• Nettie Bowie

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Counsellor

    Welcome. My name is Nettie. I help children and adolescents (or teens) cope with every day problems. I am a Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor and Psychotherapist and I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my practice to help young people with many conditions which hinder and take away from enjoying the fullness of life. These include things like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, anger, jealousy, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to name a few.

     

    My background is in the area of special needs. I worked in the education sector as a Special Needs Assistant for fourteen years. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Care in 2007 with the Carlow Institute of Technology and, in 2011, a Higher Diploma in Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) from the Waterford Institute of Technology. In 2013 I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and I am accredited by the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP).

    I have also trained with the HSE. In 2012 I participated in their Family Communication & Self Esteem (FCSE) Parenting Programme and am a co-facilitator for this programme in County Wexford.

     

    My private practice is located in the Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre. I work with young people one on one where I provide CBT support for many life hindering conditions. I also provide personal development support in the areas of confidence building, self-esteem and self-worth. These are delivered both one on one and in group settings. In my work I focus on the whole person - mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

     

    I provide CBT support in school under the Enniscorthy/Bunclody School Completion Programme - a programme helping children ages 4 to 18 years who are at risk of leaving school early.

     

    I have spent a lifetime of helping people and I have experience and training working with many different conditions. I enjoy working with CBT as an effective therapy and I'm here to help in any way I can. Just give me a call.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Thinking in more helpful ways

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective form of therapy which consists of a combination of Cognitive Therapy, which focuses on reducing self-defeating thoughts (cognitions) and Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on changing unhelpful actions (behaviours).


    There is sometimes an assumption that CBT is simply just about ‘positive thinking’. However, CBT is much more than that. It’s about having a more balanced, realistic way of thinking or being able to ‘put things into perspective’.

    CBT emphasises that the way in which we think about ourselves, others and particular life situations, affects our feelings and our actions. Working together with a therapist, CBT can help you develop techniques and strategies that help you reflect on your current thinking patterns and how to start thinking in new, more helpful and productive ways.

     

    Making constructive changes requires some effort and practice, as you may often be changing lifetime habits but by practising your strategies/techniques over and over you will begin to feel more confident in applying them to your daily life. Therefore CBT encourages ‘homework tasks’ for you to carry out between therapy sessions.

     

    Changing your actions through CBT can also impact on how you think and feel. This can be in relation to how you respond in certain situations and also in terms of life style choices that you make. CBT helps you develop alternative actions or behavioural responses by helping you set realistic goals for yourself and aiming towards them - taking one step at a time so you have a better chance of achieving them.

  • “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”–Wayne Dyer

  • While it emphasises the importance of reflection of thoughts and behaviours CBT also uses practical techniques. This involves trying out and practising ideas and strategies that can help you learn new ways of thinking and doing. In CBT terms these strategies are known as 'behavioural experiments' - as experimenting with or trying out these new techniques, you get a better chance of seeing what works best for you. You can then build on your new skills and/or adapt them to suit your own needs.

    CBT emphasises that the way in which we think about ourselves, others and particular life situations, affects our feelings and our actions. Working together with a therapist, CBT can help you develop techniques and strategies that help you reflect on your current thinking patterns and how to start thinking in new, more helpful and productive ways.
     
    Making constructive changes requires some effort and practice, as you may often be changing lifetime habits but by practising your strategies/techniques over and over you will begin to feel more confident in applying them to your daily life. Therefore CBT encourages ‘homework tasks’ for you to carry out between therapy sessions.

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