Welcome! I’m glad you stopped by. My name is Bébhinn Farrell, and I’m here to help. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and compassionate place where counselling clients, particularly women, in Dublin can get encouragement and support as they navigate through the challenges of life. No matter what you’re going through, from depression and anxiety, to career or relationship issues, there is hope. As a qualified Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist, I want to help people become the very best possible version of their perfectly imperfect selves.
Beginning 14 years ago, working with my own psychotherapist has made an unimaginable difference to my life. Along with helping me understand the causes of my anxieties, the work I did with her opened a window to just how many people were struggling with mental health issues. I decided to return to full time study and make psychotherapy my career. I couldn’t imagine doing any other work with my life. I was able to see just how much support we need and deserve in a world which is often difficult to handle. In addition to my professional training and qualifications, my style has also been shaped by my experiences in activism for women’s issues. I share this information with you because my work in these areas and all the voices I’ve heard can sometimes inform my therapy just as deeply as my psychology training. Women’s stories are powerful, and I work in a way in which women’s voices are truly heard.
What I do – offer insight through the practice of psychoanalysis that will help you understand why we do the things we do and feel the way we feel. Only then can we change our beliefs and behaviours. I can then offer concrete strategies, advice and support to enable new outlooks, improved behaviour and choices, while also coaching you through difficult times as they are happening. My therapy is of a conversational style with someone who understands the realities of the modern female experience -without presuming to know your unique experience. We do this work together and only at a pace that you feel comfortable with.
What I don’t do – act as if I have all the answers. Treat all pushback as defensiveness. Be cold and authoritative. Not hear you. Judge your life choices. Assume that anyone other than you is an expert on your life. Push personal opinions or viewpoints onto you. There is no blaming or shaming. Analytic therapy helps you to find out what your needs are, as opposed to being told them.
I have a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, both from University College Dublin. The BA is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland and the MSc is accredited by the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists of Ireland.
I have worked with issues including, but not limited to:
Anxiety; Depression; OCD; Panic attacks; Romantic relationship issues; Abusive relationships; Loneliness and/or feelings of isolation; Disordered relationships with food, sex, drugs or alcohol; Sexuality; Parenting; Career stagnation, work-life challenges and fears, difficult workplace relationships; Jealousy; Resentment; Hopelessness; Frustration; Anger; Shame; Guilt; Trauma; Grief; Relationship Breakdown including parents, friends, and siblings; Phobias; Weak boundaries
If you think we could work well together and would like some more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find also me on twitter via @bebhinnfarrell1 and on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BebhinnFarrellTherapy