We believe that under ‘good enough’ developmental conditions people develop a sense of security and resilience that enables them, to respond to life and life’s challenges with a capacity for meaning, vitality and aliveness.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are the means by which people find help to resolve difficulties in their emotional and psychological living. Stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, addictions and impulsivity, are all examples of inner states of feeling and experience people go through in life; most people benefit greatly from the support and help of a trained counsellor during these times.
Often during these challenging times, issues from the past emerge, sometimes with renewed vigour and again the support of a trained professional psychotherapist can help to heal the wounds, which constrain and limit our lives. This is where Psychotherapy- the healing of the psyche is most helpful.
The orientation is primarily non-directive – in that it relies on the relationship between the psychotherapist and the client to bring about the desired security and safety for the client to understand consciously what he already unconsciously knows. When the person makes the connection between how he relates to others is a mirror of how he relates to self, possibilities for new choices and new actions emerge.
The process of professional counselling and psychotherapy is bound by very stringent ethics and rules of practise, is entirely confidential between the client and therapist and (by agreement with the client) the therapist’s supervisor.
Ultimately Counselling and Psychotherapy at its best, liberates us from the shackles of the ‘script’ handed down to use during our formative years from significant ‘others’ in our life.
Marilyn vos Savant
Franklin Delano Roosevelt First Inaugaral Address, 1933
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I believe that under ‘good enough’ developmental conditions people develop a sense of security and resilience that enables them, to respond to life and life’s challenges with a capacity for meaning, vitality and aliveness. My own ‘mixed’ developmental experiences led to my personality which incorporates different ‘sub-personalities’ that are in complex relationship with each other. These ‘parts’ are expressed daily in my functional and ‘dysfunctional’ behaviour. These insights have come from my continued personal development experiences. This has also being my experience of working with clients. Hence my philosophy of counselling is grounded in the understanding of multiplicity of mind and related focus of behaviour as a means of communication about one’s internal world.
While my integrative training and resultant theoretical models guide me, the therapeutic relationship is at the core of my approach. I believe that we have an inherent drive towards growth/healing and that if I as a therapist can foster a collaborative relationship, that mirrors a ‘good enough’ developmental partnership, then we have the conditions that promote change. Hence, I put a strong focus, on the development, within a relational context, of the capacities for relationship; affect regulation, metalizing, self leadership, and mindfulness. These capabilities can be underdeveloped because of adverse earlier experiences.
Integrated throughout my philosophy is my ethical and professional approach which covers confidentiality, risk assessment, ongoing personal therapy, learning/research and supervision as a way of monitoring my practise. In my philosophy of counselling supervision provides a very important space. Supervision is my training ground where I can bring all my difficulties and ask for support and guidance. I use supervision to monitor the evitable impact of my personal process on the therapeutic journey.
I feel my philosophy of counselling is congruent with my practise. I am committed to my own personal development journey, to becoming more and more a leader of my own ‘internal system’. Also the times I can muster a stance of compassion and empathy for when I fail to be ‘self led’ can be transported into my work with clients. I believe there is a strong correlation between commitment to personal development and dedication to clients.
Developmental and Personality theory and application are critical supports for my work. The principle of multiplicity is at the core of my approach to therapy. Behaviour as a signpost to the complex intrapsychic world of my clients is the ‘bread and butter’ of the psychotherapy I provide.
I ground the therapy process in the present moment as I believe that clients and I, at times, view the world from the lenses of distorted past experiences. I am greatly interested in what is functioning well in a client’s life. What internal and external resources have enabled a client to survive what they have gone through? Resourcing a client into more ‘Adult’ ways of being in the world is at the heart of my methodology.
Only when clients are well resourced and have developed adequate capacity for connection to self, others and the present moment, do I focus on addressing the more troublesome aspects of their narratives.
Liam O Mahony
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