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At The Basin Street Centre 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, Susan Devoy, Lisa Markham Sharkey.

Counselling and psychotherapy usually involves 50 minute sessions at the same time and day each week. This provides structure and containment for the process.

In our practice each therapist works in a slightly different way depending on their modality of training. However at all times the therapy involves both client and therapist working together to understand the issues presented in a safe, trusting and confidential manner. More information on the different types of counselling /psychotherapy is on the next 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 Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adolescents 

with Fiona Masterson and Colman Noctor.

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 phone calls at agreed intervals. 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.

Individual Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents

With Kim Fallon

“Art therapy – when words are not enough”

Although Art Therapy is a relatively new profession in Ireland, people have been using the arts for centuries to narrate their experience of the world. Art therapy was first founded within Psychoanalytical theory and Object relations theory, but now adapts many more theories within its unique approach to working therapeutically with individuals. Art therapy aims to create a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment for a child or young person. It allows children and young people to express, process, understand and cope with difficult emotions and life situations, both consciously and unconsciously through the use of the art materials and the image. Art therapy is suitable for any age group. You do not have to be good at art or have an interest in art to attend. People come to Art therapy for a whole range of needs, including; Anxiety, worries, anger or frustration, intellectual or physical disabilities, parental separation, bullying, self-esteem issues, mental health concerns, loss or bereavement, self-harm, gender or sexual orientation, all forms of abuse and more.

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.


With Karen Martin

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is an integrative treatment approach that is compatible with all the major orientations to psychotherapy.  It is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help promote recovery.  EMDR procedures can be customised to work with what is presented by focusing on past events, present triggers and creating a future template.