I qualified as a therapist in 2014 and hold a Diploma and First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College/Middlesex University. I am also a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), the largest professional body for therapists in Ireland. I work to the IACP’s guidelines for ethical best practice and engage in regular professional supervision to ensure the best possible service to my clients.
My journey to becoming a counsellor began during my time as a lecturer in Japanese language and culture at Dublin City University, where I advocated a warm and supportive style of working with my students, in a respectful environment that fully appreciated the difficulty of the subject. After several years I realised that I could apply these same core principles to more one-on-one work in an area like counselling, of which I had my own positive experience.
Today, I am no longer teaching Japanese but I do still work in the education field, lecturing in personal development, ethics and counselling skills at PCI College, in addition to seeing my own private clients.
I have a particular interest in the therapeutic potential of writing and journaling, occasionally co-facilitating workshops around this with an author friend and pursuing further studies in the area, such as the Practitioner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) I am currently undertaking through the Metanoia Insitute London. And as a gay man who is also a therapist, I have an interest in LGBTQ+ mental health and gender, sexual and relationship diversity.
In honour of where it all began, I have named my practice Nozomi, a Japanese word that means ‘hope’ or ‘wish.’ In my experience, most counselling begins with a hope for something to change for the better, and a wish to get help in achieving this. I place that spirit of support at the heart of what I do.