Mary Murphy Counselling, Psychotherapy and Career Services in Cork

Mary Murphy

Welcome to my website outlining the services I provide in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in Cork City Centre. Please follow the link below providing more detail on the service that is of most interest and relevance to you.

  • Counselling & Psychotherapy - one to one personal support and development
  • Interview Coaching - up-skill for a competency based interview
  • CV Writing Service - putting words to your experience with a consultation and CV

  • Professionally, I hold a Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy, MSc in Career Management & Counselling and a Diploma in HR Management.

    Counselling & Psychotherapy

    Counselling is an exploratory, slow and gentle process that provides a safe, nonjudgmental, supportive space during difficult times and takes place over weeks, months or longer.

    The things we cannot say about ourselves or others for fear of judgement, fear of burdening others or fear of being misunderstood, those things we can say to a therapist. To say what cannot be said and experience the different parts of ourselves, including giving a voice to those parts we would prefer to hide can be a great relief when we are not judged for what we have said. We don’t have to wear a mask or operate from a persona in the counselling room. The potential benefits are many and are different for different people at different times depending on what we need and value most.


    Healing the emotional pain of life events and experiences is the work of counselling and psychotherapy. Pain and vulnerability is what we all have in common, yet each of us experiences and processes pain in our own unique way. The work of counselling is to honour and facilitate the processing and integration of that experience to heal from the inside out. We have to consciously go through it to heal it, and that is why it is a slow, gentle process that takes time, the pace of which is dictated by the client. The list below represents some of the events and symptoms of emotional pain.

  • bereavement, grief and all aspects of loss, coping with illness (self or loved one)
  • relationship struggles and family dynamics
  • career issues; stress, relationships, bullying, redundancy
  • self harm or suicidal thoughts
  • low confidence or self esteem, isolation or loneliness
  • anxiety or depression
  • abuse (childhood, recent, current)

  • For further information on frequently asked question and practicalities please refer to my counselling and psychotherapy page. Return to top of page.

    Interview Coaching

    Focused interview preparation with one to one coaching and training is particularly useful if you are feeling a bit rusty, time limited or in need of some objective input, tips, practice and techniques.

    As an interview coach my job is to help you tease out the information – evidence – that would help you demonstrate your abilities in response to competency based interview questions and present your answers in a clear, relevant and engaging way.

    How does it work?

  • You send me a copy of the job description in advance (if you have one)
  • We meet face to face for one hour and identify what you want from the session
  • We explore the meaning of competencies, tease out examples, use STAR technique and feedback

    Read my Interview Coaching Page if you wish to get a sense of my what's involved.

    I will provide guidance notes on how to prepare for and answer standard competency based interview questions. Return to top of page.

  • CV Writing Service

    I provide a professional CV Writing service tailored to the needs of individuals at all career stages, whether you are beginning your career, changing jobs, changing field of work, returning to work, been in consistent employment, self employment or intermittent work. Categories/Roles I write CVs for include:

  • Senior Managers, Executives and Directors - all fields, all sectors
  • Managers and Professionals - all fields, all sectors
  • Operatives and entry level positions - all sectors
  • School Leavers, Undergraduates and Post Graduates

    A good resume tells the story of your career, highlighting the themes and consistencies of your experience even if you have done a range of what appear to be unrelated jobs. Your abilities, competencies, experience, expertise, attitudes, skills and unique characteristics need to be clear to the reader so that she/he can get a sense of what you can bring to their organisation based on your experience to date.

    How does it work?

  • A Face to Face CV Writing session lasting up to an hour and a half
  • I will gather information and translate your experience into a professional CV
  • You will have your CV sent by email in a format that can be easily updated

    Read my CV Writing page if you wish to get a sense of my CV writing style.

  • Location

    All services are offered on a confidential basis in a comfortable setting in a city centre location. My practice is in central Cork, close to the GPO and opposite The Oliver Plunkett Bar on Oliver Plunkett Street. Although my room is in the city centre, it is a private, quite space on the top floor of a large building with lots of other businesses and services.

    You are welcome to contact me in confidence about your needs in relation to Counselling & Psychotherapy, Interview Coaching, and CV Writing. Return to top of page.

    Mary Murphy, Plunkett Chambers, 21/23 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
    083 3518131 Email

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