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Counselling Services Team

Galway

PATRICIA BURKE (Counsellor): Patricia is an accredited therapist with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). She has held positions in Proconsult Galway and Cuan Mhuire Galway. Patricia trained as an integrative counsellor and describes her therapeutic lens as person-centered and humanistic. Being an integrative therapist, Patricia works to meet the needs of each individual client which often involves psycho-education or a solution focused approach. Patricia holds a BA degree in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapeutic Studies and a BA (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS). She also holds a diploma in the Psychology of Counselling from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).’

ANNE CAHILL (Play Therapist):  Anne is a graduate of St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland & has many years experience working with children. She holds a primary degree in Education & Training (NUI, Galway) along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy, awarded by NUI Galway & the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy (QQI Level 9) and a HETAC National Diploma in Montessori Education, with Special Ed, Psychology & Gaeilge. Anne is a member of Play Therapy Ireland & Play Therapy International. Her work is guided by Play Therapy International’s Ethical Framework. Anne is supervised, insured & Garda Vetted.  As well as practicing privately, she has worked with children in various schools, with Helplink’s School Completion Programme, and with the Galway Traveller Movement. Anne is engaged with Continuous Professional Development. She is a Certified Play Therapist and also a Practitioner in Child & Parent Attachment.

KAREL DALY (Play Therapist): Karel qualified as a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist from the Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC) (Diploma in Play Therapy & Psychotherapy) in 2011. She is a accredited member of the Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy (IAPTP). Karel’s experience includes working with children with Autism, Anxiety, Behavioural problems and children who have experienced trauma, abuse, bereavement and loss. She also has extensive experience in dyad work with parents and children.  In addition this this she has completed a two year programme in Systematic Constellation Therapy, incorporating the traditional teachings of Bert Hellinger. Karel has also completed the Principles of Art Therapy Certificate with CTC.

MELISSA GRIFFIN (Counsellor): Melissa holds a BA Level 8 in Counselling & Psychotherapy (First Class Honours) from ICHAS in Limerick and has full accreditation with the Association of Professional Counsellors & Psychotherapists of Ireland (APCP). She is an integrative therapist practicing with different theories suited to the client’s needs and has a person-centred approach to each individual welcoming all and any issues. Her aim is to provide a safe place to explore one’s self and enable growth. She has worked with ages 18–58 with a range of different issues such as anxiety, grief, negative thinking, PTSD, depression, insomnia, stress and more. She has experience as a support worker supporting women affected by homelessness with trauma informed care. She has extensive experience in counselling with Domestic Violence and has a particular interest in working with people who have suffered abuse and sexual violence. She has also completed specialised training with Rape Crisis Network Ireland.

CLIODHNA HARTIGAN (Play Therapist): Clíodhna holds a Post Graduate Diploma in practice based Play Therapy awarded by NUI Galway and the Academy of Play and Psychotherapy (QQI Level 9). She also graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Arts with children Studies from NUI Galway ( QQI Level 8 ). She is a member of Play Therapy Ireland meaning that she adheres to strict codes of practice, including carrying out clinical supervision and continuing her professional development. Clíodhna has experience working with children in  both educational and therapeutic settings and has a passion for helping children to help themselves.

AOIFE JENNINGS (Counsellor): Aoife holds a MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy (First Class Honours) from the Irish College of Humanities and Applies Sciences in Limerick. She has also completed level 7 modules in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practices, Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Theoretical Perspectives in Therapeutic Engagement in Practice. Aoife works as both a counsellor and radiation therapist separately and has a particular interest in the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment on the individual or their loved ones. Aoife’s MA dissertation focused on the psychosexual experiences of women following pelvic radiotherapy and is interested in the role of fear and anxiety in sexual wellbeing within this context and outside of it. Aoife has completed workshops in inner child techniques and has completed ASIST training for suicide intervention. Aoife is a pre-accredited integrative therapist with a broad range of knowledge of theories and techniques that are used to tailor an approach to suit the individual client. Aoife welcomes all client issues.

MICHELLE McGAULEY-LEE (Counsellor): Michelle holds a B.A. degree in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) as well as a B.A. in Sociological and Political Studies and Economics (N.U.I. Galway). She is an accredited member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). Michelle has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples and is also a workshop facilitator for Helplink.

CLAIRE McREDMOND (Counsellor): Claire has an MA in counselling and Psychotherapy and is pre-accredited with BACP. She has worked as an Assistant Psychologist in the HSE and the Irish Prison Service, working with clients individually as well as leading groupwork programmes. She has a particular interest in child sexual abuse prevention and has recently presented her MA research on non-offending Minor Attracted Persons at the National organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) International conference in Leeds. She works with clients in a compassionate, empathic, and non-judgemental way, helping to guide them towards their goal. She strongly believes that the relationship between the client and therapist is fundamental to therapeutic change.

ALEXANDRA MONAGHAN (Counsellor): Alexandra holds a BA (honours) in Early Childhood Studies and a Higher Certificate in Psychology.  She is currently undertaking an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS). She works from a compassionate paced holistic framework which incorporates principles of positive psychology practice.

MARY O’CONNOR (Counsellor): Mary is an MA student in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Irish College of Humanities and Applied social science in Limerick (ICHAS). She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and has completed ASIST training. Mary has advocated for and worked with victims of crime for six years and has experience working with all age groups. She adopts a person-centred approach, and her areas of interest are self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

JACOPO POZZERLE (Counsellor): Jacopo holds a Post Graduate Diploma (Level 9) in Socio-Educational Counselling from the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome (Italy) and a Diploma in Professional Counselling from the Jesuit Encounter Training (JET), Genova (Italy). He is Certified in Transactional Analysis in the application field of Counselling (CTA-C) and a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). He is also a Certified Personality Focused Treatment® (PFT) Practitioner (Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy, Chapel Hill, NC, USA). He is an accredited member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland (APCP). His main approaches are Transactional Analysis, Social-Cognitive Transactional Analysis, Systemic-Family Approach, and Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy. He has been working as a compassionate and caring counsellor since 2014. He is presently working as a Student Counsellor at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) on two Galway campuses. He is Italian and has extensive intercultural experience.


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FIONA CAHALAN (Counsellor): Fiona holds a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) as well as a BA in Psychology and Gaeilge from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She has accredited member status with the Association of Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (APCP). Fiona has experience working with adolescents and adults and is also a workshop facilitator for Helplink.

EVA-MARIA DUNNE (Youth Therapist & Addiction Counsellor): Eva-Maria is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and is a graduate of PCI College Dublin and Middlesex University, with an honours Bachelor of Science in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 8). Eva-Maria also holds a diploma in Addiction Counselling and has worked as an addiction therapist for Cuan Mhuire. She has many years of experience working with adolescents in an educational setting and has over 15 years experience of volunteering with youth groups. She is currently undergoing her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She is an integrative therapist practicing different theories suited to each individual need, she is solution focused and person-centred. Eva-Maria also holds a qualification in training and development. Eva-Maria is an avid athlete, with three world titles in kettlebell sport and coaches youth groups in the sport.

CLODAGH FITZGERALD (Counsellor): Clodagh holds a MA Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Bachelors Degree in Social Care and is currently pre-accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). She has completed workshops in Therapeutic Play, Safe Talk and ASIST. Clodagh promotes a Person Centre Approach in counselling and her areas of interest are anxiety, loneliness, depression and trauma.

CARA GIBBONS (Counsellor): Cara holds an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). She also holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and an MSC in Health Psychology from NUI Galway. She is accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP), and pre-accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Cara’s therapeutic style is evidence-based and integrative, providing counselling that is tailored to individual’s needs.

NATALIE KAVANAGH (Counsellor): Natalie holds an MA (1st class) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is a pre-accredited member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP). She provides person-centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to long- and short-term clients, both adults and adolescents, and tailors her services to meet their needs. Natalie has engaged with a varied client base on issues including anxiety and depression, chronic stress, grief and loss, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, and sleep disorders. She has also completed a placement at Ireland’s National Rehabilitation Hospital and has particular interest in working with those in recovery following injury or trauma.

GEORGINA MURPHY (Counsellor): Georgina holds a B.A. degree in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). She holds accredited member status with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP).

EMMA TYNAN (Counsellor)Emma holds a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish Counselling of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). She also holds a BSc (hons) in General Nursing. While working in a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school, Emma gained experience counselling adolescents. Emma provides an integrative style of counselling that focuses on the individual needs of each client.


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TERESA BURNS (Counsellor): Teresa holds a level 8 B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS) since 2014. In 2007 she also completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the National University of Ireland, (NUI) Maynooth. Furthermore, in 2008 Teresa completed 60 hours bereavement counselling/support training in the Family Life Centre Castlebar and she completed 100 hours of training with Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. She holds accredited member status with the Association of Professional Counsellors & Psychotherapists (APCP) since 2016. Teresa works with adolescents, adults and couples and is also a workshop facilitator for Helplink.

KAREL DALY (Play Therapist): Karel qualified as a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist from the Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC) (Diploma in Play Therapy & Psychotherapy) in 2011. She is a accredited member of the Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy (IAPTP). Karel’s experience includes working with children with Autism, Anxiety, Behavioural problems and children who have experienced trauma, abuse, bereavement and loss. She also has extensive experience in dyad work with parents and children.  In addition this this she has completed a two year programme in Systematic Constellation Therapy, incorporating the traditional teachings of Bert Hellinger. Karel has also completed the Principles of Art Therapy Certificate with CTC.

MARY GRIFFITHS (Play Therapist): Mary has a background in nursing with qualifications in midwifery and community health. Mary’s work history over time moved towards special needs education while working in Australia with a special interest in Austism Spectrum Disorders. On returning to Ireland, Mary trained with Early Childhood Ireland as an Early Years Educator gaining a Level 6 Major Award and has experience in the primary school and early year’s sector. Mary has a Post Grad Diploma from Sydney University in Community Nursing; and a Post Grad Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy from NUIG in 2021.

PADRAIG O’TOOLE (Counsellor): Padraig holds a BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies and a BA honours in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Science. He is an Integrative Psychotherapist which means he uses many approaches in helping clients achieve their goals. As a pre-accredited counsellor with the NAPCP,  he adheres to the ethics and professional standards set out by the organisation.  He looks forward to working with people on their journey of self discovery and in supporting them to achieve their true potential.


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EMER GARVEY (Counsellor): Emer is an MA student in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dublin (IICP). She holds a Post-graduation Diploma in Adult Guidance and Counselling from National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). Emer has worked with adults in a guidance counselling setting providing career information and guidance counselling for over ten years. Emer adopts a person-centred approach with clients, and areas of interest are self-esteem, anxiety and building resilience. Emer is a member of the Irish Institute of Guidance Counsellors and a student member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

MARK ISTOMIN (Counsellor): Mark is an MA student in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick (ICHAS). He holds a BA in Psychological Studies & Philosophy from the National College of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and an MA in Psychology from the University of Limerick (UL). Mark has experience working in residential care setting as a social care worker and key worker. Mark adopts a CBT based and person-centred approach with clients and is a student member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP).

CONCILLIA JACKSON (Counsellor)Concillia holds a B.A. (Psych) from NUIG, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Diploma in Counselling Psychology and is currently completing her M.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Integrative) with Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences. She has worked in mental health services for over 15 years.

CIARA MCGRATH (Counsellor): Ciara is an MA student in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick (ICHAS). She holds a BA in Psychological Studies & Sociology and Politics from the National College of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Ciara has experience working with people of all ages, as she is a crisis volunteer with ‘50808-TextAboutIt’. Ciara has supported people with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, loneliness, relationship challenges, eating/body issues, disability issues, workplace issues, bullying and much more. Ciara also has several years of experience working in retail as a customer service assistant and is skilled to adapt her therapeutic approach to the needs of her clients. 

ALEXANDRA MONAGHAN (Counsellor): Alexandra holds a BA (honours) in Early Childhood Studies and a Higher Certificate in Psychology.  She is currently undertaking an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS). She works from a compassionate paced holistic framework which incorporates principles of positive psychology practice. 


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KEVIN HOGAN (Addiction Counsellor): Kevin holds a BA Hons degree in counselling and addiction from the Tralee Institute of Technology and is an executive director (treasurer) of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI). Kevin is fully accredited with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland is a member of the accreditation committee and has a wide range of experience in the addiction field.

LIAM O’GRADY (Addiction Counsellor): Liam holds a level 8 B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS) since 2017 and a B. Comm. Degree from NUIG since 1989. Since 2016, he has completed over 500 hours of training in HSE-audited addiction group therapy, psychoeducational modules and individual counselling at Saoirse Addiction Treatment Centre, Limerick. He became an accredited member of the Association of Professional Counsellors & Psychotherapists (APCP) in 2019 and joined Helplink in June 2019.


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