Hello and thanks for visiting my site:

I am Sally O'Reilly, BA Psych, MA Couns Psych, MIAHIP, SIAHIP, MEAP. I work in full time private practice as a Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor accredited with the IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, which is a member of ICP). I also hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy from the EAP.

I offer individual and couples sessions, and I work with all ages, including children.

My main practice is in East Cork, Youghal, and I have appointments available in Ladysbridge as well.

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Thanks,

Sally O'Reilly

 

Christmas Sanity Guide Part 3: Self-care tips for YOU.

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Well there are just a few days to go and the excitement (and stress) are mounting with every minute! How are you doing? What are you doing for yourself these days? 

Do you find Chiristmas tiring? Do you get ratty, snappier than usual? more emotional? or even sick at this time of year? I've experienced that, and I believe it's our bodies' way of saying  'Y'know what? I exist too, there's only one of me, so pleeease mind me". 

Here is my third post of the three part Christmas Sanity series: my tips for you to mind you.

We all think of Christmas as a time for giving to others. And that's nice, it  really is, but when did you last give to yourself? Not necessarily a material gift, but time to yourself or with a rarely seen loved one, fun, nurturing things?

We often forget about ourselves and fret instead about the people we love. Are we not allowed to love ourselves?

(Yes we are!).

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A guide to staying sane at Christmas, part 2: When Hell is other people.

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The social part of Christmas is particularly challenging for many of us. The ideal is that we call meet beloved friends and family and relax, laugh and celebrate. The reality though can be very, very different. Christmas can be a time when we find ourselves in company we'd rather avoid, and at its worst, Christmas is a time when abuse escalates. In this post I want to give you tips on how to manage the social (and antisocial) side of Christmas.

So here's part two of guide to staying sane for the holidays (part one here)

The social part of Christmas is fun.

Ideally.

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Wanna Kill Christmas? A 3 part guide to staying sane.

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Chritmas is nearly upon us and the stress is mounting for many. I've noticed that despite the genuine feelgood aspect of this time of year, it's also a deeply painful time for many of us, or maybe for all of us, for at least some of the time. All emotions are heightened, love, grief, anxiety, excitement. I've decided this year to write three seperate sections looking at the different "flavour" stresses. This dividing into three was an idea hatched by my friend and colleague Tanya - my partner in crime on TwoWiseChicks. 

I sincerely hope you find it helpful. 

 

Part one: FREAKING OUT??

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Changing how you worry: a 5 step plan.

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One of the most common complaints we all have is anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling, like fear, that we experience often. In this post I'm going to talk about anxiety produced by worry, and how to deal with that. We worry a LOT! This is a 5 step way to change how you worry - not stop, rather change. Key to tackling worry is to understand that worry is a behaviour, not a feeling. It's something we do. We tend to worry destructively, this is a way to do it contructively. Read on and see what you think:

Fear and anxiety are two emotions that cause a lot of pain for us humans. Sometimes it's useful to be afraid (like yes! you should definitely get away from that oncoming train). Oftentimes though, it's of no real use. (That teacher probably won't actually kill you for missing that essay deadline).

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Talking to teens about sexting

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As you may know already, working with teens is one of the things about which I am most passionate. And so when Voiceboks.com invited me to write this piece about sexting and I was more than happy to oblige. Sexting is something that comes up a lot in sex ed as well as in my therapeatic work with teenagers and young people. I wrote this particular piece with parents in mind. By reading it my hope is that you'll learn what sexting is, how it can impact on us and how we can talk about it to our kids.

 

Here's the link to the full piece and I summarize the tips below.

 

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Helping your child to deal with bullies - a 5 step plan

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As children return to school and encounter new peers, some parents are probably starting to notice that things are not going quite as planned. One of the greatest fears that any parent has is that their child is being bullied. I was delighted to be asked to write this piece for Voiceboks - a website worth checking out if you're a parent, or indeed just thinking about it!

Bullying is a hot topic at the moment. I'm not sure that it's happening more than it used to, but I am sure that the ways in which we bully each other are more varied. All bullying can feel overwhelming, difficult to witness, difficult to control. And we can feel helpless, victimised along with the child.

As we know, the consequences can be devastating.

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Is technology destroying our relationships? Q&A with Sharon Ní Conchuir

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Sharon Ní Conchuir, a freelance journalist, contacted me with some interesting questions about the impact of technology on our relationships. The piece was published in the Irish Examiner here. It's similar subject matter to a previous piece I posted, but each journalist asked quite different questions - so it was interesting for me to revisit the subject with a different interviewer and offer some tips on how we can better manage our online lives.

 

Sharon Ní Conchuir, a freelance journalist, contacted me with some interesting questions about the impact of technology on our relationships. The piece was published in the Irish Examiner here.

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