Month: October 2014

Curious about Counselling?

When I meet new people and tell them I am a psychotherapist I am always blown away by how interested people are. I get so many questions about the process and what it’s like. I am passionate about my work so I would happily talk about it all day. It often brings my own awareness to the fact that not everyone feels that way about their chosen career.

If you have ever had any interest in counselling then I recommend you pursue that. Foundation courses are a great way to get an introduction to the work and theories behind the process.


There are always courses available but I would recommend ones starting in the next couple weeks in Swords, Newbridge and Dublin City Centre.

In the course you will gain an understanding of:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Person Centred Theory
  • Reality Therapy
  • Lifespan Development
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Behaviour
  • Therapy Counselling Skills

You will also have the opportunity to add more positivity and self awareness into your own personal life. Thanks to personal development and experiential learning you can increase your self esteem, gain a better understanding of mindfulness, improved boundaries, learn about group process and more.

When: Swords – Fridays starting, 31st October – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays over the duration of the course.
City Centre – Mondays starting, 3rd November – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays over the duration of the course.
Newbridge – Thursdays starting, 6th November – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays
over the duration of the course.
Time: 7 – 9:30 pm
Cost: €850
If you have any questions or if you want to learn more contact: Gerard at Siochan Counselling 086 607 0260 or email

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” – Maya Angelou

Cooler days, longer nights

In the past I did not enjoy Autumn. As the air began to get crisp I started getting worried about the cold weather heading my way. As I have continued to get older and wiser I now enjoy the change. I welcome the fresh, clean air and beautiful colours of the leaves and sky as well as the excuse to bundle up. The change of season also makes me want to hibernate, enjoying the long evenings inside. Maybe with a great book, movie or perhaps with a hot stove.

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 17.20.48Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 17.22.36

If like me you just want to relax on the cooler nights a movie is a lovely way to unwind. If you need any movie inspiration I recommend the site Omive. It’s a website that will help find you films and television shows. You decide the genre, actors, directors or whatever you are in the mood for then it will show you the films. Easy.

While the seasons are changing maybe you are feeling like a change in yourself. It seems as though there are an infinite amount of self help books out there. All claiming that they will change your life. To be honest nothing will change you unless you, yourself want to make a change. However, if I were to recommend one book it would be this one:

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 17.05.36

Yes, it is called ‘F*ck it – The Ultimate Spiritual Way’ by John C. Parkin. And it’s great. I do not care for flowery language in a self help book so this was right up my alley. I have recommended it to friends, family members and clients. All of which have enjoyed, I hope you do as well.

Once hibernation mode is engaged, you will need sustenance. I am not one for food blogs, as reading about food or seeing pictures of food is not interesting for me. However, watching people cook food, I am completely onboard for. I have got more inspiration and cooked more because of this blog then anything else. It’s called Food Wishes, the voice you hear and hands you see belong too the man behind the blog, Chef John. What makes it different from most food blogs is that the star is the food! (Novel idea eh?)

He has over 1,000 different recipes so there is something for everyone. Although I have watched most of the videos I have not made nearly enough. But that is what the next few months can be about.

Instead of grumbling about the cold find something that will keep you interested until the longer days return. Be grateful that you get to watch another cycle of this planet. And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere you can tell the rest of us how wonderful your Spring is!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” – Lauren DeStefano