What inspires my work

My name is Delphine O’Keeffe, I’m a psychotherapist and coach, and a guided meditation leader. I support people to nurture and express their true selves, to live authentic, meaningful and joyful lives.

I particularly enjoy inspiring and guiding women to get to know, love and trust their whole selves, and to build the solid foundations they need to alchemise self-doubt into sovereignty and self-belief.  

I offer one-to-one coaching, and guided meditation sessions, in person and via online video-call. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (Dublin, Ireland).  I facilitate women’s circles and group workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for authentic, creative living.  I’m also available to give talks or presentations on these topics, for group events or trainings.

>  Find out more about how to work with me here.

In my own life, and in my work with clients, I have learned time and again that, through deepening our relationship with our inner self, and building solid self-connection and nurturing foundations, we can relate more authentically to others and express our true potential in our lives. 

I know there’s a heavy price to be paid for external achievements that deny one’s real inner needs.  I have seen women from different backgrounds, with and without families or children and other care roles, ending up on auto-pilot or in survival mode, compromising their core needs, betraying their own integrity. Because of this they feel guilt, confusion, self-doubt, anxiety, frustration or overwhelm. 

There are many reasons for this of course, not least gender inequalities and sexism. Family background, childhood experiences, early attachment relationships, gender roles, cultural norms, systemic inequalities, the ‘gaslighting’ of women individually and collectively, and many other factors all intersect, to create a challenging and undermining environment for women.

The result? Women are left depleted and disconnected from their true selves, held back because of self-doubt, cut off from their inner wisdom, their bodies, and from the powerful creativity, passion, sensuality and wisdom that resides within each of us.

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“Existential questions come up for both women and men, but there are gendered aspects to this for women. (…) There’s a high level of depletion, especially around high-functioning, creative women.” 

My name is Delphine O’Keeffe, I’m a psychotherapist and coach, and a guided meditation leader. I support people to nurture and express their true selves, to live authentic, meaningful and joyful lives.

I particularly enjoy inspiring and guiding women to get to know, love and trust their whole selves, and to build the solid foundations they need to alchemise self-doubt into sovereignty and self-belief.  

I offer one-to-one coaching, and guided meditation sessions, in person and via online video-call. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (Dublin, Ireland).  I facilitate women’s circles and group workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for authentic, creative living.  I’m also available to give talks or presentations on these topics, for group events or trainings.

>  Find out more about how to work with me here.

In my own life, and in my work with clients, I have learned time and again that, through deepening our relationship with our inner self, and building solid self-connection and nurturing foundations, we can relate more authentically to others and express our true potential in our lives. 

I know there’s a heavy price to be paid for external achievements that deny one’s real inner needs. I have seen women from different backgrounds, with and without families or children and other care roles, ending up on auto-pilot or in survival mode, compromising their core needs, betraying their own integrity. Because of this they feel guilt, confusion, self-doubt, anxiety, frustration or overwhelm. 

There are many reasons for this of course, not least gender inequalities and sexism. Family background, childhood experiences, early attachment relationships, gender roles, cultural norms, systemic inequalities, the ‘gaslighting’ of women individually and collectively, and many other factors all intersect, to create a challenging and undermining environment for women.

The result? Women are left depleted and disconnected from their true selves, held back because of self-doubt, cut off from their inner wisdom, their bodies, and from the powerful creativity, passion, sensuality and wisdom that resides within each of us.

It doesn’t have to be that way: I believe that it is only possible to have healthy and fulfilling relationships, to have a positive impact on the world around you in a sustainable way, if you are honouring your own needs and desires in the process.

 

It continually inspires me to witness the increased self-trust and self-belief, and the sense of freedom the women I work with start to feel, when they commit to shaping a life that really honours their core needs and desires.

I have seen the transformation that happens when women invest in their relationship with themselves, and are then truly resourced to love, work and create from a place of clarity, confidence and abundance.

 

In these times, inner-work and self-care is a somewhat radical act. It challenges the dominant norms of external productivity, busy-ness and competition for resources, and celebrates the inherent value and uniqueness of each individual. We are all worthy of love and abundance because of who we are, our true nature – not what we do.

I believe that flourishing families and communities, sustainable social or ecological change, and conscious evolution can only become a reality if women’s specific needs and desires are valued and met in the process. 

How we treat ourselves as individuals, how we support ourselves and each other as women, is the foundation for all our other relationships and actions. 

Living authentically is not just an abstract existential philosophy: we must each embody the changes we want to see in the world in our own lives, and find the nurturing practices, people and communities that inspire and support us to do this.

When we are more in tune with our own heads, hearts and bodies, we can come to know and trust ourselves more deeply, and be guided by our inner knowing. We gain clarity on what truths need to be told, and what action needs to be taken.

I’m here to support you in creating the foundations to flourish, and a life that’s more aligned with who you really are.

In doing so, I express my own passion and gifts, with gratitude and joy.

 

~ Delphine 

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Delphine is a qualified psychotherapist, coach and guided meditation leader. She works with adults one-to-one, and delivers group trainings and workshops on themes related to embodied mindfulness, self-development and self-care for authentic, creative living.

 

Background

Delphine is a bilingual English and French speaker, and previously graduated with a B.A. in French & History, H. Dip. In Intercultural Studies and M.A. in European Studies.

She has lived and worked in different countries and has extensive experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, as a therapist, coach, consultant, caseworker, volunteer, in information and communications roles, and in training and facilitation.

With a background in communications, and over twelve years in advocacy and social justice work in Ireland, including migration, children’s rights, women’s rights and mental health, Delphine brings an understanding of systemic inequalities and socio-cultural factors to her work.

She is passionate about supporting people to develop the inner resources and resilience to express their authentic voice and true potential, and to achieve positive change in their personal lives and communities.

 

Training and approach

Delphine holds a H. Dip. in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an M.A. in Psychotherapy, both with first class honours, and is an Accredited Member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). She has a Certificate in Life Coaching, accredited by the International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring. She has also trained as a Guided Meditation Leader, recognised by the Federation of Holistic Therapies, U.K.

Her therapy and coaching approaches are tailored to each client’s unique needs, informed by an Existentialist outlook and a respect for people’s personal choices. Her somatic orientation includes a strong focus on the body alongside thoughts and emotions, to help foster whole-self-awareness. 

In her psychotherapy work, she draws on Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Integrative theory and practice, including Existential therapy, attachment theory & contemporary neuroscience, body psychotherapy, Winnicottian theory and Jungian depth psychology. These are blended with an awareness of transpersonal and holistic dimensions of energy, healing and consciousness. She finds that incorporating mindful, embodied awareness greatly enhances the work. 

Her coaching approach is similarly intuitive and creative, drawing on a wide variety of tools and practices that can help clients to develop their own intuition and self-awareness, and to make changes in their lives. It is also somatic-oriented, supporting people to engage more deeply with their bodies as a vital foundation for authentic living. Delphine’s coaching work is also informed by her psychotherapy training and psychodynamic awareness.

She has attended many ongoing professional development workshops and trainings in different areas including art therapy, working with the elements, and the body in psychotherapy. She attends regular supervision, and abides by the Code of Ethics of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). 

 

 

Personal growth and self-care practice

Delphine has a daily mindfulness, movement and yoga practice. Over the years she has attended numerous retreats, workshops and experiential trainings in different approaches to meditation, in Ireland and internationally. These include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Insight meditation / Vipassana, embodied meditation and authentic movement / conscious dance practices including Synergy Dance and 5Rhythms.

She has also completed a 9-month, ‘Shakti Awakening’ initiation programme on activating and embodying the divine feminine principle and tantra-based practices. She has received Reiki Level II attunement, is a student of the Diamond Approach to self-realisation, and attends ongoing retreats focused on embodied presence and inner work.

She continues on her own personal therapy journey, and believes that it is this ongoing commitment to her own conscious healing and evolution, and the compassionate and attuned relationship with her own therapist, that most informs her practice as a therapist, coach, facilitator and guide.

Delphine loves to host soulful social gatherings with like-hearted people. When she feels stuck or has spent too long at a screen, she enjoys getting her bare feet into the grass for grounding, or sticking on Spotify to dance like nobody’s watching and keep the energies flowing ~  

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