Rhoda Smith CounsellorIt can feel a little daunting attending a counsellor so allow me to tell you a little about myself.

I am a mother of two and live in Co Meath. It was my life’s challenges and experience of counselling that led me to do the work I do. I too have had my fair share of difficult times.

When I was 18 I lost my family, my home, my life as it was. My family was in pieces, love and safety was gone.  I didn’t know where to go, who to talk to or what to say.  I had lost everything in one moment and I never got it back.  It was raw trauma like I had never known and nothing was the same again.  To try and carry on felt impossible,  to talk to people, eat, go to work, or school in my case felt like an out of body experience.  I shook on the inside all the time, feelings made no sense to me, everything was just screaming inside, and yet I was still expected to navigate myself through and do ‘right’. It was pain like I had never felt before, pain, shock and fear.

My heart breaks when I feel this desperation in my clients,  it makes me want to tell them everything is going to be ok, but I know I needed to learn how to find my own way through and with help and support from my counsellor I did. And with help and support you can find your way through this too. It’s very important for me not to take this away from you, you may have lost enough already.

I found going to counselling very hard, I’m a private person and was very protective of my heart and I didn’t like the idea of crying.  Counselling felt exposing, and I felt vulnerable, but I knew I needed something, I couldn’t continue as I was.  It took me a while to really share, be real and risk emotion,  but when I did it really helped and moved me forward.  I was afraid of being judged or misunderstood,  this drives how I am as a counsellor.  I’m very respectful of boundaries and discomforts, I won’t be pushing you outside of your comfort zone, you have enough going on, I will hold your bruises and wounds with care.

I have accredited qualifications and many years of experience, but more importantly I know how you feel, I have also been there and believe I can help you feel better.

I am ready to support you, and help you find your way back to you.

Rhoda