MARTHA MCKEON LYNCH PSYCHOTHERAPIST

People's ability to adapt and grow along with their strength and resilience never ceases to amaze me. I believe that at every person's core, there is goodness and potential. Life events and experiences often result in shame and trauma which can bring us further away from that core piece of ourselves. We yearn for connection with others. Loss, bereavement and other unavoidable aspects of our humanity may require gentle tending to. Getting entrenched with negative messages we have received can result in not having a sense of who we are. These experiences can lead to difficulties in relationships, anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders and other ways that manifest from learning to cope with the challenges of life. Although these all serve a purpose they can also mean missing out on connection, our own truth and happiness. Whether life feels difficult or you have reached a cross roads and do not know where to go next, therapy can be a support. The therapeutic process offers the real likelihood of the client growing to understand the many layers within and supports them in becoming their truest and most content self.

 

If you are unsure if therapy is what you need, a consultation session will help you get a sense of whether it is for you at this time. Email, phone or text for more details.

ABOUT MARTHA

My name is Martha McKeon Lynch. I am a qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in adolescent psychotherapy. I work with young people (11+) as well as adults. I have completed a M.Sc. in Adolescent Psychotherapy and Development with Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute which is affiliated with the University of Northampton. In addition I hold a Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the International College of Personal and Professional Development. I run a busy private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Galway City and I am a co-director of Chiron Community Counselling.

 

SERVICES I OFFER

Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy/Counselling

 

Adolescent Psychotherapy

The adolescent years can be a stressful time, with added pressures such as social media and online activities on young people in modern day society. Anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation are some of the struggles and challenges experienced by teens and therefore their parents.  As every person and situation is unique I tailor-make an approach to suit each adolescent. My intention is to support the adolescent with their situation and their development towards being a self-assured young person. If you are a parent or carer of an adolescent (11+yrs) please note that it is important for both parents (when possible) to be present with the young person for the first session. I also offer guidance to parents in supporting their adolescent children when needed.

If you are an adolescent and going to attend therapy, the most important thing is that you connect well with your therapist. You can use the first session to suss out whether you would like us to work together. I leave it up to you to decide whether you want to make another appointment. 

I have experience working in many areas with adolescents, some of which include:

  • Anxiety and stress

  • School refusal

  • College challenges

  • Sexual identity issues

  • Depression

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Relationship issues

  • Family issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Alcohol and drug use

  • Bullying

  • ADHD

Adult Psychotherapy

My aim is to support people, encourage insight  and promote self-compassion. In my work I create a safe and comfortable space for clients to explore what is going on in their lives. This includes issues that are happening in the present and often means exploring the past. In my experience as a therapist I see people carry beliefs and experiences that result in low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. Expressing these feelings in a safe therapeutic space can be experienced as a weight being lifted and things don't seem as bad.

 

I have experience in working in many areas, some of which include:

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Depression

  • Loss and bereavement

  • Physical illness

  • Trauma

  • Eating disorders

  • Sexual identity issues

  • Relationship issues

  • Family issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Divorce and separation

  • Burnout

  • Self-harm

  • Abusive relationships

My  Approach

Research shows that the most important aspect of psychotherapy is the client/therapist relationship.  Drawing from my core training in the humanistic, person centered and gestalt approaches I adopt a unique framework for working with each person. I also utilise my training in CBT and psychodynamic perspectives.  Art work and other creative methods such as sand tray can be extraordinarily therapeutic and I use these approaches when it seems useful for the client and they are open to it.

At the center of my work is the emphasis on creating and nurturing a thriving client/therapist relationship. I offer a safe space for the client to explore their experiences and encourage them to become the author of their own life.

"This above all else: to thine own self be true."

William Shakespeare

 

                FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

€60 per session

HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS?

1 hour

Some young people find 1 hour too long and 40-50 minute sessions suit better.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?

As every person's needs are different there is no correct answer to this question. Some people find 6 sessions are what they need at that time, while others benefit from long term work. I usually suggest 6 sessions, then give the opportunity to review the work and the client can decide whether they want to continue.

What is your cancellation policy?

My cancellation policy requires 48 hour notice of cancelled or re-scheduled appointments.  With less than 48 hours notice, it will be unlikely that I will be able to fill the appointment so you will be responsible for payment of the full session fee.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Confidentiality is a huge aspect of the therapeutic alliance, without which there could be no trust. However, there are a number of instances, ethically and legally where the therapist has an obligation to breach that confidentiality.

 

CLIENT SAFETY

  • In a situation where the therapist is concerned for the safety of a suicidal or distressed client, who is intent on harming themselves or others.

CHILD PROTECTION

  • Where the therapist has concerns or grounds to believe a child or children are at risk of being sexually, physically, emotionally abused or neglected.

        

The issue of confidentiality will be discussed at the first session where any concerns the client has can be addressed at this time. 

When working with under 18's I discuss confidentiality with parents and the young person together to ensure that it is agreed upon that the adolescent client has a confidential space to speak to me. It will be made clear that if I am concerned for the young person's well-being I will have to break confidentiality.

 

CONTACT ME

Suite 13, Third Floor, Ross House, Merchants Road, Galway City, Ireland, H91 FPK5.

0892192133

 

Address

Suite 13, Third Floor, Ross House, Merchants Road, Galway City, Ireland. H91 FPK5.

Contact

0892192133

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