I’m Alice McEleney, a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and psychologist with a private practice in Galway city centre. My goal is to help you to heal from difficult past experiences, cope with your current circumstances, grow and develop as a unique individual, and experience greater fulfilment in your life.
Life throws many challenges our way, and people seek out psychotherapy and counselling for many reasons. For example, you may be feeling a prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, anxiety, worry or stress, struggling to cope with a life transition, or experiencing difficulties in your relationships. These are all common challenges, but sometimes they can be difficult to deal with without the opportunity to discuss them freely with another person. I am trained to provide a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space in which you can explore your experience in depth, gain new insights, and develop your ability to cope, grow and thrive.
I will not judge you, give you advice, or try to “fix” your problems, but I will work with you to help you find the resources within yourself to cope with life’s challenges. I can help you to express what is happening for you, by listening attentively and trying to understand your experience from your point of view. I can encourage you to examine your thoughts and feelings in different ways, which may lead you to new insights and different perspectives. I can assist you in becoming clearer about who you are as a person and what is important to you in life. I can collaborate with you to discover habits or patterns in your life that are no longer working for you. I can support you as you consider your options, try out different ways of relating to yourself and others, and learn to respond to experiences in ways that support your well-being and growth. By exploring your experience in these ways in the context of an honest and trusting relationship, you can develop a deeper and more compassionate connection with yourself and more freedom to make choices about how you live your life.
Research has shown that the most important factor influencing the effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. I strive to build an honest, trusting and collaborative relationship with you, in which you can feel secure enough to address what is most challenging for you. I provide a safe and empathic space in which you can explore your experience and develop the inner resources you need to move towards greater freedom and well-being.
I am trained in many different ways of helping people, including both traditional therapeutic methods and new techniques supported by recent research. I work from an integrative perspective, which means that I draw on a range of theories and techniques in a flexible way, depending on what you may need at each moment. As a result, I can adapt how I work in order to meet your unique individual needs, rather than using a “one size fits all” method. I draw predominantly on the following approaches to psychotherapy and counselling: psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy and gestalt therapy.
My approach is a culmination of over twenty years of personal experience, study, research, training and practice in psychotherapy, counselling, psychology, and neuroscience. My formal training includes a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from The Tivoli Institute and a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. I have conduced postdoctoral research in Neuroscience in the USA and worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University in the UK and Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Alongside my psychotherapy and counselling practice, I am currently a part-time Associate Lecturer in Psychology with the Open University, where I teach courses on mental health. I also provide psychotherapy and counselling at NUI Galway Student Counselling Service.
I am a Pre-Accredited Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). I follow the IACP’s Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors/Psychotherapists and the PSI’s Code of Professional Ethics. I attend regular supervision with an experienced and accredited supervisor. I am constantly developing my skills through further training and continuous professional development workshops. My work is covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
For more details, please visit my website at psychotherapycounsellinggalway.ie, phone me on 086-8956595, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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