Johnstown Therapy Centre announces Open Day on Saturday 16th May, 2015 in support of Headstrong – Breaking the Stigma

Headstrong Open Day Twitter Banner 800x320Johnstown Therapy Centre (JTC) in Dun Laoghaire are opening their doors and inviting you to experience the joy of therapies such as Indian head massage, back neck and shoulder massage, Reiki and Healing through Sound with Tibetan Bowls.  We will also be hosting a range of talks on Mental & Physical Wellbeing with all proceeds going to Headstrong to support their Breaking the Stigma Campaign in support of Youth Mental Health Awareness.

According to JTC director Anne Burke, there is a lot to be done in respect of building mental health services for children and adolescents.  There are many services trying their best out there at the moment but funding is short and services are stressed beyond their means. These services are so important to our young people; did you know for instance that 75% of adult mental health difficulties emerge before the age of 25?  Johnstown Therapy Centre provides counselling and psychotherapy to children and adolescents, we use many different approaches to working with this age group which include Therapeutic Play and a range of other creative therapies such as Sand Play therapy, Storytelling and Art Psychotherapy.  We also have a particular structure for working with Adolescents which is called the Act Smart Programme and it involves using a Cognitive Behavioural approach to support the Adolescent in exploring possible solutions and integrating them to deal with whatever issues they are experiencing.

Headstrong is a charitable organisation supporting young peoples’ mental health.  They are working to change how Ireland thinks about young peoples’ mental health through the Jigsaw Programme of service development, Research and Engagement.  They have 10 Jigsaw projects around the country.  The projects are free, brief and youth-friendly mental health supports to young people aged between 12 – 25 and unite communities to listen to and support young people.  Issues commonly presenting in the Jigsaw projects include anxiety, anger, family problems and stress.

Qualified therapists will guide you through a series of engaging lectures including:

11.00 am  – Understanding the dynamic of conflict in a family – Talk by our Mediator Judi Coyne 

Looking at the different ways conflict might manifest itself and the varieties of impact on both the individuals and the different relationships within the family group. This talk will then proceed to look at the range of constructive interventions to manage and work it through in order to limit the damage of conflict in the family.

1.00pm Minding our Youth – Suicide Prevention for Teens – Talk by our Psychotherapist/Counsellor Anne Burke

What’s it like for teenagers today, there are so many different things that they have to deal with alongside their normal developmental path.  This talk looks at how we can maintain relationships with our teenagers and young adults, through mentalising.  Mentalising is a concept that explores the importance of relationships, raising emotional awareness and assists us in managing our behaviours which in turn can lead to confident, resilient and motivated teenagers and young adults.  This talk also raises awareness about the risk of suicide and will give some guidelines on suicide prevention.

2.30pm Building a Healthy Relationship with Food for Young Adults – Psychologist (Health) Elaine Garrigan

There are many barriers to healthy eating that can be both psychological and environmental. During childhood we develop a relationship with food that will carry with us into adulthood – with some of us developing an unhealthy relationship with food. This may be the result of food becoming a coping tool – for emotions and stress, or habits acquired in childhood influenced by social norms and beliefs. In this talk we will look at the mood- food connection, and attitudes and beliefs to healthy eating as well as looking the benefits of Mindful Eating.

Booking is essential for all talks – the talks are 30 minutes in duration with time afterwards for questions and discussion.  Donations welcome and all proceeds will be donated to Headstrong

 Tibetan Singing Bowls/Singing Bowl Meditation Group ( 12.00pm & 3.15pm)

Experience total peace and relaxation with the beautiful, healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls dating back to the time of Buddha. Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used extensively for healing, meditation and consciousness transformation. Holistic therapist, Tom Toher will host a 45 minute group meditation using these ancient, sacred sounds.   Donations for Headstrong appreciated.

Treatments for the day include:

Individual sessions for Reiki and Healing through Sound with Tibetan Bowls – minimum donation €20 per treatment

Massage therapist, Laura Sanfey will be on hand to perform a number of mini-treatments for the reduced price of €20 with all proceeds donated to Headstrong. Available from 10am – 2.30 booking is essential

Aromatherapy Massage:

Depending on how you feel on the day this massage can be tailored to suit your needs. Aromatherapy is the practice of using the essential natural oils extracted from different parts of plants. These oils are absorbed through the skin and in to the bloodstream and have gentle but effective physiological effects. Aromatherapy is an excellent treatment for stress-related problems and a variety of chronic conditions.

Indian Head Massage:

This is a very effective seated therapy incorporating massage of the arms, upper back, neck, scalp & face using high quality aromatherapy oils suited to your skin & hair type. (Treatment can be conducted without oil if you prefer). Indian Head Massage is the ideal treatment for anyone who is suffering from aching shoulders, a tight neck, tension headaches, eye strain, insomnia, or poor concentration. It promotes a feeling of deep relaxation.


The Holistic practice of treating reflex points and areas in the feet that relate to corresponding glands, organs and systems of the body. By using specific pressure and massage techniques to stimulate these reflex points, we can help the body to regain a balanced state by increasing blood flow to specific areas.

Call the Johnstown Therapy Centre (JTC) to book a place on (01) 2024837  for more details.

For media interviews contact, Anne Burke on (01) 202 4837/ (086) 2400329 or email