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Gene Barry

Art Therapist - Counsellor

  Hypnotherapist - Psychotherapist 

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Gene has had 4 collections of poetry published and poems published and translated in 4 continents. He has additionally edited 17 anthologies and collections of poetry.

Combining his knowledge of poetry and his knowledge and experience in psychotherapy,  Gene has developed a unique methodology of using poetry as his medium for his work as an Art Therapist.

As an Art Therapist, Gene has worked in hospitals, primary schools, secondary schools, Youthreach and with retirement groups and asylum seekers. He additionally works in one to one sessions with both adults and children.

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As a qualified and experienced counsellor, Gene's specialities are bereavement counselling, career counselling, family counselling and marriage counselling.


Gene is a qualified Hypnotherapist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and his specialties are confidence,  phobias, relaxation,  smoking, stress management, motivation and weight loss.


Gene completed the 5 year course in psychotherapy and Counselling at the Flatstone Institute in Cork in 2003. His specialist  fields include  Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bullying, Concentration, Confidence, Couple Relationships,  Depression, Divorce, Emotional Awareness, Exam Stress, Family Conflicts, Fear, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,  Negative Thoughts, Panic Attacks, Performance Management, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Problems, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Separation, Sexual Issues, Stress, Suicide, Terminal Illness,  


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The life we live is rarely the life we were given.

Oscar Wilde

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A Life Coach is someone to give you advice about how to improve your life. A person who provides advice and support to people who want to improve their lives, to solve problems, make decisions and achieve goals. The Life Coach helps to inspire others whether at work or school to improve their quality of life and self-esteem.

The objective in Life Coaching is to bring a person to the realisation of true potential. This is achieved by uncovering and eliminating destructive behavioural and thinking patterns in a caring, inspirational and supportive environment.

The term coaching refers to methods of helping others to improve, learn, develop, new skills, to find personal success and achieve aims.  and to manage life change. Coaching assists with personal challenges and addresses behaviours, attitudes, and knowledge, as well as skills. It can additionally focus on spiritual and physical development.

Coaching is a form of teaching or training normally involving one-to-one support (a coach and a ‘coachee'), aimed at helping a person improve in a practical sense. It is a person who counsels or motivates others in the achievement of personal objectives such as choosing or changing careers, preparing for interviews, improving relationships, studying for exams, setting goals, and determining priorities. 


Counselling is an interactive learning process contracted between counsellor(s) and client(s), be they individuals, families, groups or institutions, which approaches in a holistic way, social, cultural, economic and/or emotional issues. Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, improving relationships, developmental issues, promoting and developing personal awareness, working with feelings, thoughts, perceptions and internal or external conflict. The overall aim is to provide clients with opportunities to work in self-defined ways, towards living in more satisfying and resourceful ways as individuals and as members of the broader society. 

European Association for Counselling

Counselling is a professional relationship that empowers individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. During the one to one confidential sessions the counsellor helps the client to understand their problems clearly and to realise what he/she/they is/are able to do to achieve resolution. It also helps the client(s) to solve personal problems and helps improve that person's attitude, behaviour, or character. The client gets to understand their problems clearly and develops an insight and understanding into how to resolve them. It is the skilled and principled use of a relationship to facilitate emotional acceptance, self- knowledge, growth and the development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.

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Psychotherapy aims to enable clients to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. Psychotherapy can assist them to cope with difficult situations in a more adaptive way. Psychotherapy uses specific methods to help a person to change and overcome their problems in desired ways.

The therapy involves one-to-one sessions between the client and therapist and it also strives to improve the client’s social skills and relationships. The one hour therapy sessions assist clients who are experiencing psychological and emotional and difficulties by enabling them to better understand their problems.

Additionally, the therapist helps the client to make appropriate changes specifically tailored to their needs. Psychotherapy aims to improve a client’s wellbeing and mental health. It also works on resolving troublesome behaviours, emotions, compulsions, beliefs and thoughts.

Psychotherapists are professional men and women who have been specifically trained to relate to and treat people who are distressed. An integral part of the treatment is the relationship between the psychotherapist and their client. Psychotherapists will utilise a variety of psychological skills and methods to alleviate personal suffering and to encourage change. Psychotherapists treat clients of all ages, including children.

The therapist can provide help with a range of problems, such as low self-esteem, depression, family disputes, anxiety, addiction, grief and bereavement. Any person who feels overwhelmed by their problems and is unable to cope may benefit from psychotherapy.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy provides the client with an ability to understand and address their emotions, feelings and thoughts.

Art therapy encourages and enables the client to understand and thereby express their emotions through artistic expression and a creative process.

Art therapy assists clients to visually express their emotions they may have difficulty expressing via conventional means. It additionally gives the client a sense of control over their feelings.

Art therapy triggers an emotional catharsis.

This therapeutic process builds confidence and nurtures the client’s feelings of self-worth.

With art therapy, the client can promote physiological healing by identifying and working through emotions such as anger.

When this therapy is used in combination with relaxation techniques it can effectively relieve stress.

Gene is an internationally recognised poet with three published collections of poetry. Using poetry as his medium, he has successfully worked in hospitals, primary and secondary schools and at Youthreach. He has additionally worked with asylum seekers, active retirement groups, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous.

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