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 also remotely by video or phone.
A Brief Overview
I hold an Honours Degree in Psychology from the Open University which was followed by an intensive 4 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 accredited by IACP (The Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
My passion in life is to help people through my work as a psychotherapist. I work with adults to support and guide them into moving away from a difficult, painful experience of themselves or the world and into discovering and embracing their empowered, connected, authentic self or as the poet Aberjhani said, to “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, outside of business hours I trained and worked as a complementary health therapist. I loved helping people with their physical and emotional health issues. Over time it became clear that my client work was strongly focussed 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 personally have found psychotherapy to be very helpful to me in my life and I appreciate having the training, qualifications and experience to be able 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 work is covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance and I abide by IACP’s Code of Ethics. I continually research and study to enhance my skills and understanding 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. This has been a privilege as I was able to provide help, comfort and support to many of the country’s unsung and largely unpaid heroes, who are at the coal face caring for many of our most vulnerable people. This involved dealing with a large number of 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 each one will need an approach that’s tailored specially to their circumstances and preferences. To be able to do that I’ve been professionally trained in several different therapeutic approaches. My core training involved psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative, along with some elements of gestalt psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I’ll explain these in more detail when we meet. I combine these approaches in an holistic manner to provide you with empathic, kind and effective support in your recovery from whatever is troubling you at a pace that you’re comfortable with.
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 our working together. This isn’t left to chance and knowing how to build this kind of relationship is a core skill learned with training and practiced over many years.