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Gina Dowd

Ask Yourself

Ask yourself what space you are in right now, when we are in the right space we are connected to now and the actual event which is taking place, much better for body and soul.

Reaching Out

If we get stuck it is not always important to know why we are stuck, but rather admit we are stuck and reach out for support.

Hit the Pause Button

The only way we can start each day is by learning from yesterdays mistakes and letting go, being mindful today and remembering to pause

What Matters?

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

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Childhood Abuse and Trauma

Childhood Abuse and Trauma

“ One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them ”   Aldous Huxley, Brave New World To lose something is to feel grief, panic, sadness and anger. This may be short lived but all these feelings are inevitable as our mind grapples to bring into...

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Raymond and I

Raymond and I

' Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? ' Martin Lloyd Jones Raymond has been knocking around quite a while now, an annoying little fellow who makes his appearance...

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Anxiety and its Relationship to Stress

Anxiety and its Relationship to Stress

' stress, anxiety and depression, appear when we are living only to please others ' PAULO COELHO Many people today are diagnosed as having anxiety, a chronic debilitating condition that needs diagnosis by the time we decide to look at it. By the diagnosis is made a...

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Supporting Adolescents

Supporting Adolescents

Today’s world is full of stuff. Stuff we should be doing, stuff we should like, stuff we are supposed to enjoy and the list goes on. Imagine for one moment being an adolescent again… what’s it like to imagine that place???? You would probably rather not go there. So...

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Time to Stop!

Time to Stop!

We are almost through January and statically it is around now that all good intentions begin to slip. The healthy eating plan has a few holes in it, the gym doesn’t look as attractive as that first week, the resolve to give up smoking has worn thin, we are...

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Farm Accidents

Farm Accidents

Understanding the impact of Farm Accidents As therapist’s we are trained to sit with another’s person’s pain, crises, upset or confusion. Our tool bag is full of the wonderful skills of listening, empathy, understanding, appropriate theory, patience and time. At times...

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A Therapists View

A Therapists View

Ask yourself what space you are in right now, when we are in the right space we are connected to now and the actual event which is taking place, much better for body and soul. Becoming a therapist isn’t something you dream of as a child, it isn’t a magical calling, it...

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Surviving Our Anger

Surviving Our Anger

'Anger dwells in the bosom of fools' ALBERT EINSTEIN (1856-1939) physicist & all round genius For many people their anger is something to be feared. At some point they may have been told they have anger issues, maybe their anger has caused them some shame or...

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Yoga for Everybody

Yoga for Everybody

August 2016 Gina Dowd Counselling West It can be free, its fun, its relaxing, its energetic…………..its good for you. Yoga is a practice I have dipped in and out of for years. I even went so far as to train as a yoga teacher and had a short but lovely experience of...

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The Irish Psyche

The Irish Psyche

'The Irish is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever' SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) the founding father of psychoanalysis Would you tell your neighbor you were in therapy? Maybe, depends on the questions the neighbor was asking, depends if your...

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The most creative act you will undertake is that of creating yourself

Deepak Chopra

Counselling Services

Adults

The work of therapy is most often associated with present difficulties and a sense of unease in the world. For many, this often relates to childhood memories, experiences and introjections. My training in the psychodynamic and eclectic model affords me the opportunity to work with adults who face many challenges and upsets in their lives. For many feelings of stress, despair or anxiety lead to unhappiness in themselves and confusion around identity and the way forward. I offer adults the opportunity to talk through their concerns in a helpful and supportive way so that a person can make sense of both their feelings in body and mind. Short or long-term support is offered depending on individual needs and requirements.

Adolescents

 

 

Having specialised in a Gestalt Adolescent Psychotherapy Gina works with adolescents their parents & carers.  A relational assessment is completed during the first meeting between adolescents and their parents. This offers everyone involved the opportunity to speak about their concerns and offer a focus on a supported way forward. Ongoing work is offered in various ways: individual psychotherapy session with the adolescent, parent strategy sessions all of these methods offer supportive work between the family system.The therapeutic space I offer is an opportunity for a young person to begin to get to know themselves and figure out their own place in the world. Family sessions are offered in consultation with the younger person as a way to encourage communication and facilitate positive change within the family network.

Children

 

This work offers an opportunity to young children to explore issues of Anxiety, Loss, Change or Upset that may be happening in their lives. Working alongside parents in family sessions promotes the interaction and communications patterns that facilitate change. All work requires parental consent and initial family consultation. I work with children from age 4+.

Issues

The many issues dealt with include Childhood Issues and Trauma, Sexual Identity, Grief and  Loss Relationship Difficulties, Separation, Anxiety and Depression, Personal Development, Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Self Esteem, Confidence and Assertiveness.

Questions are always one of best ways to start the healing, please feel free to use the contact form here

sometimes a nice cup of coffee goes
a long way

“I always thought I was nobody now after time spent in therapy I realise I am somebody .. ..thankyou “
the words of a wonderful person who gave me permission to publish at the end of her therapy journey today

Counselling Sessions

Sessions can be on a weekly or fortnightly basis as per your preference or needs and normally one hour in duration.  Talking in confidence will give you the space and time you need to talk through your concerns and seek the most appropriate solution for you.

Gina Dowd

BsocSC
NQSW
MIACP

A qualified Psychotherapist, I trained with the Tivoli Institute in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Irish Association of Counselling Practitioners and am Garda vetted and Children First trained by the HSE.

My experience includes work with Bereaved Adults and Children in Hospice and Palliative Care Teams, Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, direct work with Children and Teenagers experiencing Anxiety and Loss. Personal development in Yoga training with adults and children has enabled me to incorporate and understanding of both body and mind in my counselling approach.

Gina Dowd

BsocSC
NQSW
MIACP

A qualified Psychotherapist, I trained with the Tivoli Institute in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Irish Association of Counselling Practitioners and am Garda vetted and Children First trained by the HSE.

My experience includes work with Bereaved Adults and Children in Hospice and Palliative Care Teams, Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, direct work with Children and Teenagers experiencing Anxiety and Loss. Personal development in Yoga training with adults and children has enabled me to incorporate and understanding of both body and mind in my counselling approach.

Finding your Life Space a new approach..

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Counselling West with Gina Dowd –  Creating the Space for Healing

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Gina Dowd

BSocSC, MIACP, NQSW, 
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Kilconly, Tuam
Co. Galway

087 991 3179
counsellingwest@gmail.com

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