Meet Clodagh O’Herlihy:
It is a courageous act to reach out for relationship support. I understand this because I’ve sat on both sides of the office, as a therapist and as a client. I share this because I have experienced the vulnerability of this first step and I do my best to support couples when they express fear or resistance to this process. One of my most repeated phrases is one that reminds couples, “the times when we resist coming to therapy is often the time when our defenses are most pronounced, and when we really need the support.”
I offer a warm, direct, down to earth approach. The first session is about getting to know you and collaborating around expectations and goals. I’m an active therapist and my approach is integrative. I’m working with body, mind and spirit, or attitude. Partners often process feelings and thoughts in very different ways. This difference can be what attracts us to our partners and what polarizes us into conflict or a standoff situation. My specialty is to recognize your unique dynamics, connect with your emotional needs, and lead you into becoming your best selves in relationship.
A key component to our work is seeing your current challenge as the “couple dynamic” and not “the other’s fault.” It’s truly inspirational when couples start to team up and develop deeper love, empathy, and language supporting the couple dynamic they chose. My hope is to witness you rediscover your best selves in relationship and learn more compassionate ways to empathize, set healthier boundaries, nurture, and express your passion and love.