My Biography

"In humility value others above yourself."
St. Paul

About James

My name is James Foley. I am an accredited member of The National Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. For over 20 years I have worked with people with serious mental health issues. I have aspired during those years to provide the best therapeutic care I could. In the years ahead with the support of my family and others I aim to develop my skills further through ongoing work and training.

Personal and Professional Background

Having grown up on a farm I always felt the draw to work with people more so than animals and machinery. I went into psychiatric nurse training when I was 25. In total I spent nearly 20 years as a psych nurse. 12 years of that were spent in addiction work.

While I enjoyed the interaction with the patients very much, over time I found nursing too constraining in its role and the medical treatment model alone unsatisfactory. In 2010 I started my counselling therapy training. I am now in a position to be able to offer professional counselling services.

photo of james foley counsellor at prevail counselling therapy

My Experience

1990s
  • Diploma in marketing and cert in advertising.
  • Worked as a carer with people in a psychiatric rehabilitation hostel.
  • Completed my 3 year diploma in psychiatric nursing at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Started work in Dublin in acute psychiatric hospital care.
2000s
  • Completed my nursing degree in Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.
  • Got married and had 2 children.
  • Started working in a residential drug detox centre. I worked there as a nurse but maintained many roles including group work facilitator and 1:1 support.
2010s
  • Commenced and completed my diploma in counselling at the Person Centred Institute in Dublin.
  • Started nursing agency work in various medical and psychiatric settings all over Dublin. This included a year in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
  • Completed 450 hours of voluntary counselling work so as to attain my counselling accreditation.
2020s and beyond
  • Set up Prevail Counselling Therapy.
  • Hope to do Marriage/Relationship Counselling training.
  • Hope to do a Masters in Counselling Therapy.

My initial business training did give me an understanding of the workings of the human mind and how we can improve our life through changing how our mind works.

In my nursing work I dealt with people who developed psychosis or mood and behavioural disorders due to biological brain dysfunction and life’s emotional strains. When I looked beyond these labels, I saw broken people from broken lives. People dealing with issues the same as the general population such as family dysfunction, relationship trauma, obsessive negative thinking and behaving, and many more.

The clients I now meet in the counselling room do not have as clinical a presentation as the patients I have nursed. Still, the problems of bereavement, unexplained fear, depression, anxiety etc are the same.

So in my 20 plus years of professional caring work I have learned that the human heart, mind and soul can be fragile. When cared for and empowered though, us humans can achieve greatness in the normality of life.

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