Welcome to The Mindfulness Clinic. My name is Gerry Cunningham. I am a CBT therapist, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. At The Mindfulness Clinic, I support adults, and adolescents, through face-to-face therapy and online therapy. I am here to answer any questions you may have about engaging with CBT, counselling, psychotherapy or joining a one-day mindfulness course. So please, get in touch and telephone 087-7989 301 for a free 15-minute consultation.
I am here to support you through these difficult times.
Our lives have changed. My clinical expertise and my commitment to my clients has not.
Face to face counselling or in-person therapy has returned with a full COVID-19 response in place to ensure your visit is relaxed, comfortable and worry-free. Alternatively, you may wish to avail of online therapy from the safeness of your home, at a time that is convenient for you.
Three principles guide my therapeutic approach:
Compassion and understanding
My approach is based on acceptance, non-judgement, empathy, deep listening, and compassionate care by exploring your options and helping you turn your concerns into goals by resourcing you with new skills and learning.
Clinical Excellence and Evidence-Based Approaches
I am committed to therapeutic approaches that are researched, proven and effective. My priority is building the therapeutic relationship by receiving feedback to facilitate client preferences for better outcomes through Feedback Informed Treatment. I create high quality and engaging sessions specifically tailored to your needs that can bring about positive change, hope and resilience.
Humanistic and Integrative
An integrative model involves synthesising elements from more than one therapy style to tailor the therapy to a client’s specific needs. The approaches I integrate are Person-centred counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Third-Wave approaches (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy), Psychodynamic and Existential approaches.
Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychotherapy is a talking-based psychological treatment for emotional or life difficulties with a professionally trained listener (the therapist). I specialise in working with clients to create a helpful talking and skills-based environment to support expression, learning, coping, self-discovery and wellbeing.
I have extensive training to provide clients with the highest quality care. I am committed to monthly supervision with The International Centre for Clinical Excellence, continuous professional development, research and training.
I work with emotional and behavioural difficulties, relationships and self-discipline problems.
Emotional and behavioural difficulties: anxiety, depression, low mood, guilt, shame, unhealthy anger, grief, social anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, health anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, Bipolar, Borderline Personality, trauma and PTSD.
Relationship problems: sexuality, difficulties in forming or sustaining relationships, work-related stress, conflict in relationships, and family issues.
Self-discipline issues: Procrastination, academic-related stress, addiction, internet addiction, difficulties in maintaining healthy lifestyle patterns.
What to expect from counselling and psychotherapy
The sessions involve meeting, talking and listening together with the mutual purpose of paying careful attention to your concerns and gaining a greater understanding of your situation.
I engage carefully and respectfully, honouring your privacy, autonomy and your ability to make choices for yourself. Within the therapy sessions, you can explore your emotions, thoughts, behaviours, childhood and relationships.
Therapy is a safe and confidential space. All contact within sessions and correspondence will remain confidential. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, which include concerns about harming yourself or another person, disclosure of child abuse (whether current or historical), or suspected abuse or harmful neglect of vulnerable adults.
Booking your first session and fees
Please feel free to contact the clinic by telephone for a free 15-minute consultation at 087-7989 301 or complete the contact page to set up an appointment or ask any questions you may have. Sessions take the form of a 60-minute weekly, fortnightly or monthly meetings at The Mindfulness Clinic.
You will receive an email with details about therapy, including client preferences, so I can tailor the therapy to your preference. I recommend watching the following video on Why Therapy Really Works and reading the blog What makes therapy effective? – Mindfulness Clinic
I work on an open-ended basis. The length of therapy is something we will discuss as we proceed. My fees are €70 per hour, and credit/debit card facilities are available. A small number of clients’ attend the clinic on a pro bono basis.
Like most therapists, I have a 24-hour cancellation policy which I adhere to strictly unless there are extenuating circumstances. Cancellations without notice are charged at the full session fee.
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, psychotherapist, counsellor and mindfulness teacher. I am accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I comply with the strict professional and ethical guidelines set out by both accreditation bodies.
I completed training over six years at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford (Masters in MBCT, PG Diploma in CBT). Psychotherapy training includes a four-year Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dublin City University), and three years training in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Cambridge, M. Ed.).
I hold a Masters in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy, and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. I am currently pursing research interests at the University of Oxford and training and supervision at The International Centre for Clinical Excellence.
Beyond therapy and training, I am deeply passionate about theatre, cinema, travel, music, nurturing creativity, cooking, and embarking on adventurous hikes. Dublin and Ireland offer stunning parklands, and untouched natural landscapes that I frequently explore with Ruah, my dog.