Psychotherapy is a form of therapy in which a person with mental or emotional problems talks with another person. With successful psychotherapy, a client can experiences positive change, resolves or mitigates troublesome behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions. Ideally, these are replaced with more pleasant and functional alternatives.

Psychotherapy includes interactive processes between client and psychotherapist. Psychotherapy aim is to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. I employ a range of techniques designed to improve the mental health of my client, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).




Psychotherapy can be used in a wide variety of issues and in many different area’s of therapy including mental health counselling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counselling, school counselling, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, play therapy, occupational therapy, psychoanalysis, anxiety and addiction therapy.

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world become reflected in the patient’s relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.

If you are looking for someone to talk to or would like to know more information about the various practises of therapy in general, Please call me on 087 653 8837. I have helped many people over the years find the right path to self recovery.

Siobhan Leijen

Siobhan Leijen

I am a certified professional therapist offering counselling to clients in the Athlone and Longford area. CBT Certified, Degree in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Psychotherapy, Family Therapy Certified, Motivational Interview Certified, Trauma Therapy Certified and EMDR Certified.

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