Clanwilliam Institute is a Systemic Psychotherapy practice. Our therapy sessions are conducted by highly trained professionals in a confidential forum.
Our therapists are systemic / family psychotherapists who are trained to work with a broad range of issues, and work with individuals, couples, families and children. As a registered charity we also offer a low fee service.
Clanwilliam Institute is a not for profit registered charity. All surplus income from our therapy, training and organisational work goes directly towards the provision of high quality, accessible, low fee family therapy services both locally and community based.
By using our services, you are helping to support our low fee and community based work.
Couple & Family Therapy
We welcome all couples at different relationship stages. We support many different types of partners, some of whom are struggling to cope with domestic issues or personal challenges, to others who are separated and involved in the court process. As Systemic Psychotherapists, relationships are a cornerstone of our work.
Families are an integral part of our offering. We support all variations of families in working through conflict, breakdowns, grief, or other traumas. We invite everyone into the room to support a deeper understanding of the issues and to support each member of the family in sharing and listening to the experiences of others.
Systemic / Family Therapy is an approach used to understand a person’s emotional and psychological distress and looks at the context in which it occurs, usually the family or relationship environment.
It enables the individual/couple/family members to reflect on meaningful relationships and find ways forward while being able to express and explore complex thoughts and emotions safely. It also allows an understanding of others’ experiences and views. At the same time, helping to build on strengths and make valuable changes in their relationships and lives.
Systemic / Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of the client (individual, couple or family client groups) while also taking into account the needs of other family members and/or other key relationships in people’s lives
- Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and resources
- Collaborative – the therapist works in partnership ‘with’ clients and others, not ‘on’ them
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
- Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.
Family Therapy may involve all family members, including young children, adolescents and parents. Or it may include some family members or couples. Sibling groups may attend with or without their parents. Clients can attend individual sessions separately from their families if this is their request and need.
Clanwilliam Institute works individuals, couples, children, parents, siblings and vulnerable adults.
Range of Issues
- Stress personal family and work related
- Bereavement and loss
- Chronic illness
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety, depression and mental health difficulties
- Relationship Conflict
- Stress depression and anxiety
- Family relationship
- Behavioural difficulties
- Parenting and child areas
If you are unsure if our service fits with your needs, please reach out to us at the number below and a member of our Clinical Staff can discuss the issue with you in more detail.
Low Fee & Community based services
Clanwilliam Institute provides a low fee services in number of community based settings and also provides an accessible low fee service to all clients in the Institute. The demands in this area continue to grow, particularly as statutory agencies come under increasing pressure and are unable to deliver in the provision of services and reduce waiting lists.
Some of the community based services and low fee partnerships Clanwilliam currently have include the following:
- Traveler Counselling Service – Child and Family Therapy, Couples counselling, planning Committee membership, culturally sensitive reflective peer Supervision.
- Traveler in Prison Initiative – Galway – Provision of Supervision, Just Therapy Training, Steering committee membership
- School Completion Project – Crumlin 2 Primary 1 secondary school, Child and adolescent Therapy, Family Therapy, Parenting groups
- Galway – Brothers of Charity – Adolescent Mental Health, Family and Couple & individual therapy
- Genesis Blanchardstown – Couples and Family Therapy
- Clanwilliam Institute – Couple and Family Therapy
At Clanwilliam, we support individuals with a safe, confidential space to explore their issues. We draw on clinical theoretical models including how relational interactions help inform the person’s understanding of themselves within the context of where and how they live. Individual work is typically for several sessions for a specific piece of work or can be more long-term in-depth work.
We can help with issues like:
- Stress and anxiety
- Bereavement & loss
- Family conflict and disharmony
- Communication difficulties
- Emotional problems manifesting in one family member
- Stress and worry
Clanwilliam is a self-referral service, which means you don’t need a referral letter from your GP or any other agency to access support with us. Just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or cal 01-2055010 and we will send you out an intake form to complete.
Currently we offer:
We currently offer online therapy for individual work and at times for couples work. This is offered through our online clinical platform. Online therapy is only recommended when the client has a safe quiet location with stable wifi and has the technical ability to work with online platforms.
We offer face-to-face therapy in our Stillorgan office, Co. Dublin and our North Dublin hub which is on the Malahide Road. Our therapists work on specific dates and times so we will work to match your availability to the best therapist available.
Our approach to Therapy, Education, Consultation and Supervision is embedded in reflexive practice which creates problem solving competencies for clients, supervisees and students. We provide a supervision service that is responsive and tailored to each client and/or organisation’s specific needs.
The Clanwilliam model of supervision creates a dialogical space where the tasks of supervision and reflection can occur i.e. support, reflection, learning and personal growth.
One to one supervision offers a confidential, reflexive and supportive space to supervisees to reflect on their work, the issues that come up for them, the impact of their personal resonances on their work and vice versa, and ways in which they can add to their work and build on their strengths as a practitioner in their field.
A group supervision scheme for professionals working directly with vulnerable children and adults allows organisations to move beyond good policy to good practice. Many mental health, educational or caring professionals often find themselves working in difficult conditions, under many constraints, with very sensitive and often upsetting case presentations. A systemic supervision approach allows for the voices of other stakeholders including the supervisees’, to be present in conversations to bring about other perspectives, approaches and ultimately a safe and supportive work environment for the supervisee and the clients/stakeholders involved. Supervision aims to build on strengths and resilience for supervisees and to identify and manage difficulties and to promote health and well-being at individual, inter-personal and organisational level. Clanwilliam has a proven track record of delivering this type of supervision both in Educational settings and in other large Health organisations.
We provide systemic reflexive supervision to any and all of the following both on a one to one basis or in a group setting:
- Mental health professionals
- Social Workers
Meet the Clinical Team
All of our therapists have completed a four year Postgraduate Professional Training and are educated to minimum Masters level. All are registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI). Therapists are also registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and in addition to this many are the holders of the European Certificate in Psychotherapy (EAP) and are registered supervisors.
Some of our senior therapists are also registered supervisors; this means they provide training and supervision both to individual therapists and to those undergoing training. All our therapists also attend continuous professional development workshops throughout the year and are in regular monthly supervision. All are bound by the codes of ethics and professional standards of the above organisations.
The range of expertise available in Clanwilliam Institute is cutting edge in terms of keeping abreast of general developments and trends in the field of psychotherapy due to the Clanwilliam education remit and the high calibre in the provision of clinical services as attested by general levels of client satisfaction. This has been corroborated by the recent institutional review in which stakeholders described Clanwilliam as a centre of excellence and a leader in the field of systemic psychotherapy.
We have a wide and varied staff population with additional relevant expertise outside of psychotherapy in areas such as education, social work, psychology, mediation and management consultation, among others. Many of our therapists also deliver training to current therapists in the form of workshops, and they would also present seminars to students throughout the academic year. All of our therapists are fluent in English and several are also proficient and/or fluent in Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and Danish, among others.