My career in psychotherapy has involved working with young children, adolescents, individuals and families. I have been working as a psychotherapist for the past seventeen years. In 2014 I set up my own private practice working solely with adults. I have extensive experience of working with individuals on a broad range of issues.
My work with families has involved working with many parents who were struggling in their relationship with their child / adolescent. The parent / child relationship is of particular interest to me and I see parents as the agents of change within the family system. I believe in empowering parents to reach a deeper understanding of the dynamics at play within this relationship, enabling them to work through what is impeding the relationship and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both themselves and their loved one.
I have a background in fine art, education and community development. I enjoy developing and facilitating psychoeducational programmes and personal development groups. A significant part of my career has involved creating and facilitating training programmes for professionals in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Ciara originally trained in Fine Art in the Crawford College of Art, Cork. Ciara then went on to study in The National College of Art & Design in Dublin where she received an honours Degree in Fine Art.
In 1997 Ciara embarked on a one-year foundation course in Art Therapy in the Crawford College of Art. This led her to pursue a four-year Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre in Gardiner Street, Dublin. Since then Ciara has trained in Child Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Focusing and Jungian Sand Tray Therapy. In 2021 Ciara completed an MSc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre in partnership with the University of Northampton.
Ciara is accredited with IAHIP and practices in accordance with their code of ethics.