Did you know that 75% of people can do 75% of jobs?!

 We have never had more choice and this affords us the opportunity to make a choice to live the way you wish; however sometimes the choice is bewildering. Psychometric Assessment focuses on the strengths and motivations of the individual in order to help you make a satisfying choice for your career path.

To make an appointment for Career Guidance please ring me on 085 7112211 or else email: info@stellaomalley.com. At certain times of the year there is a very high demand for Career Guidance and there is a waiting list. Therefore if you are thinking of booking it is recommended that you contact me as soon as possible.

We spend at least 50% of our waking life working – if you enjoy your work you will enjoy your life!

Psychometric Testing

Psychometric Assessment analyses a person’s interests, motivations, personality and aptitude. This creates an in-depth profile of the individual and chooses the careers that the person will be most likely to enjoy and will also be good at.

This intensive, private, one-to-one assessment helps the individual choose the right subject choices for a future career. It also enables a student in deciding what choices to make on the CAO form.

Psychometric Assessment is for individuals who do not know what career they should pursue in life. There are 4 stages in the assessment: Personality Assessment, Interest Inventory, Aptitude Testing and IQ Assessment. I also will interview you to give you the opportunity to give a background to your personality and to provide information on your educational and work experience ( however short); the subjects you liked most and least in school; and your hobbies & interests. The assessment takes a total of 2 hours. The assessments are interesting, thought-provoking and enjoyable.

Your answers are then analysed and approximately 2 weeks later you return for a full written analysis to explain what your answers say about you. I score the responses to all of the questions and present the results of the Occupational Interests Questionnaire, the six Aptitude Tests and the Personality Questionnaire on three separate charts. This written report is yours to keep for reference at future crossroads in your life.

The report gives a full and in-depth analysis in which the charts are interpreted against the background of the individual and the current and future work environment. In the report suggestions are made to the client as to the specific careers that you should give serious consideration and how to get into them.

Personality Questionnaire
The Personality Questionnaire has nearly 200 questions which are very short and straightforward . All that the individual has to do is read the questions and choose the most appropriate response from a choice of 3 possible responses.

Occupational Interest Inventory
In the Occupational Interests Inventory the individual is asked to indicate on the answer sheet the degree of interest he or she would have in each activity if it formed a major element in a career. The purpose of the exercise is to establish interest only so statements from the individual like “ I would love to be a doctor but I would never get the points to get into medical school” are irrelevant at this stage. All that we are interested in at this stage is what the individual is likely to get a kick out of.

Aptitude Testing
Aptitude Tests ascertain what are the innate talents of the individual – what you are naturally good at. These tests cover the most common aptitudes associated with job performance: Verbal Ability; Numerical Reasoning; Abstract Reasoning; Mechanical Reasoning; Space Relations and Perceptual Speed and Accuracy.


It is said that there are approximately 18,000 different careers to choose from!


Every year a random sample of clients who have taken the program five years previously are contacted to ascertain how satisfied they have been with their asessment. Results to date show a satisfaction rate of 90% of those who have responded.


"I was very pleased with my Career Guidance assessment with Stella. The experience was both reassuring and helpful. It was conducted in a relaxing environment, conducive to probing all career and training/re-training options. The series of tests she administered, while challenging in parts, proved insightful. Results of these tests were outlined in a booklet that included a comprehensive interpretation and explanation. I found the collation of the aptitude, career inventory and personality tests and how they combined to suggest particular career paths very interesting. Overall, I felt it was a very worthwhile exercise and I would recommend it to anyone looking for guidance in the area of study and career options."
"The best thing I ever did as a student was to receive Career Guidance before I filled in my CAO form."


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— Japanese proverb

Frequently asked questions

  • Is it confidential? Yes. Everything you say is strictly confidential and your details will not be shared with anyone else.
  • What does counselling or psychotherapy involve? Everyone is different and therapy will depend on individual needs, but I generally use a Person Centered Approach within a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) framework. When appropriate I integrate other styles of therapy including a psychodynamic approach within the Counselling context. I mostly work 1:1 however I am open to couples therapy or group work on identified issues and concerns.
  • What are the different types of Counselling? There are many different styles of counselling, and different counselors work in different ways depending on which style they are trained in. It could be argued that counselling is basically either directive or non-directive. Directive counselling is often Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - the counselor may suggest some course of action or can set some 'homework' or tasks for the client. Non-directive counselling is often called the Person Centered Approach - when the client takes the lead in what is discussed and the counselor refrains from giving advice or direction.
  • What is Integrative Counselling?  Increasingly, many counselors in Ireland use Integrative Counselling. This means that the counselor includes a variety of approaches depending on what is best for the client and the issue.
  • Will I have to talk about my childhood? Perhaps but not necessarily. Many people believe that Counselling involves returning to your childhood and analysing your parents. I don’t work that way; instead I tend to focus on the present and what changes are necessary for you so that you can choose to live a more effective and fulfilling life.
  • Why should I attend counselling? Many people attend counselling for different reasons. Most people should attend counselling at some stage in their life. It is a courageous and pro-active decision to attend counselling. Unfortunately many people believe that they can, and therefore ‘should’ cope alone. Why? This world is an amazing, bewildering, surprising yet disturbing place. It is our responsibility to be happy – and if you aren’t happy it is your choice to either ignore it or to attend to it by attending counselling.
  • How long will the Counselling take? I am aware that some people are afraid that counselling won’t suit them and it might cost them lots of money. Therefore I offer one free trial session if you are nervous about attending counselling. Counselling can take months or you can also choose to go for brief therapy where you may want to attend for 8 sessions. We discover the goals you would like to achieve in the first session and we focus on these goals.
  • How often are the sessions? Once a week is ideal however it depends on the client's circumstances. Each session lasts one hour.
  • Do I need a counselor who specialises in a specific area? Some counselors specialise in certain areas e.g. addiction, bereavement etc. You may prefer to work with someone who specialises in a given area or you may instead prefer to work with some with whom you feel you can relate to or has been recommended to you. There is no right or wrong answer, it's your decision and it is better if you trust yourself when you choose your counselor.
  • When can I book an appointment? Appointments can be made at a time to suit your needs. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific requirements.
  • How should I pick a counselor? It is very important that you feel at ease with your therapist. I recommend that you phone a number of counselors before making an appointment. Do you feel comfortable with them? Follow your gut instinct; personal recommendations are very useful however different people have different needs in a counselling relationship.
  • Do I need a referral from my doctor? No, you can visit a psychotherapist without a referral from your doctor if you wish