BA ( Hons)in Psychotherapy and Counselling with Dublin Business School ( DBS)
Diploma in Drugs Counselling and Interventions Skills from University College Dublin(UCD)
Maggie has a particular interest in Eating Disorders. She studied Human Nutrition and Dietetics in Dublin Institute of Technology ,Kevin Street,in the 1980’s.
She holds a Diploma in Eating Disorders from the National Centre of Eating Disorders in the UK.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – Queen’s University Belfast.
Diploma in Suicidology
Post Graduate Certificate in Sexual Violence from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
Maggie is an Accredited member of both Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive
Psychotherapies (BABCP). Maggie has worked with the Peter McVerry Trust in the Residential Treatment Centre and with the Dublin Simon Community Detox Unit.
She has also worked with Pieta House in the area of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention and spent 8 yrs working with Bodywhys (Eating Disorder Association of Ireland).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Maggie works mainly as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist which she describes
CBT is based on a series of principles starting with Beck’s Cognitive Triad (1976) which states that an individual may be prone to negative thinking about the self,others and the future. Beck suggested that thinking is underpinned by attitudes (assumptions)which are based in early childhood experiences and later life events. Everyone has a predisposition to react in certain ways in certain situations and this is based on genetics, environment, early upbringing and life events.
CBT differs from other forms of therapy in some significant ways. If you are deciding whether CBT may be right for you ,you may find it helpful to have an idea of what to expect in a typical course of treatment .
The first Session is mainly Assessment Case Conceptualisation ,it is a chance for you to explain what you are struggling with and why.
Assessment Psychometric Questionnaires will be carried out depending on which specific anxiety disorder or depressed mood the client is presenting with when they come to therapy.
After the Assessment session treatment begins ,this is when you begin working on the problems unlike traditional talk therapy where much of the time is spent talking about them.Each session of CBT follows the same structure to ensure the most effective use of time. The session begins with brief check in ,followed by a review of the previous session and homework. After this the therapist and client set the agenda and the rest of the session is spent targeting agenda items.
Research shows that therapy is significantly more effective when homework is carried out, as it is critical for therapeutic change .In support ,several studies mostly regarding depression and anxiety show a positive correlation between homework adherence and treatment outcome.(Kazantzis,Deane&Ronan, 2002)
Finally Behavioural Experiments are the most powerful methods for bringing about change in CBT. They are planned experiential activities based on experimentation or observation which are undertaken by clients in or between therapy sessions.
Their plan is taken directly from a cognitive formulation of the problem and their main purpose is to obtain new information which will help to test the validity of the client’s beliefs about themselves, others and the world and to construct new more adaptive beliefs. Paul Salkovskis (1996); ‘the most effective way of changing a misinterpretation
is to help the person come up with an alternative less threatening interpretation of his/her
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Maggie has particular interest in working with the following Anxiety Disorders;
Panic Attacks with or without agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Other areas of interest are Eating Disorders