Joanne Gilhooly - Psychotherapist & Counsellor - Dublin City - B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Gestalt, MIACP
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What Does it Mean to be a Humanistic Counsellor?

Humanistic Integrative Counselling in Dublin
There are two main types of humanistic psychotherapies that I draw on and they are Gestalt therapy and Person-centred psychotherapy. The main tenet of these therapies is that the counselling or psychotherapy client knows best what is right for them. My job is help you get in touch with your ‘inner expert’.
 
They are respectful therapies in that they take quite an egalitarian approach, believing that the best way to support the client is to be a fellow traveller, a fellow human being (as though that can be avoided!

Open...

Psychotherapy in Dublin
 
"The cool water of the running stream may be scooped up with open, overflowing palms. It cannot be grasped up to the mouth with clenching fists, no matter what thirst motivates our desperate grab"
 
~ Sheldon Kopp, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road Kill Him!

Relationships...

Individual counselling for relationship difficulties
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."
~ C.G. Jung

What Is Not Said...

What is not said...Counselling in Dublin City Centre
“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”  

  ~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Beginner's Mind...

Buttercup on a Bray walk
Many mindfulness practitioners talk about a concept called 'beginner's mind', but what is it?
 
Beginner's mind is all about looking at or experiencing something, anything, as though we have never seen it before.
 
Whether it is this buttercup, your morning coffee, the street you live on, your work environment, or your partner, it is all about paying attention anew.
 
I took this picture of the buttercup while on a walk recently. Many of us will remember holding buttercups under our chins as kids.