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COUNSELLING PACKAGES

If you would like a focus for your therapy sessions, one of the counselling packages below may be exactly what you are looking for. The packages are suitable for men and women and will require you to do some ‘homework’ and include email support between sessions.

Hero’s Journey

This is a six session counselling package that is aimed at supporting people to build resilience, uncover and challenge unhelpful life patterns, identify strengths and recognise growth opportunities. Heroes are made, not born. They overcome obstacles and suffer defeats and through these actions they become heroic. You will be encouraged to view your life as a heroic journey and see that moments of darkness can actually offer awakening and transformation. We will work on seeing growth opportunities in adversity and ask “What can I learn from this?” rather than “Why did this happen to me?”  These sessions will be a journey towards healing, growth and empowerment.

Follow Your Bliss – Uncovering Your Life Purpose
This counselling package comprises of six sessions designed to uncover and cultivate Life Purpose. Together we will look at where you are now, where you would like to be and delve into what is holding you back. We will be using a combination of talk therapy, Mindfulness, process work, guided visualisations and ritual. You will leave these sessions with a stronger sense of self and direction. If you are lost and need assistance finding your direction this is an excellent package for you.

Less Stress 
This is a four session counselling package. We will begin by identifying known and unknown stressors in your life and devise a plan for stress management. We will identify behaviours and beliefs that increase your stress levels. We will then look at ways of reducing stress and building your resilience. Mindfulness will play an essential role in your stress management strategy. You will also learn relaxation techniques that can be used during the day and at night to promote better sleep.

Personal Transformation
This six session counselling package will support you as look within to discover who you really are at a deep level. Perhaps you are going through a life transition and are unable to see the way forward? You may have lost sight of your uniqueness over the years, and now you are ready to reclaim your true self. Through a combination of talk therapy, soulful processes, guided journeys and dream work you will rediscover yourself and your gifts. You will open the door to your new life and walk through transformed and empowered.

LIFE TRANSITIONS

Major life transitions, even positive ones, can be extremely stressful, challenging and unsettling. You may find that you are feeling anxious, depressed and overwhelmed.

Some examples of Life Transitions are:

– End of a relationship, separation or divorce
– Marriage
– Remarriage
– Becoming a parent
– Empty nest syndrome
– Moving house
– Ending or starting employment or being promoted
– Worrying about getting older
– Sudden or chronic illness
– Death of someone close to you

Transitions are difficult because they require us to change. That can be really scary! We can be left questioning our identity and our place in the world. We can feel disorientated and adrift. We ask ourselves, “Who am I?”. Perhaps it is more helpful to ask, “Who am I becoming?”. This kind of self reflection and self inquiry can lead to the discovery of life purpose, direction, identity, personal power and self esteem. A supportive therapeutic relationship can be very beneficial during life transitions.

Transition = Growth

Transitions can be an excellent opportunity for growth and reinvention. It is a chance to take stock of your life and to really look at what is and is not working for you. Are there old habits that you would like to move away from and new ones that may help you build a happier, healthier future? Therapy can help you identify old patterns that may be holding you back and work with you to challenge and replace them with more positive life enhancing ways of being.

Don’t forget that you have already faced many life transitions and survived! How have you faced transitions in the past? What worked and what did not work for you previously? It is likely that you have a deep well of experience that you can draw on during this new transition that you are facing now.

It is important to gather a support system around you when you are facing a major life transition. You can share your fears and triumphs with friends and family and they will be a source of strength and compassion. If you require further support a therapist can provide that for you.

New Research by UCC May Stop Heart Attacks

The thrilling breakthrough treatment is being lead by college’s Centre for Research in Vascular Biology, that hopes to start clinical trials of the injection of the insulin-which functions like a growth factor into the heart, a medical intervention which — if the research comes to fruition — could save the lives of those who just suffered a heart attack. Reports said that up to 10 million patients worldwide each year suffer severe heart attacks that they need emergency opening of the artery and insertion of a stent to keep it open, with 1 million of those subsequently suffering heart failure, and a number of those dying as a result. The exciting findings won Dr John O’Sullivan, a Co. Clare doctor, the Young Investigator of the Year Award. His researcher, Prof. Noel Caplice, presented the discoveries of O’Sullivan’s research to a meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans recently. Clinical trials would likely start later this year.