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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.
Many students and parents assume that once the exams are done, the stress is over. Unfortunately, for some, it's hard to put that away as the seemingly endless wait for results begins.
So the exams are over and you’re thinking “Yay! Stress over!”
And it is for some, but for others a whole new level of stress now kicks in. It’s a little trickier than pre exam stress, because the people around you might assume you are now the embodiment of Zen and relaxation, because technically the exams are over.READ MORE
The Irish Leaving Certificate examinations are days away now and last minute stress is mounting for many students. This is a list of tips for the final push and the exams themselves:
I'll keep this simple and not link to supporting evidence - but know that I have it if you're interested:)
So for lead up:
1. Stick to your routine (studying, sleeping, eating) - now is not the time to make big changes, to anything.READ MORE
I intentionally steer away from politics on this site. But it occurs to me that the issue of marriage equality is not a political issue. It's a human rights issue.READ MORE
We pay a lot of attention in therapy to partnerships and family relationships. But what of friendships? These enormously influential relationships deserve attention too. They might be our sole source of support. They might be utterly toxic. Either way the importance of our friendships can often be overlooked. On sister site Two Wise Chicks we posted a piece on toxic friendships, how to spot them, how to deal with them. This piece is best described as the musings that inspired that post.
I think it was Goodfellas, definitely a mafia film, where I saw the following scene: This guy owed our hero, his friend, $10. Our hero was having a lot of trouble retrieving the money, he kept on trying but his 'friend' was creative with excuses.
We've all been there right?READ MORE
As teenagers' exposure to media increases, so does the pressure they feel to look 'good'. This pressure is experienced by both genders and is applied in various ways. This piece looks at the pressure on teenaged girls specifically. It was first posted on sister site TwoWiseChicks with a really lovely follow up post written by my colleague here.
Do you suck your tummy in when you think other people are looking at you? Why?
Every day, women (and men) are bombarded by messages on the TV, radio, print media including the internet telling us (and selling us) on how to change how we look.READ MORE
Recently there has been a lot of welcome discussion around standards of training and supervision in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy. The current move is towards stricter regulation so that clients might be better protected and safer in their work with their chosen professional. Part of that work involves defining those professions.
You can see in my header on this site that I use the word counselling three times to describe what I do. A sign of changing times is that I need to substitute the word 'Counselling' with 'Psychotherapy'.
(And I will as soon as I switch this site over to Wordpress, or rather, get help switching it, not being as tech savvy as I'd like!!)READ MORE
I'm pretty certain that you, like me, have been left feeling a little chilled at some point after receiving a long-awaited apology. Instead of feeling relief, you’re left with a churning stomach, your heart is thumping, you’re feeling de-centred, uncertain, maybe even irritated. (I initially posted this one on TwoWiseChicks, a sister blog I write with a friend and colleague - please do feel free to have a look!)
I'm pretty certain that you, like me, have been left feeling a little chilled at some point after receiving a long-awaited apology. Instead of feeling relief, you’re left with a churning stomach, your heart is thumping, you’re feeling de-centred, uncertain, maybe even irritated.READ MORE