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About Claudine

Professional Experience

Claudine Nelan  is the founder of Janus Mindfulness & Psychotherapy. In her practice she draws on over fifteen years experience as a professional person in the educational and corporate sector. Prior to entering counselling private practice Claudine worked in a number of careers, including Banking, Education, IT Consultancy, and Project Management.  She draws on a range of therapeutic approaches (humanistic integrative psychotherapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) etc) tailoring her service to suit each individuals needs. Integrative Therapy is when several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together (Gestalt, Humanistic, Existential etc).

Personal Approach

She is genuinely interested in people and facilitating or making easy their ability to effect positive changes in their lives. She sees continual potential for change, throughout life, through awareness, taking responsibility, making new choices etc, all of which can be fostered by a supportive relationship with a skilled empathic therapist. She is familiar with the process of change and finds this enriches her work with her clients. She believes the client is the expert on themselves and views her role as a supportive, non directive one. She has worked extensively with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts and trauma.

Claudine uses a respectful, non-judgemental, empathic listening approach. She views the relationship as the keystone to counselling and places particular emphasis on the quality of the relationship. She encourages self-awareness of one’s belief systems, thoughts and emotions and promotes healing with respect to all aspects of the self (physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual).

In addition to her background in humanistic integrative theory, Claudine has a strong interest in Buddhist psychology and also incorporating mindfulness into her life and her approach to therapy (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way.....on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement” Jon Kabat Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living, 1996) She believes mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we're struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion).

Professional Qualifications

Claudine completed an Open University degree in Psychology with first class honours. She earned her graduate degree in Business from UCD, her postgraduates in Education and Computer Science from UCC and her Diploma in Counselling from the Cork Counselling and Training Institute.  She attends ongoing workshops and courses on topics relevant to the practise of psychotherapy.

Claudine trained in teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice (Bangor Wales) in 2013. She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, workshops and follow-up courses in Cork, since spring 2014.

Claudine has been practicing meditation for over 3 years. She has benefitted greatly from her own mindfulness practice, inspiring her to keep opening to life's challenges and limitless possibilities. She greatly enjoys sharing the journey of practice with others and continues to engage with regular supervision and ongoing training to deepen and integrate her practice further.

Professional Memberships

She is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to practise as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and adheres to their code of ethics. In addition Claudine is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.