Qualifications : Counselling & Psychotherapy, MIACP, MNAPCP.
Academic Background : Martin has several years training and experience in management in the health services, and is a graduate of The Institute of Management Ireland (IMI). He holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and a post-graduate diploma in workplace meditation. In 2015, he completed an intensive training course in body-based Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, author of The Body Remembers.
Work Experience : Martin is an accredited practitioner with over 20 years experience in both individual psychotherapy and relationship counselling, including couple therapy. Areas of experience include relationships, life-crisis, self-identity, sexuality, anxiety, grief, trauma, and workplace issues. Martin’s counselling approach is primarily person-centred, which aims at creating a safe space in which the client can explore critical issues in their lives and develop a deeper awareness of who they are as a person. This approach is very much based on the concept of empowering the person so that he or she can cope more effectively in their everyday lives.It is a process which deals with the whole person within which healing can take place, inner self-esteem restored and more meaningful life pathways established. It is respectful of all cultures, orientations and beliefs.
Martin supplements this approach with psychodynamic or cognitive/behavioural therapy where appropriate – for example, where insights into childhood experiences or dysfunctional behaviour patterns might have relevance. As the therapeutic process progresses, he also uses action-oriented frameworks to help the clients work towards preferred outcomes.
Underpinning Philosophy : Martin’s counselling philosophy is based on fundamental principles and values in the areas of respect for human rights, the dignity of the human person and the potential capacity for every person to achieve a fulfilling and meaningful life. A key principle in this regard is recognition of the client’s capacity for self-determination and self-direction. Consequently, the process can be one of accompanying the person on this journey, nurturing the therapeutic relationship, ensuring safe, confidential and respectful boundaries and adhering to a professional code of ethics.