About Eugene O’Reilly, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Mediator

 

Welcome, I’m Eugene O Reilly. I’m a professionally-qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a BA Honours Degree and I’m an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to their Code of Ethics which supports high professional standards. My practice is underpinned by principles based on compassion, trust and a non-judgemental attitude. I am dedicated in helping you each step of the way.

My work is varied and is based on a Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Humanistic and Integrative approach; what this means is that I tailor my work around my client’s unique experiences. I will work with you over a short or long term period, helping you with the changes that you identify as needing to make.

I believe in empowering my clients with knowledge and skills that will help increase their awareness, sense of worth, self-love and in turn stimulate positive growth and change. A journey of self-discovery can be enlightening, healing and empowering, so take the steps to a better quality of life. I understand how daunting therapy can be especially for first timers. I offer a pre-therapy telephone consultation to address any questions or concerns regarding therapy.

I’ve gained a wealth of experience from working with organisations such as SOSAD and Living Links, and my aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment to enable clients explore, achieve clarity and make necessary changes to restore harmony in their lives.

Areas of Speciality:

Abuse (physical, psychological, sexual, and financial), Anger, Anxiety, Addiction & Compulsions (substance, gambling, internet, sexual, pornography), Bullying, Communication Issues, Depression, Food & Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Grief, Loss & Bereavement, LGBTQ Issues / Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation,Couples/Relationship Issues, Stress, Suicide/Suicidal ideation/Self Harm, Workplace Issues

I went to meet the therapist with some trepidation but with an open mind. I was put at ease at the introductory session and was able to discuss thoughts and emotions, something I was never good at. The ensuing sessions and psycho-educational material were of great benefit and provided the tools to help me to move forward. I have been helped immensely by Eugene. I literally could not see the wood from the trees, but I now feel enabled and excited by the next path in my journey of life and it is of huge benefit to know that help is always there should I need it.

Before I started attending sessions with Eugene I had no one in my life I felt I could talk to about the issues that really bothered me. These sessions were a place I could release all of my unspoken thoughts. Eugene made it easy for me to say what was on my mind without fear of judgement and in complete confidentiality. He often helped me rationalize my fears and offered solutions to my problems that I had not considered. I would happily recommend his services to anyone who needs someone to talk to.

Eugene helped me navigate my way through a very difficult grieving process, and helped equip me with the tools to empower myself and find my way out of a very deep depression stemming from that grief. His patience and quiet kindness were incredibly calming and helped me develop a lot of trust with him. I will forever be extremely grateful for Eugene’s guidance and knowledge, and I am a much happier person today because of that help and guidence.

It's been six months since I made the decision to start seeing Eugene and getting help from him, and I can gladly say it's one of the best decisions I ever made. Eugene has helped me to grow as a person and to get back on the right track in life. He has given me the tools so that I'm now confident that I will be able to fight anything that life throws at me in the future. Eugene is one of the mot helpful and caring people that I know, and I'm forever grateful for how much he has helped me. I would 100% recommend hom to anyone who may be going through a tough time.

About 18 months ago, I experienced a tragedy that changed my life and I had no clue where to turn. In the midst of the confusion, I stumbled across Eugene’s services online and took the daunting step of contacting him. I had no experience of counselling or therapy before, aside from what I’d seen on TV and films, and the thought of doing it actually terrified me. Eugene called me back and instantly I felt like I was speaking to someone who actually cared about what I had to say. His calm, easy-going and genuine nature made me feel at ease instantly and this has been the case ever since. When I was abroad, Eugene offered to continue our sessions via Zoom and I really wasn’t sure how this would work. Again, he absolutely made me feel heard and valued, whether we were together in his office or on different continents. He offers a non-judgmental, authentic and safe space and an environment where I feel I can address anything at all, whilst maintaining an informal but highly professional dynamic. Even on days where I feel I have nothing to say, I always leave feeling a newfound sense of relief and confidence. As cliché as it may sound, I’m not sure I can accurately put into words the impact that my sessions with Eugene have had, but his support has made my journey a lot smoother and I would wholeheartedly recommend him.

Eugene is an excellent counsellor who truly listens. He always made me feel at ease during my counselling sessions and it was a safe place where I could communicate exactly how I felt. It is clear how much he cares about helping others and he has opened my eyes to new techniques that helped me to move forward in areas I previously struggled.

Using a health and fitness analogy: a session with Eugene is much like going to the gym, but for my head. Sure, you can work out at home, but you might not have the equipment, or the right expertise. People use personal trainers to get results because of their expertise - they focus your energy on what’s most effective, and they push you. So I see chatting to Eugene like going to the gym for my mind and seeing a personal trainer (and I get results!) But just like the PT/gym analogy, it takes effort and energy so don’t expect to not break a (mental) sweat from time to time (both in and outside the mental gym). I never find Eugene judgemental, or imposing of his own views. He is open and listens intently. He has helped me figure out some key questions, and taught me some simple and effective techniques that I use all the time to help keep myself on track. I can highly recommend Eugene as a “Personal Mental Health Trainer”.

I started a college course in construction management last September, one full day and one evening a week. I have two project managers over me on the job, from the outset I told them it wouldn’t work and it didn’t. The workload of study and course work overloaded my head, along with trying to focus on the job at hand. It all blew up for me at the beginning of December. I spoke with the contracts manager over me and explained how I felt and told him I couldn’t see anything fixing my situation. He gave me the phone number for EAP (The Employee Assistance Programme). I made contact that day and spoke with Eugene the next day. Daunting is how I would describe walking in to speak and meet with him. Probably one of the best moves I’ve made in my life so far. What I have I learned without being arrogant, look after yourself, set targets and keep them, leave work at work, be more mindful (which I enjoy). I took up yoga which I really enjoy, and I’m more assertive, in a good way. All in all Eugene I’d like to take this chance to give you heartfelt thanks for pointing me in the right direction

I am a manager in a large organisation having worked there for over 20 years. Over a period of about 5 years, I gradually developed work related stress, due to harassment by some members of the management team, it was quite insidious in nature. I tried to continue working but despite all my efforts I was unable to stop it developing into something very serious. My levels of stress reached such extremes that I had no alternative but to take a period of sick leave, having failed to engage my HR unit to resolve the matter. The consequences of my work related stress caused me to lose confidence in all work settings, doubt my own abilities, avoid working with others productively, avoid confrontations with staff , and I gradually isolated myself from the day to day work and from other staff. My confidence dipped to such extent that I developed a misconception that I was somehow failing in my job. In addition, my home life and personal relationships suffered massively. As I was deeply troubled and concerned about my mental wellbeing while I was absent from work, I decided to contact a psychotherapist. I knew that the job was not beyond me and also knew that I needed to reflect and identify where I was at, from a personal and professional perspective. I have been attending psychotherapist Eugene O'Reilly now for a number of months and I found that the following things have benefited me greatly. 1. The psychotherapist facilitates my own thoughts on many of the issues which have affected me 2. The psychotherapist also enabled me to let go my emotions in a safe secure and private space so that I could try to move forward both in personal and work related term 3. My psychotherapist reviews and actively encourages me to self analyse in a number of areas 4. The psychotherapist is a non-judgemental space 5. The psychotherapist ensures that all conversations are completely confidential and is focused on me and not any other area of my life 6. The psychotherapist allows me to bring work-related issues to the session when necessary 7. The psychotherapist does not judge me or my behaviour at any time. 8. The psychotherapist has equipped me with a range of skills to manage stressful environment far more effectively 9. The psychotherapist has assisted me in recognising areas in my work life which may have contributed to the levels of stress I suffered by my failure to address them 10. My psychotherapist has enabled me to realise behavioural patterns that I engaged in during particularly stressful times which did not help the overall situation 11. The psychotherapist provides me with confidence, security and technical knowledge to help rebuild, my mental state, my confidence and ensure that I am better equipped to recognise and respond to any work related issues 12. While I have returned to work a number of months ago, I still attend the psychotherapist to discuss, analyse and clarify any areas which might be 'triggers' to work-related stress.