Approach: Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Michael has completed an MA(Hons) degree in Applied Psychology in UCC and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dublin City University(DCU). He is a fully accredited psychotherapist with IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). He also has professional qualifications in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Gestalt psychotherapy.
Michael uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy. This has a number of meanings. The main one is that he works from a core theoretical base and uses a number of different approaches depending on the client’s individual needs. A cornerstone of Michael’s way of working is his belief in the importance of relationships. This can refer to the relationship between the client and the therapist but also to how the client relates to themselves and to the world around them. A lot of issues in psychotherapy can arise from how we relate to the world and the people around us. Michael also offers a diverse range of approaches using elements of Person-centred, Gestalt, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Psycho-dynamic psychotherapy.
An integrative approach also refers to the process of integrating the whole personality of the individual so that people can live fuller lives. By optimising and strengthening one’s sense of self in this way, the individual can live a more authentic and engaged life.
Michael believes that each person has within themselves the resources to resolve their difficulties and change their lives for the better. His experience and training helps in creating the necessary therapeutic relationship where personal and professional conflicts can be worked through in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment. Michael believes in supporting the client in the therapeutic process of change which can at times seem challenging. He helps them to uncover their innate strengths, resources and hopes, so that they can be empowered to implement lasting change in their lives.
Areas of Specialism:
- Confidence/Self-Esteem building
- Effective Communication
- Family and relational issues
- Grief, Bereavement and loss
- Personal Development
- Sexuality issues