joeI am Joe Friel and I am a qualified and accredited counselling psychotherapist. With many years spent in Scotland working within the mental health sector, addictions and in the private sector, I now work at a private practice based at the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Having first gained a Masters (MA) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2000, I then followed my interest in counselling therapy where my initial education was in Person Centred Counselling. In 2005 I completed a Post Graduate Certification in Integrative Psychotherapy. I then completed a Diploma in Suicide Studies in 2010 and in 2012 I undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. Read More…

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Psychology of narcissism

If you interested in knowing more about the narcissistic personality style, then here is an interesting short video clip.

What detoxifies shame in integrative psychotherapy

I recently had my research published by the British Journal of Psychotherapy. Please follow the link to access the abstract.

New Mental Health Resource From the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention and other Organisations is a place to learn about mental health in Ireland, and how to support yourself and the people you love.

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The difference between depression and sadness

This short video helps to explain the difference between depression and sadness and helps clarify some uncertainty people may have on the issue.

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What is Depression?

In an attempt to help people understand depression, the World Health Organisation has put together the following animation. It can be accessed at:


For those who are interested, I Had a Black Dog, by Matthew Johnstone, is also available. This book is the author’s expression of his personal journey with depression and is expressed in layman’s terms.

If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them. It could save their life.

This may be helpful information if you are concerned about someone that you think may be suicidal. It is also an informative page for all interested in signs and symptoms of people who are feeling suicidal. To access the information click on the link below:

When does your mental health become a problem?

The BBC has a useful online article that describes some of the basics of mental health and mental ill health. It gives a good overview of common mental health challenges and the over reliance on medical approaches when other, often more effective approaches, such as the talking therapies have proven benefits.  The article is available at the following link: