I hold a Diploma and First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College and Middlesex University. I am also an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and the UK’s National Counselling Society (NCS). I have a particular interest in writing therapy and the use of creative writing techniques to help foster self-awareness and process experiences.
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 how difficult the subject could be. 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 instead I lecture in personal development and counselling skills at PCI College, in addition to seeing my own private clients.
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.