatment ends. (It’s known as ‘the sleeper effect’). It has been suggested that other therapies may be effective in part because the more skilled practitioners utilize techniques that have long been central to psychodynamic theory and practice.

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

CAT stands for Cognitive Analytic Therapy, first developed by Dr Anthony Ryle in the 1990’s.It is a collaborative therapy which looks at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). As its name suggests, it brings together ideas and understanding from different therapies into one user-friendly and effective therapy. The approach involves developing maps and letters with your therapist, as tools for self-reflection and for considering alternative options when you are stuck in old ways of relating to yourself and others. A primary focus is on exploring relationship patterns as they emerge in the therapeutic relationship and as they unfold in the stories you bring into therapy about your life and experiences.

It is a programme of therapy that is tailored to a person’s individual needs and to his or her own manageable goals for change. It is a time-limited therapy – between 4 and 24 weeks, but typically 16.

At its heart is an empathic relationship between the client and therapist within the therapeutic boundaries, the purpose of which is to help the client make sense of their situation and to find ways of making changes for the better.

CAT is about:

  • Forming a trusting relationship with your therapist which allows you to work together to explore the difficulties you are facing
  • Identifying your current problems and how they affect your life and wellbeing
  • Looking at the underlying causes of these problems in terms of your earlier life and relationships
  • Understanding how you learned to survive sometimes intense and unmanageable feelings by relating to others and yourself in particular ways
  • Identifying how these patterns may now be holding you back
  • Discovering the choices and ways of doing things differently (‘exits’) that are available to you to make your life better for yourself and those close to you
  • Finding out how you can continue to move forward after the therapy has ended

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is one of the most common treatments for a range of mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and schizophrenia. CBT is an active and collaborative approach which typically involves self-monitoring, experiments, and tasks between sessions. As an approach, it has a strong research evidence base with both children and adults.

CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. For example, if you interpret a situation negatively then you might experience negative emotions as a result, and those bad feelings might then lead you to behave in  certain ways that cause you more difficulty.

We can develop core assumptions about ourselves from our experiences growing up or other significant experiences in life. These assumptions are often just below our consciousness. Some common assumptions are

I’m not good enough

I can’t cope on my own

Everything new is frightening

I’m worthless

When our core assumptions are triggered, it produces negative automatic thoughts. For example, if your core assumption is “I can’t cope on my own” and you are faced with a tricky situation, your negative automatic thought is likely to be something like “I’m going to make a mess”. You are also likely to feel anxious and afraid and both are likely to impact how you behave. You might avoid the situation, be frozen and unable to act or behave in a manner that is out of character for you.

In CBT you work with a therapist to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and  behaviour which may be causing you difficulties. In turn this can change the way you feel about yourself and challenging situations and allow you to change your behaviour in the future.