Carmel Woods

I work as a psychotherapist and life coach in the community and private practice.

Thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and what I offer clients who come to me for help

About me

I offer my clients a safe, comfortable and confidential place either face to face or online to explore various aspects of their life and feelings, to talk freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family,

As a psychotherapist and life coach, I feel privileged to do the work I am doing and am passionate about helping people to get better or change their outlook on life.   I have been told that I have a friendly, empathic and genuine nature which enables clients to feel comfortable to share and feel understood. 

Overall, I am committed to helping clients to overcome their issue and eventually with my  guidance to learn the skills to be able to help themselves by learning tools and strategies. 

My Personal Approach

My approach is tailored to each client but would include a mix of these psychotherapy and coaching tools which allow me to work in a way that best suits your needs.  Clients are asked to describe how their issue is impacting their life and how I can help them with this.  


I specialise in providing therapy in a range of issues. These include:   Depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, health issues, trauma, stress, family and relationship problems, emotional and sexual abuse, parenting and childhood detachment issues and relationship separation and divorce issues.


  I mainly use a person-centred therapy approach but also frequently use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution focused, Mindfulness based cognitive therapy, Gestalt and Reality therapy

Do I need Counselling / Psychotherapy?

People seek counselling/therapy for all sorts of reasons: stress or anxiety in their home or work life; difficulties in their relationships; feeling low, sad or depressed; a bereavement or major loss; a trauma experienced; panic attacks; a sense of paralysis in making life decisions; overwhelmed by angry feelings. Or maybe just a sense that something is wrong but it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what. They want something to change, and need some help to explore and understand their issues better.

It can be helpful for us to explore early life experiences, significant events, and relationships, to see if there’s any patterns occurring for you, or reasons for current difficulties. Then depending on the issue, we can look at some practical solutions and tools, where relevant, to help you bring about change and help you to feel better and move forward.

Your session is your time, and a space to be yourself, without judgement. As your counsellor, I will be there to listen, notice, gently challenge at times, and support you with your needs and goals. 


You’re going to be okay.

Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. you’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared and you’ve survived.  Breathe and know that you can survive this too.  These feelings can’t break you.  They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass.  Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience.  I know it feels unbearable right now, but breathing, again and again.  This will pass. I promise it will pass.


Daniell Koepke

Carmel has helped me see that my thoughts about a lot of things were holding me back from doing things that I once enjoyed.  I have learnt so much particularly that there is something that I can do to manage my anxiety and depression. Carmel has a very friendly and empathic nature. She has shown me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Something I hadn't seen for a long time.
Rush, Co. Dublin


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