Jean began her professional career as a social worker working with children, adolescents and their families. She qualified as a Psychotherapist in 1995 and has been working with individuals since that time. Jean also worked in a Child and Adolescent mental health clinic as part of a multidisciplinary team for thirteen years. There she ran groups for parents of young, middle years and adolescent children and young people. She also ran a group for the young people themselves as they were finding ways to negotiate life’s challenges.
Jean is experienced and comfortable in working with individuals who are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression in their lives. She supports the person to make meaning and increase understanding of what is happening. She uses a strengths based approach to enhance confidence and self-esteem while finding strategies to reduce symptoms of distress. She is interested in each person’s unique understanding of his/her difficulties and search for solutions.
Jean’s particular interest is adolescents as they separate emotionally from parents and search for their own identity. This can be a very stressful time for young people who are changing and developing and may no longer feel sure of who they are. The demands of school exams can be extremely stressful for some young people and not for others. Changes in friendships and the opportunity/pressure of social media can cause many confused feelings. Jean enjoys working with each young person as he/she struggles to find his own path.
Jean also enjoys working with young adults who are taking up their own lives.
- Irish Forum for Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFCAPP)
- Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)