Calmer Shores Counselling & Creative Therapy Explained
Welcome to my website. I'm Padraic, a Mid-Ulster based counsellor. I use a variety of methods to address poor mental health, but everything that we do will be tailored around you, you are central as we take this journey to wellness together. I offer counselling to children aged 8+, young people and adults from all walks of life. I work with people across Northern Ireland and globally with my online therapy. I have offices in Antrim, Cookstown and Dungannon.
I use traditional therapies like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and Person-Centred work, as well as creative tools such as arts, crafts, musical instruments and sand trays. I also work within Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapy. Psychodynamic focuses on our unconscious thoughts and beliefs that have developed throughout our lives. Humanistic work looks at self development and helps recognise our strengths and choices. I believe irrespective of the approach we take, the most important thing is the therapeutic relationship which is key to successful therapy.
If you are experiencing difficulties, making that first call or sending that first text can feel challenging, or even scary and overwhelming. If you are able to make that first step by contacting me, from that first contact I will provide a caring, safe, friendly, respectful and positive experience for you.
I work with individuals on a one on one basis with a broad range of mental health concerns. I hold a Degree in Integrative Counselling and Level 4 Certificate in Counselling, both certificates from the University of Ulster. I am an Accredited Registered member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS) and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I am here to hear you and to walk the path along side you. I offer an empathic and a non judgemental space for individuals seeking to make changes in their lives.
With 31.2 million working days lost to poor mental health in the years 16/17, great mental health at work has never been more important, both for the employers and the employees. I have worked with a number of large corporate companies in both the UK and Ireland. I deliver bespoke programmes to help companies address their workers needs. I am passionate about the needs of individuals in today's working world.
I deliver bespoke programmes to a variety of groups to build resilience, self-esteem and increase mental well being. Using a variety of techniques such as arts and crafts, music and mindfulness, I help to cultivate an environment that aids growth and development of the attendees.
This programme is run by myself, and helps Young People to explore the variety of emotions and feelings they experience on a day to day basis. Using creative tools to help them navigate the complexity of their feelings.
My programme empowers the participants to build resilience, confidence and happiness.
Feedback on the programme has been hugely positive from both participants and their parents.
"I can't recommend Padraic enough, he has helped me through the worst year of my life and the grieving process. He has done for me what many others couldn't and that was give me hope and an understanding ear. Thank you so much for your help"
"Welcoming, friendly and understanding, I couldn't recommend Padraic enough"
"Having made the decision to talk to somebody, but living in a country where this service is not readily available, I opted for online 'face to face' sessions. I cannot recommend this man highly enough. Wherever you are, he is there for you and it feels like you are there, but you are in the comfort of your own home. If you don't live close and have been considering online therapy, please go for it. You won't look back, only forwards to your future."
I am writing this review on behalf of my son . He is 18 with severe learning difficulties, autism and psychosis.
He was very anxious distressed and troubled mentally at the beginning of the new year. We were struggling to get him help. I seen the service Padraic provided on Facebook and contacted him for advice and help. He contacted me back almost immediately and has helped our son so much. He talks to him about films and programmes and music etc trying to learn about him in all different ways.
He has used lots of different things at their sessions and built up a brilliant relationship with him. Our son looks forward to seeing him and Padraic has given him coping techniques at home which he uses daily and they really are working.
We can not thank him enough for his help support and advice. We are so grateful. Please if you need help do not hesitate to contact Calmer Shores Padraic will really help you.
Today I had my first 'Walk & Talk' session & can definitely say for me it beats sitting in a room. The fresh air plus the exercise makes it a much better experience. I enjoyed today and thought it was great and will definitely do it again. I would highly recommend ‘Walk & Talk’ with Padraic.