I was born in Sursee, a small town situated in the middle of Switzerland where I lived until I was 20 years old. Growing up in the seventies, I was interested in ecology, human rights, artistic expression and the role of women in society. After all, women in Switzerland only got the right to vote in 1971! Originally I trained as a textile craft teacher for primary and secondary school level. In 1988 I emigrated with my partner from Switzerland to live in the West of Ireland starting with organic farming, soft fruit and vegetable growing and rearing a family. Coming from a highly sophisticated and industrialised country, we were charmed by the gentle friendliness of the Irish people, their sense of belonging to their land and cultural heritage, and by the beauty of the unspoiled countryside. Our children fitted well into this society and even today they consider themselves as being more Irish than Swiss. As it was not easy to make a living from the land, I started working for the HSE in a clerical capacity in Galway from 2002 onwards. Mental health was and still is a big issue and with great interest I took the voluntary role of a Support contact person from 2008 onwards.
From 2013 to 2017 I trained with the Biodynamic Psychotherapy Foundation Kinvara to become an integrative biodynamic psychotherapist. I have received further training in supporting clients who experience sexual violence and I work as a volunteer counsellor for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. I'm pursuing further professional training with Organic Intelligence having completed the End of Trauma course and pursuing further in depth coaching training.
My main interests are women’s and men’s issues (relationships, health, sexuality, self-actualisation), anxiety, low mood, grief and working with shame. Part of my training in Kinvara was bodywork and biodynamic massage; today I find it at times useful to let the body speak for itself.
As a mother I have a good understanding of parenting, as a wife and lover I’m aware of relationship issues, as an employee I know of the challenges in the work place. In my psychotherapy work I find the greatest challenge - turning into the greatest support - is self-compassion: to find kindness in our own hearts for ourselves. Once we can allow ourselves to see us as human beings with good intentions, brilliance and shortcomings, we find it easier to allow for the good intentions, shortcomings and brilliance of others. Only to the extent that we have compassion for ourselves, can we extend it to our environment as it then finds its way easily to others. I find my greatest resources in nature and meditation and I’m deeply inspired by the work of Pema Chodron (spiritual teacher).
I’m a fully accredited member of IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their Code of Ethics and professional conduct. My practice is based in Gort, South Galway.