My journey began in the country in Ireland where I grew
up. There was a strong emphasis on the community and we
went on unannounced visits to each otherís houses, told
stories, danced and shared a world of intrigue which
changed my perspective as new information was added.
Farm work would be postponed while somebody listened to
you and gave you a helping hand, if needed. I believe
that is where the seed for healing was sown for me.
Later on my journey has been diverse, rich and not
without its intricacies. In my twenties, it took me from
my native Ireland to Cameroon for four years as a
volunteer teacher, with an interruption to take care of
my mother at home when she was dying of cancer.
I worked as a carer in New York and came to France over
twenty years ago. In Paris, I was a language trainer to
adults in the corporate world and with various
organisations for the unemployed, before leaving to do
an MA in counselling at the University of East Anglia (UEA),
Norwich. I was a student and staff counsellor at the
University when I lived in the UK. I now have a private
counselling practice in Paris, still do some teaching,
and lead various workshops (see ref). I also love to
write and some of my work has been published.
Because of my experience and training, I work
effectively with people of different cultures, ages,
race, sexual orientation and gender.
I bring to
counselling: compassion, commitment and, I hope, an
ever-increasing amount of wisdom. I have strong
intuition, a good sense of humour and great confidence
in others and their capacity for growth.
My professional qualifications include:
Counselling, BSc (Hons.) Psychology
H.Dip.Ed., RSA Dip. (TEFOL)
I am a
member of BACP (British Association for Counselling &
and I abide by their Code of Ethics. I also have
life-long supervision and I am committed to continuing
professional development in order to enhance my work.