This is a term that is used to describe the process of healing emotional hurts, traumas, and patterns of limiting behaviour. During the process, we will help you to deal with specific and general problems which may be impeding wholeness. Alongside helping you with issues such as grief, stress, self-esteem, etc., you will be helped to uncover and release the influence of past conditioning from your present life, empowering you to live more fully.
We employ a variety of psychotherapy practices to help you towards healing and transformation. We base our approach on the inherent capacity of each individual to reach their potential for wholeness. We seek to respond compassionately to each client at an emotional, cognitive, physiological, and transpersonal level.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This is the most widely-used therapies for anxiety issues. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety, among many other conditions. Patrick, who is a trained CBT Practitioner, will help you to uncover and re programme any old or un-resourceful thought patterns and distortions in how you see yourself and your life. As the name suggests, this involves two main components.
Cognitive therapies examine how negative thoughts, or cognitions, contribute to anxiety.
Behavioural therapies examine how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.
The basic premise of cognitive behavioural therapy is that our thoughts (not external events) affect the way we feel. In other words, it is not the situation you are in that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation. This form of therapy is an active, problem-solving approach (The number of sessions required is usually between six and ten, but depends, of course on the needs of the client.)
Patrick can help if any of these symptoms apply to you.
- Missing work or not performing well at work because you feel stressed, depressed or anxious.
- Having difficulty communicating or asserting yourself.
- Struggling with grief after the loss of a loved one or the breakup of a relationship.
- Having difficulty with time management, stress management or burnout.
- Lacking direction or needing a lifestyle change.
I, Patrick have specialised in this area following my research at UCC. I would consider this process of therapy to be somewhat like Chiropractic for the Soul!
The first step is to help you become aligned with your definition of a fulfilling life. You will excavate a vision for yourself based on your values and your unique gifts. You will discern what habits and beliefs may be holding you back, and you will integrate instead those life-skills that support your progress and keep you mentally flexible, resilient and functioning at your best. For this (,again like a chiropractic strengthening the muscles in the body), you may be asked to do ‘exercises’ to strengthen the mind. Together, we will explore the habits and beliefs of ‘happy people’ (based on current research) in a way that they can become part of your own blueprint for living.
During this therapeutic journey, clients generally find themselves establishing new boundaries, discovering a new creativity and personal identity, and sometimes leaving behind old ways of life that no longer fit. Others report being more ‘in the flow of life’, with more energy and clarity. As you begin to declutter many out worn ideas and beliefs, you may feel lighter in mind, body and spirit.
Of course this all comes about by small, concrete practical changes. I will be your ‘watch dog’ to make sure these changes come about, and I will help you to stay focused whenever you begin to drift into old patterns which only serve to sabotage your dreams and goals. More importantly, you will be shown how to cultivate more skilful ways of maintaining wellness. I will help you to build practices that will be applicable to everyday situations, while empowering you to increase your confidence, joy and wellbeing.
Awareness and Mindful Living
A lot of the time we are on ‘automatic pilot’, and unaware of what is really going on within and around us. Constant internal ‘noise’ and incessant mental activity can become the norm for many of us, whereby we are unknowingly building up stress hormones in the body. We need, therefore, to learn how to ‘switch off’ this ‘busy button’ so that we become more fully attentive to the now. Instead of the mind being lost in the past or the future, or in self judgement or comparisons, we become more fully available to the present moment. Only then do we wake up to the miracle of who we are and the miracle of our lives as it is unfolding right now.
In our one to one Spiritual Accompaniment, in our books and cds, as well as our ongoing retreats and workshops, you will be guided towards awakening new dimensiosn of stillness and surrender. . ( see news section for list of upcoming retreats)
You can book appointments through the email address or by phone, (where you can leave a brief message). You will then be contacted and a telephone conversation will follow to discern the most suitable type of therapy for you.
What to expect at the first session
The first session is usually a time for information gathering, where a case history and assessment is recorded. Confidentiality and the process of therapy is explained, and the number of sessions required for a successful outcome. Clients are also asked if they have any questions about the therapy.
We offer clients the highest level of confidentiality consistent with the law and code of ethics of our Accrediting body The Irish association of humanistic and integrative psychotherapy.