Síofra Hall, B.Sc, MA.
Síofra Hall, B.Sc, MA.
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I began my journey into psychotherapy in 2010 where I commenced my study in Applied Psychology (BSc) in the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire. I studied modules on developmental, social, abnormal, and cognitive psychology, among others. I was particularly interested in developmental psychology which highlighted to me the importance of positive change throughout life. I also studied theories on psychodynamics, humanism, and behaviourism along with personality, and individual differences. This course gave me an insight into how the mind and behaviour of a person can be supported to alleviate suffering. I successfully graduated from this course in 2014 with an honours degree and a plan of action ahead!
In 2015, after much research into a course that suited me best, I started a masters (MA) course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS), Limerick. This MA, which I am currently working towards, gave me an understanding of how to apply the theories I had learned in my undergraduate degree, in a psychotherapeutic setting.
I am currently working towards accreditation with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland (APCP) where I follow a strict code of ethics, with particular attention given to the Children’s First Guidelines. I also follow supervision guidelines according to APCP.
I use a humanistic integrative approach to psychotherapy whereby I focus on humanism and draw from other schools of psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s needs. Humanism involves a client centered approach to psychotherapy. This means that I will listen and show acceptance to each client while they come to insights from within. I use elements of cognitive behavioural, solution focused, and psychodynamic therapies. I place my emphasis on building a strong therapeutic relationship so my clients can explore their problems in a warm and safe environment. As Carl Rogers put it:
“In my early professional years, I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.