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Tom Evans (MIACP)

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
1890 989 320 (Low call)

086 3375310 

tom.evans@corktherapies.ie

I’m an Accredited Psychotherapist (MIACP) providing services in Midleton and Cork City. I provide Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) services to individuals and groups throughout Ireland.
Much more information on Counselling services at http://www.selfcare.ie
Much more information on CISM for Business at http://www.teamcare.ie

I practice Integrative Humanistic therapy, with emphasis on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming), Mindfullness based CBT. I provide a secure and supportive space for clients to explore their issues in confidence and safety. Therapy helps my clients to heal and make the desired changes in themselves, their relationships and their life in general. It provides them with the skills and tools to effectively deal with their issues into the future. I work to the ethical guidelines of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), so the client’s safety and well-being is paramount.

My office on Main Street Midleton is easily accessible, discreet and with free parking available nearby. I offer a limited sliding scale to students and to the unwaged. Session duration is one hour.

While I work with all general counselling issues, in particular I work with the following

    • Grief, loss and bereavement.
    • Suicidation and suicide bereavement.
    • Trauma and post traumatic stress.
    • Adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma.
    • Inner child work.
    • Esteem and self-confidence.
    • Sleep disturbance.
    • Relationship issues.
    • Anxiety and stress.
    • Depression.
    • Workplace related stress
    • Dispute resolution, mediation
    • Career counselling and support
    • Personal development and growth.
    • Life crisis, transition and change.
    • Family Bereavement intervention & facilitation.
    • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) – for Individuals, Groups and Organisations. Also See http://www.teamcare.ie/
To Employers, Managers, HR personnel, Group Leaders:

• Do you have a concern for the well-being of an employee or group member?
• Has there been a death or suicide in the workforce, or in the family of one of your employees or group members?
• Has your organisation been affected by an accident or traumatic incident?
• Is productivity or staff morale being negatively impacted by somebody’s emotional or psychological health?

CISM is often described as ‘psychological first aid’, and is specifically for dealing with traumatic events. It’s a structured and professionally recognized process for helping people involved in a critical incident. It helps them to share their experience and vent their emotions. They learn about stress reactions and symptoms and it also provides referral for further help – if required.

The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) advises on ways to reduce the likelihood of work related stress and its effects, as well as ways to prevent short term stress becoming a long term problem. The services I offer are in line with these guidelines.

It is important to note that an Employer who offers a confidential advice service, with a referral to appropriate counselling or treatment services, is less likely to be found in breach of their duty of care to their employees.
In Irish law, injuries resulting in nervous shock which trigger post-traumatic stress disorder, are increasingly commanding more importance by both the medical profession, legal profession and the judiciary.
Generally, a potential claim, injury or issue can be resolved quite easily, at a fraction of the cost, at the beginning of the problem.

CISM interventions were first developed for use with military combat veterans in the U.S. and then for civilian first responders (police, fire, ambulance, emergency workers and disaster rescuers). These have since been adapted and used wherever there is a need to address traumatic impact in people’s lives.
There are several types of CISM interventions. Here are some examples:
(variations of these can be used for groups, individuals and even for families – depending on the situation)

One-to-one counselling:
For the individual, on a confidential basis. These sessions are conducted in my Midleton office.

Group Crisis Interventions:
Talk or discussion conducted with the group – usually conducted in the workplace or organisation:
Debriefing: A group meeting or discussion about the distressing event – designed to mitigate the impact of the critical incident and to assist people to recover from the stress associated with it.
Grief and Loss Session: A structured individual or group session following a death. It is designed to assist people in understanding their own grief reactions as well as creating a healthy atmosphere of openness and dialogue around the circumstances of the death.
Crisis Management Briefing: A large, homogeneous group intervention used before, during and after a crisis – to present facts, facilitate a brief controlled discussion, Q & A and information on stress survival skills and/or other available support services. This may be repeated as the situation changes.
Follow-up and referral mechanisms for assessment and treatment, can also be provided, if necessary.

For more information, you can email me using the contact section below, or call me on 086 3375310 to discuss your requirements in confidence or to make an appointment. You might follow my work on www.facebook.com/corktherapies.

Additional information:

• Member of CISM Network Ireland.
• Member of ICISF International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
• Member of Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) Southern Region Committee.
• Founder and facilitator of a men’s group in Midleton.
• Member of National Parents Council (NPC) for Cork East, and NPC National Assembly.
• Good mediation, team building, conflict resolution and project management skills.
• Working with clients since 2005.
• Complies with continuous professional development criteria (as laid down by IACP)
• Good people skills. Friendly, warm, able to emphatise.
• Familiar with working in Organisations. Worked over 20 years in industry including team-leader and management levels.

Additional Training:
• Suicidality Assessment and Treatment, & CAMS SSF (with Dr Eoin Galavan, Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist HSE North Dublin Adult Mental Health Services and Clinical Lead for the North Dublin Suicide Assessment and Treatment Service).
• Risk Management and Child Protection in the context of therapy with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, (trained with One-in-Four).
• CISM Group Crisis Intervention (with Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour, Director of Personnel Support Services at the Defence Forces).

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