Joanne Gilhooly - Psychotherapist & Counsellor - Dublin City - B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Gestalt, MIACP
Dublin Counselling and Psychotherapy Blog

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Time for you...

 
Psychotherapy in Dublin
 
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” 
~ Carl Jung
 

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

Insecure Attachment and Counselling - Part 2

Psychotherapy and Counselling in Dublin for Relationship Difficulties
This post is a continuation ofthisprevious blog post...
 
"Am I Good Enough?"
 
A smaller percentage of people than those who receive ‘good enough’ care giving as infants, do not develop a secure attachment. These people are said to have an insecure attachment style. It is worth remembering though, that all attachment styles, whether secure or insecure, are adaptations to the early environment, to the quality of care and attunement received by the primary caregiver, and are therefore by their very nature adaptive and creative.

Born Searching...

Grand Canal in Dublin - Counselling and AttachmentGrand Canal in Dublin - Counselling and Attachment
A college lecturer I had in my final year was very fond of using the phrase "we are born searching..."
 
She was referring to the attachment instinct, the natural instinct to search for a 'good enough' caregiver.
 
And, of course, we're not the only ones.
 
These pictures were taken a couple of years ago at the Grand Canal in Dublin. The mother of these small ducks was strolling along the canal bank, with her chicks moving as fast as they could behind her.

Attachment in Counselling Part 1 - Secure Attachment...

 
Attachment, relationships and counsellingWhen counsellors talk about ‘attachment’, we are talking about the bond a baby forms with their first caregiver early in life. You may be quite familiar with the term, as it is one of the wider known psychological theories, and its importance is often spoken about. The attachment phase, the period during which the relationship between baby and caregiver is particularly important, begins at birth and continues until a child is about three years of age. During this time, the child is dependent on a ‘good enough’ environment to ensure that they develop what is known as a secure attachment to their caregiver.