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Gina Dowd

BSocSC
NQSW, MIACP

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My name is Gina Dowd and I work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with Adults, Adolescents and Children. I am based in Tuam, centrally located on the Dublin Road. I have been providing counselling and support to individuals and families for over 16 years in various settings. 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 initial training was in Social Work. I have worked both within the public and private sector of the HSE and NHS in Ireland and the UK. Having completed a Degree and Masters in Social Work I gained further training in Bereavement and Loss, Family Therapy, Children and Loss, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 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.

Helping clients to land and feel grounded is an essential and important part of our work together. Most people at some time or another report feeling chaotic, ungrounded, uncertain or just plain confused. We work together to integrate body and mind so that the two can connect and begin to reintrage a different path in life

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. 

Please click on any of the below sections for a little more detailed information on the services offered.

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 and 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 10+.

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.

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.

Having specialised in a Gestalt Adolescent Psychotherapy Gina works with adolescents and 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.

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+.

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.

Sessions are normally held on a weekly basis and are one hour in duration. Work can be both long or short term depending on the clients needs and preference. 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 at this time.

Please feel free to use the form to get in touch

Gina Dowd
BSocSC, NQSW, MIACP
Counselling West
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Dublin Rd, Tuam
County Galway

087 9913179
093 47579

counsellingwest@gmail.com

www.counsellingwest.ie

 

Please feel free to use the form to get in touch

Gina Dowd
BSocSC, NQSW, MIACP
Counselling West
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Dublin Rd, Tuam
County Galway

087 9913179
093 47579

counsellingwest@gmail.com

www.counsellingwest.ie