Meet Sugrus Therapist… Emily

Emily graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Following this, she completed a Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Science, Limerick.  Emily is a fully-accredited counsellor, having membership with the Association for Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists and regularly attends Continued Professional Development events. She holds a certificate in Mindfulness-Based Skills, is registered with Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy Ireland, and has also completed training in domestic violence, suicide prevention and child protection. This has led Emily to also working therapeutically with children’s therapy and pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice-Based Play Therapy Skills with the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Alongside her role in Sugru, Emily has 11 years’ experience as a Support Worker with the ISPCC, supporting children and teenagers referred for emotional and behavioural difficulties. Support is offered through an integrative approach using approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy techniques, play therapy, and mindfulness and relaxation techniques. An integral part of Emily’s work is in supports parents and care-givers as part of her role within the ISPCC, offering individual parenting support, as well as conducting outreaches to schools and parents. As such, she has many years of experience working therapeutically with adults in difficult situations, who may be experiencing addiction issues, depression, hopelessness and anxiety. Emily is an invaluable part of the Sugru team, having extensive experience working with children, teenagers, young adults, parents and adults presenting with a variety of needs including but definitely not limited to self-harm, substance misuse, bereavement, self-esteem and anger management.


Sugru Therapy for Youths

The world is a very different place to grow up in compared to what it was fifty, twenty and even ten years ago. Teenagers and adolescents in modern society have a whole host of struggles to cope with and oftentimes they cannot convey these external or internal difficulties to parents. Transitioning through puberty, learning about one’s own sexual health and identity, social pressures, difficulties with education, and having one’s life available for all to see on social media understandably lead to young people feeling pressurized, insecure, anxious and/or depressed. Of course, every family has their own struggle too, be it separation/divorce, the loss of a loved one, or living with a family member with special needs – all of these are an inherent natural part of life but sometimes create feelings of sadness and isolation for young people.

Issues many young people have come to Sugru about:


  • Sexual Identity
  • Self-Esteem & Body Image
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Bullying
  • Cyber Addiction
  • Child Abuse
  • Anger Problems
  • Peer-Pressure and Competition
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive and/or Compulsive Thoughts and/or Behaviour
  • Self-Harm (Cutting, scratching, burning, carving on the skin, hitting or punching, piercing the skin, pulling out hair and/or persistently picking at or interfering with wound healing)
  • Suicidal Ideation


If your child is having difficulty in any of these areas, it is critical that they engage with appropriate support immediately as these thoughts, emotions and behaviours may worsen over time without intervention. Sugru offers support through engagement with a therapeutic plan, without the waiting list. Issues that young people are dealing with in modern Ireland are complex but inter-related, and having a parent accept when it is time to seek outside help can be life-saving. Our emotional wellness is one of our greatest assets so it is crucial that we take good care of our youth as they are met with unavoidable stressors. The good news is that having had early life experience of learning to cope with these stressors leads to people becoming more resilient and better able to manage obstacles that come our way later in life.


When we think of therapy, many of us automatically imagine lying on a couch while a man with a grey beard takes notes (or draws unicorns). Needless to say, our approach is very different. Having over a decade’s experience working directly with youth through the ISPCC, Emily engages with young people on their level. Sugru understands the importance of following the lead of the client such that we are progressing at their pace and no direction is ever decided upon unless the young person is fully on-board – they are the captains of their ship. It may also be appropriate for Sugru to host a family therapy session, where family members attend sessions together, as well as independently, if necessary.

We also offer parental consultations for parents to understand the specific issues their child is dealing with and how they can best support their child at home. Oftentimes, when one member of the family is experiencing a difficulty, it affects others just as much and Sugru is here to support this dynamic. If the parent and young person agree that it is necessary, communication, attachment and parenting skills can also be practiced via parent-child interaction therapy in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space.

If this sounds like a therapeutic journey you are interested in, please contact or call 09064-99144 for more information or to book an appointment.


Sugru Therapy for Adults

Existential therapy is an innovative and unique form of psychotherapy that underpins the concept of the Sugru approach and aims to explore difficulties from a philosophical perspective, rather than solely taking a solution-focused approach. Before rushing to find the remedy, we need to explore why specific issues are uniquely problematic for us, as individuals. Why am I afraid of flying? Why do I push people away? How come other people are respected and I’m taken for granted? Why do I sometimes hate myself? Focusing on the meaning of what it is to be human, Sugru’s existential therapy accepts our human limitations and supports clients to take life by the horns and become empowered and responsible for their successes.

  • ALL emotional and psychological issues are considered as inner conflict caused by an individual’s struggle with our existence. Rather than regurgitating the past or planning for the future, existentialism considers the here and now, mindfully attending to the human condition as a whole and what it means for an individual.
  • Instead of blaming events and relationships from the past which we are all inclined to do, Sugru’s existential therapy uses these as insight to gain freedom, empowerment and assertiveness. Once clients realize that they are not defined by their past and that a certain future is not guaranteed, they often experience a breakthrough that offers liberation and a massive sense of satisfaction and rebirth.
  • Existential therapists believe that they work to help facilitate their client’s own relationship with themselves and to work beside them as equals, while they revisit core values, beliefs, assumptions and ideals.
  • Sugru’s therapists always enter sessions with an open-minded approach and, in reflection, are constantly questioning their own biases and assumptions. Clients experience quite a different therapeutic session to what they may have expected, as Sugru therapists bring a deliberate naivety to the relationship. The client is the expert of their own worlds and the therapist is simply there to understand the client’s world with clarity that the client may not have been able to experience up to that point.

The ultimate concerns:

  • the inevitability of death,
  • freedom and its attendant responsibility,
  • existential isolation, and
  • meaninglessness.

These are the core tenets of existentialism and constitute the foundations from which the therapist highlights the client’s specific issue. Once the Sugru therapist has constructed this issue, an individualized therapeutic plan is developed for the client.

This type of therapy is particularly suited to potential clients who are interested in assessing or perhaps re-assessing their lives and who consider their concerns as issues of living rather than symptoms of a mental health problem. Our Sugru therapists encourage clients to live more authentically and in line with their true passions, rather than just existing for the sake of it or for the benefits of others only. Clients are gently encouraged to be empowered and take ownership of their lives, and to live a more mindful existence while paying attention to the present moment.

If this sounds like a therapeutic journey you are interested in, please contact or call 09064-99144 for more information or to book an appointment.

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