Welcome to my website. I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in Cork City Centre as well as Online.
This website began its life as a blog about my experience of walking the Camino de Santiago, an ancient Christian pilgrimage dating back to medieval times. Today, it is a pilgrimage made by many, religious and non-religious alike, along several official routes across Europe, all with Santiago as their destination. The most popular route, the Camino Francés, begins in the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrénées, a distance of seven hundred and ninety kilometres from Santiago.
In 2011, I walked the last one hundred kilometres of the Camino Francés with an organised group, staying in hotels while my main luggage was transported each day. Since then I have learned that people who do the Camino in such style and comfort are known as ‘four-star pilgrims’. At the time, walking the last one hundred kilometres was, for me, the Camino, and although it took less than a week to complete, it felt much longer, such was my feeling of expansion. On that occasion, I approached it more as a getaway than a pilgrimage. Then a year later, I walked the full seven hundred and ninety kilometres in thirty-four days, doing it with pilgrim intentions, without really being sure what that actually meant. Second time around, I opted for more simple living and stayed in pilgrim hostels (albergues), while I upheld the tradition of carrying all my belongings in a single rucksack each day.
People do the Camino for an array of different reasons. For some it is a journey intimately connected to their faith, while for others it is a quest for something perhaps less clear. In my case, I was questioning my commitment to my working life; I felt I had a deeper calling and I hoped that by walking the Camino, I would find a connection with whatever it is I am here to do in this life.
Amongst the many truths that emerged was the discovery that the deeper call was in fact to be my authentic self; to go deeper within to discover and release the emotional pain to enable me to emerge and live more fully. It was not at all what I expected, as I had secretly believed that The Call was to Be Something!
We don’t have to go to Spain to do the Camino, it is what we do naturally. The whole journey of life is a pilgrimage with adventure, obstacles, challenges, opportunities, hurts, decisions, disappointments, joys and everything in-between. Along the way we discover more about who we are and seek ways to heal the pain that has shaped us and our view of the world.
Our companions are the helpers along the way who listen, support and empower us to believe and trust in ourselves, a counsellor/psychotherapist is just one of those.
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