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Bereavement Counselling

Counselling In Sandyford South Dublin 18

Patricia McNabb Experienced Fully Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Works From Sandyford.

Ph; 0863155184   Call anytime or email triciamcnabb@hotmail.com


What is Counselling?

Counselling aims to help you explore and clarify problems and issues that matter to you. It may help you develop resources and skills to cope with difficulties. It could also help you to get through a distressing time in your life.

We, the counsellors, listen to what you are really saying, accepting and understanding where you are at and respecting your feelings. We will not tell you what to do, but we can help you to come to your own decisions. Counselling is not only about problems, it also offers opportunities to get to know yourself better and to develop as a person.

What we do

We offer professional assistance to people who are troubled – whether in their personal life or at work. Our team of  counsellors/psychotherapists offer a range of approaches to suit your individual needs. The aim of talking with a counsellor is to help you make sense of what is going on in your life. Take your first step to that help today and find a suitable counsellor, contact us now.

Psychotherapy is helpful for:

What is the difference between Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapy?

Counselling tends to associate with more short term and focused work, and Psychotherapy explores issues in greater depth and requires more commitment to longer term work. It aims to reach the underlying, often unconscious, causes of distress. Therapy is a word that covers both Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Think of your mind like a ball of wool — a  tangled and really knotted ball of wool. These are your thoughts, your memories, your ways of coping with the world and includes your feelings. If you took that knotted ball of wool and tried to make something worthwhile out of it, you may come to an sudden stop fairly fast. But what if someone comes long and helps you to unravel this ball of wool, and all that that entails?

The root of our depression etc can often be so personal and deep. So delicate that we often cannot see things clearly enough in our heads to unravel our thoughts, memories and feelings.

Psychotherapy offers someone who can gently guide you and ask the right questions in order to help you make sense of it all.

Don’t forget, we go to school to learn how to write, add up and identify parts of the body – but we are not taught how to cope with our thoughts and feelings.


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Bereavement and Loss Counselling

Grief is a positive emotion. It enables us to heal from the inevitable sadness and losses of life. However we all grieve differently. Some feel devastatingly pained by it, they can talk of nothing else and appear to be stuck and unable to move on. Others believe that they need to suffer in silence. Current losses may have triggered off old unexpressed grief from childhood. The feeling about the lost person may not have been straightforward. A difficult relationship may result in a confusion about grief. Grief is also complicated when the person has not died, for example a divorcee or broken family relationships.

The stages of bereavement:

  • Shock – experienced as a sense of numbness, withdrawal, inability to express emotions. (‘It hasn’t really hit me yet’, ‘ I’m just going around in a daze’.)
  • Denial – acting as though no loss had occurred. Hallucinations (hearing their loved one’s voice)
  • Depression – despair, pain, crying moaning, wanting to give up.
  • Guilt – Wished they had done something differently.
  • Anxiety – panic about the implications of the loss.
  • Anger – feeling victimised and trying to find someone or something to blame.
  • Acceptance – letting go, saying good-bye, appreciating, forgiving – and moving on with hope.

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