Psychotherapy Training & Accreditation
Marie Lawlor is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and the founder of Mindframe. She has completed a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and she holds a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy. Marie is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and a registered member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Marie's training was in the Humanistic and Integrative model of psychotherapy. The value of an integrative approach to psychotherapy is that it acknowledges the unique nature of each individual and their environmental supports and constraints. Marie draws upon a number of therapeutic approaches and works with each client to understand their individual needs. Her work is Person-Centered and incorporates Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Family Systems approaches.
Marie works with clients, on a one-to-one basis, and provides each person the opportunity to explore any issues or problems that they are experiencing in a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment. Marie believes therapy should be a collaborative process which is respectful to the individual needs and personal goals of each client. The therapeutic relationship is key in providing a secure base in which the client can work through life’s challenges, develop self-acceptance and develop the confidence to make choices that are helpful and empowering.
Experience and Areas of Interest
Marie has experience working with clients experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, family/parenting concerns and addiction. Marie has a particular interest in the area of problem gambling and she has completed a number of research studies on this issue.
Marie holds a firm belief in the importance and value of early intervention in the area of mental well-being. While some people attend therapy having experienced trauma or reaching a crisis point in life, for others therapy can be of great benefit when feeling ‘stuck’ or dissatisfied with a situation or when facing a difficult decision in their personal or professional life. Engagement in therapy can be a valuable tool for ongoing self-care, in the same way that care may be sought from a GP or a physiotherapist for physical issues.
Marie worked in a not for profit, community based mental health setting for a number of years before establishing her private practice. Her work involves both long term psychotherapy and short term counselling. Marie also provides counselling as part of the Employee Assistance Program provided through VHI.