Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis can be applied to treat many forms of psychological suffering. The term ‘talking cure’ relates to the psychoanalytic method. Below is a short list of some of the issues that people seek therapy for.

Depression (& Depressive Disorders):

Various forms of depression exist ranging from mild and temporary, to more moderate and severe types. Different classifications of depression that are treated at Ashleaf Practice include:

  • S.A.D.
  • Relapsing or reocurring depression
  • Chronic depression
  • Postnatal depression
  • Depression with psychotic symptoms
  • Bipolar depression

Depressive symptoms can take on any number of patterns or forms in a person’s life but it is generally agreed that if a low mood and loss of interest persists beyond the 2 to 3 week mark that outside intervention is required and with more moderate symptoms medication. If the depressive condition remains untreated isolation and suicidal depression can become a risk and therefore it is advisable and best to seek treatment as soon as possible.

At Ashleaf Practice the belief is held is that depression is a state of being that can be worked through with the support of an experienced therapist. It is not merely a diagnostic category and there are many reasons why a person may suffer with it. Each reason is particular to the individuals set of circumstances and it is with this in mind that the therapist directs the treatment. Psychotherapy absolutely helps depression and the key thing to remember is that depression does not have to be a lifelong sentence or stigmatising label.


Anxiety, which often goes hand-in-hand with depression, is most generally, a vague, unpleasant emotional state with qualities of apprehension, dread, distress and uneasiness. Anxiety is often distinguished from fear or phobia as it appears as a more generalised, objectless, nervous state of being. Phobia on the other hand, assumes a specific feared object, person, place or event.

Short term therapy can help with anxiety- to identify the different situations where  it appears and tackle those stimuli and the thoughts that accompany them head on. However psychotherapy may prove more effective in the long term as it is a more in depth treatment which helps the sufferer identify and come to terms with the root causes of their symptoms.

Some people take medication for anxiety but this is not advised on a long-term basis as dependence and addiction can develop.

If you are experiencing problems with anxiety and wish to speak more about this with the therapist at this practice please contact: 01 496 6670/ 087 148 8066 or you can email

OCD: (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

There are different degrees to which someone may suffer with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours but if it starts to invade day to day life and personal relationships then outside intervention may be required. Psychoanalytic therapy can prove helpful in working through the unpleasant thoughts and compulsive actions but it is important that the subject has a willingness to engage with the therapist in an authentic way so that adequate relief of symptoms can be acquired.

Ante and Post Natal Issues:

Becoming a mother or a father can be one of the most joyous times of life but can also be one of the most challenging. No two births, children, or parenting styles are the same. If the transition of becoming or being a parent is proving difficult then psychotherapy can be helpful and can function as a support to the individual who may struggle to adapt to this ever-changing role.

Substance Abuse Issues & Dependence:

There are more often than not underlying psychological and emotional reasons as to why a person abuses substances and develops a dependence on them. Those issues can be addressed is psychotherapy sessions where the individual can engage in confidence with the therapist who works from an unbiased, non judgemental, clinical point of view.

Personal Development, Healthcare Professionals & Therapists in Training:

The psychotherapeutic space is open to all. Seeking therapy when not in a personal crisis can be a rewarding experience and can function as a support for the individual. The unique setting offers the freedom and space for people to address personal, professional, & existential questions that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to engage with.

To make an appointment/ enquiry call: 01 496 6670/  087 148 8066 or email: