August Availability – Online Therapy for Individuals & Couples

August Availability – Online Therapy for Individuals & Couples

Professional online psychotherapy and consultations for individuals and couples with an IACP registered accredited therapist. Specialist counselling for sex and relationships and addiction recovery. Evenings appointments are available online and by phone at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be viewed, booked & paid online securely using Acuity Software and Stripe, putting you in control of your own therapy bookings.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK APPOINTMENTS

For the month of August I am available for online psychotherapy, online consultations and telephone counselling and psychotherapy. There will be no face to face appointments available. No referral letter is necessary for new clients.

During busy periods appointments can book up about three weeks in advance as regular clients block book sessions at their preferred times for consistency. This is hugely beneficial to the therapeutic process particularly for clients attending addiction recovery counselling and couples in therapy. There is an option on the booking consultation form to be contacted if sooner appointments come available due to cancellations.

Confidentiality is at the core of the counselling and psychotherapy process. There are some specific limits to confidentiality which will be explained during your first session so that you fully understand our client therapist confidentiality agreement. These limitations include harm to self, harm to others, criminal activity and child protection concerns.

Take control of your own appointments with the online booking software.

All bookings are taken online via my website www.orlaghgahan.ie or using this booking calendar link here using ACUITY. Appointments are paid for in full at the time of booking. The online booking system gives you full control of your bookings. It allows you to book sessions up to 60 days in advance, reschedule and cancel your appointments. Once you book your therapy appointment you will receive an email confirmation and a reminder email 24 hours before your session.

Online relationship counselling

Couples can attend therapy together from the comfort of their own home or in different locations. I use DOXY which is telemedicine software for health practitioners. I provide short term couples therapy and consultations and also Gottman Method Couples Therapy for a range of issues including couples addiction recovery. You can learn more about Gottman couples therapy and their great couples resources at gottman.com

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Online Therapy Services

30, 60 and 120 minute online counselling appointments are available.

  • Telephone counselling & psychotherapy for individuals
  • Online therapy & consultations for individuals and couples

I provide professional psychotherapy for addiction and recovery, sex, intimacy, dating & relationships, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and postnatal, couples therapy, anger management and healing from betrayal, infidelity and addiction.

There are no drop in appointments currently available.

Check out my blog for further resources.

Closed for July and Taking Bookings Online Now For August

Closed for July and Taking Bookings Online Now For August

There will be no appointments available for the month of July as I will be on extended annual leave.

The online booking calendar is now open for August 2021 if you would like to book an appointment. Through the secure scheduling system you can book telephone counselling and online therapy for individuals and couples. New clients do not need a referral letter. To visit the online booking system click here.

I use a secure telemedicine software called DOXY which is designed for healthcare professionals for all online consultations and appointments. You can view, book and pay for your own appointments using Acuity Scheduling which allows you to take control of your own bookings, payment is processed securely via STRIPE. Due to the ongoing increased demand for online therapy, appointments may be booked up to four weeks in advance.

If you wish to get in-touch you can email me at info@orlaghgahan.ie

Visit my blog at www.orlaghgahan.ie/blog/ and follow me on Facebook.com/therapyforwellness for articles, information and supports.

Wishing you a happy summer season.

 

The Daily Recovery Ritual of Tracking Your Sobriety One Day at a Time

The Daily Recovery Ritual of Tracking Your Sobriety One Day at a Time

A strong recovery process requires daily routines and rituals, which is one of the reasons why tracking your sobriety, one day at a time is at the heart of a clear recovery plan.

Why should I track my sobriety?

It might seem like a small and overly simple daily exercise, but it holds more significance and meaning as time goes on. Counting your sobriety days, each and every day has benefits at all stages of a recovery journey. Keeping tabs on your sobriety helps you to measure your performance as you work towards your recovery goals. These goals then become milestone days to celebrate, which is one of recovery’s simple and unexpected joys.

Every small intentional daily routine and ritual in recovery matters.

As you achieve goals and milestones it helps to build new skills and confidence in yourself to succeed. With time, consistent sobriety propels you further away from a destructive addictive cycle which is filled with perpetual failed attempts and recommitments to stop.

How long should I track my sobriety?

In early recovery and right through the first twelve months, it is a basic recovery skill to keep tracking your sobriety days. Common goals and milestones to reach are 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and beyond. If you are working with an addiction therapist, together you will be discussing your ongoing goals and progress. It is not unusual for people to track their sobriety right up to the 1000 day mark! What once started out as a sobriety goal and target becomes a milestone achievement to celebrate.

Addiction recovery is generally monitored attentively for the first three years, and many will choose to continue counting successful long-term abstinence. It is a strong personal and sometimes spiritual motivation to stay focused on recovery especially on the challenging days.

How do I track my sobriety?

Firstly, make a decision to actively acknowledge every day of your sobriety. A simple mindful recovery exercise is to write your sobriety day number i.e. 89 on the palm of your hand or on a post-it and stick it on a mirror or maybe in your recovery journal. Somewhere that you can see it throughout the day. This will act as a visual reminder of your progress and helps keep you focused and grounded.  You can also use recovery apps and sobriety calculators and counters which help you to monitor your sobriety from the date you started in-case you loose track.

If you want to take this daily mindfulness ritual to another level, then you can practice intentionally noticing your sobriety day number in your surroundings. For example, on a house door, a bus stop or even a car registration number. Every small intentional daily routine and ritual in recovery matters.

June & July appointment availability update

June & July appointment availability update

Professional online Psychotherapy and consultations for individuals and couples and telephone counselling appointments are available weekdays at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be viewed, booked & paid online securely using Acuity Software and Stripe putting you in control of your own bookings.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

For the month of June I am available for online psychotherapy, online consultations and telephone counselling and psychotherapy. There will be no face to face appointments or complementary health therapies available in June and July. If you are considering starting therapy, around six sessions is standard for shorter term therapy. As appointments are private, no referral letter is necessary.

For over two years I have grown a strong online presence with clients and couples attending online therapy from all around Ireland and I aim to continue to develop these services further. From August, I hope to commence an online recovery support group for clients in recovery.

There will be no appointments available for the month of July as I will be taking annual leave.

There has been a high level of demand for online therapy for individuals and in particular couples seeking online therapy. Appointments can be booked up about three to four weeks in advance and regular clients often block book sessions at their preferred times for consistency which is hugely beneficial to the therapeutic process. There is an option on the booking consultation form to be contacted if any sooner appointments come available.

Confidentiality is at the core of the counselling and psychotherapy process. There are some specific limits to confidentiality which will be explained during your first session so that you fully understand our client therapist confidentiality agreement. These limitations include harm to self, harm to others, criminal activity and child protection concerns.

All bookings are taken online via my website www.orlaghgahan.ie or using this booking calendar link here. Appointments are paid for in full at the time of booking. The online booking system gives you full control of your bookings. It allows you to book sessions up to 60 days in advance, reschedule and cancel your booking. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis.

You can follow regular updates on Facebook at Orlagh Reid Individual & Couples Psychotherapist

 

Psychotherapy services available

30, 60 and 120 minute appointments are available.

  • Telephone counselling & psychotherapy for individuals
  • Online therapy & consultations for individuals and couples

I provide professional psychotherapy for addiction and recovery, sex, intimacy, dating & relationships, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and postnatal, couples therapy, anger management and healing from betrayal, infidelity and addiction.

There are no drop in appointments or complementary health therapies currently available.

March appointment availability for online & telephone psychotherapy

March appointment availability for online & telephone psychotherapy

Professional Online Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples and Telephone Counselling appointments are available weekdays at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be viewed, booked & paid online securely using Acuity Software and paid via STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Due to the increase demand for appointments and in particular couples seeking therapy my diary is booking up nearly four weeks in advance. This means that you many need to book your session up to four weeks in advance. I am now taking bookings for April via the online booking system. There is an option on the booking consultation form to be contacted if any sooner appointments come available.

For the month of March I will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 7.30 until 11.30pm with some daytime appointments during the Level 5 restrictions. Appointments are available face to face online and by telephone.

Couples are invited to book online face to face therapy which can be attend while in the same location or in different locations. Telephone counselling is available to individuals for a range of personal problem.

All bookings are taken online via my website www.orlaghgahan.ie or using this booking calendar link here. Appointments are paid for in full at the time of booking. The online booking system gives you full control of your bookings. It allows you to book sessions up to 60 days in advance, reschedule and cancel your booking. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis.

New clients and couples will be made fully aware of the client and therapist confidentiality agreement at the start of their first therapy session.

You might be interested in the following;

This year  The Gottman Institute introduced the new Gottman Enhanced Relationship Check-up assessment. This is a clinical assessment tools for Gottman relationship therapists working with couples to help assess relationship strengths and weaknesses. Partners login and answers in private over 300 questions about their relationship needs and experiences. This provides a full report to the therapist of the key areas to work through in therapy and helps identify the couples strength’s and weaknesses. It also generates a couples report which the therapist provides directly to the couple.

The Gottman Institute have also just launched two exciting online educational multimedia tools for couples which they can view together at home. The Gottman Relationship Coach – Dealing with Conflict and the Gottman Relationship Coach – How to Make Your Relationship Work. These are two research based inspirational educational tools for couples to use and learn together. They are excellent for couples who are already attending relationship therapy and for couples learning more about the Gottman method and healthy relationships.

How to Access Your Online Therapy Appointment

Online therapy appointments are suitable for individuals and couples and is provided via DOXY.ME which is a secure telemedicine platform for health professionals and clinics. DOXY allows you to talk with your therapist conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click on the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your scheduled appointment to enter the virtual waiting room. I use ZOOM meetings for couples attending therapy from different locations.

Counselling & Psychotherapy Services Available

30, 60 and 120 minute appointments are available.

  • Telephone counselling & psychotherapy for individuals
  • Online therapy & consultations for individuals and couples

I provide professional psychotherapy for addiction and recovery, sex, intimacy, dating & relationships, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and postnatal, couples therapy, anger management and healing from betrayal, infidelity and addiction.

There are no drop in appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available for the spring.

February News and Psychotherapy Services Update

February News and Psychotherapy Services Update

Professional Online Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples and Telephone Counselling appointments are available weekdays at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be viewed, booked & paid online securely using Acuity Software and paid via STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Spring has arrived and the days are finally starting to get longer. Hopefully this change of seasons will help put a spring in your step and for many reduce those common symptoms brought on by Season Affective Disorder (SAD) in wintertime.

The winter season was incredibly busy as the demand for online counselling and psychotherapy increased. More and more couples are talking with therapists online from the comfort of their own home. The convenience of online therapy means it is easier for couples to access continued ongoing support without too much interruption to everyday life or childcare constraints.

For the month of February I will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 7pm until 11pm. There will be limited daytime availability during Level 5 restrictions. Appointments are available face to face online and by telephone.

Couples are invited to book online face to face therapy which can be attend while in the same location or in different locations. Telephone counselling is available to individuals for a range of personal problem.

All bookings are taken online via my website www.orlaghgahan.ie or using this booking calendar link here. Appointments are paid for in full at the time of booking. The online booking system gives you full control of your bookings. It allows you to book sessions up to 60 days in advance, reschedule and cancel your booking. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis.

I am often fully booked up to three weeks in advance however there is an option to be notified of a cancellation or last minute appointment when you book your appointment.

New clients will be made fully aware of the client and therapist confidentiality agreement at the start of their first therapy session together.

What’s New for February 2021?

Last month the Gottman Institute introduced the new Gottman Enhanced Relationship Check-up assessment. This is a clinical assessment tools for Gottman relationship therapists working with couples to help assess relationship strengths and weaknesses. Partners login and answers in private over 300 questions about their relationship needs and experiences. This provides a full report to the therapist of the key areas to work through in therapy and helps identify the couples strength’s and weaknesses. It also generates a couples report which the therapist provides directly to the couple.

The Gottman Institute have also just launched two exciting online educational multimedia tools for couples which they can view together at home. The Gottman Relationship Coach – Dealing with Conflict and the Gottman Relationship Coach – How to Make Your Relationship Work. These are two research based inspirational educational tools for couples to use and learn together. They are excellent for couples who are already attending relationship therapy and for couples learning more about the Gottman method and healthy relationships.

How to Access Your Online Therapy Appointment

Online therapy appointments are suitable for individuals and couples and is provided via DOXY.ME which is a secure telemedicine platform for health professionals and clinics. DOXY allows you to talk with your therapist conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click on the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your scheduled appointment to enter the virtual waiting room. I use ZOOM meetings for couples attending therapy from different locations.

 

Counselling & Psychotherapy Services Available

30, 60 and 120 minute appointments are available.

  • Telephone counselling & psychotherapy for individuals
  • Online therapy & consultations for individuals and couples

I provide professional psychotherapy for addiction and recovery, sex, intimacy, dating & relationships, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and postnatal, couples therapy, anger management and healing from betrayal, infidelity and addiction.

There are no drop in appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available for the spring.

Wishing you all a happy & healthy new year in 2021

Wishing you all a happy & healthy new year in 2021

Wishing all my clients past and present, family and friends a happy and healthy new year in 2021.

January is a great time of year to reflect on what you really want for the year ahead and also what you want to leave behind. Make plans, set some goals, take up new hobbies and interests, seek out your passions and experience new things, life is short!

If 2020 thought us anything, it is that keeping life simple can be fulfilling and slowing down helps us to be more present with those that matter most, family, friends and community.

Awaken your spirit to adventure, hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk, soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you. – John O’Donohue

If you are thinking of starting your own personal psychotherapy, couples therapy or considering recovery in 2021 then get in-touch with me by email to info@orlaghgahan.ie or book directly online here.

 

 

 

Services Update for December & January 2021 – Online Therapy Daily

Services Update for December & January 2021 – Online Therapy Daily

Professional Online Psychotherapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available weekdays at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and paid via STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through December for online therapy for individuals and couples and telephone counselling for individuals right up to 23rd December 2020. There will also be appointments available on the 28th and 29th December, booking in advance is essential. The online booking system gives you full control of your bookings and allows you to book sessions up to 60 days in advance, reschedule and cancel sessions.

December is nearly fully booked and I currently have a waiting list for last minute appointments. There is a significantly increased demand for online therapy right now which means appointments are booking up three to four weeks in advance during this busy winter season.

STARTING THERAPY IN THE NEW YEAR

If you would like to get started with therapy or your recovery early in 2021 then you can now book appointments online for January 2021, new clients and couples are very welcome.

Online therapy appointments are suitable for individuals and couples and is provided via DOXY.ME which is a secure telemedicine platform for health professionals and clinics allowing you to talk with a therapist conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click on the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your booked appointment to enter the online waiting room. Couples who are in separate locations can now also schedule couples therapy sessions together which will via ZOOM.

 

SERVICES AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER & JANUARY

30, 60 and 120 minute appointments are available.

  • Telephone Counselling & Psychotherapy for Individuals
  • Online Therapy & Consultations for Individuals and Couples

I provide professional Psychotherapy for addiction and recovery, sex, dating & relationships, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and postnatal, couples therapy, anger management and healing from betrayal, infidelity and addictions.

There will be no drop in appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available for the remainder of 2020.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Connect with your partner using the Gottman Relationship App

Connect with your partner using the Gottman Relationship App
How well do you know your partner? Would you like to learn more about each other?  How about develop new skills together for developing a healthy connected relationship? Or… maybe you just want to help your partner ask you more deep and meaningful questions for a change. The latest Gottman relationship app can help you both feel more connected. 

What is the Gottman card decks app?

The Gottman Card Decks App is a relationship app created by The Gottman Institute for couples to use to help deepen their understanding of each other using fun helpful questions, statements and ideas to choose from. It has 14 card decks with over 1000 flashcards to select. It can be used as a resource tool for couples attending Gottman Method couples therapy outside of the therapy room or for couples who just want to have fun and get to know each other better and learn new skills at any phase of their relationship. Gottman trained couples therapists are big on providing couples with tools and exercises they can practice outside of therapy.

Each deck is based on the basic Gottman principals for developing stronger relationships such as building connection, creating rituals, developing empathy, expressing appreciation and needs, learning listening skills and asking open-ended questions. The love maps and salsa categories focus on developing romance, passion and sexual intimacy.

This clever relationship app gives couples an opportunity to get to know each other better in a simple and structured way. Each deck provides insight into the topics that it really is OK to talk about in your relationship.

How do we use the Gottman card decks app?

The App is free, simple to use and available for download on your smartphone or tablet device, just search Gottman Card Decks. Practice using it a couple of times over a period of weeks and months until you both get more comfortable opening up. Give each other plenty of time to talk through questions and statements rather then quickly making your way though each one, the aim is opening up and listening to understand rather than to respond.  Trusting your partner is core. In order to build trust together, agree that you can both decline to answer any questions that put you out of your comfort zone.  Encourage each other to use the practical decks which are expressing needs, expressing empathy, showing appreciation and great listening.

What are the different card decks categories?

The app consists of 14 card decks designed to inspire and educate various aspects of relationship health. Just click on the deck you would both like to explore together.  You can favorite questions and statements and come back to them again at another time. It might be helpful to also check out the gottman relationship blog if you want to learn more about all the wonderful research, science and psychology of relationships.

Below are the different deck options on the app to explore with your partner. Happy connecting.

Love Maps
Open-Ended Questions
Rituals of Connection
Opportunity
Sex Questions
Date Questions
Give Appreciation
Expressing Needs
Expressing Empathy
Great Listening
Salsa Mild, Medium and Hot!

You can find more great Gottman Institute resources such as books, blogs and online workshops for couples online at www.gottman.com or find a Gottman couples therapist using the Gottman referral network worldwide directory.

November & December Update – Online & Telephone Appointments Daily

November & December Update – Online & Telephone Appointments Daily

Professional Online Psychotherapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available weekdays at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

We are coming into the busiest season on the year, winter, where the is a significantly increased demand for counselling services. I will have appointments available for Online Therapy for individuals and couples and Telephone Counselling for individuals in November and December right up to Christmas.

As this is the busiest part of the year, appointments may be booked up to 4 weeks in advance so book your appointment online early. Regular clients often block book appointments in advance to secure their most suitable times for therapy. You can reschedule your appointment using the booking confirmation email when you book which is via Acuity Scheduling. I now have a facility for requesting last minute cancellations and earlier appointments and this is available to pre-booked appointments.

I will be unavailable from the 8th to the 22nd November.

Online therapy appointments are suitable for individuals and couples and is provided via DOXY.ME. DOXY is a secure Telemedicine platform for health professionals and clinics allowing you to talk with a therapist conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click on the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your booked appointment to enter the online waiting room.

Couples can benefit from extended two hour online appointments which means they can have longer sessions but less often depending on their needs.

COUPLES THERAPY FROM DUAL LOCATIONS VIA ZOOM

Due to the ongoing increased demand for couples therapy and relationship counselling and with the impact COVID-19 is having on travel restrictions effecting many couples in Ireland and around the world, I also provide couples therapy for couples who are in two different locations using ZOOM. Each partner will received a link to access their couples therapy session in advance.

SERVICES AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

  • Telephone Counselling for Individuals
  • Online Therapy & Consultations for Individuals and Couples

There will be no drop appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available for the remainder of 2020.

WHAT TYPE OF COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES DO I PROVIDE?

I can provide general consultations for anyone thinking of starting therapy and for individuals seeking short term emotional support who wish to gain insight into finding a suitable therapist. I mainly provide counselling & psychotherapy to individuals and couples and specialise in the following specific areas;

HOW CAN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments area available to view and book up to 40 days in advance using Acuity Scheduling. Appointments are paid for in advance and a 24 hour cancellation policy applies to all booked appointments. You can view and book your next appointment securely here.

More information and resources are available on my THERAPY BLOG HERE.

Podcast Spotlight – The Problem Gambling Podcast Season 2 Now Available

Podcast Spotlight – The Problem Gambling Podcast Season 2 Now Available

Season 2 of The Problem Gambling Podcast hosted by Barry Grant and Tony O’Reilly founders of www.problemgambling.ie is now available to listen to on SPOTIFY or your favourite podcast player.

The Problem Gambling Podcast is an excellent Irish podcast which explores the various and often complex aspects of problematic gambling behaviour, the recovery process, the gambling and gaming industry and pretty much everything you need to know about this often hidden and wide spread problem. Co-hosts Barry and Tony interview special guests and leading experts on their experience of gambling addiction and recovery.

This podcast touches on a wide variety of content throughout season one and will be of particular interest to anyone who wants to learn more about gambling and gambling problems, especially those who may be concerned about their own gambling habits. Episodes share genuine personal stories of out of control gambling problems and expert guests with information and advice for anyone who needs help and support. For anyone thinking of getting help for a gambling problem, you could start by listening to the podcast from the start of episode one right through to the end of season one. You can listen to Episode One here via the Problem Gambling Ireland website.

In season one, Barry and Tony share insights into the signs of problem gambling, recovery and what to expect, self-exemption, self-regulation, conditioning, the challenges of recovery and strategies for how to stop the addiction cycle of gambling.  They talk regularly about the importance of personal individual therapy as a part of successful recovery and particularly being part of a group self help support such as Gambling Anonymous.

Tony and Barry openly discuss problem gambling from two very different perspectives and their professional insights will be of great interest to any health professionals working in individuals and couples.

The Problem Gambling Ireland website offers information, podcasts, resources, support, blogs and self-help information for any one seeking help with gambling problems.

If you would like professional help and support to deal with a gambling problem you can book an appointment with me online at www.orlaghgahan.ie or book directly and securely online HERE. I work with individuals and couples impacted by gambling problems and addictions.

Here are some resources  and links for gambling related problems:

Problem Gambling Ireland

Gambling Anonymous

Gamble Aware

Gam-Anon – Support for partners and family affected by Gamblingwww.gamblersanonymous.ie

Gam-Anon.ORG – Support for partners and family

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland

The Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

October Appointment Updates – Telephone & Online Psychotherapy Daily

October Appointment Updates – Telephone & Online Psychotherapy Daily

Professional Online Psychotherapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available daily Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Appointments are available for Telephone & Online Psychotherapy throughout the month of October.  I am currently booked up approx two to three weeks in advance however there is an option when booking online to select if you would like an earlier appointment when one comes available due to cancellations.

Online therapy appointments are suitable for individuals and couples and is provided via DOXY.ME. Doxy is a secure Telemedicine platform for health professionals and clinics allowing you to talk with a therapist conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click on the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your booked appointment to enter the online waiting room.

COUPLES THERAPY FROM DUAL LOCATIONS VIA ZOOM

Due to the ongoing increased demand for couples therapy and relationship counselling and with the impact COVID-19 is having on travel restrictions effecting many couples in Ireland and around the world, I also provide couples therapy for couples who are in two different locations using ZOOM. Each partner will received a link to access their couples therapy session in advance.

SERVICES AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER

  • Telephone Counselling for Individuals
  • Online Therapy & Consultations for Individuals and Couples

There will be no drop appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available in October 2020 as my Kildare practice is currently closed.

WHAT TYPE OF COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES DO I PROVIDE?

I provide general consultations for anyone thinking of starting therapy and for individuals seeking short term emotional support who wish to gain insight into finding a therapist. I mainly provide psychotherapy services to individuals and couples and specialise in the following specific areas;

More information and resources are available on my therapy blog here.

 

Addiction Recovery Support Meetings in Ireland & Online

Addiction Recovery Support Meetings in Ireland & Online

No one should struggle to understand or recover from an addiction alone. There are many trained therapists, organisations and nationwide support meetings for addiction recovery here in Ireland. Now with so many therapists working online using telemedicine software and self help support group meetings also being hosted online using sites like Zoom and by phone conferencing, getting support is more convenient and accessible. 

When you realise that you can no longer manage or fight your addiction alone it can be difficult to know what to do next, who to turn to, or how to find out about recovery options. Finding support is the first step followed by growing your support network. It is through this support that you will learn all about recovery and sobriety and how to move forward. Getting the help of a professional Addiction Counsellor or Psychotherapist who is experienced in addiction and recovery or couples recovery will also help provide you with the information you need to move forward.

Most people who are seeking help for the first time and are new to the recovery process are not aware that there is in-fact a wide variety of self help support groups available here in Ireland. These organisations have websites with advice, information, self-assessment questions, leaflets, helplines and group meetings around Ireland daily and weekly. Once you know where to look, you will realise that you are not alone in your recovery and that there is hope for the future and a path forward.

Recovery Group Support Meetings Hosted Online and by Phone

Since the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines came into place in March most of these group meetings are now being hosted online using Zoom and by phoning into a meeting. Being able to call or log-in and join a group support meetings means you can attend meetings regularly day or night and around your schedule from home. Sadly, many regional drop-in meetings are currently suspended at present.  There are many benefits to attending group support and they are an integral part of long term successful recovery. To find out more about joining a face to face meeting in your region or joining an online meeting contact the helpline for the organisation. Many of these meetings are by region or may be nationwide.

What Type of Addiction Support Groups are Available in Ireland?

There are organisations that provide support groups in Ireland specifically for food addiction, alcohol problems addiction, drug addiction such as Cocaine, Marijuana and Narcotics, gambling problems and sex addiction. Many of these groups are based on the 12 Step principals while other organisations such as  Lifering and SMART recovery offer a research based recovery approach.

There are also support groups for partners and family effected by a loved one’s addiction. It is always a good idea to get the support of peers or professionals when effected by a spouses addiction even if they are not yet in recovery themselves. You can identify the organisations for partners and family members by the Anon reference such as Al-anon, S-Anon and Gam-Anon. The Rise Foundation provide excellent support to partners and families effected by a loved ones addiction.

Once you know where to look, you will realise that you are not alone in your recovery and that there is hope for the future and a path forward.

Support group meetings are available throughout Ireland daily and are on a donation basis making them affordable for everyone. Group support is a crucial part of early recovery and successful long term recovery.

Some organisations provide 24/7 chat room group support and have developed apps to promote recovery and sobriety which you can find on iPhone or Samsung play store or check out their websites for more information.

Podcasts are now also a great way of learning more about addiction and recovery support. The latest podcast launched here in Ireland recently relating to recovery is called The Problem Gambling Podcast with Barry Grant and Tony O’Reilly which you can find on all podcasting platforms.

To find a professional registered Psychotherapist visit www.iacp.ie and www.addictioncounsellors.ie or to book an online appointment with me for addiction and recovery support click here or visit www.orlaghgahan.ie

Here is a list of addiction recovery support groups in Ireland who currently provide support meetings online. 

Alcoholics Anonymous – www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie

Al-Anon,  Support for families of alcoholics – www.al-anon-ireland.org

Cocaine Anonymous Ireland – www.caireland.info

Marijuana Anonymous – www.marijuana-anonymous.help

Narcotics Anonymous (Drugs) – www.na-ireland.org

Co-dependents Anonymous Ireland – www.codaireland.com

Food Addicts Anonymous – www.foodaddictsanonymous.org

Gamblers Anonymous Ireland – www.gamblersanonymous.ie

Gam-Anon UK & Ireland – www.gamanon.org.uk

Problem Gambling Ireland – Information, support, resources & podcast – www.problemgambling.ie

LifeRing – Sobriety from alcohol & substances – www.lifering.ie

Overeaters Anonymous, Food addictions – www.overeatersanonymous.ie

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (Sex Addictions) – www.slaaireland.org

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) (Sex addictions) – www.saireland.com

S-Anon, Support for partners of Sexaholics – www.sanon.org

Smart Recovery Ireland, Science recovery based support group – www.smartrecovery.ie

The Rise Foundation – Support for partners and loved ones – www.therisefoundation.ie

If you have a recovery support group you would like added to this list please email info@orlaghgahan.ie

30 Days To A Better Relationship – The Latest Gottman Institute Couples Tool

30 Days To A Better Relationship – The Latest Gottman Institute Couples Tool

The Gottman Institute who are experts in relationship research have just launched a new tool for couples called 3o Days To a Better Relationship. This is an exciting email series provided over 30 days which aims to help couples reconnect and inject some positivity into their relationship. Focusing on important habits and behavours such as listening, appreciation, creating meaning and developing rituals together along with simple exercises to practice with your partner. It is a great way of learning more about the basic Gottman method couples therapy principals for healthier happier relationships.

Relationships can be complicated and don’t always run as smoothly as we might like so learning more about what makes happy long lasting relationships is a huge benefit to couples.   – Orlagh Gahan

The Gottman Institute also have a range of tools designed especially for couples to use together such as The Art and Science of Love Online Workshop, The Small Things Often Podcast, the Gottman Relationship Blog and even an app called Gottman Card Deck which you can use at home for a better relationship. All of these Gottman tools can be used individually or to support couples attending couples therapy and relationship counselling together. You might be interested in reading my article – Improve your relationship at home without a couples therapist with these Gottman Relationship tools.

Find a Couples therapist near you using the Gottman Referral Network Directory.

You can find out more about Gottman Method Couples Therapy face to face and online couples therapy appointments on my website www.orlaghgahan.ie.

 

 

September Update – Online & Telephone Appointments

September Update – Online & Telephone Appointments

Professional Online Psychotherapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available daily Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and STRIPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

I am currently fully booked for the first week of September and will be unavailable for two weeks from the 5th to 19th September 2020 on leave. Appointments are available to book for 60 days in advance using the online booking system. During busy times I am booked up to three weeks in advance.

I am currently available for Online Therapy using Doxy which is a secure Telemedicine platform suitable for individuals and couples who want to access therapy conveniently from anywhere in Ireland or around the world. All you need to do is click the link provided in your booking confirmation email at the time of your booked appointment. Due to the demand in couples therapy and with COVID-19 restrictions effecting many people around the world I also provide couples therapy for couples who are in two different locations using ZOOM.

SERVICES AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER

  • Telephone Counselling for Individuals
  • Online Therapy & Consultations for Individuals and Couples

There will be no drop appointments or Complementary Health Therapies available in September 2020 as my Kildare practice is currently closed.

WHAT TYPE OF COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES DO I PROVIDE?

I provide general consultations and psychotherapy services and specialise in the following specific areas;

More information and resources are available on my therapy blog here.

 

 

 

August Update | Online & Telephone Consultations Available Daily

Professional Online Psychotherapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available daily Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and STRIPE.

– CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT – 

Online Therapy and consultations are available to individuals and couples for a range of problems. It is easy to access, convenient and an effective way to access professional therapeutic support with an accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Sex & Relationship Counsellor and Addiction Counsellor in the comfort of your own home, work or while abroad. Online therapy is now available for couples in the same location using DOXY.ME telemedicine software or who are in two different locations via ZOOM teleconferencing.

I use DOXY.ME and ZOOM for face to face online therapy sessions & consultations.

Telephone counselling is available to individuals for a wide range of personal problems and circumstances. It is an effective short term therapeutic intervention which provides non judgmental professional support.

Due to the current HSE social distancing guidance I am not currently available for face to face appointments or any complementary health therapies at my practice in Naas, Kildare for the month of August.

You can find weekly articles, resources and information on my Therapy Blog.

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@orlaghgahan.ie

The ‘Small Things Often’ Podcast Season 2 For Couples is Now Available

The ‘Small Things Often’ Podcast Season 2 For Couples is Now Available

Season 2 of the Small Things Often podcast is now available to listeners. The Gottman Institute created the Small Things Often podcast for individuals and couples. They are experts in relationship research and they know from studying over 30,000 couples what makes relationships and love last or fail. The Gottman Institute have trained over 50,000 therapists around the world to specialise in Gottman Method Couples therapy and provide a range of resources, books and training for couples and clinicians.

The Small Things Often podcast shares simple short 5 minute insights into various aspects of healthy relationships that you can learn, practice and hopefully introduce into your own relationship.

Listen to it alone or with your partner each week. It may be helpful for couples who are already attending Gottman Method Couples Therapy or any type of relationship counselling and sexual recovery.  The Small Things Often podcast is available on SPOTIFY and most podcast platforms.

Here are some of the most recent episodes;

  • Mindfulness and Awareness
  • Flooding & Overwhelm
  • Say What You Need
  • What Does Compatibility Really Mean?
  • The Grass is Greener Where You Water It
  • Relationship Facts & Myths
  • Intimacy Through Self Disclosure
  • Two Sides of Stonewalling
  • Complaints vs Criticism

Are you looking for a Gottman Method Couples Therapist in Ireland?

Find a therapist near you on the online gottman.com directory or visit me at www.orlaghgahan.ie for online gottman method couples therapy and relationship counselling for you and your partner. I provide therapy online and face to face for individuals and couples experiencing problems with sex and intimacy, addiction and recovery, infidelity, betrayal, relationship problems, sex and porn addiction, sexual recovery and relationship healing. You can book online at www.orlaghgahan.ie or email info@orlaghgahan.ie

12 Self-help Recovery Tools For Overcoming Pornography Addiction

12 Self-help Recovery Tools For Overcoming Pornography Addiction

Recovery tools will help you learn and understand more about yourself and your recovery and keep you focused on the path ahead. They are also helpful for rebuilding trust in a relationship and working towards relationship healing.

Giving up porn for good when you have developed a dependence and reliance on pornography and any type of sexual material alongside a perpetual habit of sexual acting out is going to take some time. Sexual recovery describes the process of restoring a healthy sense of sexual well-being that is not impulsive, compulsive, or problematic in any way. There is no shame, guilt, remorse, regret, or secrecy associated with being a healthy sexual adult.

Getting help for pornography addiction means also dealing with the negative ripple effect on health, relationships, lifestyle and your overall mindset. Often unresolved problems linked to stress, trauma and loss become evident as clients who come for therapy open-up and talk about their problems. The impact of having a long-term porn habit slowly unravels.

Every clients story and experience of pornography dependence and addiction is different and individual to them. However, the characteristics and problems associated with porn addiction are often similar. There are basic tasks of recovery and achieving abstinence and these can be supported using practical recovery tools that will suit almost everyone.

Using visible recovery tools will help to rebuild trust in a relationship that may have broken down. It shows that you are taking your recovery seriously and are committed to ongoing change and learning. They can also be a safe conversation starter for couples struggling to talk about the problem.

In supporting my clients through addiction and recovery, I want to help make the process as easy as possible by sharing practical recovery tools that I know can be helpful. It is easy for anyone to use these practical recovery tools every single day. What is more challenging is understanding and changing behaviours, habits, resolving emotional conflict and committing to ongoing personal therapy.

Using recovery tools will help to reinforce these more challenging behavioural changes which take time. They are also helpful for re-building trust in a relationship as your partner can see you doing practical things for your recovery.

What are recovery tools for pornography and sex addiction?

Recovery tools are essentially practical things and habits you can do on a daily basis that will support your recovery and help you develop new insight and understanding of the problem. Rehabilitation, addiction counselling, addiction coaching, group support, group therapy and relationship counselling are recovery interventions that can be reinforced by using recovery tools.

What recovery tools can I use for pornography addiction?

These different types of recovery tool’s will help you to be focused and motivated about sexual recovery even if you’re not exactly sure what that means for you just yet. Early recovery is a big learning curve. Here are some examples and suggestions of recovery tools that I know have helped my clients particularly in early recovery from pornography and sex addiction. Find some that work for you and keep using them. It is better to use two or three often then different ones sporadically and randomly.

Podcasts. Listen to one or two podcasts each week that are related to sexual recovery, overcoming porn problems and relationship healing. Two popular podcasts right now are Consider Before Consuming & Sex, Love and Addiction 101 which are available on Spotify.

Keeping a Diary. Get yourself a page a day diary and spend 5 minutes each morning or evening filling it out. Record your therapy appointments, daily reflections, sobriety day, mood good or bad, triggers and recovery tools/tasks for that day. It’s a great way of learning to be focused on changing your behaviours and habits. This is also helpful for building trust in the relationship because it is evidence that you are doing practical things to overcoming pornography.

Books. Books are a super recovery tool. There are lots of books available about overcoming pornography and the effect it can have on your brain, biology, relationships and sexual functioning etc. I could suggest authors such as Dr. Patrick Cairns, Dr. Rob Weiss, Paula Hall and Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson. Relationship books are really helpful for relationship healing and learning how to restore trust again. Again, having books by the bedside locker shows that you are reading and learning about recovery which show your partner you are committed to recovery.

Workbooks. Workbooks are a practical way of working through the stages of your own recovery and learn about the addiction cycle, triggers, managing habits and changing behaviours. The Kick Start Recovery Guide by Paula Hall is an excellent 21 page free downloadable workbook for getting started on porn recovery.  Sex Addiction 101 Workbook by Dr. Rob Weiss (2016) and Facing the Shadow by Dr. Patrick Carnes are two recent workbooks that I recommend to my clients.

Wall Calendar. This simple mindfulness practice is a good visual motivational tool. Tick each day you have achieved another day of sexual sobriety. Some clients also draw smiley faces to help describe if it was a good day, bad day or just OK day. It is also a simple practical way of building trust with your partner so they can also keep track of your progress and mood.

10 Minute Exercise Ritual. Work through impulses, urges, emotional upset and feelings of slipping or relapsing by creating a simple 10 minute exercise ritual. This will be something really simple like doing 100 sit-up, 100 press-ups, 100 star jumps or a 10-minute run. Basically brief energetic exercise that will get you into your body and away from your thinking and thoughts temporarily.

Setting Recovery Goals. Write out a list of Short Term Goals (0 – 90 days), Medium Term Goals (90 – 365 days ) and Long Term Recovery Goals (365+) days. Record the list in your diary and mark dates in advance. Keep adding to this list as you need to and tick them off as you achieve your goals. Set yourself rewards for achieving and succeeding.

Audio-books. Just like traditional books, audio-books are a great way of focusing on recovery and you can listen to them in your own time. Listening to biographies, personal development and self-help audio-books are helpful in recovery. Download them on your phone or table for easy access anytime.

Self-Soothing Techniques. These are an important aspect of sexual recovery to help the transition from being impulsive and compulsive sexually to being mindful and accepting of sexual feelings, thoughts, and impulses without acting out sexually. They consist of simple 10 minute breathing exercises, listening to a meditation or meditation music, positive affirmations or more simple practices like just taking a 10 minute walk rather than acting out.

Online Support.  There are a host of 24/7 online supports such as webinars, group support & inspirational speakers for people going through all types of recovery and sobriety. Webinars and experts can be viewed on YouTube and TedX. Online support groups are available on most of the 12 Step Support group websites via ZOOM or by teleconferencing. Dr. Rob Weiss has online support groups every week at sexandrelationshiphealing.com which you can register and access.

Recovery Apps. The Fortify App helps people to overcome pornography and quit porn for good. It provides a host of tools, video’s, research, shared experiences and most popular – a community forum. The premium version is worth investing in at about $15 a month. It is a good way to stay motivated and learn something new every single day. The Fortify programme is also available as a book and is available on AMAZON.

Restriction Software. Also called parental control software which can be applied PC’s and smartphones such as Qustodio can help compulsive and impulsive porn users restrict availability of sexual content on their devices. Interrupting access and reducing availability and accessibility can make early recovery easier. Some couples choose to use this type of software on home and personal devices as part of a restoring trust plan together.

I hope that you find some of these recovery tools helpful to your recovery plans. If you would like professional online support, couples recovery counselling online or your own personal addiction recovery counselling online via ZOOM you can book an appointment HERE.

You can find more articles on my blog at www.orlaghgahan.ie

 

 

Preparing For Your First Online Couples Therapy Session Together

Preparing For Your First Online Couples Therapy Session Together

How do we prepare for an online couples therapy session?

Deciding to get the help of a relationship therapist face to face or online can feel like a big decision, one that sometimes takes a long time to make.  Preparing for your first online couples therapy session could be the difference between a positive or negative experience of online therapy.

These days couples seek out professional relationship therapists for all types of reasons and not just because there is a breakdown in their relationship. They are often looking for support, guidance and direction on how best to address concerns and worries relating to health, family and lifestyle. Unfortunately, many couples wait too long to seek professional help and support so it can take time to work backwards through any difficulties they are experiencing. Some couples seek out therapy to re-couple or de-couple effectively following a relationship breakdown.

Now that many Psychotherapists and Relationship Counsellors are available online it will make accessing couples therapy a more viable and realistic option. Online therapy is convenient, efficient and has many different types of benefits compared with traditional face to face therapy particularly for couples who have hectic schedules, live apart or who have childcare restrictions. There are also differences between online therapy and traditional face to face therapy – but different does not mean less effective so it helps to be prepared. Book your first online couples therapy  appointment here. 

Getting the most out of your first online couples therapy session together is important. For many couples it will also be the first-time meeting with their relationship therapist and understanding how therapy works. Hopefully, you will have been able to find the right relationship counsellor for you both.

Online therapy is convenient, efficient and has many different types of benefits compared with traditional face to face therapy particularly for couples who have hectic schedules, live apart or who have childcare restrictions.

Here are some simple tips to help you both be prepared and ready for your first online couples therapy session.

Timing. Book appointment times that suit you both which will ensure you are not stressed starting the appointment or interrupted by anything or anyone. I ask my couples to sit down for 5 or 10 minutes before their session starts to check-in with each other and talk about they what would like to bring up in therapy.

Comfort. Decide on a comfortable space to do your session, ideally this will be a quiet bright room where you can both sit side by side together facing your online therapist. I notice couples work best when sitting together on the couch or at a kitchen table close to their device. Relax and settle yourselves ahead of your session, make each other a cup of coffee and settle down.

Privacy. Being comfortable and relaxed will help you both to open-up and talk honestly about how you are feeling, this is at the core of effective couple’s therapy. Reduce the risk of interruptions from family or children so that you can talk comfortably.

Device. Ideally do your online sessions on a laptop, PC or larger size tablet which has a good camera and audio. This means your therapist will be able to see and hear you both clearly all through the session. A phone is not ideal for regular ongoing therapy sessions as it is difficult for the therapist to see you both.

Internet Connection. Make sure you have a good strong internet signal on your device. Turn off the wi-fi on your phones and anything else that may reduce internet connection for the duration of your session. Closedown all applications, notifications and any other software that may interrupt you both. A poor-quality signal may mean the session will have to end abruptly.

Lighting. Good quality lighting means that your therapist will be able to see you both well. Verbal communication is only a small percentage of actual communication, so they need to be able to see you both clearly. Turn on an overhead light or have a table light close by.

Preparation. Its always a great idea to be mentally prepared for your therapy sessions. Write down notes, thoughts or questions that you would like to raise in the session. Its helpful for couples to talk together ahead of appointments and agree on specific topics or problems. It does not matter if you do not agree on what you want to discuss as both opinions are important.

Mindset. Online couples therapy is best suited to couples who are focused on finding solutions and some common ground to deal with their relationship problems and concerns. It is not ideal for couples who are in a high conflict or distressed state unless you have agreed with the therapist in advance that online therapy is a suitable intervention. Being in a high conflict state means that one or both partners are very emotive and will be unable to listen, talk or empathise effectively with each other or their therapist.

Communication. Both individuals need to be able to express themselves, respect each other while talking and engage in active listening. Criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling during sessions will make online therapy sessions completely ineffective. Make a decision to try work together for the duration of your online couple’s therapy session even if you both have different feelings, opinions and agendas.

Expectations. It takes time for the couple’s therapy process to develop. The first few sessions will be focusing on assessing the problems and factors which are affecting the relationship. With sessions often limited to one hour at a time, it may take several sessions before you feel any intervention or progress is being made. Committing to at least six couples therapy sessions together will give you a good idea of how beneficial they are for you both, bearing in mind that relationship counselling is often a medium to longer term process over months.

Follow the instructions provided by your therapist well in advance of your session to start your online therapy sessions. Depending on the software they use, you may need to download software, create an account or profile. I use DOXY.ME which means my clients just need to click on a secure link to access the virtual therapy room.

Can we do online couples therapy sessions in different locations?  

Yes. Online couples therapy sessions can be done from the same location or separate locations depending on your relationship counsellor. If you are in different locations, both individuals will log into the virtual therapy room at the time the appointment starts and a group call will commence together. This type of therapy group call can take some time to get use to but will be suitable for couples residing in different locations or countries.

Do you want to start therapy? To book an individual online therapy session or online couples therapy session please CLICK HERE to view, book and pay for an appointment with me. You can find out more at www.orlaghgahan.ie 

Services Update – Online Therapy & Telephone Counselling Available Daily

Services Update – Online Therapy & Telephone Counselling Available Daily

Professional Online Therapy and Telephone Counselling appointments are available daily Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm (GMT). Appointments can be booked and paid online securely using Acuity Software and STRIPE.

– CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT – 

Online Therapy and consultations are available to individuals and couples for a range of problems. It is easy to access, convenient and an effective way to access professional therapeutic support with an accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Sex & Relationship Counsellor and Addiction Counsellor in the comfort of your own home, work or while abroad. Online therapy is now available for couples in the same location using DOXY.ME Telemedicine or who are in two different locations via ZOOM Teleconferencing.

I use DOXY.ME and ZOOM for face to face online therapy sessions & consultations.

Telephone counselling is available to individuals for a wide range of personal problems and circumstances. It is an effective short term therapeutic intervention which provides non judgmental professional support.

Due to the current social distancing restrictions and HSE guidelines I am not currently available for face to face appointments or any complementary health therapies at my practice in Naas, Kildare. I will not be providing face to face appointments for the coming months and will review this decision in August 2020 with a view to recommencing sessions in September 2020.

You can find weekly articles, resources and information on my Therapy Blog.

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@orlaghgahan.ie

I hope you stay safe, healthy and connected together.

 

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