Aoife Nic Charthaigh (Currently on Sabbatical)
Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Aoife
People seek therapy for any number of reasons. It may be in response to significant life changes, following a loss, traumatic life events, problems at work or in important relationships. At other times, the reasons aren't at all clear - something seems 'not quite right', or there's just a sense that something needs attention. Sometimes, people come to therapy feeling that there’s something deeply wrong with them, or they may simply need some space to process recent or past events, or to reflect and find clarity as they prepare to make an important decision for the future.
I offer psychotherapeutic counselling to individuals on a variety of issues. I am trained in Integrative Psychosynthesis, and draw on a range of approaches depending on a client’s needs at various points in the process. I work relationally, and always with a goal of hearing the voice behind the symptom.
There may be times when exploring the past is an important part of the work- to understand its impact and address unfinished business. At other times, the work may be with the present- how issues are manifesting in the client’s life, and in what the body is communicating. The work may include using stories or mythology, or it may be about simply finding ways to stay with and live through some of the existential challenges of being ‘human’.
Entering therapy can be a daunting experience: opening up to someone, and to the therapeutic process itself. There are no guarantees, and I don't believe in false promises. What I do believe is that it takes great courage to enter into therapy and that we can make use of this impetus to find and explore the edges with compassion - because this is where change is possible.
Doing so means finding the right balance between challenge and safety: the aim is to work within a window of tolerance, not to jump blindly over the edge. While I bring experience of the therapeutic process and an understanding of how this can support change, at the end of the day it is the client who decides how we proceed.
- Loss and bereavement
- Debilitating shame and feelings of worthlessness
- Depression, despair and hopelessness
- Childhood trauma, abuse and neglect
- Sexual assault
- Fertility and sexuality
- Addictions and compulsions
- Traumatic life events
- Stress, anxiety and panic
- Work related difficulties and burnout
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Loss of identity and life transitions
- Loss of meaning
Qualifications and training:
- Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling (ReVision)
- Post-graduate training in Integrative Psychotherapy with Soul (ReVision) (ongoing) / route to UKCP registration
- MSc Forced Migration; BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
Affiliations and Memberships:
- Member of the BACP
I operate a sliding scale based on income.
Professional website: http://www.aoife-niccharthaigh.com/