Simon Callan – Founder & Clinician

Hello! My name is Simon Callan. I am a Counselling Psychologist, Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist and the founder of this practice. The practice operates in Gorey, Co. Wexford. I started working in Gorey for Talk to Tom Suicide Prevention Centre, before opening ‘Your First Step Counselling & Psychotherapy’ in 2019. My attitude towards life is optimistic, placing central importance on the optimal development of human potential.

My Qualifications and Memberships

I hold the following qualifications: BA (Hons) in Psychology from Dublin Business School, an MSc in Psychological Science from University of Limerick and an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Turning Point Institute (accredited via University College Cork). I also hold a certificate in Mindfulness from the Irish Mindfulness Institute.

I am an Accredited Member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

I am a Graduate Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). 

How I Practice

There are many different approaches to therapy, and it is important to give you some information on this for two reasons. Firstly, sometimes people come to therapy looking for a very specific therapeutic approach, such as psychoanalysis. If this was the case, you may be best served by seeking a specifically trained psychoanalyst. The second reason I mention the different approaches to therapy is that different approaches to therapy may work better for different people.

My approach to therapy is humanistic and integrative. This means that I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques such as: client-centred, existential, psychodynamic, psychosynthesis, mindfulness, amongst others. I do not work from one of these approaches in isolation. Instead, I blend all of my training into how I practice. I tailor how I work to best suit you as an individual. However, I believe the most important part of our work together is the professional relationship that is formed between us.

I want you to feel comfortable and safe talking to me openly and honestly about your life. If you do not feel comfortable with me, then the therapeutic work cannot progress. You have to feel safe and comfortable for the process to help you and, even if it is not with this service, it is important that we find you a therapist that you will feel comfortable working with. This process is all about what works best for you.

Dewi Williams – Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist

My name is Dewi. I am originally from Wales and have lived in the Gorey area for the last 30 years. I have worked as a Horticultural therapist for twenty-five of those years, using plants and nature to help clients improve their physical and mental health, and develop a better overall sense of well-being. I have joined Your First Step Counselling in 2024, and remain practicing with Living Life Centre.

My Qualifications and Memberships

I am a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). I hold a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have completed additional certifications in Horticultural Therapy, Professional Development and Leadership, Mental Health training focussing on Psychological Crises, Therapeutic Response and Personal Development.