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A Tranquil Heart

Tranquil – “free from disturbance, calm”.
Heart – “the central or innermost part of something”.
When calm is felt in the innermost part of our being, then we have peace. That is, in reality, what we are all searching for.


Established by Eileen Mulcahy, A Tranquil Heart offers a Person Centred, Humanistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy.   I became interested in therapy back in the late ‘80s.   In my practice as a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, I use the experiences I gained from working with people in the private, voluntary and public sector.   During my time in the field of psychotherapy, I have learned so much from the people I have been privileged to journey with – they have been, and continue to be, my greatest teachers.

My approach

I work as a Person Centred therapist, and, therefore, believe that every person has the ability to self-actualise and achieve whatever they want to achieve.  The client/therapist relationship, therefore, has to be based on mutual trust and respect.  The three most important ingredients in therapy is relationship, relationship, relationship!

My clients are my teachers and some of our greatest gifts stem from the difficult circumstances which we encounter in our lives.   When we can step back from seeing these as things that “shouldn’t have happened” and see them instead as “lessons to be learned”, then we are looking from a healthy and healing viewpoint.   This is, without doubt, awareness but without the willingness to change, then awareness is nothing more than knowing.    When change happens then awareness becomes knowing.

I like to work in a holistic way taking into account the whole person – physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual.   We are not isolated beings but indeed are affected by all that we have experienced in our lives to date.   I work eclectically by using talk therapy and sometimes find benefit in working creatively by using art, imagery, dreams etc.   As meditation and mindfulness is a part of what I offer to clients, I help teach people the importance of getting in touch with the deeper part of ourselves.   All of the therapy I offer is done with the care of the client in mind.   Client preferences and readiness to embark on the work is, naturally, always taken into account.   My intention is to be alongside you throughout the work and that you, through the choices you make, are enriched through the process.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.   Carl Rogers



  • Why do I need counselling?

    We all experience difficulties and challenges in our lives at some time or other. Some experiences may be too difficult to deal with on your own. It is not always easy or possible, to talk with family or friends and they may not be able to give you the help you need. Counsellors are professionally trained to provide support and assistance to their clients in a confidential and non-judgemental way thus helping clients move towards a more peaceful life.
  • What is counselling?

    Counselling is a one-to-one relationship. Its purpose is to enable a person to talk about the issue/s that are causing them difficulties in their life. The counsellor’s role is to provide a safe and confidential space to explore this and help the person gain insight into what they need to move past the block and experience healing.
  • How does counselling help?

    Counselling helps by providing a person with time and space (which is often taken up with the busyness of life, family, work etc) to focus on what is causing them concern. It can be of enormous relief for someone to be able to talk and to be listened to. Often it may be the first time that they have been able to express their feelings in relation to a particular issue. This in itself can lead to healing. It can be a way of gaining insights, releasing past wounds and gaining acceptance of what is. We cannot change our past but we can change how we respond to it. Through counselling, we can resolve the unfinished business of the past and live more in the now.
  • Is counselling confidential?

    Counselling is confidential. This issue is discussed in detail with each client during the first therapy session. The client is treated with dignity and respect at all times during the counselling sessions.

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