Qualifications and Accreditation
Currently completing a Diploma in Traumatology (due to be completed by July 2020)
MA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Hdip in Counselling and Psychotherapy, BA(HONs) Social Work, Hdip in Social Studies
Accredited with Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and CORU (Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals).
Shaunna attends regular continuous professional development training and is committed to the codes and ethics of the IACP, and Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapy (IAHIP).
Psychotherapy Experience and Areas of Interest
Shaunna worked as a Medical Social Work for over 12 years and is currently accredited with CORU. She has provided therapeutic service in Medical Acute Hospital for 10 years and working in private practice since 2014. Working in a clinical setting has afforded Shaunna the opportunity to work with various different social, emotional and mental issues, giving her a greater understanding of the needs presenting within a therapeutic relationship. She has 5 years experience in developing and delivering 6 week stress management program in outpatient hospital setting.
Shaunna has spent a number of years working with people who suffer with depression, anxiety, stress (work and everyday life) and illness (acute/chronic). She has a keen interested in the effects of Trauma and the emergence of shame and guilt. This was sparked from her own experience working on the front-line and witnessing her colleagues and friends experience Vicarious Trauma and Compassionate Fatigue. She has experience working with PTSD and Complex- PTSD.
She works on a one to one basis and takes a Integrative and Client Led Approach. Shaunna works with the client to set goals and ensure there is a collaboration approach to developing a treatment that is the best fit for the client. She draws on evidenced based approaches: from her own clinical experience, theories from Psychodynamic and Object Relations, CBT principals, Polyvagal Theory and research from Neuroscience to aid her understanding of the clients presenting issue.
Psychodynamic and Object Relations Theory offer a deep understanding how early relationships can have an impact on our current lives and relationships. Depending on the needs of the client, she works with the client to uncover the unconscious material that keeps the individual stuck and empowers the client to develop their own internal strategies to deal with life’s challenges.
She has a keen interesting in shame and guilt, social anxiety, difficulties in relationship that stem from early trauma in childhood development. Shaunna works with people who are struggling with loss, grief and major life transitions.
Shaunna received training in the area of Humanistic and Integrative model of psychotherapy. In her practice she is grounded in Rogers Person Centred approach and draws upon a number of different therapeutic theories and techniques; Psychodynamic and Object Relations Theory and Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Principals and Gestalt “here and now” concept.
Shaunna’s fee is €60 per 50min session.