Licensed Psychotherapist

"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" ~CJ Jung

Karen Dempsey RGN, BA, MSc (Psychotherapy)

A little about me:

Hi, my name is Karen, and it would be my privilege to work with you through whatever life situation is current for you right now.

I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist based in the NCR Clinic, 400 North Circular Rd, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 (next door to the Mater Hospital). I also conduct sessions via Skype, or in your home or hospital, depending on your requirements.

I hold an MSc in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from Dublin City University, which is recognised by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

I abide by a strict code of ethics outlined by both IACP/IAHIP and An Bord Altranais, and all client interactions take place in the strictest of confidence.

Areas of special interest:

My background in Obs & Gynae nursing is what inspired my special interest in working with anyone who identifies with the issues of Womanhood- ie psychosexual issues, birth trauma, issues related to female health, and with regard to their expectations and experience of pregnancy and birth. I am also deeply committed to working with parents who have experienced early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death, and individuals experiencing issues with fertility.

As a trainee Interfaith Minister, I am fascinated by our deeply personal inner lives, and the impact they have on our everyday experience. I wrote my Master’s Thesis on Abbreviated Mindfulness for Junior Doctors, and am particularly interested in exploring simple, effective self-care options for people leading busy lives.  I provide a service which can accommodate the flexibility required by those with busy and demanding schedules.

I also have a special interest in the psychology of body image and how it can impact on our psychological health. I am very involved with the International Alopecia Support Community, and my interest in the area of body image extends beyond hair loss to all possible manifestations of body-image disturbance. I believe in the beauty of the individual, regardless of outer manifestations or social norms, and I am committed to working with individuals towards finding and embracing their own individuality, beauty, self-esteem and sense of worth.