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Mike Hackett PMP, MIACP, ARCHTI

Dip. Couns., B.Sc. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv. Dip. Supervision

 

Mike's passion for helping people who are struggling with some aspect of their lives was ignited as a volunteer on a telephone helpline back in 1993. His direct experience of the challenges, difficulties, level of isolation, loneliness and the enormous number of people whose mental health was suffering as a result of life circumstances led him to decide to do more and train as a counsellor and psychotherapist. As a result, he founded Introspect Counselling in 2007 to actively support and improve the mental health of people in Dublin's North-side and City and to educate and train other therapists to provide similar services.

 

Graduating as a counsellor in 2006, Mike was first accredited as a therapist by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) In 2009 and in 2015 he upgraded his skills to become an accredited Counselling Supervisor.

 

As a passionate contributor to the field of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland, Mike has had several articles published in Éisteach - The Irish Journal for Counselling & Psychotherapy, has spoken publicly on diverse areas such as resilience, self-care and dreams. Further, Mike now lectures at Degree level with PCI College in his role as Faculty Lecturer - contributing to the development of the next generation of professional therapists in Ireland.

 

As a therapist, Mike believes that courage, compassion and connection facilitate change, and creates a strong therapeutic relationship, one of empathy and active, encouraging support. He applies all of these skills to the broad range of issues facing people today including;

 

  • Challenging relationships
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem and/or confidence issues
  • Sex and sexuality issues
  • Loss of direction or meaning in life
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Dreams, nightmares and night terrors
  • Many more…

 

As a supervisor, Mike creates a safe, supportive space for practicing therapists (recently graduated, pre-accredited and accredited) in which they can;

 

  • Broaden their skills and awareness as professional therapists
  • Feel supported in their clinical work with clients
  • Manage the myriad responsibilities required of therapists today
  • Be encouraged to grow as people and professionals

 

As an educator and public speaker in the area of mental health, Mike creates a lively, educative and fun space in which professionals and the public can learn about a range of issues including;

 

  • The clinical use of dreams in modern counselling and psychotherapy
  • Using dreams for personal development
  • Resilience skills development at work; for carers; etc.
  • Working with gay/lesbian/bisexual clients
  • Culture and clinical practice with LGBT clients

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