How Can Psychotherapy Help?

This week we’ll be introducing you to our resident Psychotherapist Mary Barrett BA. Rel. Sc. and Education, BA Psychology, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Special Ed., Cert. Mindfulness, PSI. We will give you an insight into how Mary works and how she may be able to help you.

Mary has had the opportunity to work with people exploring and understanding depression, anxiety, addiction, homelessness, grief, relationship breakdown, anger issues, self-harm, coping with disability, loneliness, abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) as well as a number of other concerns.

Mary’s experience has taught her of the importance of viewing each person as an individual despite their presenting issue. Mary uses an integrative approach drawing on a variety of theories and techniques including person centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, motivational Interviewing and psychodynamic techniques.

What Is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are talking therapies. Mary will provide safe, expert talking therapy which helps people with emotional, social or mental health problems.

How can psychotherapy help?

Sessions with Mary offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your difficulties. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being.

The term ‘psychotherapy’ covers a range of approaches and methods. These range from one-to-one talking sessions to therapies that use techniques such as role-play or dance to help explore people’s emotions. Psychotherapy can be provided for adolescents and children as well as adults.

What happens during my first visit?

On your first visit with Mary you will be given an opportunity to talk about what is troubling you and share the reasons why you have sought counselling. In counselling you will be working at a pace which suits you and one which you are comfortable with.

Depending on the reasons you have sought counselling, Mary will work with you to prioritise where the focus of the work will be. This may involve exploring some past events and how they are impacting on your life now. Or it may also involve examining present issues of concern and finding new ways of understanding and managing these issues.Counselling-Psychotherapy

Counselling helps to bring about growth and healing. As a counsellor Mary aims to facilitate and support you as you gain new perspectives of your life, which in turn enables you to recognise and make the changes you need to move forward in your life.


Counselling is a confidential process. This is what helps define it as a safe and secure space for each individual to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences.

There are a few necessary exceptions to this confidentiality which will be explained to you in your first session.

To book an introductory appointment with Mary or any of our clinics therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email


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