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Doreen Calderwood | About MePsychotherapist | Counsellor

I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor practising in West Cork. My qualifications are :

  • BSc. Biological Sciences
  • Dip.SW; (Diploma in Social Work)
  • DIC (Diploma of Imperial College – Drugs and Alcohol: Policy and Intervention)
  • HG Dip. P, MHGI – I am a fully qualified Human Givens Practitioner and a member of the Human Givens Institute


Growing up in N Ireland during “the Troubles” I left at the earliest opportunity to attend college in England. After studying Biological Sciences and Dietetics I ended up working with the homeless community and my lifelong interest in Mental Health was sparked.

In my early career I worked in Social Services in West Belfast, with young offenders in a Probation Hostel and with teenagers in care (Barnardo’s) in N. Ireland and went on to obtain my Social Work qualification. I then worked in Social Services and in Community Mental Health teams as a Mental Health Social Worker in England. I later moved into management of community-based mental health services with Mind in Worthing.

My Social Work career was invaluable in allowing me opportunities to work with recovering heroin addicts, people who self-harm and people with multiple psychiatric and personality disorder labels. The labels were always less helpful than an understanding of the whole person in their social and family environment and the person’s individual story.

At various times in between I worked in African and Asian countries in Community Development, training and consultancy work. While living in Nigeria I completed a Diploma in Drug and Alcohol: Policy and Intervention by distance learning with Imperial College, London while working in the psychiatric hospital in Lagos and the Drug Rehabilitation unit.

More recently I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist as I love working one-to-one with people and I know the value that people in distress place on talking therapies. I also know that good quality, effective psychotherapy is often hard to find. I chose to train in Human Givens psychotherapy because of its proven effectiveness, the therapy is based on an understanding of neuroscience and an understanding of what makes for effective therapy. I love how Human Givens incorporates an understanding of how the brain works and how it empowers people through identifying and utilising their strengths with a focus on solutions.

I worked as a Job Coach in West Cork while completing my psychotherapy studies and gained my Human Givens Diploma in 2018. I am now a fully qualified HG Therapist and a member of the Human Givens Institute.

I have professional indemnity insurance, adhere to the HGI standards for supervision and the HGI Code of Ethics.

I live near Skibbereen, with my partner, dog, cats and chickens.

Doreen Calderwood