Malachy Dunne, Counsellor
MBACP Reg (Accred) BA(Hons) Dip Couns
I have been working as a Counsellor for nearly ten years and have been privileged to witness incredible growth in clients, many of whom had given up on the idea of self-acceptance. My work is based in compassion; both for self and others and, through compassion, helping people bring peace to their lives.
Before becoming a counsellor I lived in London for twenty years and ran a successful landscaping and garden centre business. I was lucky to work in some wonderful locations including the Chelsea Flower show and the Peace garden at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth. I moved to Cornwall to find a quieter place to bring up my two young children. I have been living in Falmouth for almost two years now and love the atmosphere here.
Outside of counselling, I love the sea, and try to get in it as often as I can, cooking, with a mission to make delicious healthy food and have a particular passion about fitness in the outdoors. I believe that training outside, whether on the beach or in a woodland setting, I get a real connection both with myself and with my environment. I have been fortunate to have travelled extensively, in Europe, India, North and South America and Australia.
Humanistic counselling predicates in the belief that we all, given the right conditions have an infinite capacity to heal and grow. These conditions; honesty, acceptance and empathy, offered skilfully by a trained therapist, will form the basis for change and healing. Whilst it can be most effective in helping individuals deal with many issues including addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse of any kind (whether historic or current); the humanistic or person-centred approach does not offer quick fixes and can be incredibly powerful in facilitating lasting change.
I usually contract to work with clients for an initial six week period followed by a review. For some this six week period is enough, others choose to stay longer.In addition to my own practice, I am a clinical supervisor, group facilitator and lecturer in counselling and supervision.