Mairead Kafe

Academic Background

Mairead has a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a range of additional certifications, in particular: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, CBT skills for weight management, Issues of Sexual Violence and Mindfulness

Work Experience

Before becoming a psychotherapist she Mairead is a psychotherapist and counsellor, and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). Mairead has over 9 years of experience working with adults experiencing mental health difficulties in both community centres and private practice. As well as offering support in the areas of anxiety and relationship issues, she has worked with clients dealing with abuse, bereavement, depression, health issues, low self-esteem, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Mairead works face to face with clients in Fairview Therapy Centre. She has worked with Northside Counselling Services since 2013, Save Our Sons And Daughters (Drogheda and Navan) centres since 2015.

Underpinning Philosophy

Mairead works from a holistic perspective, assisting the client to be heard (in a safe space), explore their challenges, leading to their personal growth. Mairead uses the following therapeutic approaches: Rogerian, Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Mairead works with adults (18 years+), individual therapy sessions or DBT group therapy sessions. DBT is an effective treatment for people who have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviours. It aims to replace problem behaviours with skilful behaviours. Dialectical means: two opposite ideas can be true at the same time, and when considered together, can create a new truth and a new way of viewing the issues. There is always more than one way to think about a situation.

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