What I've learned as a Counsellor

What I’ve learned through my career as a counsellor

People are different – from each other and from what the books say. A “textbook case” is rare, if not non-existent. THE TRAINING AND work of the counsellor is informed by a range of theoretical approaches to human development and change. In my experience, effective counselling is guided by each client’s unique circumstances while being informed[…]

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep and Mental Health

Excerpt: Sleep and Mental Health by  Ms Nicole Paulie, M.Sc. Couns Psych. Sleep Deprivation and Mood One of the most immediate effects of sleep deprivation on the body is how it affects one’s mood. People who suffer from disordered sleep are ten times more likely to develop depression, seventeen times more likely to develop anxiety[…]

Understanding Counselling

Understanding Counselling

Excerpt: Understanding Counselling by Ms. Melanie Billings, Counselling Psychologist. When we experience difficulties, we quite often discuss them with family or friends. Certainly you can get help and support from family members, friends, colleagues etc., but usually people bring to these conversations and relationships other expectations and agendas alongside helping you with your distress. It[…]

Dr. Edmond O'Flaherty speaking at the book launch of How to be Happy and Healthy

An Introduction to Nutrient Therapy in the Treatment of Mental Illness

Excerpt from “An Introduction to Nutrient Therapy in the Treatment of Mental Illness” By Dr Edmond O`Flaherty MB BCh DCH DObs MICGP This chapter is for general knowledge only and you should contact your health-care professional for your unique problem. The number of people suffering from mental health problems is enormous and the conventional treatment[…]

The Power of Compassion

The Power of Compassion

Excerpt from “The Power of Compassion” By Sandra Higgins, M.Sc. Couns Psych. Director of the Compassion Foundation The Need for Compassion Western science is becoming increasingly interested in subjects like compassion and mindful attention. Why? The answer is simple: compassion is good for us. Practicing compassion has a positive effect that is noticeable in biological[…]

Free talk in Waterstones, Cork city, Thurs Jan 29th, 7-8pm.

Nicole Paulie and I received a very warm welcome from Bethan and Jacinta in Rehab Bruach in Cork City last November, when we gave a talk on “How to be Happy and Healthy” as part of their Positive Living Week. There was a very large attendance at the talk and we had a lively discussion[…]

Everyday Mindfulness

Everyday Mindfulness

Extract from “Everyday Mindfulness”     By Claire Owens                Have you ever spent more than ten minutes looking for your keys?   Have you ever driven home and been unable to remember the journey? Have you ever been in conversation with someone and suddenly realised that you have no idea what they just said? If[…]

Dr. Michael Del Monte

Understanding Meditation

Extract from “Understanding Meditation” by Dr Michael DelMonte and Maeve Halpin   Dr Michael DelMonte speaking at the launch of “How to be Happy and Healthy – the Seven Natural Elements of Mental Health”,Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson St, Dublin 2, July 10th 2014. Extract from Chapter Six, “Understanding Meditation”  The practice of meditation has increasingly[…]

Be Mindful: Avoid Gaining those extra pounds at Christmas

Over the Christmas period, we are surrounded with rich, tempting food, endless boxes of biscuits and chocolates and more alcohol than usual.  As a result, we can gain up to 1.5 kilos without even noticing! This additional weight that can be difficult to lose again in the New Year. Being mindful about our food choices,[…]