Helping you find your way back to clarity, peace and renewed energy
My name is Geraldine Griffin and I began this private practice as a psychotherapist over fifteen years ago. I am committed to providing psychotherapy/counselling that is safe, confidential and non-judgemental. I work according to the Karuna Institute’s ethical code of practice ( Just click here to visit www.karuna-institute.co.uk) as well as UKCP, my accrediting professional body. I am currently training as a mindfulness-based supervisor in this same school of psychotherapy.
I work with both adults and teenagers either on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I also work with adult groups recovering from addictions. My aim is to enable you as my client to enhance your life, blossom and live more fully. My approach is integrative, mindfulness-based and creative with an intention to support you to develop awareness. Through mindful awareness we can explore as well as release old patterns that may no longer serve you. This practice brings mindfulness to relationship, in particular, and encourages you to deepen compassion, spaciousness and authentic presence both to yourself and with others.
I offer counselling/psychotherapy for:
stress, anxiety and panic
bereavement and loss
searching for meaning, purpose and value
Above is the information for a new Mindfulness Course I am running in the Kilkenny/Carlow area. Please either contact me directly or register your interest on this website for more information on dates and venue. You may like to try the first taster session for free this Spring. New year, new mind!
Below are the details of the link to my next Lambay Island Serenity retreat. Together last time we created a wonderful sacred space and memorable weekend. A special thanks to Millie and Saskia for all the planning and organising. It proved a very luxurious and pampering venue. Can’t wait to return there again this July!
For more information and booking. Just click here to visit Lambay Island Retreats at lambayisland.ie
Visitors can do their own thing, staying away from the main part of the house, walking around the garden, others wish to stay inside and meditate. You will have your own private entrance through a traditional style half-door.
We offer a space to get closer to nature, relax and experience living mindfully. The retreat space is private, warm and quiet, and has a good balance between comfort and simplicity, self-catering facilities, en-suite bathroom with shower, kitchenette, central heating, wi-fi. We are surrounded by lots of quiet countryside and riverside walks, fields and woodlands. Location is half an hour drive south of Bagenalstown (train station), 1 hour 20 minutes from Dublin by car. A pick-up and drop-off from the train can be arranged.
It is an excellent facility both for those familiar to retreat practice, and for those who are looking to undertake their first solitary retreat.
All you can hear is a cacophony of birdsong and the gentle bleating of the sheep in the adjacent farm. “Everything happens in the silence,”.
Sessions are held currently since the Covid 19 virus outbreak, both by phone/online and in private consultation rooms in the heart of Dublin City Centre 12 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Kilkenny and Carlow where I offer one-to-one appointments to clients, in a relaxed, safe and comfortable environment.
When we have agreed to work together, we will find a time and day that suits us both. Thereafter, appointments are generally weekly, at that time. Day and evening appointments are available.
My fee is on a sliding scale between 65-85 euros per session, payable at the end of the appointment. Reduced cost sessions are available to a limited number of clients experiencing financial difficulties.
Both terms are used to describe a relationship in which a client seeks help with challenges they are experiencing in life. There is some overlap between counselling and psychotherapy but, broadly speaking counselling is used to work with specific situations where a client needs short term assistance with a particular problem. For example, a client who suffers with panic attacks may need help with strategies and perhaps breathing techniques to overcome this difficulty. Counselling is therefore more solution focused.
Psychotherapy on the other hand, explores the territory that involves more long term issues, or where unhelpful patterns from past conditioning are still playing out in our present life. This work is more open-ended in nature. Although, it has a definite beginning, middle and end, it is generally longer in duration.
What is shared is confidential, the only exception being if there was the possibility of harm to yourself or others. In such circumstances and particularly in the case of a minor, I may be obliged to share information with other helping agencies. I also take my work to professional supervision where identities are not revealed.
When coming for counselling/therapy it is important to find a therapist that is a good ‘fit’ for you. As well as looking at their approach, training, qualifications and accreditation status, it is really by meeting with her/him that you can get a sense of whether you could comfortably work together. If the first therapist you meet does not seem right for you, try another. Therapist vary widely in their approach and personality and it is worth spending time to research their background as well as getting an intuitive sense of what works for you.
© Geraldine Griffin
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