Amy Murray Counsellor / Psychotherapist
MSc, BA, MIACP
I hold a Master of Science degree in Adolescent Psychotherapy from the University of Northampton, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the IICP; and an IACP Professional Diploma.
My M.Sc. primary research dissertation was on parental involvement in contact assessment. This study was directed towards understanding the key elements in creating a suitable environment to begin psychotherapy with adolescent clients using the gestalt model.
As well as adolescence, I have a special interest in working with individuals who are experiencing postpartum difficulties. In my experience integrative psychotherapy combined with psycho-education on attachment and early development can give insight, support, and clarity to parents who are struggling to adapt.
One of my previous roles was a support and advocacy offer for a non-profit organisation called Dignity 4 Patients. Here I worked with people who have experienced abuse or inappropriate sexual behaviour whilst a patient in a medical or therapeutic setting.
I also have a background in practicing, and teaching, alternative therapies like reflexology and aromatherapy, among others, and I am specifically trained in palliative care and oncology treatments.
As a tutor I was drawn towards anatomy and physiology. I found the impact of the hormonal, neurological, and digestive system on our state of wellness intriguing. I understood the physical mechanics, and my interest in health and well-being soon evolved into a fascination with understanding people on a deeper level. This lead me to begin my studies in counselling and psychotherapy in 2013 and my curiosity grew and grew.
I believe no two clients are the same and so I use an integrative approach which is a blend of Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) named Choice Theory. I also utilise Mindfulness, Sandspace, Existentialism, Narrative Therapy, and Transactional Analysis.
I continue to attend various seminars and workshops in order to develop professionally. I am a fully accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Code of Ethics & Practice.
I understand counselling can be a daunting experience and I believe it is my responsibility to help you feel as much at ease as possible. As a fully qualified and insured counsellor/ psychotherapist I believe in practicing ethically and being transparent, therefore if I can answer any questions you may have, please feel free to contact me.