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Counselling Services Team

Galway

PATRICIA BURKE (Counsellor): 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). Patricia is currently pre-accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). She has held postions in Proconsult Galway and Cuan Mhuire Galway.  Her counselling approach is integrative which allows me to meet the needs of each individual client. 

ANN BUTLER (Counsellor): Ann holds a primary honours degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy from ICHAS. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Loss and Bereavement from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a Diploma in Parent Mentoring from UCC. Ann has a special interest in working with those who have been impacted by cancer or chronic disease. She currently works as a counsellor with a cancer charity and has been for the past 2 years. She also has experience in working with clients experiencing loss and bereavement. Ann has attended training by The Rape Crisis Centre, Transgender Equality Network Ireland and has completed the ASISTsuicide training programme. She is a pre-accredited member of the Association for Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP) and is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Ann uses an integrative approach and tailors the counselling process to each individual client.

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.

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). Anne is a member of Play Therapy Ireland & her work is guided by Play Therapy International’s Ethical Framework. Anne is supervised, insured & Garda Vetted

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). In the last seven years  she has been working in her own private practice with children and teenagers with various challenges. 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.

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.

KELLY HIGGINS (Counsellor): Kelly Higgins holds an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). With a background in Psychology & Sociology through her Honours Bachelor Degree, she has extensive knowledge on many areas of life that cause mental distress. Continuously adding to her knowledge by undertaking certificates such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention & Skills Training) & SafeTALK, Kelly is equipped to offer a safe, non-judgemental space for therapy. Using integrative methods, most commonly the use of person-centred, psychoanalytic, or CBT methods, she is skilled to adapt to the therapeutic needs of her clients with flexibility and reliability.

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.

GLYN JONES (Addiction Counsellor): Glyn holds a Level 8 (1st class Hons.) degree in Counselling from Institute of Technology Tralee and is an Executive Board Member (Vice-Chairman) of Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland. Glyn is fully accredited with Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland (ACI).  He also works as an addiction therapist in the Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre.

ORLA KILLEEN (Addiction Counsellor / Counsellor): Orla holds a first class BA (Hons) degree in counselling and psychotherapy from Irish Institute of Counseling and Humanitarian Psychotherapy (IICHP). She has also attained a first class MA in Applied Psychology (Coaching) from University College Cork. Orla is fully accredited with IACP and is currently training as a supervisor with them. Orla is currently working as an addiction counsellor within a residential setting at Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre. She has a broad background working within different charities, noting specific trauma training with Rape Crisis Midwest, as well her current work . She has engaged with a broad client base and also practices as a group facilitator. She works from a compassionate paced holistic framework which incorporates principles of positive psychology practice. 

DIARMUID LAVELLE (Counsellor): Diarmuid is an accredited counselor with IICHP (Irish Institute of Counseling and Humanitarian Psychotherapy ). He has a degree from NUI Galway (Philosophy, Archaeology, Psychology and English) and is currently finishing his masters in cognitive behavioral therapy from ICHAS. Diarmuid is an internationally recognized trainer in NLP and hypnosis, bringing people up to Masters level. He is a published author and is a consultant on many EU projects involving health and wellbeing; giving courses and talks in Spain, Germany, Poland and Bulgaria. He is a therapist and trainer with 22 years full time experience. He specializes in fear control, behaviour, habit control, low mood, relationships, phobias, panic, anxiety and health motivation. Furthermore, Diarmuid is a workshop facilitator for Helplink.

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.

TERRI MITCHELL (Art Therapist): Terri is Helplink’s Art Therapist; she is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design and holds a Masters Degree in Art Therapy, she also holds a BA in Fine art from Sligo Institute of Technology, a certificate in Principles of art Therapy Certificate also from Crawford College of Art and Design and has a Diploma in Art and Design from GMIT. Over the past three years she has worked, as part of her placements, in a variety of settings providing Art Therapy. She has worked with adults with learning disabilities, teenagers as part of Youth Work Ireland and with primary school children with a broad range of needs; including autism, selective mutism and those dealing with bereavement. *Terri is available to see both children (aged 6 upwards) and adults by appointment and is also a ‘Mind Hacks’ workshop facilitator for Helplink.

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).

LIAM O’GRADY (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.

KATE O’SULLIVAN (Art Therapist): Kate holds MA in Art Therapy (First Class Honours) from Crawford College of Art and Design. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Children and Loss. She is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) and works with a diverse range of clients and client groups. Kate works with children and adults, on a 1 to 1 basis and in group settings. Her special interest is in personal growth and development, in supporting adults and children/adolescents that are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement. Kate’s support as an Art therapist is client centred, grounded in strong ethical foundations and continues to evolve as she pursues continual professional development and training with approved methodologies.

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.

ORLA CARR (Youth & Adult Counsellor): Orla holds qualifications in social studies, counselling and psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Counselling & Youth both of which were gained from ICHAS, Limerick. She has worked with both adults, in an employee assistance programme, and youths in many different settings. Orla is a member of the International Association of Youth Mental Health. All of Orla’s work is carried out within strict confidentiality guidelines code of ethics whilst giving recognition to the Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. Orla is also in regular clinical supervision relative to her work and is constantly improving her theoretical and practical skills.

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). In the last seven years  she has been working in her own private practice with children and teenagers with various challenges. 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.

DARREN MCKENNA (Counsellor): Darren holds a Level 8 BA (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the International College of Personal and Professional Development, (ICPPD), Athlone.  He also holds a Higher Certificate in Counselling Skills from The Cork Institute of Technology, (CIT) and is a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Darren uses an integrative approach and he has a wide range of experience in anxiety, depression, bereavement and trauma.

TERRI MITCHELL (Art Therapist): Terri is Helplink’s Art Therapist; she is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design and holds a Masters Degree in Art Therapy, she also holds a BA in Fine art from Sligo Institute of Technology, a certificate in Principles of art Therapy Certificate also from Crawford College of Art and Design and has a Diploma in Art and Design from GMIT. Over the past three years she has worked, as part of her placements, in a variety of settings providing Art Therapy. She has worked with adults with learning disabilities, teenagers as part of Youth Work Ireland and with primary school children with a broad range of needs; including autism, selective mutism and those dealing with bereavement. *Terri is available to see both children (aged 6 upwards) and adults by appointment and is also a ‘Mind Hacks’ workshop facilitator for Helplink.

HELEN PIELOW (Counsellor): Helen holds a Level 8 BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College (awarded by Middlesex University) and a BEd (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool.. Helen has completed 100 hours specialised sexual violence training for counsellors with Mayo Rape Crisis Centre, is a member of Rape Crisis Network Ireland and has completed ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) programme. Helen is a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and has a particular interest in trauma.


Irish Abroad Service

CLODAGH FITZGERALD (Counsellor): Clodagh is a MA student in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Social Science in Limerick. Clodagh holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Care and 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 and depression.

EMER GARVEY (Counsellor): Emer isan 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. 

NATALIE KAVANAGH (Counsellor): Natalie is a 1st year masters student in the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick where she is studying counselling and psychotherapy.Natalie has a BSc in midwifery science and several years experience of working as a dental nurse in both public and private dental practices in the UK. Natalie lives in Dublin and attends college part-time while also providing peer support to the local physical rehabilitation hospital. She is a member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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. 

TERESA MCHALE (Counsellor): Teresa holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and is currently pre-accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). Teresa has also completed graduate studies in teaching students with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and is a qualified Montessori teacher (AMI). Teresa worked for over 25 years as a teacher, specialising in the area of special education and ASD, before moving to Hibernia College to work as Director of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. Teresa uses an integrative approach to counselling and is certified in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFB).

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. I adopt a person-centred approach, and my areas of interest are self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.


Gambling Problem Counselling Service

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.

GLYN JONES (Addiction Counsellor): Glyn holds a Level 8 (1st class Hons.) degree in Counselling from Institute of Technology Tralee and is an Executive Board Member (Vice-Chairman) of Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland. Glyn is fully accredited with Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland (ACI).  He also works as an addiction therapist in the Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre.


COVID-19 Counselling Service

NATALIE KAVANAGH (Counsellor): Natalie is a 1st year masters student in the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick where she is studying counselling and psychotherapy.Natalie has a BSc in midwifery science and several years experience of working as a dental nurse in both public and private dental practices in the UK. Natalie lives in Dublin and attends college part-time while also providing peer support to the local physical rehabilitation hospital. She is a member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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. 

TERESA MCHALE (Counsellor): Teresa holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and is currently pre-accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). Teresa has also completed graduate studies in teaching students with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and is a qualified Montessori teacher (AMI). Teresa worked for over 25 years as a teacher, specialising in the area of special education and ASD, before moving to Hibernia College to work as Director of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. Teresa uses an integrative approach to counselling and is certified in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFB).

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. I adopt a person-centred approach, and my areas of interest are self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.


Director of Mental Health Services

TAMAR (TAMMIE) SCOTT: Part of her role as volunteer Director of our mental health services is to make sure that all our polices and procedures with regard to our mental health service provision are correct and kept updated, she is also the organisation’s Child Protection Officer and provides group supervision for all Helplink Counsellors/Therapists on a monthly basis. Tammie holds a MA in Counselling Psychology from Boston College and an MBA from NUI Galway. She is accredited and/or member/associate member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP), British Psychological Society (BPS), American Psychologies Association (APA) and is an accredited supervisor with APCP. Furthermore, Tammie has many years experience in managing internationally traded companies and also in the management of academic programmes for third level institutions.

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