Hello and welcome. My name is Geraldine Gilroy and I am a counsellor based out of Sligo in the North West of Ireland. My counselling training commenced when I graduated with a Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling from The National University of Ireland, Galway (N.U.I.G.) in 2000. I completed a Masters in Counselling in 2003 (The Newman Institute, Ballina in collaboration with Seton Hall University, New Jersey). In 2006, I graduated as an ACCORD Marriage and Relationship Counsellor. In 2008 I graduated with a certificate in Addiction Studies from NU.I. Maynooth. I recently earned a Post Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision from Trinity College, Dublin.
I have continued training in couples counselling with a variety of experts in the area of couple relationships and have attended workshops and trainings on the latest advancements in counselling.
In 2009 I completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
Over the past fifteen years I have worked with teenagers and adults who presented with a variety of issues including adoption issues, anger problems, family of origin issues, sex education, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, childhood abuse and trauma, communication problems, work issues, career options, depression, low self-esteem, mental health issues, relationship problems andstress.
Counseling theories I incorporate into my practice include Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Adlerian Theory and Choice Theory. Additionally I am an Employment Assistance Programme Affiliate Counsellor.
I meet a client as a unique individual and together we work to create awareness, understanding, acceptance and change.
Trainings and workshops I have completed include:
- trauma therapy
- couples therapy
- family systems therapy
- working with clients who are taking prescribed medication
- understanding living with diabetes training
- working with clients who have been sexually abused
- domestic violence training
- working with clients who suffer with panic attacks
- alcohol problems and their impact on relationships
- the practice of mindfulness
- assessing and treating suicidality
- complex family configurations
- dialetical behaviour therapy
I have worked with a variety of groups in delivering self-development programmes. Most recently I met with a group of teachers and parents to discuss how to improve relationships with the teenagers in their lives.
I believe that each individual has within themselves the personal resources to live a fulfilling life.
My office is located in Stephen Court, just off Stephen St in Sligo.