Psychotherapy on the move

Experienced psychotherapist, Michele O’Brien has moved to new counselling rooms located at ‘Stone Arch’, Munster and Leinster Bank House on Shelburne Street, Kenmare. The former surgery of the late Dr. Denis O’Connor, has undergone a transformation. “My aim is to provide a space and opportunity for you to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way and to facilitate a greater sense of wellbeing,” Michele told The Kenmare News.
Kenmare has been home to Michele for over 25 years. Originally hailing from Yorkshire, she followed her parent’s example, when her Irish born father and country enthusiast mother ‘came home’ to settle in Kilgarvan.
Michele completed her psychotherapy training in 2003 with the Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre, receiving accreditation in 2006 with Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) . She worked as a counsellor in SouthWest Counselling Centre until 2008, moving then into private practice in Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem.
A particular element of Michele’s strengths lies in Clinical Supervision offered to trainee and experienced therapists. With a Masters in Supervisory Practice and as an accredited Supervisor, she provides supervisees with the space to consider and discuss their work issues. She also offers supervision to those working in the helping and caring professions – a reflective space to look at the challenges of work and its impact on well- being. It is important as an ongoing response to the prevention of compassion fatigue (burnout) and the everyday stressors of frontline work.
What is Psychotherapy and who is it for? Psychotherapy is a process allowing us to explore, understand and ease concerns and difficulties within a confidential client/therapist relationship. It aims to provide the space and relationship where people are helped to deal with problems more effectively. Psychotherapy can be helpful in dealing with the challenges of life and in particular those suffering from personal, family and social distress; those in crisis or searching for meaning and purpose in life.
Psychotherapy offers a space where difficult and sometimes painful experiences and emotions can be heard. Being heard can offer freedom from limiting beliefs and perceptions and open up new ways of relating to ourselves and those around us. Being listened to in a compassionate manner allows acceptance, facilitating change and transformation.
“Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a deeper self- awareness and insight which can help overcome adversity, resolve issues and build up our own resources. This can result in a greater sense of wellbeing and improve quality of life. I create an opportunity for my clients to work towards living in a more fulfilling way.”
Michele will extend a welcome to one and all at her Open Day, on Friday 7th November between 2pm – 7pm. Call in to discuss Michele’s professional approach to helping her clients cope with the stresses of life; learn about upcoming workshops or simply enjoy a cup of tea!
November workshops include;
‘Meaningful and Mindful Living’ offering a contemplative approach to life as a resource for emotional well-being. A five week program on Tuesday mornings.
‘Approaching Work with Ease’ a series of 1 day workshops for those in the helping and caring professions such as teachers, adult education facilitators, nurses, health care professions, community workers and anyone involved in frontline work.
A further schedule of weekend workshops with an emphasis on motherhood and womanhood will be announced in November. For further information and enquires please contact Michele 087 2564189 / 064 6642503 eMail:
Privacy and confidentiality assured at all times.