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The Basin Street Centre

COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY


17 Main Street South, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Phone: 045 888850 / 087 9674955

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Welcome to the Basin Street Centre

The Basin Street Centre is a Counselling and Psychotherapy service to the community in Naas and surrounding areas that provides the highest level of psychological support through:

  • Individual counselling & psychotherapy for adolescents and adults.
  • Mindfulness
  • Play Therapy with children
  • Couple therapy
  • Group work with adolescents and adults

The psychological interventions used are:

  • Psychodynamic / analytic
  • Integrative
  • CBT
  • Person Centred
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About The Basin Street Centre

Basin Street Centre was established by Fiona Masterson in 2015. Fiona has practiced as a  counsellor and psychotherapist for the past 18 years. Fiona has run a successful private practice in Naas since 2005, and has worked from 17 Main Street since 2008. Fiona’s practice was called Naas Counselling & Psychotherapy, renaming the practice as the Basin Street Centre reflects the transition to a group practice.

Our Ethos

Referred clients will be matched to the most suitable therapist within the practice. The Centre aims to provide the highest standard of clinical work possible. All therapists fully adhere to the standards set out by their accrediting body. We promote best practice through continual professional development, clinical supervision and peer clinical support.

To develop and ensure our standards we meet monthly to share ideas, theories and new developments in our fields. This support structure nourishes the unique ethos of the Centre and facilitates a safe, holding and therapeutic space for our clients. The monthly meetings are central to the aims and objectives of the Centre and reflect the passion and professionalism of all the therapists within the practice.

Phone: 045 888850 / 087 9674955

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What We Do

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.

 Mindfulness Groups
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.

How It Works

Psychotherapy can be thought of as a process between the client and therapist. The client brings his/her personal thoughts, interactions, dreams and history to the therapist. The therapist helps the client to think about the feelings that belong to the material and so the client can begin to take back and learn to process themselves difficult feelings around events.

There is a rhythm to the sessions whereby the client brings the material, the therapist helps process it and the client can take it back. This process heals the client because it frees the psychic pain we feel from distressing and disturbing events. We become stronger, and better able to tolerate our difficulties.

In order for this process to work the following needs to be in place:

Trust

The client and therapist must feel that they can work together. Clients seeking a therapist or counsellor should ‘shop around’. The client should choose the therapist they feel most comfortable with. Sometimes we feel a connection straight away and we are happy to begin work with that person. This is perfectly fine, it is when we don’t feel that we can work with the therapist and we assume that it will be the same with everybody that we can lose out. A good therapist will understand this and will help you to find a good match for your needs.

Commitment to the Process

It is perfectly normal that we look for some time frame for our work with our therapist. It is not usually possible for a therapist to say how many sessions a person will need. It depends on the reasons why a person comes and how easy it is for them to trust and go with the process.

The regularity of sessions is crucial- missed sessions break the connection and generally delay the healing or therapeutic process. Weekly sessions at the same time, same day are standard.

The psychological interventions used are:

  • CBT
  • Psychodynamic / analytic
  • Humanistic & Integrative

CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an approach which focuses on looking at how and what we think, as thoughts are considered to be the power house behind how we feel and then influencing how we behave. Exploring our thinking around a subject or situation is usually very insightful. Our mind thinks in a very particular way when we are stressed, anxious or depressed and, for the most part, these thoughts are not entirely based on reality or backed by facts. Often what we believe is a truth is based on our own perceptions and the meanings we make.

Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy these kind of thoughts, referred to as Negative Automatic Thoughts or Hot Thoughts are examined and challenged allowing more balanced thinking to unfold and an alternative perspective to emerge.

CBT provides us with the opportunity to change our relationship with our thinking – particularly negative thoughts – which often have the power to overwhelm, distress and depress.  It opens the door to reducing the impact of negative thoughts on how we feel and equally important on how we behave or act.  To that end, CBT helps to develop a more balanced relationship with our thinking as we learn a very crucial and empowering concept that ‘we don’t have to believe everything we think’.

 Psychodynamic / Analytic

Psychodynamic theory, thinks about the client as having an internal world from which they relate to the external world. This internal world is formed from introjecting early experiences and relationships. The internal world is shaped by an internal dialogue which is mostly unconscious. Drawing on this perspective, the clients’ internal world is something to be explored between client and therapist.  A space is created where the client can, in as safe a way as possible, look at their material without judgement, and through the therapeutic process ultimately take it back in a way that it is integrated into the self. This can be a delicate and often complicated process. The psychodynamic approach usually involves longer term work with clients.

The analytic perspective considers the individuals’ way of being in the world as mirroring their internal make up. The therapeutic task brings the unconscious into consciousness. Work with dreams, defence mechanisms, transference and counter transference are considered important means of communication from unconscious to conscious.

Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapy

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is about integrating the wholeness of being. This involves connecting or reconnecting to all aspects of the self: body, emotions, psyche, intellect, spirit and social interaction.  It is about working towards greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and personal growth in order to cope with the dimensions of human existence.

Fiona Masterson M.Sc., B.A.

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist, practicing since 1998. I am registered with BACP. For 15 years I have run self-esteem programmes and counselling service for adolescents at post primary level. For 9 years I was with the Community Links Programme at DIT, for the past 6 years I have run the Bright Programme in Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun. I established my private practice here in Naas in 2006. My degrees in psychology and post grad Dip Business are from UCD.

In London I was awarded my Cert and Master’s degree at Birkbeck College, University of London in Psychodynamic Counselling.

My theoretical orientation uses object relations theorists such as Winnicott, Klein, Freud and post Jungian analysts.

Evelyn Hainsworth BSc.,

I am an accredited Therapist based in the Basin Street Centre for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy Services,  Naas, Co. Kildare. I work with adolescents (16 and over) and adults on a one to one basis covering a wide range of issues.

While I chiefly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to structure my counselling and psychotherapy, I also draw flexibly on theory and techniques from a number of different approaches and integrate these into my work.

I draw from other sources also including evolutionary psychology for insight into our nature and behaviour and mindfulness meditation- a life skill which can be easily learned to help cope with anxiety, stress and depression.

Fiona Smith BA,

Fiona Smith. B.A

I am an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with both the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).  I am also registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is about integrating the wholeness of being. This involves connecting or reconnecting to all aspects of the self: body, emotions, psyche, intellect, spirit and social interaction.  It is about working towards greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and personal growth in order to cope with the dimensions of human existence.

I have training in a number of approaches including person-centered, psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness, anxiety and stress management, and existential therapy.  I draw on these approaches as appropriate to each individual.

I work with adults (over 18) suffering from emotional and psychological distress. I have extensive experience working with both men and women.  There are many reasons for distress some of which are anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidality, abuse, trauma and self-esteem.  I believe in working with clients in a way that they can build their resources for coping with life and find their own solutions to their problems.

I also provide 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.

Katherine Liston Bsc, Dip

I am a member of and accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and also the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Counselling and psychotherapy can be helpful for a wide range of issues and difficulties (for eg. anxiety, trauma, low self confidence,low self esteem, anger, bereavement) and the process involved is short or long term depending on what you feel you need. My aim is to provide a safe and confidential environment in which to explore whatever it is you bring.

As an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist member of the IACP and BACP, I am bound by their ethical frameworks. I participate in regular personal and professional development which includes formal training, peer group discussion, attendance at counselling and psychotherapy conferences etc.

Karen Martin

I have worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 6 years having completed an Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy with PCI College, in Clondalkin, Dublin.  I am registered and am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.  I have also completed a Diploma in Spiritual Development with the Brenda Davies International School of Healing and Development.

I work with adults (over 18) and my theoretical orientation is Person-Centred/Integrative. Person-Centred therapy places the individual at the heart of the counselling process while, as therapist, I provide the conditions to allow this process to develop.  With this base, an Integrative approach also allows me to draw on other therapeutic techniques as appropriate.  I also study Spiritual Development and have integrated this into myself as a person and my work as a Counsellor.  To me, being spiritually aware is about developing a sense of what it means to be human and to embrace what it is we are learning in this lifetime with our feet firmly on the ground.

The miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on water, but to walk on earth” (Chinese proverb).

I work with people on a wide variety of areas including:

Relationships, depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse, personal growth development, low self-esteem, health related issues, gender & sexuality diversity issues, phobias, trauma and PTSD, anger management, and work related issues.

I have worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 6 years having completed an Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy with PCI College, in Clondalkin, Dublin.  I am registered and am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.  I have also completed a Diploma in Spiritual Development with the Brenda Davies International School of Healing and Development.

I work with adults (over 18) and my theoretical orientation is Person-Centred/Integrative. Person-Centred therapy places the individual at the heart of the counselling process while, as therapist, I provide the conditions to allow this process to develop.  With this base, an Integrative approach also allows me to draw on other therapeutic techniques as appropriate.  I also study Spiritual Development and have integrated this into myself as a person and my work as a Counsellor.  To me, being spiritually aware is about developing a sense of what it means to be human and to embrace what it is we are learning in this lifetime with our feet firmly on the ground.

The miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on water, but to walk on earth” (Chinese proverb).

I work with people on a wide variety of areas including:

Relationships, depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse, personal growth development, low self-esteem, health related issues, gender & sexuality diversity issues, phobias, trauma and PTSD, anger management, and work related issues.

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We also have sessional therapists at the practice:

  • Darren Reid MscCounsellor & Psychotherapist
  • Fiona O’Neill B.A. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Counselling & Psychotherapy

Lonely Heart

In my lonely solitude
I shed my tears.
Through the silence of the night
I count my fears.

 

Each dawning day I tremble
at what is in store for me.
Friends and faces
I know longer see.

 

Strangers abound!
no smiles no sounds.
This life of loneliness
no friend to me.

 

J.B. Masterson, November 2016

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Address: 17 Main Street South, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Phone: 045 888850 / 087 9674955

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