"Courage to Push Forward Through Uncertainty”
A very warm welcome to my page, my name is Anita and I am originally from Co Limerick, however, Co Westmeath, became my home some 12 years ago. I recently returned home with my Daughters, after living and studying in Sunny Perth, in Western Australia.
Whilst, working in two community organisations, I dreamt of opening my own private practice. Being away from home, with the pull of connection to land and our rich culture, I wanted the name of my practice to reflect my origins. During this time of research, a member of my family came across the Gaelic word “Misneach”, meaning Courage, using the Ogham alphabet.
Ogham is an ancient from of writing which flourished in Ireland from the 4th to the 7th Centuries AD. It takes its name from Ogma, the Celtic God of Eloquence and Literature. Individual letters were formed from groups of straight or slanting lines carved on the edges of Wooded Staves or Boulders. Most of the surviving examples are straightforward inscriptions, but the system was widely employed by the Druids and was thought to have magical overtones.
I believe it takes huge courage, to make that first phone call and attend that first counselling appointment and to continue on the journey of self-discovery despite the uncertainty and at times painful process of revealing ones trauma/struggles in order to repair and heal. So, I found this name to be very fitting, not only in representing my origins to home but also in representing the process of counselling and psychotherapy.
I attained my bachelor of Counselling degree from the University of Notre Dame and I am an accredited counsellor with the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. My training began some years ago in Ireland, and I continue to add my professional development on a regular a basis. My professional credentials are available on my Linkedin profile.
I look forward to welcoming you to your first session and journeying alongside you.