Carina lives in Wexford with her husband Brian, two children and dog Molly. During her career break from secondary school, she self-published her debut novel To Have, Not Hold! She was in the middle of writing the sequel to her novel when she felt compelled to stop and address a serious epidemic that is occurring worldwide right now. Children’s anxiety!
This was something she struggled with as a child and as a parent she came head to head with it again when her own daughter displayed the same signs of anxiety. As a clinical hypnotherapist she was able to help her daughter turn the ‘what if’s’ into ‘it will be okay’s’. And turn the self doubt into self confidence!
The experience of helping her own daughter drove her desire to study more in terms of managing our thoughts and our emotions. She went on then to study Paediatric Hypnotherapy, a series of CBT practitioner courses plus gain a Master NLP title. She also came to understand first hand the role of the parent in supporting children when they are feeling those big emtions.
She is extremely proud of both her daughters and the confidence they have gained in their own abilities to manage their emotions and indeed life itself. She knows every child and teenager out there can absolutely do the same!
She belileves that her biggest credential to helping others is her understanding and empathy for what anxiety and depression feels like and is very open about her own experiences. She speaks regularly on The Morning Show at South East Radio discussisng mental health issues with Alan Corcoran.
There is no denying that we are experiencing a mental health crisis in Ireland! With thousands of children attending GP appointments weekly for ‘mental health’ reasons, we simply need to do something!
Carina’s passion to help these young people and their parents comes from her own experience and her own knowledge of what could potentailly happen if children’s anxiety goes unaddressed. She suffered severe mental health issues in her teens and early adult hood herself, while her parents done their best to support her in a society where mental health was not even dared mentioned.
Carina is passionate about speaking out about her experiences because she believes that the more we hear, the more we talk and the more we talk, the less of a stigma mental health will be!
Carina felt that it was important to put all of her knowledge around children’s anxiety into a set of books for both children and adults, to help both understand and manage anxiety better. She feels that children, parents, teachers and society even, needs answers NOW on how to deal with anxiety.
She is now working children, teens and parents to help turn the tide on this overwheming anxiety felt in this modern society.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Geography and Economics from The National University of Maynooth.
Higher Diploma in Education from University College Dublin.
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
QQI Level 6 Child Psychology
Practitioners Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming with The Blackbelt Mastermind and Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Child Anger Management Diploma from Open College UK
Diploma in Paediatric Hypnotherapy from The International Society of Paediatric Hypnotherapists