Cliona is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist holding a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, a BA (Hons) in Social Science, a H Dip in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling. She is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adheres to their code of ethics.
As an integrative psychotherapist, Cliona uses a range of therapeutic approaches including person-centred, solution-focused, narrative therapy, humanistic, choice theory and reality therapy. Cliona tailors her approach to the needs of the client. Cliona has a great deal of experience working with clients with issues such as: depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, psychosis, addiction, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexuality, self-harm, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, domestic violence and bereavement.
Cliona also has a background in social care, having worked in residential homes with adolescents. She is passionate about this line of work, with a special interest in working with young people. Her aim is to provide a safe space where clients feel supported, relaxed and at ease. This warm therapeutic environment encourages the client to share and explore their feelings and behaviours.
Cliona is also involved with Shannon’s Hope Line, a charity group which supports adoelescents who are struggling with their mental health. She facilitates support groups as well as providing one on one counselling sessions for her clients.