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Video/Phone Counselling

Healing Minds offers online, video and phone counselling to facilitate clients who require assistance but for whom regular attendance at traditional one to one sessions is an issue. This has becoming particularly relevant since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Zoom, Skype or other methods can be agreed between client and therapist. How does it [...]

Covid 19 – Safety & Hygiene Steps for face to face sessions

To afford you maximum safety, we are taking the following steps: Clients must wait in their car or outside the building until the time of their session. You can then use the sanitizing facilities and request optional gloves or a facemask in our reception area.A strict no hand shaking policy.Social distancing: The rooms will be [...]

Covid 19 – New Procedures

Counsellors and psychotherapists are considered part of Social Care, which is an essential service when Government and NPHET protocols and guidance on social distancing are followed. The IACP have published guidelines for a return to face to face work for therapists and clients. Please note the following circumstances whereby you should NOT ATTEND and should contact your therapist to seek [...]

A positive experience of Counselling

In this recent Instagram video Irish singer BABA describes how her postive experience of counselling helped inspire her most recent song ‘Hold On Tight’. It has also motivated her to fundraise for the ‘Deora’ low cost suicide intervention counselling service at Dublin’s Oasis Centre in the North Inner city.

Relationship breakdown, Divorce & Mental Health

The upcoming referendum has made discussion of relationship breakdowns, separation & divorce very topical. This article from clinical psychologist Dr. Maureen Gaffney gives an insightful look at the topic in particular highlighting the mental & physical health costs to couples. She highlights early intervention as key, as early as prior to marriage. Many clients I have worked with [...]

Acknowledging race in mental health services

The 21st March marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The following article from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland blog outlines how race & ethnicity is an area that poses a variety of challenges not only in terms of the mental health of ethnic minorities generally but also in terms of the provision of supports and differences [...]

Parenting – child development & learning about success & failure

The below article from therapist & author Stella O’Malley explores the topic of achievement in children,  and the interaction of their resilience, mental health & exam pressure. An interesting point is made on fostering a “growth” as opposed to a “fixed” mindset in young people – based on the work of Sanford professor of psychology Carol [...]

Social media & young minds

An article by leading Irish child and adolescent psychotherapist Colm Noctor. He provides insights for parents facing the challenges of children immersed in an era of increased technology and ever changing forms of social media. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/what-is-cop-on-and-why-does-your-child-need-it-1.2126142

Battling Burnout?

Burnout is something  many clients visit a counsellor for – often describing it in relation to work and family commitments. Of course there can be more to it than that and as the below article from the Irish Times articulates, an exact definition is elusive.. Our brief mental health checkup is a simple way to provide a structured reflective space [...]

Male Mental Health and the workplace

A recent survey by UK mental health group MIND highlights issues for men with respect to their mental health & their place of work. It also seems to show that women are better at taking time off and managing mental health concerns at work. While gender may be a variable, workplace dynamics can be an area of concern for the mental health [...]