Prior to completing her Professional Diploma with Northside Counselling Services in 2005, Cheryl provided Client Support to Women experiencing Domestic Abuse and also provided voluntary support for patients in St Francis Hospice in Raheny. In 2006, she completed an Associateship in Couple Counselling and discovered her special interest in working with couples. Having worked with individuals exclusively for 5 years she then diversified and started to include working with relationships & couples for the next 7 years, where her experience working with individuals greatly enhanced and complimented her work with couples and visa versa. She Level I & II Clinical Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. She is fully accredited with the NAPCP and currently works with both individuals and couples.
“When working with individuals, each and every client brings a different story to therapy, life can be very difficult at times and sometimes we need a calm and neutral space where we can take some time out and allow ourselves to be supported by another. In therapy, it is important that the client is allowed to progress at their own pace. I support clients by providing an environment that is gentle, free from judgment, is accepting and that has no agenda other than supporting the client to work through their current life challenges and encouraging them to trust their inner wisdom. ”.
When working with couples, research shows that the average couple will wait 6 years before seeking help. It is natural for a relationship go through ups and downs. How we deal with conflict and crisis in our relationships, is key to restoring and strengthening healthy communication, especially during times of difficulty. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge that not every couple comes to therapy to stay together and although separation and divorce are very difficult, so is enduring a toxic relationship.
In therapy, as well as focusing on the couples strengths, I work with and support couples to help them, over time, gain insights into themselves and each other and teach them techniques for overcoming relationship difficulties with regard to communication, trust, infidelity, sex, commitment, emotional disengagement, family, finance and in articulating and processing past issues that may be gridlocked and still cause pain today.”