What inspires my work

I’m a psychotherapist and coach, and I support people to nurture and express their true selves, to live authentic, meaningful and joyful lives.

I particularly enjoy supporting women to reconnect with their inner wisdom, so they can fully express their creativity, passion & gifts.

I offer one-to-one coaching, as well as guided meditation sessions, primarily via online video call. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (in Dublin, Ireland), as well as holding women’s circles and workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for groups and workplaces. 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-nurturing foundations, we can relate more authentically to others and express our true potential in our life and work.

I know that there is a heavy price to be paid for external achievements that deny one’s real inner needs.  Having worked for many years in communications and social justice advocacy, I have seen many – women in particular – stretched to their limits, supporting and advocating for others, and often working miracles without adequate supports or resources.

I have seen women from different backgrounds, with and without families or children, end up in survival mode instead of thriving, compromising their core needs, or betraying their own sense of 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, 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.” 

I’m a psychotherapist and coach, and I support people to nurture and express their true selves, to live authentic, meaningful and joyful lives.

I particularly enjoy supporting women to reconnect with their inner wisdom, so they can fully express their creativity, passion & gifts.

I offer one-to-one coaching, as well as guided meditation sessions, primarily via online video call. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (in Dublin, Ireland), as well as holding women’s circles and workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for groups and workplaces. 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-nurturing foundations, we can relate more authentically to others and express our true potential in our life and work.

I know that there is a heavy price to be paid for external achievements that deny one’s real inner needs.  Having worked for many years in communications and social justice advocacy, I have seen many – women in particular – stretched to their limits, supporting and advocating for others, and often working miracles without adequate supports or resources.

I have seen women from different backgrounds, with and without families or children, end up in survival mode instead of thriving, compromising their core needs, or betraying their own sense of integrity. Because of this they feel guilt, confusion, self-doubt, anxiety, frustration, as well as overwhelmed or depleted. 

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, cut off from their inner wisdom, their bodies, and from the powerful creativity, passion, sensuality and wisdom that resides within each of us.

But it doesn’t have to be that way: I believe that it is absolutely possible to have fulfilling relationships, to do what you love and have a positive impact on the world around you, without having to burn yourself out or deny your own needs in the process.
~ A different way is possible, and necessary!

 

It continually inspires me to witness the increased clarity, confidence and freedom my clients 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 abundance.

 

In these times, self-care is a somewhat radical act. It challenges the dominant norms of 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 are valued and met within that, and if each of us is empowered to become whole and express our full potential.

How we treat ourselves as individuals, and how we support each other, is the foundation for all our 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 support us to do this.

When we are more in tune with our own heads, hearts and bodies, we can know and trust ourselves more, and be guided by our inner wisdom. 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, values and gifts, with gratitude and joy!

 

~ Delphine

Read my Bio here

 

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

 

Background

She 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, in different roles including as therapist, coach, consultant, caseworker, volunteer, in information and communications roles, and training and facilitation.

With a background in communications, and over twelve years in advocacy and social justice work in Ireland, including in 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 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. She has a Certificate in Life Coaching, accredited by the International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring. Her therapy and coaching approaches are tailored to each client’s personal needs. Both are informed by an existentialist outlook and respect for people’s personal choices.

In her psychotherapy work, she draws on Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Integrative theory and practice, including Gestalt therapy, attachment theory, contemporary neuroscience, and Jungian archetypal psychology. These are interwoven with a growing awareness of transpersonal and holistic dimensions of healing and consciousness evolution. She finds that incorporating mindful, embodied awareness greatly enhances the work. 

Her coaching approach is 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 somatically-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 on areas such as Art Therapy, Working with The Four 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 an established, daily, meditation, 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 (MBSR), Insight meditation, embodied meditation and authentic movement / conscious dance including Synergy Dance and 5Rhythms.

She has also completed a 9-month, ‘Shakti Awakening’ initiation programme, on activating and embodying the divine feminine principle. 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 inquiry work.

She continues on her own personal therapy journey, and believes that it is this ongoing commitment to her healing and growth, 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 in her work or has spent too long at a screen, she likes to go out and get her bare feet in the grass for grounding, or stick on Spotify to dance like nobody’s watching and keep her energies flowing.

At some point, ‘she’ will get around to editing this text to convert it all to the first person!

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/delphineokeeffe/