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A Lust For Life

I have recently started contributing to the website A Lust for Life. My first article is about the difficulty of making choices using our head and heart. I plan to contribute monthly, let me know if there is anything you have wanted me to write about.

I hope you enjoy!

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

Workshop – A Reflective Journey

Life moves quickly. So quickly, that most people spend all of their time focusing on what’s next and what needs to be achieved; rarely taking the time to reflect on the journey thus far. Always looking to the future can lead to feeling anxious and unfulfilled. Instead of appreciating everything you have accomplished you may end up comparing yourself to others and focusing on what you lack.

Have you ever given yourself the time to reflect on all the ups and downs that have lead to you being here today?

Rick Warren

It’s difficult to know where you are going if you don’t understand where you’ve been. Although one day is not enough to reflect on a life’s journey, it’s a start.

Through the use of exercises, visualisations, discussions and an introduction to the stages of psychological development, you will gain personal knowledge and understanding. This learning will help give you a further awareness of your own patterns and how they have shaped your life and reactions. Gaining self awareness will help put you on the right path to living in a more positive way.

Further Information

When: Saturday, April 23rd 10am – 5pm

Where: 9 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2

Cost: €100 – all supplies, snacks and tea included.

If you are interested in joining or would like to know more please contact Angela, spaces are limited:  085 133 6644, or by email: adastratherapy@gmail.com

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison

Autumn Course: Changing Negative Patterns

Our brain loves patterns and the familiar. Sometimes patterns had to develop to help us deal with difficult situations. However, once those situations have changed the patterns can still remain. This can result in carrying anxiety, guilt and anger from the past into present day. Your worries may have helped motivate you in the past but now they just keep you up at night.

These negative patterns can have a huge effect on your life and happiness levels. Are you tired of feeling negative/guilty/anxious/angry? Do something positive for yourself and participate in this six week course.

Above is an outline of the subjects being covered, from insecurities to how to cope with these difficult emotions. The only person we can change is ourselves and the only things we can control are our reactions. When we are better equipped to understand where these reactions are based we can deal with life in a calmer way.

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Past participants have said:

“Excellent content, very clear, positive and engaging. I would highly recommend this course.”

“I now see within my family that I have to change myself and not allow them to control my life. I need to let them deal with their own issues.”

“I came to this course with one particular problem. The six weeks have enabled me to sort out what was happening and why I felt like this ‘problem’ was running through my head, as if on a loop. Glad to say I am well on way to dealing with this and I know I will get there.”

“It helped me face some difficult situations. Something that I thought was a problem, now doesn’t seem so bad.”

Further Information:

  • When: Tuesday’s beginning October 13th and running for 6 weeks, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
  • Where: Siochan Counselling, 9 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2.
  • Cost: €15 a week which includes all supplies, tea, coffee and snacks.

If you are interested in joining please contact me immediately as spaces are limited                           at: 085 133 6644, or by email: adastratherapy@gmail.com

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” – Rick Warren

A gift to yourself

The only thing any of us can control are our reactions and the only people we can change are ourselves. If you want to make a positive change for yourself check out this 8 week course for a happy new you.

You can learn:

  • how to have more confidence
  • increase your self esteem
  • feel less stressed and anxious
  • the skills to attain your own personal goals

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The course is offered in Dublin city centre and begins the 19th of January from 7 – 9.30pm. The cost is €320 for the eight weeks where snacks and materials will be provided.

If you feel like you want the new year to start with a new more positive you, I recommend you get moving as places are limited.

For more information contact Gerry: siochancounselling@gmail.com

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” – Libba Bray

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.

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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 siochancounselling@gmail.com

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

Course Information

Empowerment Through Self Care

Far too many of us focus on the day to day in our lives. Forgetting to mind ourselves amidst all the hustle and bustle. We are busy with jobs, children, friends and family. In all that busyness do you ever take time for yourself? Can you, without feeling guilty?

I have always loved the analogy of oxygen masks on an airplane. We are told to put our masks on before helping anyone else. Why is that? Because if you need that mask to breathe but focus on everyone else you could suffocate. Are you going through your life making sure everyone else can breathe without asking if you can?

If so, why not take two hours a week, for eight weeks, just for you. Giving you the chance to better get to know yourself. Through this self development you can learn how to better care for yourself. We will cover subjects such as: guilt, motivation, self esteem, trust and more.

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Past participants of the course have had this to say:

“This course has been a real help to me, to understand me! For the first time I am in tune with me.”

“I would highly recommend this course, it gives you an inside view of yourself. It seems to cover a lot of issues and it’s an introduction to yourself, to see who you really are.’

“It gives you insights into your behaviour and habits and how to make improvements in emotional well being.”

Further Information:

  • When: Beginning September 24th and running for 8 weeks, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
  • Where: Siochan Counselling, 9 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2.
  • Cost: €15 a week. Pay in full to get one week free > €105
  • All supplies including tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in joining please contact me at: 085 133 6644, or by email: adastratherapy@gmail.com

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self love

An article of mine was posted over at Tabitha Magazine . The article is about self love and how difficult that can be.

If you would like to have a read, please feel free to check it out here.

Having care and consideration for yourself is very important. I always think about self care on an airplane during the safety demonstration. You are told to secure your air mask before helping anyone else.

Starting thinking about your life like that.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle