Fergal graduated from Trinity College in 1999 and has been a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland for 15 years. Fergal worked for a number of years as a counselling psychologist with One in Four Ireland and is currently in private practice in Dublin.
Anxiety and depression can occur together or separately. By collaborating with clients a treatment plan can be developed and put into practice.
Some forms of anxiety include:
- Excessive checking
- Worry and rumination
- The after effects of traumatic incidences / accidents
Anxiety can often fuel addictive patterns as a person strives to self manage their distressing symptoms. A careful exploration of the patterns of behaviour and thinking can help in increasing understanding of them and hence the possibility of behaving and reacting differently.
He also works with low mood and depression. Depression can include signs such as lack of motivation, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, changes to sleep patterns and feeling discouraged about the future. Sometimes depression and anxiety are experienced together and fuel each other and Fergal aims to work in collaboration with the individual person to come up with the most effective treatment plan.
He finds both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and Mindfulness based techniques useful to promote a greater understanding of a person’s beliefs about their thoughts and emotions. These beliefs often contribute to the maintenance of distress. Cognitive refers to how we process information, how thoughts, emotions and behaviour interact and how we make sense of our world past and present.
Fergal also uses CBT techniques to help adults with ADHD manage more effectively the challenges of the condition. He strives always to make CBT accessible and easy to understand for the people who attend with him.