“May I have the courage today to live the life I would love …to postpone my dream no longer. But do at last what I came here for and waste my heart on fear no more.” — John O’Donohue
MY WISH IS TO SUPPORT PEOPLE IN CONNECTING AUTHENTICALLY WITH THEIR DEEPER SELVES SO THAT FROM THAT PLACE OF CONNECTEDNESS THEY CAN LIVE MORE JOYFUL AND HAPPY LIVES
Life is a mysterious winding journey. I believe that sharing and working through the issues that are alive and relevant in life is a healing and transformative experience. I have faith that the answers to our deepest questions are found within and that by opening to the transformative journey of healing, we can uncover them together.
I use a nonjudgmental relational approach, creating a warm, therapeutic, safe and supportive setting. I bring sensitivity and provide a space for to explore the aspects of life that my clients wish to attend to.
Fiona draws on aspects of meditation and mindfulness in her work. She is passionate about her own yoga and meditation practice and believes in the healing power of mindfulness for mental and physical health and well-being. These practices help Fiona to stay calm, centered and present.
Fiona was born and raised on a farm in the South East of Ireland. Fiona’s education includes an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), an M.B.A. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. She came to counseling after twenty years in software and technology consulting.
Fiona is an active member of the Bay Area Gestalt Institute (BAGI). The mission of BAGI is to promote healing, aliveness and authenticity in our communities and society at large by teaching and providing Gestalt psychotherapy to our clients, colleagues and associates.
You can visit Fiona’s website at www.therapywithfiona.com
MA Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 92015 Supervised by Gieve Patel, MFC #47196
ABOUT GESTALT THERAPY
What Is Gestalt Therapy? Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.
When It’s Used? Gestalt therapy can help clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and even physical ones like migraine headaches, ulcerative colitis, and back spasms. Good candidates for gestalt therapy are those who are interested in working on their self-awareness but may or may not understand the role they play in their own unhappiness and discomfort.