Hi all, I wanted to write a short note to tell you who I am and why I decided to start this blog. As you know, my name is Niamh and I am a psychotherapist. For those of you who may not know, psychotherapy is a form of a talk therapy with a professionally trained therapist. Before getting into Psychotherapy, I trained for 4 years to be a youth and a community worker. From this, I got the opportunity to work with many young people, from various different backgrounds and cultures. While I enjoyed this work immensely, counselling was my ultimate goal, which led me to go on and train as a psychotherapist.
From a very young age, I always wanted to work in an area that helped people. Growing up, I hadn’t a clue what counselling was – I actually believed that it was only an American thing! As a child, I used to say I want to be a “therapist”, believing I would have to move to the States, because I genuinely believed that counselling didn’t exist in Ireland. As I got older, I began to think more realistically. I was led to believe in order to become a counsellor, I would have to study psychology to PhD level. As you may know the points for Psychology are very high, and PhD’s aren’t too easy to come by. I was a good student in school, I always did what was required, but the thoughts of studying for a couple of decades just wasn’t me!
I went on to pursue an academic career in Social and Community work. During my time at college, I began to recognise that counselling services do in fact exist in Ireland! I also saw first hand the need for these services. I was a year out of college, unemployed and at a cross roads in my life. Exploring what I wanted to do with my life, I stumbled across a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy in Limerick. I thought, I’ve finally found my window into Counselling in Ireland. I was lucky in that my degree made it possible for me to meet the entry requirements into the master’s programme. It was here that I realised the true meaning in counselling and psychotherapy, and knew it was the path for me.
So the important question, why am I starting this blog? Well, I am starting this blog to bring awareness and understanding to the Counselling Services available in Ireland. I was one of those people who hadn’t a clue what the purpose of counselling was. I wouldn’t have known where to start even if I wanted to attend counselling. So, I understand when I meet people who don’t fully understand the concept behind it, or what/who counselling is for.
I plan to bring awareness to this very needed service,the issues that can be brought to it and how to go about attending counselling in a way that makes you feel comfortable. I will be posting about a wide amount of issues. Everything, from serious and challenging issues to everyday life trials that we all face. While also sharing different tricks and techniques to overcome these issues that would be thought to you in a counselling session. This blog aims to promote “not to suffer alone”, no matter what the issues may be, to recognise the helping services that are available to everyone.
I hope you enjoyed this post and got an understanding of what this blog will entail. If I can help just one person from this, then it will have served its’ purpose.