Qualifications: HDIP Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA Psychotherapy, AMIAHIP.
Academic background: Angela graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School (2015) and an MA in Psychotherapy (Humanistic and Integrative) from Dublin Business School (2017). Previous to this she obtained a BA in International Politics and Human Rights Law from DCU (2012). Angela
also has a number of post-qualification training certificates in areas of interest; Advanced Group Facilitation Skills (2017), STORM Suicide Intervention and Self Harm Training (2018), Trauma-informed Practice for the Community Sector (2019) and Supervisory Management in the Workplace (2019). Angela also has a Higher Diploma in Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy and Nutrition (2007), Mindfulness (2007).
Work Experience: Following her initial training in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Angela worked for two years with LIR Therapy Centre on the Ballymun Road, meeting clients with a broad range of counselling needs. Angela’s Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapeutic training required students to study and employ a variety of theoretical schools in their therapeutic practice; such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Object Relations Therapy, Gestalt, CBT and Rogerian Therapy. The benefit of having studied such a wide variety of methods means that Angela can draw upon a variety of approaches within the same therapy
session. During her time on the MA in Psychotherapy, Angela developed a special interest in the field
of neuroscience; exploring the links between psychotherapy, neuroscience, serious mental illness and the effects of trauma on the developing brain. Angela also works in the Community Sector. She coordinates a low – cost counselling
service and delivers a range of supportive/creative groups with a therapeutic basis; targeted mainly for participants coming from a disadvantaged socio-economic background. Angela delivers individual anxiety management and stress reduction sessions as part of her community work. Due to her involvement within the community sector, Angela has a particular interest in the effects of intergenerational poverty and trauma on both the individual and family. Angela specialises in working with Trauma, PTSD, Bereavement, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Maternal Mental Health.
Underpinning Philosophy: Angela’s predominantly works form a psychodynamic approach– believing that the past experiences of the client have shaped and influenced their present state of being. Under the psychodynamic approach, the client can heal themselves by exploring their past within the safety of the therapy session. This allows the client to develop and grow both personally and outwardly, in their relationships. Further to this, Angela holds the principle that the client is the centre of the therapeutic process; working from a client-centred perspective. Under this guiding philosophy, the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is the most essential part of the process. By discovering a new way of being, the client can find a sense of inner confidence and peace, allowing them to form a greater resilience towards life’s varied challenges.