New Leaf Counselling

Professional Psychotherapist

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Heal from trauma
Strengthen relationships
Overcome guilt, depression, and anxiety
Become more confident
Reconnect with your body
Process grief
Enhance spirituality
Find meaning in your story
Discover your power

Meet Ms Shadia Duske

Professional Psychotherapist

Shadia is a Professional Psychotherapist and Registered Member with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Graduate Member with the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has been working in the field of mental health since 2004. Originally from the USA, Shadia received her education and training in Colorado where she still holds her license. In 2016, Shadia moved to Cork, where she is excited to practise her passion.   

Shadia has extensive experience working with a variety of populations and concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, sexuality concerns, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phase of life challenges. She began to train and specialise in Reproductive Mental Health in 2009. Shadia realises the depth of struggle that can often accompany reproduction. These experiences feel isolating, especially because we still live in a culture that makes it taboo to discuss such topics. Shadia is dedicated to breaking the silence surrounding Reproductive Mental Health. 

It is Shadia's passion to join her clients in their stories as a dedicated companion and guide on their journeys through emotional pain toward self-exploration and healing. Shadia draws concepts primarily from three schools of psychotherapy including existentialist, psychodynamic, and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), for which she is currently undergoing the certification process. She believes we all have a story we tell ourselves about who we are based on our past and present life circumstances and messages we have received in relationships. Through gentle support and processing, our story of suffering can gradually become a story with meaning and empowerment. Shadia helps clients go deeper into their emotional experiences, facilitating them in uncovering unconscious patterns and themes as they slowly find their way to a stronger, more empowered self. Shadia also works extensively with relationships, helping to improve communication and support. Part of finding meaning in suffering is about learning how to connect more effectively with the people closest to us. 

Shadia has found that every client's mind works a bit differently and may have different needs when it comes to processing experiences and arriving at a place of healing. Combined with talk therapy, Shadia utilises various therapy techniques including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy exercises, art therapy, creative writing, EMDR, guided meditation, mindfulness, and other experiential techniques when deemed appropriate. 

What is  Psychotherapy?


Psychotherapy is a process in which you can meet in a safe and confidential setting with a trained and qualified professional in order to gain clarity and understanding of thoughts, feelings, or behaviours. There may be a specific presenting problem or psychological struggle that you are experiencing in your life or perhaps you might just want to increase awareness or insight about your human experience. 

There are various psychotherapeutic theories and models that different psychotherapists utilise to help clients to heal.

Feel     Name     Express     Transform

What is EFT?

EFT (Emotion-Focused Therapy) is one of the primary psychotherapy models used at New Leaf Counselling. This evidence-based model proposes that emotions are adaptive, acting as a guide to what we need, but can become problematic due to past traumas or if people are taught to ignore or dismiss them. Through this approach, clients are helped to experience their emotions as they arise in the safety of a therapy session, where they can discover for themselves the value of greater awareness and more flexible management of emotions. A growing body of research demonstrates that this model of therapy has a lasting and transformative effect

It is often difficult for us to find safe places in our lives to deal with painful emotions. It is socially acceptable to seek medical attention if we have a broken bone, yet when our struggle is psychological, we may feel it a sign of weakness to reach out for help.

It is time to change our definition of what it means to be strong. You do not have to suffer in isolation.

Help is available.

Call or email Shadia today to set up an appointment.

It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever be dimmed.

Doe Zantamata