Counselling in Limerick & Temple Street Hospital: Joining the Dots

Today’s Indo has an article about the inadequate facilities in Temple St. children’s hospital. We like to think that kids come first, but why are children not our priority in reality? In therapy, I find that many adult clients have had unhappy aspects to their own childhoods. Perhaps, a parent was absent, alcoholic or emotionally unavailable. One’s natural childhood defense to such unhappiness is to block it out, and often we continue blocking out emotional issues from childhood, well into our adulthood.

Now for the ‘joining the dots’ part. Do we avoid looking more closely at issues of child neglect, because it stirs up our own pasts? Possibly. One good reason for engaging in counselling or psychotherapy in Limerick is to open-up our own eyes so that we can stay with societal issues concerning childhood in Ireland. We do seem to stagger from crisis to scandal without enough real change happening.

How Mindfulness Can Help Ease Recession Worries

Mindfulness Techniques in RecessionPeople can despair when times are hard. Sometimes we develop a belief that things will never get better, and that we are trapped in an unhappy life. This can especially true for those in negative equity and living with reduced income. While financial hardship is an objective fact, the negativity that follows may exaggerate the situation. Mindfulness can help us all live more in the present and dwell less on past mistakes or future worries. After all, in a very real sense, now is all that exists. The past is gone and future has not happened yet. That is more than a cliché for those who practice mindfulness. How to do that? Read a book such as Jon Kabat-Zinn’s, Full Catastrophe Living. Take up meditation and if guidance is needed, consider some counselling also.

Psychotherapy & Counselling for Children

Psychotherapy for Children

Psychotherapy & Counselling for Children

The recent scandal concerning child care centres raises some questions about the priorities of Ireland with regards to our children. I’m reminded of the very low turnout for the Children’s Referendum (33%) and the small majority in favour (58% of 33%).

Are we, as a nation, ambivalent when it comes to child welfare? I wonder if some adults are uncomfortable thinking of child neglect because that topic points to unhappiness in their own childhoods. Not necessarily neglect, just unhappiness. Blocking out unhappy childhood memories is a natural childhood psychological defence. Anxiety and depression are sometimes related to unresolved childhood issues and unconscious psychological defences do cause us to avoid reminders of unresolved issues. Fortunately, counselling and psychotherapy can usually treat these problems. But if the emotional blocks remain unconscious, the personal suffering may continue, albeit under the surface. I believe, that collectively, our reluctance to look at the importance of childhood may contribute to the prevalence of child neglect in Ireland.