South Dublin, Wicklow IAHIP Regional Meeting
Venue:- Bray Counselling & Therapy Centre, 9, Brennan’s Tce., Strand Road (Seafront), Bray
Date:- Friday, March 22, 2019
Time:- 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tea and coffee provided.
The topic of this regional meeting is:
Embodying Self-Care as Psychotherapists
As psychotherapists, we are professionals in the areas of self-awareness, self-connection and supporting people to develop the necessary foundations for their own healing, evolution, and wellbeing.
And yet… when it comes to our own self-care, this can be lacking. There can be a gap between our ideals of what we ‘should’ be doing or what we convey to our clients, and the reality of our own practices. Different things can get in the way when it comes to ‘filling our own cups’ and ensuring we have the proper resources and supports in place for our own personal flourishing, as well as therapy practices.
This can range from less-than-ideal schedules, ways of working that are not really aligned with our personal needs as practitioners, to neglecting health, or prioritising clients’ needs over our own, and experiencing vicarious trauma or burnout. There is also the reality of being self-employed for many psychotherapists, and the need to ensure a sustainable income and healthy finances.
This evening will be an opportunity to explore the topic of self-care for psychotherapists together, including a discussion of people’s self-care needs at different levels (mind, body, emotional, transpersonal), experiences of typical barriers or impediments to good practice, as well as supportive and practical tips and tools. This will be done via a combination of information inputs, personal inquiry worksheets, creative expression, and discussions.
Delphine O’Keeffe (M.I.A.H.I.P)
Delphine is an Integrative psychotherapist, having trained in Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches. Her approach is informed by an existential outlook and a respect for people’s personal choices. Delphine has worked in various counselling centres in Dublin with people from many different backgrounds. She is interested in the mind-body connection, particularly in the context of therapy, and finds that supporting embodied awareness can greatly enhance the therapeutic process. She practices mindfulness, dance and movement meditation and delivers workshops and coaching programmes on self-care. With a background in communications and many years in advocacy and social justice work, including migration, women’s rights and mental health, Delphine brings an understanding of structural inequalities and socio-cultural factors to her psychotherapy work. She holds a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School.
We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd and to welcoming anyone who might not have attended previous meetings, accredited, pre-accredited and student associate members alike.
Anne Burke & Hester Storm