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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 (Trainee) – I hold the Human Givens Diploma and am currently working towards my full Professional Registration.

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.

I always knew that some day I would retrain as a psychotherapist as I love working one-to-one with people on a deeper level. When I came across the Human Givens Approach, I knew this was the training for me as it was so down to earth, practical, evidence-based and empowering. The ideas underpinning the Human Givens framework made sense to me – both scientifically and in terms of human evolution.

I love how Human Givens incorporates an understanding of how the brain works, and how this understanding can be used therapeutically.  It utilizes the most effective therapeutic techniques with a focus on solutions.

I worked as a Job Coach in West Cork while completing my psychotherapy studies and qualified in Human Givens psychotherapy in 2018. I am a Graduate 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 husband, dog, cats and chickens. I enjoy walking and cycling along the beautiful West Cork coastline and countryside, swimming, the occasional game of golf and gardening.

Doreen Calderwood