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Maureen Cahill - Accredited  Counsellor

Maureen Cahill
Accredited Counsellor

  • 23-25 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AF Show Map
  • Multiple times available +
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  • Individual £45
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What to Expect

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests CBT for
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • Social Anxiety
CBT focuses on how your thoughts (cognitions) influence your emotions and behaviour. It recognises and addresses unhelpful ideas that maintain the issues you encounter. The objective of CBT is for you to have healthier thoughts and feelings.


NICE suggests counselling for Depression.

Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You decide which matter concerning your childhood or adult life you explore. The objective of counselling is to enable you to speak about a problem and find a way forward which is appropriate for you.


  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress

Thoughts on Mental Health

Despite the anticipation of post-summer blues for many people, September can instead be anticipated as a time of new beginnings: new school term, new year at uni or perhaps a new job. It's a good time to make new plans for any changes that might be beneficial: exercise, new hobbies, new routines for autumn and winter. Plan for autumn walks in green spaces, or cycle rides, meeting up with friends and arranging dinners. Rather than catastrophising about the lack of light, it's important to remind yourself that there is a natural rhythm to the seasons and it's always cyclical, so it's not permanent!
Read More: How to mentally prepare for September and stave off the post-summer blues
CBT is a form of therapy that looks at how thoughts and beliefs influence mood and behaviour. It works through a therapeutic alliance, which looks at specific thoughts and thought patterns, often anxious or negative, and how they influence you. Once this has been done, it is helpful to learn how those thoughts can be challenged to affect change, adjust behaviours, decrease anxiety, and so on. Progess can usually be made in 12 sessions, and CBT seems to work most effectively with someone who can engage with the dynamism of this approach - i.e. there will be behavioural experiments and/or other techniques to complete as 'homework' outside the sessions. After a dozen sessions, clients can usually feel more confident about managing anxiety and panic attacks. It may help you recognise the early symptoms of anxiety and panic. Quite often the unpredictability of panic attacks is both frightening and debilitating, so learning to recognise the signs as early as possible can be empowering.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for panic disorder
Polishing the glassware makes your glasses sparkly, but doesn't mean you're managing a psychiatric condition! Keeping your surroundings clean and tidy may make you feel more organised to face the day, but that doesn't mean you have OCD. Carefully packing your holiday suitcase probably just means you want to enjoy your trip - nothing too concerning there. Unless your exercise habits become obsessive, taking regular exercise indicates a good level of self care and self esteem, but not much else.
Read More: 8 things you probably describe as 'OCD' but aren't
Working with self harm, a CBT therapist can help you identify when your stress and anxiety levels are increasing, how to spot the signs or triggers that may cause you to self harm, and how to manage your distress in healthier ways, other than self harm. You can be taught self help techniques and be supported towards a greater understanding of why and when you have chosen self harm as a way to manage your distress. Some clients find 6-12 sessions helpful, and after this you may consider concluding therapy or reducing your sessions to every couple of weeks.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for self harm
How we cook, what we cook, who we share it with has got everything to do with our emotional state. Food is a reward, a punishment; it affects how we think, feel and behave. Certain processed foods affect mood, metabolism and, in turn, self esteem. You may get into a vicious cycle of feeling bad, comfort eating, and then feeling compelled to purge. At the end of this cycle, you invariably end up feeling bad about yourself. Keeping a food diary can help you to be more aware of what mood you are in when unhealthy eating patterns occur and, from there, you can work out a healthier and more balanced relationship to food.
Read More: Food and mental health: Can you eat yourself happier?
Binge Eating Disorder is usually influenced by your inner sense of powerlessness. The binge and purge process can give you a sense of power and control that you otherwise don't perceive. The binge can also feel as though an emptiness (emotional) is being filled, though this can be followed by a sense of self-disgust or anxiety, which then compels you to rid yourself of what's been consumed. This process is often compulsive and unconscious. Support involves helping you to become more consciously aware of these impulses and to understand why you feel the need to binge. Keeping a diary, being more aware of thoughts and attempting a more balanced lifestyle can help with this disorder.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Any student starting out in an unfamiliar city, away from home for the first time, can find him/herself feeling isolated and anxious. It's not always easy to make friends, and the pressures of exams can feel overwhelming. It is easy to find unhealthy ways to cope with the specific pressures facing you as a student, so professional support can be a vital link in helping you manage distress at this transitional time.
Read More: #UniMentalHealthDay: RSCPP therapists' advice for students on managing mental health at university
As with eating disorders, BDD can stem from an underlying belief of not being good enough and a need to control. If you are suffering with this condition, you may often look at your body image and see imperfection. Typical thoughts are: 'I look fat', 'I'm not presentable', or ' people will see my faults'. Anxiety and stress levels intensify as you experience these obsessive negative and self critical thoughts, causing feelings of shame and unworthiness. Therapy sessions can identify these thoughts in order to challenge them, and behavioural experiments can help you break unhealthy patterns of behaviour.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
There doesn't seem to be one defining cause for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, however social influences in early childhood seem to contribute to this disorder. An overly indulged attachment, or a disinterested and/or abusive parental attachment may contribute to this. People with NPD carry a sense of entitlement and grandiosity towards others; these are behaviours which are influenced by early parental relationships and other social influences.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Create a plan for how you want the week to go, to encourage yourself for the week ahead. Invest in Vitamin B Complex; it's a stress buster and all round energiser. Make a decision to get to bed an hour earlier. Plan a reward for the coming weekend - this could be meeting with a friend, seeing a movie or getting out of town.
Read More: Blue Monday: Ten tips on how to get through the 'most depressing day of the year'
Unemployment can lead to feelings of powerlessness and isolation, contributing to low self esteem. Negative thinking can affect your perception of life and other people, particularly when you get stuck in a negative thought pattern. At any age, and for several reasons, you may begin to feel isolated and lonely, with increased negative or anxious thoughts contributing to your low sense of self worth.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of self esteem problems
With the Christmas Day feast, stay as relaxed as you can, eat slowly and listen to your body; you can stop when you feel full. At this time of year, for anyone recovering from or suffering with an eating disorder, doing some self-monitoring is crucial. Use a notebook to help you feel more in control, where you can track any anxious or negative thoughts, and ask yourself helpful questions: if you are struggling with binge or secret eating behaviours, ask yourself if you are eating through hunger or emotional stress? Do you need to use distraction techniques? Keeping a log of what's going on will help you feel better about managing it.
Read More: How to cope with eating disorders at Christmas and New Year
One of the changes that I have noticed in private practice is that there has been a steady increase in male clients. This may be an indication that men are at least starting to recognise that they might benefit from and then seek therapeutic support for whatever life issues or crises they are facing. I feel very positive about International Men's Day on November 19th, as it highlights the need for men to acknowledge that they may need support and it's ok to seek it. For so many men, the pressures to be the provider and protector, to be strong, to not feel, can cause anxiety, addiction and, tragically, suicide. Hopefully seeking support is becoming less of a taboo and more about making good choices.
Read More: International Men's Day: RSCPP therapists explore issues around men's mental health
A phobia is an intense emotional and psychological response to a place or object which causes extreme fear and anxiety in an individual. This response can vary depending on the individual and his or her proximity to the cause. For some individuals, if the feared object, place or activity is infrequently experienced then the phobia stays in place but doesn't necessarily intrude on the person's life, i.e. a spider or wasp phobia. If, on the other hand, a businessman has a crash phobia with regards to flying, then it could be a major problem to try and live with.
Read More: From pogonophobia to selenophobia: Ten unusual phobias you might not have heard of


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) Counsellor (Registered since April 2013)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (UK)

Maureen Cahill abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Cardiff, Riverside, Adamsdown, Grangetown, Splott, Butetown, Blackweir, Roath, Cardiff Bay, Cathays, Canton, Maindy, Gabalfa, Victoria Park, Llandaff, Tremorfa, Leckwith, St Fagans, Llandough, Heath

Nearest Train Stations

  • Cardiff Central (0.2 miles)
  • Cardiff Queen Street (0.5 miles)
  • Cathays (0.7 miles)
  • Cardiff Bay (0.9 miles)
  • Grangetown (1 miles)
  • Ninian Park (1 miles)
  • Waun-Gron Park (2.3 miles)
  • Cogan (2.3 miles)
  • Heath Low Level (2.6 miles)
  • Heath High Level (2.6 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

Updated 13 December 2018