Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Compassionate & Confidential Therapeutic Services in North County Dublin.

In Person

Face-to-face counselling appointments are available in a confidential and safe setting.

Phone or Online

Online therapy appointments via your phone, computer or tablet from the comfort of home.

Walk & Talk

An alternative approach to traditional therapy. Think of it as a moving counselling session.

In Person

Face-to-face counselling appointments are available in a confidential and safe setting.

Phone or Online

Online therapy appointments via your phone, computer or tablet from the comfort of home.

Walk & Talk

An alternative approach to traditional therapy. Think of it as a moving counselling session.

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Hey there, I’m Oisín.

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

As a qualified humanistic therapist, with an honours (BSc) degree in counselling and psychotherapy, I place a strong emphasis on the importance of creating a warm and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I’ve previously practised in a busy Dublin city centre counselling service and I also volunteer with SOSAD in Drogheda. I hold pre-accredited membership with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), I’m also an associate member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) and maintain keen interest in the therapeutic value of expression through art-making. To ensure my practices are informed and current I engage in regular continuous professional development and clinical supervision.

My Expertise

Addiction

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At some point in your life it’s likely you have experienced overwhelming feelings that felt intolerable. Drugs, alcohol or gambling may appear to be the best or only options available to numb these painful feelings, but obviously, this behaviour lends itself to countless negative consequences.

If you’ve struggled with substance abuse, there is almost certainly a very good reason. Counselling for addiction expands your ability to find ways for you to be in touch with your entire spectrum of feelings so you can have a more authentic connection with yourself and a greater ability to have genuine and meaningful relationships.

Trauma

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Trauma is a normal reaction occurring after exposure to death, serious harm or injury to, oneself, a family member or close friend. How we react to a traumatic event can vary in its intensity from person to person. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an example of a reaction to a traumatic or stressful event. Where this leaves a person to experience severe physical or emotional pain for an extended period following a stressful event may indicate professional supports are required.

Therapy can help you to process the distressing emotions and memories that are associated with trauma. Understanding these symptoms is often the first step to reducing them.

Depression

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Incidents of depression are more and more common. With ‘one in six’ said to experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Symptoms include; intense sadness and withdrawal from usual activities, where mood or level of interest is impaired. In severe cases, where depression is untreated it may lead to more serious implications for health.

CBT, mindfulness and meditation are all proven therapeutic treatments to effectively treat symptoms of depression. Treating depression with therapy or psychotherapy has proven helpful in both short and long-term cases of depression.

Job Loss or Change

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The financial pressures associated with job loss can be overwhelming. For many of us, our jobs are a central component of our identity. Change in our employment status can directly impact our self-identity. The loss of employment coupled with financial strains can prove to be a very stressful and negative time.

Counselling provides a platform to adapt to changes in your employment status, where you can take stock of where you are at in the present moment and feel supported in realising your true potential.

Intimate Relationships

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If you’re struggling with finding a relationship or with the one you are in, therapy can be the gateway to unlock what works for and against you in relationships. Our most important relationship is the one with our self and in any healthy relationship, the right partner will add to and enhance a life that is already content.

Getting more comfortable with being vulnerable and authentic, communicating and asking for what you need, expecting respect – these are the pillars of a healthy relationship. Let’s build them together.

LGBTQ+

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Lots of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (Questioning) seek counselling for similar reasons to non-LGBTQ individuals (i.e. – grief, anxiety, depression, loss, work stress, etc). Whilst some issues may have little to do with sexuality, gender or identity, the LGBTQ community also have their own set of unique challenges.

If you’re considering counselling and want to speak with someone who is compassionate, sensitive and understanding of the specific issues affecting the LGBTQ community get in touch.

Anxiety & Stress

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Anxiety is a whole-body experience that can be crippling. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, twisting of the gut or trouble sleeping. These are common signs of anxiety and the mind being caught in a pattern of negative thinking. Why allow anxiety to take pleasure from your quality of life?

When you gain awareness of the roots of your anxiety, you can become mindfully aware of your triggers and develop strategies to cope. Learn ways to control your worry.

Abuse

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We’ve long been aware of how adverse childhood events, including sexual abuse, may increase the risk for serious health issues later in life. The present increase in cases of domestic abuse during the pandemic is alarming, with new legislation to criminalise coercive control, a welcomed new measure in Irish law. In such cases, help is also available for those who wish to stop abusing others. No matter the form; physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, the resulting effects of abuse often damage a person’s self-confidence, thankfully support is available.

Working always at your pace, I offer a safe and confidential space to rebuild your self-esteem and process the difficult emotions associated with your trauma, without fear of judgement of your response to the abuse.

Managing Conflict

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Conflict occurring between spouses, partners, family members, co-workers and others are a natural part of everyday life. Yet, when in the thick of it, conflict can be all-consuming. Terms such as, ‘stonewalling’, ‘passive-aggressive’ and ‘blaming’ are frequently referred to in describing the unhealthy tactics used in a conflict.

Exploring your history of conflict in your past relationships or current ones will help in identifying and thinking about why it is you react the way you do to conflict. This can also offer you the opportunity to work on strategies to better manage conflict in a safe and non-judgemental space.

Adolescent Issues

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Experiences of childhood trauma and other adverse life circumstances can limit a young adult’s ability to fully engage with the world. Developmental gaps may require a more creative approach to attend to communication deficiencies. Both art and play, are creative variations that can be used in counselling to effectively bridge gaps in communication.

In all forms of therapy, the therapeutic relationship and the safety provided by the structure of the therapy, make it a safe space for young adults to engage in the process, explore their life experiences and find a suitable way of being in the world.

Alcoholic/Addict Parent

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Growing up with a parent who struggled with addiction can be a precursor to struggles in managing their own lives as adults. Where parental supervision (both physical and emotional) has been inconsistent as a result of addiction, the children of addicts or alcoholics are presented with the challenge of developing a solid sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Co-dependency traits and/or fears of abandonment are typical symptoms that can develop, these can be a hindrance to having secure and healthy relationships.

We can work together to understand how your early life experiences have shaped certain patterns of behaviour and explore ways to shift the paradigm to a better way of being.

Bereavement & Grief

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Grief can shake everything up – your beliefs, your routines and even your sense of what is real, with the time spent adjusting to a loss varying from person to person. Processing a loss requires a move through a series of stages towards accepting what is now the new reality. Counselling can ease the pressure of navigating areas of conflict that surround a loss, which can hold the bereaved back from progressing through the process of mourning.

Most likely, there are still loved ones in your life who need you and it is entirely understandable if you feel too exhausted to deal with them. Bereavement counselling can help to stabilise you to move towards acceptance of your loss.

Harmful Thoughts

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A good approach in the treatment of self-harm is to establish an understanding of the motivation behind the associated harmful thoughts. Sometimes self-harm may signify serious suicidal intent, so it is always important for the thinking behind it to be explored and understood. Professional help that involves a check-in with your GP is a good place to start.

In difficult times it is important to remember that help & support is available. Evidence-based therapeutic techniques will allow you to work through why you feel the need to self-harm and help you manage these feelings, all within a safe, sensitive and understanding environment.

Loneliness

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Loneliness may occur at any stage in the life cycle, irrelevant of age or social standing. The isolation from a lack of perceived social connection with others is associated with feeling worthless and unloved. Loneliness can result out of our basic human need for connection through meaningful relationships going unmet.

While the benefits of therapy vary from person to person, just beginning the process of therapy can help ease some of the isolation we can all feel when confronted with difficulties in our lives.

Anger Mgmt

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Anger and aggression can destroy relationships. Anger can be the resulting emotional response when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated. Thankfully, as anger is a learned behavioural response it is possible for it to be unlearned. Is the cycle of anger affecting you or a loved one? Find the root of this anger and learn ways to control the rage.

Those living with mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression or addiction, may also need to attend to these issues for anger management treatment to be effective.

Invest in Yourself!

The benefits and value you gain from therapy will not end at our last session – you can carry them with you for the rest of your life when you accomplish the goals and change you desire.  When you book your appointment, I know you are dedicated to beginning the process of transforming your life because you’re willing to invest in yourself. I offer a competitive standard rate of €50/session and reserve a number of slots in my practice to offer at a reduced cost, for students, retirees and the unemployed. Please contact me for consideration prior to your appointment.

PAYMENT

Flexible payment options are available onsite and online, including contactless, Revolut, Google Pay and Paypal.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours beforehand. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance or do not show up for your appointment, you will be charged for the full rate of the session.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Talking about finances can be tricky, we can navigate this together.

" Oisín has supported me throughout the pandemic with online therapy. Oisín has this knack of knowing when to ask the right questions and I have always felt safe and less stressed about what's out of my control. I would recommend him to anyone who feels they need support."

Annonymous – Social Anxiety: Age 29

"I am not sure I have reached the very top of my mountain yet, but because of Oisín, I now know exactly how to climb it and I have the strength to do it."

Robert – Career Change: Age 40

"I went to Oisín after having major surgery. Oisín's patience and down-to-earth nature made it easier to connect with myself and openly discuss the difficult issues I had bottled up and ignored for so long."

Kathleen – Life Review: Age 68

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087 656 8545

36B The Square, Skerries, Co. Dublin, K34 E296