SiRONA Clinic 

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT. During times of mental distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress. CBT therapists help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour.

The Basis of CBT

About Me

My name is Mary Rosarie Chawke. I am originally from Co. Limerick and have permanently moved to Cork. I began my career in 2006 and trained as a Mental Health Nurse in Waterford Institute of Technology, completing most of my training in the Waterford and South Tipperary Mental Health Services. I worked in the UK’shealth service for a period of time before returning back to Ireland. I continued with my professional development and completed a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in University College Cork. I have over eight years’ experience working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, working with young people experiencing a range of different mental health difficulties. I also have experience working with adults who struggle with their mental wellbeing. Offering families family work, support and education about their family member’s mental illness has been a significant part of my career and current role. My professional experience to date includes facilitating CBT group therapy, individual therapy, behavioural family therapy, individual and group parenting courses for both children and adolescent age group including Circle of Security attachment based parenting.

I have provisional accreditation from the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies. I have a great deal of experience in helping people who experience mental health difficulties including depression, self harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress, PTSD, health anxiety, Psychosis, eating disorders, sleep difficulties, low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation including difficulties regulating anger emotions, ADHD.

I always work jointly with the client to enable the person to understand their current difficulties, what may have triggered the symptoms and most importantly what maintains these current difficulties. Together we work as part of a team and develop a plan on how to move forward and set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Limited) goals for therapy. Education around the symptoms that the client is experiencing is a key part of this work as well as developing skills to become more self-compassionate. We will collaboratively identify unhelpful behavioural patterns which enable difficulties and identify and prepare for exposure to more adaptive (positive) coping behaviours. An essential component of cognitive behavioural therapy includes completing “homework” or out of session assignments however this will be agreed on together at each session. Prior to completing therapy we will develop a “therapy blueprint” to promote relapse prevention and we will complete a revision of all skills learned in therapy. Upon Completion of Therapy, the client graduates as their own CBT therapist.

If you feel this is a therapy that would suit you, please feel free to contact me on the details below to ask any questions or to book an assessment appointment


Telephone: 087 7513594

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