What inspires my work

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

My purpose and joy is in supporting women to reconnect with their inner wisdom, so they can fully express their creativity, passion & gifts.

I do one-to-one coaching with women, focused on foundations for authentic living. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (in Dublin, Ireland), as well as delivering workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for groups. 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. They end up in survival mode instead of thriving, and experience guilt, anxiety, frustration, overwhelm and self-doubt on the inside.

There are many complex reasons for this. Family background, early childhood experiences, gender roles, cultural norms, systemic inequalities, the ‘gaslighting’ of women individually and collectively, and many other factors 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 crisis, burnout - or an opportunity for more authentic living?

 

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"I see how much women have been made to doubt themselves. (...) There’s a high level of depletion, especially around high-functioning, creative women."

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

My purpose and joy is in supporting women to reconnect with their inner wisdom, so they can fully express their creativity, passion & gifts.

I do one-to-one coaching with women, focused on foundations for authentic living. I also do in-person, depth psychotherapy work with clients in private practice (in Dublin, Ireland), as well as delivering workshops on embodied mindfulness and self-care for groups. 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. They end up in survival mode instead of thriving, and experience guilt, anxiety, frustration, overwhelm and self-doubt on the inside.

There are many complex reasons for this. Family background, early childhood experiences, gender roles, cultural norms, systemic inequalities, the ‘gaslighting’ of women individually and collectively, and many other factors 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.

Embody My Truth in the Media:

Existential crisis, burnout - or an opportunity for more authentic living?

 

 

Click here to read the article...

"I see how much women have been made to doubt themselves. (...) There’s a high level of depletion, especially around high-functioning, creative women."

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 energy, 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 themselves first, and are then truly resourced to love, work and create from a place of abundance.

In these challenging 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. I believe that flourishing families and communities, sustainable social change and conscious evolution can only happen if women’s true needs are valued and met, and if each of us is supported and empowered to become whole and express our full potential. How we treat ourselves as individuals, and how we support each other as allies, 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 aligned with our own heads, hearts and bodies, we can know and trust ourselves more.  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 aligned with who you really are. In doing so, I align myself with my own passion, values and gifts.

 

~ Delphine O’Keeffe

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

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 true potential and achieve positive change, in their personal lives and communities.

Delphine holds a H. Dip. in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an M.A. in Psychotherapy, both with first class honours. Her therapy and coaching approach is tailored to each client’s personal needs. It is also informed by an existentialist outlook and respect for people’s personal choices. She draws on Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Integrative theory and practice, as well as Gestalt therapy and attachment theory.  Incorporating mindfulness and embodied awareness can also greatly enhance the therapy or coaching process.  She attends regular supervision, and abides by the Code of Ethics of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

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

 

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