Ruth Alvey

I am a qualified and fully accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in South Dublin. I provide a Humanistic and Integrative approach to therapy having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dublin Business School (DBS). I subsequently graduated with a MA in Clinical Psychotherapy with The Tivoli Institute. Both qualifications are recognised by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

I have extensive experience in working with issues such as relationship/intimacy issues, anxiety, depression, self esteem, unresolved anger, separation/divorce, bereavement and loss, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse, infertility, trauma, on-going health/pain related issues such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

I have a deep understanding of the complexities of the Adoption Triad, the struggles an adult adoptee may experience such as the loss of identity, feelings of abandonment, difficulties in making connections or maintaining relationships or unresolved feelings of grief and loss. Similarly, within the adoption triad, working with birth mothers who may have experienced trauma when relinquishing their child for adoption, or working with the adoptive parents and providing support on their journey ahead.

Through the therapeutic relationship, I will endeavour to work with the individual to explore a deeper understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours which may be impacting on their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.

Central to my clinical practice is the importance and value of the therapeutic relationship as this holds the potential for growth. By creating a safe environment for the individual, in time they can begin to explore the challenges they have experienced in life. This provides a space for them to find the appropriate coping skills which will in turn, enable them to move forward on their personal journey.

As an integrative psychotherapist my training and clinical experience enables me to work with a range of therapeutic approaches including Rogerian, Psychodyamic, Cognative Behavioural Therapy(CBT), Gestalt and Existential. This enables me to work in a way that best suits the needs of the individual as every client is unique in their experiences and way of being in the world.

“It is only when the client begins, however tentatively,
to value themselves that real movement can take place.”
Mearns & Thorne