Avril is a trained Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She uses a humanistic integrative approach combining cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic theory, schema therapy, positive psychology and mindfulness based stress reduction. As a psychotherapist she believes in the combination of an evidence-based scientific approach with a compassion-focused heart led approach. She believes that the development of a genuine therapeutic rapport and deep listening helps the client to achieve their best outcome. She is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the Irish association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP). She has a BSc in Psychology from Trinity, an MSc in Health Psychology from NUIG and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Zestlife.
She works with many presenting issues including:
- Low mood
- Health challenges
- Low self esteem
- Personal Development
- Emotional regulation
- Loss of meaning
She offers face to face therapy sessions in the Calm Rooms clinic and online therapy sessions.
Psychotherapy and Natural medicine.
‘As a psychotherapist with a Health Psychology and Natural Medicine background I have a keen interest in how lifestyle and physiology influence mental health. I work a lot with anxiety, depression, lowered mood, lowered energy. I often explore with clients aspects such as adrenal fatigue, vagal tone, gut microbiome, liver health and lifestyle and see how these factors are helping or hindering their psychological wellbeing. Sometimes a client is attending for psychotherapy but I use acupuncture or craniosacral therapy to help release patterns of chronic stress held in the tissues and to support neurotransmitter function, sleep patterns and nervous system balance. This approach is particularly helpful with stress, anxiety and depression. I have often worked with clients where treatments such as craniosacral therapy help prepare the client to do deeper psychotherapy work. If someone has experienced a prolonged period of stress in their lives or had difficult major life events or trauma the nervous system is often in hyper-arousal mode and small stressors can lead to a large stress response and the release of adrenaline and cortisol. Using a combined approach can help restore nervous system balance which helps improve psychological balance. This provides a holistic approach to mental health challenges.