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About

Hello, I'm Emma and I'm Irish living in London.

I started my private practice The Flawed Journey in late 2019 and it has flourished over the last 5 years due to my dedication to the work I do.

I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland.  In my early 20s I was in a cycle of feeling lost, broken, and flawed. ​Entering my 20s, I realised the damaging impact it can have on your adult self when you have repressed your feelings from childhood, hid your true self, your voice and got stuck in old unhelpful beliefs and behaviours.

Through my own personal journey of self-discovery and healing I uncovered many parts and layers of myself that were kept hidden and then finally found my voice and was able to start living a life that felt fulfilling and in my own terms.

 

This healing work inspired and led me to not only my career of a mental health counsellor but also my passion and purpose.

​I'm a relatable therapist and I'm human and just like you, I'm navigating life and continuously learning from mistakes, healing and growing.

Outside of my job as a therapist, I enjoy spending down time with my incredibly supportive partner and friends. I thrive best with a daily routine involving exercise, reading, journaling and meditation. I love to explore new places, travel and meet new people. On a regular basis I enjoy running and being a part of a positive community​ and attend yoga and gym classes to sustain my own well-being.

Outside of my client work, I volunteer my time fortnightly as a Supervisor, managing and supporting a team at a suicidal London based charity called The Listening Place that provide face to face support to those who feel life is no longer worth living. 

“In therapy we make a pathway to the person you intend to be.”

My Style & Approach

I foster a safe, trusting space where you feel seen, heard, understood. We will work together on a journey were we'll unravel complexities, recognise patterns and explore how your experiences have affected your self-esteem, show up in your relationships and are keeping you in a cycle of feeling stuck, lost, flawed or not good enough.

I strongly believe that events in our childhood have a great influence on our adult lives and play a huge part in shaping us now in terms of our interpersonal relationships and how we deal with our emotions.

 

Our childhood experiences are a part of us and deserve the space they've never had to process, feel the feelings and let go of old patterns, beliefs and behaviours that no longer serve your adult self.

I have a relaxed non-clinical style and use an integrative approach in sessions. I integrate three main modalities - Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy. 

I tailor my approach around each client which allows us to work collaboratively to explore your inner landscape and identify the tools that resonate best with your unique needs. 

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Taking the first step towards therapy can be daunting, but remember, it's also an act of self-care and courage.

Education & Experience

My educational background includes study in health and social care, where I have acquired comprehensive knowledge of various healthcare models, policies, and ethical considerations. I have from there delved into further topics of study such as public health, business management and mental health counselling. From working in various settings such as hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centres, I've gained insights into the multifaceted nature of mental health-related challenges and the diverse needs of individuals and communities.

2013 - 2015

Belfast Metropolitan College

Health and Social Care - Studying and (1 year long placement) working in the community as a Care Assistant and Community Worker, assisting patients  who suffer from dementia, learning disability and neurodiversity with their daily life and well-being.

2015 - 2018

Belfast Metropolitan College

Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 3 Counselling Studies and Level 4 in Integrative Counselling Practice. Working with adult clients in the community struggling with addiction and domestic abuse to regain control of their lives (1 year placement with 200+ client and supervised hours).

2018

Lifeline Australia

Domestic & Family Violence course learning ways to advocate for legal, financial and physical safety. Exploring the importance of a trauma informed approach to support survivors of abuse and help them to reach a place of emotional and psychological safety.

2019

The Open University / BACP

Online & Phone Therapy course exploring how to work remotely, assessment of client suitability for online working, risk assessment, how to effectively provide online therapy and the challenges to working ethically in online counselling.

2019

CPD on Starting Private Practice

Prior to setting up my private practice I done various CPD courses with mentors and coaches on how to set up an effective private counselling practice which give me an in depth insight into how to navigate business, marketing and to have a professional business model and structure. 

2019

Community Work

Working in the community with Victim Support Services which involved working closely with victims of domestic violence and or victims impacted by crime providing psychological support.  I also worked closely with a Men's hostel that allowed me to support male client's who struggled with substance misuse, homelessness, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. I worked collaboratively with other professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs and community mental health teams. (1 year placement with 250+ client and supervised hours).

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