Hello, I'm Bridget Mannion
I’m a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor offering therapy services in-person in North County Dublin and Dublin City and remotely by video or phone.
A Brief Overview
I hold an Honours Degree in Psychology from the Open University, followed by an intensive four-year post-graduate training in Psychotherapy and Counselling with the Tivoli Institute. I also have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from City Colleges in Dublin. I’m a fully accredited psychotherapist with IACP (The Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
My passion in life is to help people through my work as a psychotherapist. I work with adult clients by supporting and guiding them to move away from a challenging, painful experience of themselves or the world and into discovering and embracing their empowered, connected, authentic selves. Beautifully summed up by the poet Aberjhani, “Dare to love yourself as if you’re a rainbow with gold at both ends”. What a privilege that is!
Training & Experience
Why I trained as a Psychotherapist
For many years I worked in the corporate sector. However, I trained and worked as a complementary health therapist outside of business hours. I loved helping people with their physical and emotional health issues. Over time it became clear that my work mainly focused on my clients’ emotional lives, yet whenever they needed counselling, I had to refer them elsewhere. Eventually, I took the plunge and started on the long road to qualifying in psychology and psychotherapy so I could provide these valuable services myself.
I have found psychotherapy to be very helpful to me in my life, and I appreciate having the training, qualifications and experience to pay this gift forward.
Some Background History
I worked with the low-cost psychotherapy service at The Tivoli Institute from 2014 to 2017 and have been in private practice since then. I also work as a counsellor and psychotherapist with Family Carers Ireland, a registered charity supporting Ireland’s family carers.
My therapy practice has full professional indemnity and public liability insurance, and during therapy, I abide by IACP’s Code of Ethics. To better understand how to help clients with their problems, I continually research and study to enhance my skills through workshops, seminars and courses.
Paying it forward
In response to a great need caused by the pandemic, I have been voluntarily providing Counselling and Psychotherapy services to Family Carers Ireland, a registered charity supporting many home-bound carers around Ireland. It has been a privilege as I was able to help, comfort and support many of the country’s unsung and largely unpaid heroes, who are at the coal face caring for many of our most vulnerable people. It involved dealing with many diverse personal issues affecting clients who are primary carers to family members of all ages and health conditions.
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How I Work
It begins with empathy, not judging, being kind, having insight and listening.
I work one-to-one with people over 18 years of age. Every client is unique, so that each one will need an approach tailored to their circumstances and preferences. To do that, I’ve trained in several different therapeutic techniques. My core training involved psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. Also included some elements of gestalt psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I’ll explain these in more detail when we meet. I holistically combine these approaches to provide empathic, kind and practical support in your recovery from whatever is troubling you at a comfortable working pace.
As a person and therapist, I’m straightforward, friendly, empathic and kind, and I find that clients feel safe working with me. Building a good therapeutic relationship with each client is essential to working together. It isn’t left to chance, and knowing how to create this kind of relationship is a core skill learned with training and practised over many years.