Suicide

Suicide is defined as the intentional taking of a person’s own life. The National Suicide Research Foundation records show that suicide rates in Ireland fell between 2001 and 2007. This was during the so-called Celtic Tiger years. However, in 2008, when the recession hit Ireland, the rates began to increase …

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Depression

Being tired, having low moods and not having the energy to do anything are familiar feelings from time to time to most people. They can usually be explained by being up late, burning the candle at both ends, or perhaps not getting enough sleep. Life throws many different things at …

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The New Year

Happy New Year everyone! We have just bid farewell to the old year and welcomed in 2016, a new year with the prospect of new beginnings. Some people look on this as a good time to make changes in their lives and make new year resolutions. We are one week …

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Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us again and as the song tells us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it may not be like that for everyone and some people may find it a stressful, lonesome and anxious time. There are endless rounds of parties, shopping for …

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Stages Of Loss And Grief

As I mentioned in my last blog, it is commonly accepted that there are 5 stages of grief. These are denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. The stages may not necessarily occur in that order and they may be experienced in various levels of intensity by each person because everyone …

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Loss And Grief

Loss and grief are part and parcel of life and will be experienced by everyone at some stage in their lives. Loss does not necessarily mean the loss of a person. It can also mean illness, trauma, redundancy, relationship / friendship break-up, changes in life like retirement, loss of a …

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Mindfulness

A few months ago I completed a day-long course in Mindfulness. It was the most enlightening, inspiring and eye-opening day I have ever spent. Because of my experience on that day, I decided to do an 8 week course called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction which I have just completed. Mindfulness is …

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The Beauty Of Nature

Hi everyone. We have had a few lovely, sunny days recently and it got me thinking of what a wonderful place this world is that we have the good fortune to inhabit. Everything looks so much better and everyone appears in better form on a sunny day. Maybe the sun …

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Welcome To My Brand New Website

Hi everyone. I am a qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist working with clients in private practice located above The Skin Care And Beauty Clinic, Dunkellin Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland, H62 CX27. Even though I have been seeing clients for the last number of years, I have only just launched my …

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