Approach: Humanistic and Integrative
Alan Jordan is originally from Co. Mayo. In the early nineties, his third level studies were in psychology, Irish and English literature. His training in psychotherapy began with a Certificate in Counselling at the University of Limerick, followed by the one-year Personal Development Programme with the Irish Gestalt Centre. He then completed the four year MA in Integrative Psychotherapy in UL. This training meets the criteria of IAHIP, IACP and the EAP. He abides by the code of ethics of IAHIP. Music is a big passion of Alan’s and he also holds a degree in music.
Alan’s work is influenced by various approaches, primarily gestalt, attachment theory, person-centred therapy and existential therapy. He values the holistic development of each client and strives for honesty and respect in his work.
Alan sees his role as two-fold in helping clients to meet their goals. Firstly he provides a safe, empathic relationship, through which the client’s experience and issues can be explored. Psychotherapy research points to the therapeutic relationship as the most important factor in effective therapy. Secondly, he aims to nurture the client’s capacity for self-reflection. Through expanding their awareness and view of themselves, clients become more connected to self and others and begin to access their personal power. New possibilities for creative and fulfilling living arise from this, as well as greater resilience to deal with life’s difficulties. Alan views the therapist’s quality of presence as integral to best practice and he is committed to continued professional, personal and spiritual development.
Alan Jordan has worked with clients on exploring these issues and more:
- Anxiety, stress and panic attacks
- Low self-esteem
- Struggles with anger and other feelings
- Relationship difficulties
- Social anxiety
- Loneliness and isolation
- Bereavement and loss
- Work-related issues
- Finding your passion in life
- Sexual issues and issues of sexual identity
- Feeling stuck in life and creative process