Sharon Foley M.I.A.C.P - Cork Counselling & Psychotherapy

I am presently completing a Masters Degree in Integrated Psychotherapy and have a BA Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from CIT, Cork. The BA and MA are recognised as professional training courses by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and satisfies the professional  accreditation requirements of this body. I am a fully accredited member of IACP and follow a strict code of ethics and professionalism.

My background also includes:

  • BA Hons Degree in Integrated Psychotherapy
  • Level 1-3 Training in EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Level 1 Training of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Richard Schwartz
  • Diploma in Life and Executive Coaching with Positive Success Group
  • ITEC Diploma in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Indian Head Massage, and On-site & Body Massage
  • Integrated Energy Therapy - level 1-3 (IET)
  • NLP training
  • Workshops in Adlerian Psychology
  • PA for Irish Wheelchair Association
  • Samaritans and Crisis Pregnancy Counselling
  • Ashrama teacher for 2 years working with  Indian children in a small boarding school near Delhi, India
  • Nursing experience (BCH) Belfast
  • Working with the Corrymeela Community, Co. Antrim
  • Motherhood with 3 children and 1 young grand-daughter

Counsellors in Cork
Therapeutic Approach

I use a Humanistic, Integrative approach to Counselling with the help of Gestalt, Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Visualisation, Meditation, IFS, EMDR, CBT, Body Awareness, Reality Therapy and Personality Styles, along with various NLP and Life Coaching tools. Using these methods, my aim is to help you find a means to work through and hopefully heal or resolve any area of conflict and access healthier self-awareness and resources to achieve this.

The first step to Counselling is deciding you want to make a positive change in your life and want support in achieving this. The second is making contact with a Counsellor. For many it is often the hardest  - and it is my goal to ensure that once you make that contact, you feel supported on every level. A healthy therapeutic relationship between Counsellor and client is essential for progress to be achieved. Many Counsellors believe it is the both the foundation and key ingredient in helping you achieve the your goals.

Every client is unique and has their own perception of how to understand, experience and function in this world. It is the Counsellor's job to help him/her identify and explore what aspects of this are healthy and what has become distorted, contaminated or blocked leading to disfunction.Working with you to find practical tools and solutions to work through this, I remain hopeful that you can find peace, harmony and balance in your life.......and a light at the end of even the darkest tunnel.

Some issues may require specialised therapy such as serious alcohol or drug addiction, severe depression, or PTSD. If you feel this is your main concern I may recommend a more qualified Counsellor or Support Centre to ensure you get the help you deserve.

I work with adults from all cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Important Information on Confidentiality of Counselling
Everything you discuss is confidential except under exceptional circumstances such as (1) If you were at risk in harming yourself or others or (2) required by law - e.g.  legal or criminal issues involved, or (3) Child First Legislation and Mandatory Reporting require that if I know any identifying details of someone who was the cause of child abuse, present or historic, I am required to report this to Social Services. This would also be discussed with you before taking further action. I also work under Supervision, as all Therapists do. If a situation proves particularly challenging for me, I may discuss it with my Supervisor. The client's identity and details are not disclosed in Supervision - only the issue - to ensure I can offer the appropriate support in all circumstances. 

Areas I Do NOT Specialise in:
Many Counsellors train in specific areas of therapy as there is such a wide scope of issues that affect individuals;

Areas I do not specialise in include:

  • Phone Counselling
  • Couple Counselling
  • Working with Families as a group
  • Children or Teenagers attending school or under 19 years of age
  • Sexual Addiction or Sexual Abuse
  • Serious Drug or Alcohol Addiction
  • Serious Eating Disorders
  • Legal or Court Related  Issues

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