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I am a qualified integrative counsellor with over 6 years experience and founder of New Beginnings Counselling. I also have a BA (hons) degree in Sociology and Social Policy. I believe we are all capable of creating a change in our lives that lead to personal growth and development and sometimes we need a helping hand in making this change. Counselling and psychotherapy can support you, in any area of your life that you may be struggling with or with feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, anger or stress. It can also help you through major life transitions such as motherhood, a change in living situations or in relationships. By guiding you to reconnect with your authentic self, your values and identity. Improving your confidence and self-worth.  Psychotherapy and counselling are closely linked, however counselling will often focus on the problems and parts of ourselves that we are already aware of. Psychotherapy will go deeper, uncovering things that may be hidden to us or that we are not consciously aware of.  My approach to therapy is a non-clinical and therapeutic approach. My aim is to help decrease negative stigma surrounding mental health and normalising it within our society. We all have mental health and it is our responsibility to care for it, just as we care for our physical health. I also believe in mental health education and I share information, strategies and techniques on how we can best care for our mental health and well-being, through my client work, workshops and in the articles I write. I offer my clients a safe space to talk, to be heard and understood without judgement. Therapy is different for everyone as we are all unique with our own world view. However it often focuses on helping clients to resolve problems, understand their thought patterns, gain new perspectives, learn how to catch, challenge and change cognitive distortions, improve their self-worth and sense of self and build a toolkit full of positive coping mechanisms. Therapy offers you the opportunity to resolve, process and let go of pain and worries that you have been carrying. It helps you to live authentically and with purpose. Prioritise yourself as you are the most important person to you.

How to manage social anxiety this Christmas 1 month ago

How to manage social anxiety this Christmas

With Christmas getting closer, many of us will feel a mixture of excitement and worry. However, for those of you who live with social anxiety, Christmas can be a very …
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Watch: Grandparents get the best Christmas present ever! 1 month ago

Watch: Grandparents get the best Christmas present ever!

A young couple gave their parents the best Christmas present ever this week – a first meeting with their grandson.

Monica McCafferty from Ballybofey and Fergus Reid from Kildare had …
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Beautiful hair gifts all wrapped up at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 1 month ago

Beautiful hair gifts all wrapped up at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

The Christmas shopping rush is well and truly on, but Patrick Gildea Hairdressing in Letterkenny has everything you need to treat those who love to look after their hair.

The …
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An evening of virtual Christmas cheer for Donegal Women in Business! 1 month ago

An evening of virtual Christmas cheer for Donegal Women in Business!

The Donegal Women in Business Network were in the festive spirit yesterday evening for a fun end-of-year Christmas party.

The virtual set-up didn’t stop us donning our festive wear to …
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Extraordinary gift ideas from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery 1 month ago

Extraordinary gift ideas from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery

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An antique gift comes with its own story, and at Mourne Antiques & Jewellery, there’s a piece of history on every shelf.

The Letterkenny store has a wide …
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Donegal gifts remember ‘the year we stayed at home again’ 2 months ago

Donegal gifts remember ‘the year we stayed at home again’

Spraoi agus Spórt has launched a new fundraising initiative in the run-up to Christmas 2021 which will enable the multi-award-winning social enterprise from Carndonagh to continue providing its vital services for children, teenagers, and …
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Tis the season for Paula’s pop-up shops! 2 months ago

Tis the season for Paula’s pop-up shops!

TWO fabulously festive pop-up shops have opened in Ardara and Glenties – much to the delight of local Christmas lovers.

Paula Bonner is back with not one, but two Bows …
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Watch: Donegal author’s Christmas wish comes true! 2 months ago

Watch: Donegal author’s Christmas wish comes true!

A Letterkenny teacher and author has come up with a very imaginative way to inspire children to read this Christmas.

Louise Flanagan wrote her own children’s fantasy series ‘Dragonterra’ during …
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10 steps to the perfect Christmas Tree 2 months ago

10 steps to the perfect Christmas Tree

Anne Tuohy feeling festive! 10 steps to the perfect Christmas Tree

Step One – Check your lights

Check that all your lights are working, and also figure out how many …
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Top 10 Black Friday bargains from Donegal’s ConnectIt.ie 2 months ago

Top 10 Black Friday bargains from Donegal’s ConnectIt.ie

Get your Christmas gifts sorted locally this Black Friday with connectit.ie

Take the worry out of your shopping by buying on a Donegal website from the safety of your own …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: You can say NO this Christmas 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: You can say NO this Christmas

No is a complete sentence.

You can say NO to things without having to add explanation.   

Add a ‘thanks’ if you wish, but only if you want to,

Countywide food collections to help local families this Christmas 2 months ago

Countywide food collections to help local families this Christmas

A countywide food appeal is taking place on Saturday 27th November to support local families this Christmas.

Donations of food, vouchers, cash or gifts would be gratefully accepted.

The Donegal …
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Christmas cheer returns to Letterkenny with family friendly switch-on 2 months ago

Christmas cheer returns to Letterkenny with family friendly switch-on

Letterkenny is gearing up for the Christmas Lights Switch On, taking place on Friday November 19th, 2021.

Letterkenny Chamber is delighted to bring back this family friendly event to …
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#BuyDonegal is back for Christmas 2021 3 months ago

#BuyDonegal is back for Christmas 2021

Let’s get browsing… because #BuyDonegal 2021 begins today!

The retail campaign includes over 250 local businesses ready to support each other in the lead up to Christmas.

The campaign will promote …
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Letterkenny Babies helping local charities this Christmas 3 months ago

Letterkenny Babies helping local charities this Christmas

A popular parents community group is giving back to the community once again this Christmas with an exciting draw.

The Letterkenny Babies page, which is a go-to forum for parents, …
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#BuyDonegal returns for festive shopping season 4 months ago

#BuyDonegal returns for festive shopping season

#BuyDonegal is back for 2021 to showcase the best of Donegal business!

The campaign and website provides an opportunity for businesses across the county to highlight their exciting and …
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Couple’s cheery Christmas lights raise €12,000 for Pieta 12 months ago

Couple’s cheery Christmas lights raise €12,000 for Pieta

The Whoriskey’s of Kerrykeel are celebrating the success and generous support of another great festive fundraiser.

A total of €12,140 was raised for Pieta last Christmas thanks to Mary and …
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Great gifts to be found at Flynn’s 1 year ago

Great gifts to be found at Flynn’s

Flynn’s Pharmacies in Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh have Christmas gifting all wrapped up with a large range of gifts for all.

This week at Flynn’s you’ll find luxurious gift sets, top …
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Watch: Meet the Donegal woman with a winter wonderland of wreaths 1 year ago

Watch: Meet the Donegal woman with a winter wonderland of wreaths

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Glenties woman Paula Roarty is helping people enjoy a fabulous festive feeling at home with her Bows & Wreaths.

The creative Christmas lover has reopened her pop-up …
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Thorougly Modern Mammy: I’m offended 1 year ago

Thorougly Modern Mammy: I’m offended

Mammy is offended…

Given that everyone is now allowed and encouraged to be offended by absolutely everything, I’ve decided to crack down on the lyrics of other Christmas songs which, …
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Find out who has won a Castle Grove Christmas Hamper! 1 year ago

Find out who has won a Castle Grove Christmas Hamper!

It’s time to reveal the winner of our Christmas Hamper giveaway with Castle Grove Country House Hotel!

The winner is… Pamela McConigley!

Congratulations to Pamela, who has been contacted on …
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Teacher’s charity CD back on the shelves for Christmas 1 year ago

Teacher’s charity CD back on the shelves for Christmas

Letterkenny teacher Anne Nicholls has relaunched her charity CD for Christmas 2020.

The Scoil Mhuire gan Smál teacher released a special album called Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny in 2019. Following …
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COMPETITION: Treat your loved one to the Gift of Castle Grove 1 year ago

COMPETITION: Treat your loved one to the Gift of Castle Grove

The team at Castle Grove Country House Hotel have launched a fabulous array of luxury Christmas hampers this Christmas season, with prices ranging from €75, €100, €150 and €250.

The …
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Let’s continue to shop local and #BuyDonegal this Christmas 1 year ago

Let’s continue to shop local and #BuyDonegal this Christmas

With the easing of Government restrictions, Donegal County Council’s Cathaoirleach is encouraging shoppers across Donegal to shop local as part of a new ‘Buy Donegal December campaign’.

Building on the …
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You better watch out… for the 5 Christmas coffees with the highest calories 1 year ago

You better watch out… for the 5 Christmas coffees with the highest calories

One thing that is very popular at this time of year is the Christmas themed coffees. 

These usually are coffees at all and are Christmas flavoured Hot Chocolates that people …
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Special schoolgirl starts season of hope in Letterkenny 1 year ago

Special schoolgirl starts season of hope in Letterkenny

A brave schoolgirl was the ‘star’ of the show as she turned on the first Christmas light in Letterkenny this evening. 

Kalize McGuigan, who will be nine-years-old tomorrow, switched on …
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How to look and feel your best this Christmas 1 year ago

How to look and feel your best this Christmas

The goal for most, at this time of year is to get in shape for the Christmas party season. 

While the party season may not be happening this year, that …
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Donegal couple to bring light to the darkness as charity display returns 1 year ago

Donegal couple to bring light to the darkness as charity display returns

Kerrykeel couple Michael and Mary Whoriskey are promising to brighten up our Christmas with the return of their famous lights display.

Every year, the Whoriskeys of Gortcally in Kerrykeel transform …
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Small local businesses invited to feature on the Late Late 1 year ago

Small local businesses invited to feature on the Late Late

The Late Late Show is calling on small Irish businesses to join a special ‘Shop Local’ episode in November.

On November 6th, the chat show is going big on local business …
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Let’s Shop Local: Help us create our Donegal Christmas gift guides! 1 year ago

Let’s Shop Local: Help us create our Donegal Christmas gift guides!

Our local businesses need our support this year more than ever.

Here at DonegalWoman.ie, we want to do our part to put Donegal-made and locally-sold gifts in the spotlight for …
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Recipe: Aoibhin’s amazing Christmas biscuit cake 2 years ago

Recipe: Aoibhin’s amazing Christmas biscuit cake

Young baker Aoibhín O’Dea from Cácaí Aoibhín Gweedore has a little treat for DW readers this Christmas – her biscuit cake recipe with a festive twist.

With easy steps and …
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Donegal woman delivers Christmas care gifts to cancer patients 2 years ago

Donegal woman delivers Christmas care gifts to cancer patients

Dunkineely businesswoman Mary Deeny shared some Christmas goodwill this month after a thoughtful fundraising drive.

Mary, who has her own Forever Living business, recently put 10% of her sales towards …
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Watch: A local video with a lovely Christmas message 2 years ago

Watch: A local video with a lovely Christmas message

A heart-warming video has been recorded in Donegal to share a simple but hugely important message – Be Kind.

It’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush of …
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Relax, recharge, reset 2 years ago

Relax, recharge, reset

This week I am not going to preach to you.

There will be no tips or hints.

This next 2 weeks are about one thing.

Spending time with your family …
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Events: A celebratory Christmas lunch for Donegal Women in Business 2 years ago

Events: A celebratory Christmas lunch for Donegal Women in Business

The beautiful surrounds of Rockhill House Estate was the setting for a very festive Christmas lunch hosted by the Donegal Women in Business Network on Tuesday.

Members and guests …
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All I want for Christmas is… a Fitbit/Garmin or Headphones from Irwin Expert Electrical 2 years ago

All I want for Christmas is… a Fitbit/Garmin or Headphones from Irwin Expert Electrical

The ‘All I Want for Christmas’ series continues with Irwin Expert Electrical this week with a look at their wearable gadgets.

If there’s someone special who you know would love …
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Interiors: Why you shouldn’t hire an interior designer before Christmas 2 years ago

Interiors: Why you shouldn’t hire an interior designer before Christmas

If you had come to me at any time over the past few weeks, and said “Anne, I need help to get my living room / bedroom/ whole house redecorated …
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Cadbury Secret Santa Postal Van is on its way to Letterkenny 2 years ago

Cadbury Secret Santa Postal Van is on its way to Letterkenny

Christmas is coming early for local chocolate lovers – because Cadbury is bringing their Secret Santa Postal Van to Letterkenny this Sunday 8th December.

Stopping by at the Market …
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Creative Paula has Christmas gifting all wrapped up 2 years ago

Creative Paula has Christmas gifting all wrapped up

When most people are only thinking about putting up their Christmas decorations this week, one Donegal woman has been immersed in glitter, ribbons, and bows for months!

Paula Roarty from …
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Letterkenny’s Sensory Santa sessions return for 2019 2 years ago

Letterkenny’s Sensory Santa sessions return for 2019

Do you know a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Difficulties?

One thing on the list for many families this Christmas is a visit to Santa’s grotto. But for children …
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The five lowest calorie drinks to have this party season 2 years ago

The five lowest calorie drinks to have this party season

It is officially December and that can only mean one thing; Christmas party season has officially arrived. 

With the upcoming festivities and with Christmas being only a few weeks away, it …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a realistic Christmas survival guide 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a realistic Christmas survival guide

It’s the weekend of Toy Shows and trees for many…So I am posting my Christmas Survival Guide for the Mary of the Poppins types…

“Surviving Christmas,” “Christmas Survival Tips …
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Shop a little, help a lot at iCare’s new Christmas craft sale 2 years ago

Shop a little, help a lot at iCare’s new Christmas craft sale

A new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop has opened at the iCARE centre in Buncrana in the run-up to Christmas, selling unique festive gifts made by young adults with autism.

The …
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‘Tis the season… for the Letterkenny Babies annual Christmas Jumper party! 2 years ago

‘Tis the season… for the Letterkenny Babies annual Christmas Jumper party!

For the past three years, the team behind the parents’ Facebook group has organised a Christmas Jumper party for families to meet, spread Christmas cheer and raise money for an …
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Let Yes Chef do the cooking this Christmas 2 years ago

Let Yes Chef do the cooking this Christmas

Yes Chef Catering, well-known caterers throughout the north west and official caterers to the Donegal GAA, are giving you the ultimate gift this festive season.

A hassle free Christmas!

CHRISTMAS …
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‘Mary Christmas’ in Kerrykeel all set for the big switch-on 2 years ago

‘Mary Christmas’ in Kerrykeel all set for the big switch-on

Ireland biggest private home Christmas lights display are set to dazzle once again when special guest Santa turns them on this Friday.

Mary Whoriskey and her husband Michael have been …
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Events: Anne Nicholls and guests launch charity Christmas CD 2 years ago

Events: Anne Nicholls and guests launch charity Christmas CD

Over 200 people were treated to a magical night of Christmas music on Friday when Letterkenny teacher Anne Nicholls and guests launched a charity CD.

Music, stories and special moments …
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Recipe: This Prosecco wreath cake is perfect for party season 2 years ago

Recipe: This Prosecco wreath cake is perfect for party season

‘Tis the season for Christmas baking, and if you want to take a step up from mince pies then a show-stopping cake is the way to impress.

We got our …
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All I Want for Christmas are… Sonos speakers from Irwin Expert Electrical 2 years ago

All I Want for Christmas are… Sonos speakers from Irwin Expert Electrical

For the music fan in your life, a gift that offers brilliant sound could be the perfect present for Christmas 2019.

Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny and Buncrana stock a …
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Letterkenny teacher to launch charity CD this Friday 2 years ago

Letterkenny teacher to launch charity CD this Friday

Popular Letterkenny schoolteacher Anne Nicholls has brought a community of musicians and artists together for a special Christmas CD in aid of the homeless.

The CD, titled Christmas Greetings from …
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