I am an Irish counsellor based in The Hague offering coaching and counselling to the ex-pat community through English. I have lived in the Netherlands since 2011 and previously lived in London where I worked for many years as Clinical Administrator for a Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy Service. I was a counsellor with Turning Point Drug and Alcohol outreach services and with SANE the mental health charity. I received my core Psychotherapy and Counselling training at Regent's University London.
As an ex-pat of many years myself, I have a deep understanding of the difficulties faced when trying to adapt to a new and sometimes unfamiliar culture. Physical distance from friends, family and support networks can make the establishment of a new identity and friendships seem daunting. In times of crisis it can feel difficult to know where to turn for support.
There are many reasons why someone may look for Counselling or Life Coaching. You may have encountered a significant stressful or distressing experience which you want help in processing. You may have a sense of unease or dissatisfaction with the direction you feel your life is taking. Bereavement, separation or other major life transitions can leave us feeling anxious or depressed. Or you may wish for an opportunity to further your self-development in a safe and supportive environment.
My approach is Integrative, in that I am informed by a variety of therapeutic principles including the Humanistic, Existential and Psychodynamic models, with a particular interest in how early attachments shape our adult relationships. It is my fundamental belief that, given the right circumstances, we all have the ability to heal ourselves and to reach our true potential.
I strive to provide a space which is non-judgemental, empathic and confidential and I adhere by the code of ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy of which I am a member.
Counselling is a talking therapy in which problem situations or difficult feelings can be discussed and explored in a safe and confidential environment. It is not a directive process but a facilitative one, with the aim of uncovering, understanding and overcoming the root cause of disturbance in a person's sense of psychological well-being.
It is not time-limited and can be short-term - a number of weeks, or long-term - a number of months or more in duration, depending on the need of each individual. Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes.
Common issues addressed in counselling can be Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Bereavement, Loneliness, Relationship Difficulties, Stress, Trauma and Low Self-Esteem.
Coaching is a process which focuses on future goals or wishes, be they a personal project, an upcoming transition or a desired business success which for some reason are experienced as feeling blocked or difficult to obtain. Through identifying and examining the obstacles experienced in the here and now, coaching strives to remove or overcome them. It helps to determine effective courses of action and serves to unlock true potential in achieving life goals.
Coaching is a focused and time-limited approach, the duration of which is determined on consultation.
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Regular appointments are charged at €75 per session.
The initial consultation is free of charge.
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The Hague, Netherlands
Tel: 06 55 34 08 52
KvK: 74376675. BACP REG: 381891