At the Basin Street Centre we offer a range of Counselling and Psychotherapy options.
We work with individuals, couples and groups of all ages.
Our Counselling and Psychotherapy provisions include:
Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy for Adults
with Fiona Masterson, Eveline Hainsworth, Katherine Liston, Fiona Smith, Karen Martin, Darren Reid and Fiona O’Neil.
Counselling and psychotherapy involves at minimum weekly sessions at the same time and same room each week. In our practice each therapist works in a slightly different way depending on their modality of training. The therapy involves both client and therapist working together to understand the issues presented in a safe, trusting and confidential manner. More information on Counselling /Psychotherapy is on x page.
with Evelyn Hainsworth
Mindfulness Meditation is about the practice of focusing on your breath or your senses and developing the habit of bring your attention back to this focus (which brings you back to the present) when your mind wanders (minds are not great at staying in one place very long!). This is practiced from a perspective of not judging how you are doing and cultivating an openness to what unfolds.
Couples /Relationship Counselling
with Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith provides relationship counselling to individuals and couples. Couples include: partners (married, cohabiting, single, gay or straight), a parent and adult child (over 18), and adult siblings. Common issues that counselling can help with are: communication, conflict, parenting, bereavement (miscarriage, difficulty conceiving, loss of a child), family life, loss of intimacy, affairs, separation/divorce, second family, and step-children.
Individual play Therapy for Children
with Fiona ONeill
“Birds fly, fish swim and children play” Garry Landreth
Play Therapy, an approach to counselling children, uses play to help children work through psychological difficulties in a developmentally appropriate way. The origins of play therapy can be traced back to psychodynamic traditions as a form of working with children. However, nowadays, there are numerous psychotherapeutic approaches that have been adapted to work specifically with children.
Play is described as the natural language of a child. A child experiencing difficulty of any kind in their development is an ideal candidate for child Play Therapy. Play Therapy helps to work through a range of difficulties in a way that is safe, natural and appropriate to children. Children are provided with a safe space to become familiar with and understand their emotions and to work through and come to terms with their experiences. The therapist may use an integrated approach when working with each individual child. Mediums such as sand play, art, drama or story-telling may be used.
Play Therapy is suitable for children of all ages. The therapist will be able to assess the child’s developmental stage and begin with an intervention suitable to that child.
Group Work with Adolescents and Adults
with Fiona Masterson
The type of group work provided in the centre involves being part of a group that considers a particular issue, for example, the stresses of being a teenager. Groups are formed with a limited number of participants and run for an agreed time. Each group has a contract of how members can work together which includes areas such as confidentiality, attendance and safety.
Fiona Masterson has been running support groups for adolescents in second level schools since 2001. Fiona is currently training in Group Work Practice at St Vincents.
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adolescents
with Fiona Masterson.
Both psychodynamic and attachment theory consider adolescence as the developmental phase of separation/individuation and an opportunity to further develop a sense of others and our place in the world. Holding this in mind, when working with clients under 18, the client’s individual needs are considered with the parents and as such parents are included in the therapeutic process. This may involve 10 minutes feedback at the end of each session or monthly phone calls. The content of feedback is always discussed and agreed with clients. Work with adolescents under the age of 18 includes awareness of the different levels of confidentiality that apply and the ethical and statutory guidelines around risk and reporting of such. The Children’s First Act and guidelines lay out the appropriate procedures and protocols.