Are you experiencing some difficulties or distress in your life?

Do you sometimes feel isolated, even when surrounded by supportive family and friends?

Do you find it difficult to explain why you are feeling anxious or depressed?

Maybe you have some underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general or you may be searching for balance and meaning.

It may be easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends or family.

If any of the above sounds familiar to you, please contact Apollo Counselling and arrange to meet with one of our experienced therapists who will support you to talk about your life and your issues in a safe and respectful way.

 

Our aim will be that you gain a better understanding and insight into your problems and emotions. You will be supported to work towards achieving positive outcomes to your difficulties. Our counselling space is a warm, empathic, safe, confidential and professional environment where you can explore what is troubling for you and blocking your progress in life. 

Take the first step and contact us today for an appointment.

What We Do

We provide a wide range of Counselling Services for issues including:

Emotional or Psychological Issues

  • Anxiety
  • Anger issues
  • Depression/ Postnatal Depression
  • Self-esteem/confidence/ assertiveness 
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Panic and Stress
  • OCD obsessive thoughts and compulsions.

Relationship Issues

  • Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Relationship issues Co-dependency Narcissistic relationships
  • Work relationship issues
  • Sexuality Sexual Dysfunction

Loss

  • Bereavement Loss and Grief
  • Adoption Issues
  • Divorce/ Separation
  • Disenfranchised Grief (Loss after Miscarriage)

Addiction

  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Substance Misuse
  • Sex, food, pornography cutting, video games, internet, gambling, shopping. work.  Prescribed medication. Gambling.

Child and Adolescent Counselling

Play Therapy: involves resolving children’s troubles through creative arts and play, using a variety of media including sand tray, working with clay, art therapy and interactive play.  Play Therapy is not a “talk therapy”.  The child leads the play and the therapist provides a safe and caring environment working with the child so that they are at ease and will use their time in the playroom for optimal growth and development. 

Play therapy provides a medium to explore relationships, express feelings and behaviours and offers a way to self-fulfilment through a process of growth self-acceptance and self-discovery in a safe and confidential. For children play therapy is a hugely successful model of dealing with their issues

 in a non- threatening environment.

“Toys are like the child’s words and play is like the child’s language” Gary L Landreth. 

 

At Apollo Counselling Dundrum, our trained therapists understand the courage it takes for a young person to seek counselling. 

We deal with many issues including
Bereavement/ Loss/ Grief
DepressionAnxiety
Self Esteem Issues
PhobiasRelationship/ Sexuality issues
Couples Counselling
Eating Disorders
Issues pertaining to children and adolescents

Our Therapists

Lorraine Kavanagh‍

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Mon - Sat appointments

Lorraine is a person centred counsellor who works in an integrative manner, taking elements from different schools of therapy to best fit her client’s needs. Lorraine’s emphasis is to make the relationship between the counsellor and client completely accepting and genuine.

Lorraine has a particular interest in the area of depression, motivation and self-esteem issues. She has undertaken research specifically into trauma related grief and depression. Depending on whether your problem is a recent issue that is impeding your current life or an unresolved problem that has persisted since childhood.

Lorraine will journey with you to achieve a bespoke approach geared to enable you to find peace and fulfilment in your life.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Practitioner's Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Practitioners Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness in Therapy.

Antoinette Patterson

Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with: Couples, Adolescents and Children (over 8 years).

Mon - Sat appointments

Antoinette takes an optimistic, non-judgmental and non-directive approach to therapy to help you become aware of your own strengths and resources. She aims to support you seek out solutions to your problems and facilitate learning new ways of coping with the difficulties you may be experiencing.

Antoinette takes a Person-Centred approach while integrating elements from different schools of therapy when required. She will support you to become aware of how the past may be influencing your current thoughts and behaviours, and support you to work through unresolved issues and conflicts you may have with significant people in your life.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy, Practitioners Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). BA Applied Social Care (Disability) & ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Membership: Member of Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Cathy Palmer

Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with: Couples, Adolescents and Children.

Mon - Sat appointments

Cathy is a person centred therapist who works at the client’s pace and offers a facilitative safe environment of genuine acceptance and non-judgement where every client feels heard, fully appreciated and accepted for the person they are.

Cathy is an integrative counsellor, this enables her to draw on a variety of therapies and tailor the therapy to suit the individual.  Cathy supports clients to create alternative ways to respond to their world and assists them in achieving their goals.

Therapy with Cathy can help regulate emotions, foster self-awareness and self-understanding and help assume a sense of ease, enlightenment and self-belief.

Qualifications: Cathy Palmer has a BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Cathy holds a professional Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy. Cathy has also completed Cpd courses in Mindfulness. Solution focussed brief therapy, Narcissistic relationships & co-dependency addiction. Assist Training and Reality Therapy Intensive. Practitioner’s Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Membership: Member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for qualified therapists interested in working in vibrant, inclusive environment ? Click here to email us

Contact Us

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Address: Apollo Counselling Dundrum, 

7 Apollo Business Park, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14.

Free Car Parking

Conveniently located on the 44, 61 and 17 bus route and the Luas Green Line (stop Windy Arbour)

Phone Mobile: 085 151 3866

Email: apollocounsellingdundrum@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Is counselling covered by my medical card?

Private counselling and psychotherapy is currently not covered by medical cards. If you have a medical card ask your GP for more details.

How confidential is the service?

Confidentiality is maintained within the ethical and practice guidelines of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

How many sessions will I need?

Each person is different - so each client requires different amounts of sessions to resolve their issues. These sessions may be continued weekly or fortnightly, on a one-to-one basis or with a couple.

What to expect?

Therapy takes place when a therapist sees a client in a private, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic setting in which they explore a range of personal concerns and feelings. These may include unresolved childhood experiences, bullying, relationship difficulties or you may desire to make lifestyle changes. If you have not experienced counselling before or if you've had a poor experience of it in the past, you might be having mixed feelings. When we embark on anything new or we have negative expectations, natural anxieties may emerge. We are more than happy to spend a few minutes on the telephone to talk through these with you before you commit to booking an appointment.Therapists are professionally trained people who are skilled in listening and reflective skills enabling you to explore issues that are affecting your life. What takes place in the sessions is controlled by what you choose to discuss and explore.We will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you but will work with you to help you achieve your agreed goals.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling focuses on specific problems with the client and therapist working together to find the best strategies to address or solve then.Therapists guide clients to discover their own answers and support them through the actions they choose to take. Psychotherapy which takes place over a longer duration than counselling is an evolutionary process that helps a client look at long-standing attitudes, thoughts, and behaviours that might be contributing to the their quality of their life and relationships.  Psychotherapy aims to empower clients by freeing helping them to understand the grip of their unconscious triggers or impulses through increased self-awareness.

How long does the session last?

Sessions last for 50 minutes. We have a limited number of affordable counselling places. Contact Us.

How do I make an appointment?

Please call 085 151 3866. If your call is not answered, it usually means we are busy seeing clients. Please leave your name and telephone number and we will get back to you. To enquire further or to make an appointment please click here

Disclaimer: TheCounsellors/Psychotherapists at Apollo Counselling Dundrum practise independently and solely on their own behalf. The therapeutic contract that exists is one between the therapist and their client(s) and Apollo Counselling Dundrum is not party to any such contracts.