As both an addiction & generic counsellor a key part of my role (particularly in relation to the former) is to help people to think about the function that a particular substance or behaviour occupies in their physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. It might be argued that that addiction presents us with the fantasy/illusion that total happiness is possible. Or alternatively, addiction might often function as a way of helping us to avoid something painful with the result that often the very thing that we are using to avoid the inner pain becomes more painful than the initial pain.
As a generic psychodynamic counsellor, my role is to help people to explore, understand, and take action. And of course, a big part of the work involves listening. In other words, helping people to say what they mean, to mean what they say, and maybe even more important to know what they are saying. This is a key part of the work of therapy, identifying the unconscious aspects of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that we keep repeating, despite our often best efforts not to do so. And of course, like Freud, tells us, the unconscious is that other site or agency that is radically divorced from consciousness, but yet influences how we think, feel, and behave.
I am an accredited supervisor with A.C.I. (Addiction Counsellors Ireland). I have completed a Higher Diploma in Clinical Supervision with P.C.I. (person-centred Institute) accredited with Middlesex University.I supervise in both individual and group contexts and have done so for many years with trainees, and experienced counsellors/psychotherapists.
My fee for supervision is €70.00 for 50 minutes.
Contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.