I hold a Diploma and First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College and 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 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, ethics and counselling skills at PCI College, in addition to seeing my own private clients. I also have a particular interest in the therapeutic potential of creative writing and journaling techniques, which I occasionally deliver workshops on with a colleague.
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.