Rhea Louise Askins Specialises In:
- Relationship and family issues
- Neurodiversity issues
- LGBTQ+/ Gender Identity
- Purpose in life and meaning
- Childhood abuse
- Anger management
Rhea Louise Askins’s Experience
Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation Rhea Askins (Pronouns: She/ Her)
Rhea is a fully-accredited psychotherapist, who graduated with a B.A. from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP), Tallaght. During her course of study Rhea completed a course in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Elsewhere, she is passionate about music and creativity; she is also a transgender activist and LGBTQ+ advocate. Since her B.A., Rhea has gained a wide range of experience working with anxiety and depression; she has trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and has also studied invisible addictions – gambling, gaming, pornography (etc.) – and strengths-based counselling methods.
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach
Rhea is an integrative, person-centred psychotherapist who favours an existential-humanistic approach. Rhea believes that a genuine client-therapist relationship is essential to the therapeutic process. And that our purpose is not predestined, but that we must endeavour to discover ways to orient our lives towards that which endows it with meaning. However – in her experience – the power and agency of the individual to instigate change is often overlooked, which is where the development of a greater self-awareness is also central to the therapeutic process.
Qualifications & Education
Rhea identifies as a transgender woman, and strives to normalise and educate on the spectrums of gender identity and sexuality. She started practicing as a therapist on a voluntary basis, in low-cost therapy centres in both Dublin and Wicklow. She has continued to develop her private practice since then in South Dublin, and online with clients from all around the world. Since June 2022, Rhea has trained in areas more specialised towards the LGBTQ+ community. She has also started to give presentations to nationwide organisations on subjects such as “Gender Identity: What Parents Need to Know.” Her first year as the first practicing transgender psychotherapist was published in the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Rhea has previous experience in homecare, multiculturalism and work with people with intellectual disabilities. With a penchant for all types of creativity, collaboration, philosophy, beliefs and inter-spirituality, Rhea views Love and Responsibility as two cornerstones of human existence. She believes that a non-judgemental, empathic environment is paramount, in order for real change to begin; and, after that, the path towards living your best life becomes a more realistic possibility.
Rhea Louise Askins works with:
- Adults (18+)