Counselling in the heart of Lucan Village

Aspen Counselling is a non profit counselling and psychotherapy practice which has been in the heart of Lucan since 2001. Our dedicated team of therapists work to provide a uniquely affordable counselling service in a safe and discrete environment.

Addiction

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities.   This activity has an effect on all aspects of our lives such as our relationships in the home, schools, work place as well as in the day-to-day existence.

Depression

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviors, feelings and sense of well-being. People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems or reduced energy may also be present.

Anxiety/Stress

There are many triggers that can take you over the edge, including stress and personal issues. Sudden, drastic changes in your personal life, such as the death of a spouse or family member, marital separation or divorce, the loss of a job, incarceration or personal injury can result in emotional overload and overwhelming feelings of helplessness. Unexpected environmental challenges, such as extreme weather or natural disasters, can also make you feel like you are experiencing a personal crisis.

Stress/Anger Management/Anxiety

In humans, stress typically describes a negative condition or a positive condition that can have an impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being.

Work Related Stress and Bullying in the Workplace

Repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual‘s right to dignity at work.

Here at Aspen we have experienced therapists whom will work with you and support you in taking control of your life and dealing with the present bullying situation and workplace stress

Bereavement/Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. Grief is also a reaction to any loss. The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship. Loss can be categorized as either physical or abstract. The physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions

Esteem/Assertiveness/Confidence

Self-esteem exists on a continuum, from high to low, and low self-esteem is associated with self-doubt, self-criticism, social isolation, suppressed anger, and shame.

Low self-esteem is also a symptom of several mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. People with low self-esteem may work with therapists on becoming more assertive, confident, and self-aware.

Finding a sense of accomplishment is a huge boost to self-esteem, and therapy can help people identify specific activities that boost confidence and competence.

In addition, many therapists focus on helping people develop self-compassion so that they can develop more realistic, achievable goals for themselves and treat themselves with the same kindness and encouragement they would offer others.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are psychological illnesses defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa are the most common specific forms of eating disorders. Other types of eating disorders include binge eating disorder and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED).

Self- Harming

The most common form of self-harm is skin-cutting but self-harm also covers a wide range of behaviours including, but not limited to, burning, scratching, banging or hitting body parts, interfering with wound healing (dermatillomania), hair-pulling (trichotillomania) and the ingestion of toxic substances or objects.

Sexual Abuse

Everyone has the right to tell the truth about his / her own life
“People don’t need to be forced to grow. All we need is favourable circumstances: respect, love, honesty, and the space to explore.” – Ellen Bass

We offer a space where you can share your experience of childhood / adult sexual violence with a professional psychotherapist who will help you to face what has happened and to understand and address the impact sexual abuse has had on your life.

PTSD

A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms occur when people are exposed to catastrophic trauma, such as war (combatant or civilian), threatened or actual physical assault (robbery, mugging, physical attack, childhood physical abuse), threatened or actual sexual violation (forced sexual penetration, alcohol / drug-facilitated sexual penetration, abusive sexual contact, non-contact sexual abuse, sexual trafficking), threatened or actual loss of life (self or others), being kidnapped and/or taken hostage, terrorist attack, torture, being a prisoner of war, natural or man-made disasters, medical crisis (waking during surgery, anaphylactic shock) and severe vehicular accidents.

Suicidal Ideation

If you are Experiencing a lot of emotional pain or distress, and losing hope that things can improve, you may have suicidal thoughts. It is important to find something that suits you and meets your particular needs.

Aspen has experienced therapists who will listen to you and assess your needs and provide you with the necessary tools to enable you to cope.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy supports both partners in the relationship, to open up and examine the problems that are causing pain and finding new ways of being together. You can then gain insight into the difficulties and move forward together with a new perspective.

Individuals

Often past experiences may hold us back or prevent us from moving forward with a more positive outlook. Individual counselling offers a unique opportunity to make sense of your life experiences and help us to achieve more positive outcomes in the future.

Families

Families experience many changes which can often be stressful for family members. We provide a supportive environment for family members to explore those changes and focus on creating opportunities for more positive outcomes.

Teens

The pathways from childhood to the teenage years can often present challenges for teenagers and parents. Counselling can provide young people with opportunities to explore their lives and bring about positive changes for the better.

Child / Play Therapy

Aspen are delighted to be able to provide a Child Play Therapy room which is available to all children in need of therapy through the medium of play. Our dedicated therapist specializes in both child development and adolescent psychotherapy.