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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 her to meet the needs of 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.

ERIN CORMICAN (Counsellor): Erin is a qualified integrative therapist that draws on different therapies according to client’s preference and situation which include psychodynamic approaches, person centred therapy, compassion focused therapy, schema therapy, emotion focused coping, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is a member of the PSI and BACP professional bodies. Erin has an MA in counselling and psychotherapy in ICHAS College, Co. Limerick. Erin has worked with ‘Let’s get talking, Galway’ and ‘Galway Autism Partnership’. Erin works with a range of issues with clients such as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationships, low-self esteem, grief and abuse.

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.

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.

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.

KELLY HIGGINS (Counsellor): Kelly holds a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). With a background in Psychology & Sociology through her Bachelor’s Degree, she has extensive knowledge on many areas of life that cause mental distress. She specialises in Youth & Adolescent therapy. Additionally, through experience with Pieta, she is equipped in Grief Counselling and therapy for those with suicidal ideations. Kelly is a professional who offers a safe, non-judgemental space to achieve therapeutic growth and change for her clients.

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.

BRIEDGE JOYCE (Counsellor): Briedge is a fully qualified pre-accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists (IACP) and works under the code of ethics of this organization. Briedge, is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Briedge holds a BA (Hons) in Psychological Studies and Sociology and a Higher Diploma in Psychology from NUIG and a BA in Holistic Counseling and Psychotherapy, ICPP, Athlone. Briedge attends regular supervision in line with professional standards. She also attends regular workshops and training to further her personal and professional development. Briedge has worked for many years in the mental health field and has extensive experience in supporting individuals in distress. Briedge works from a holistic person-centered approach which facilitates each client’s needs being met in a therapeutic setting.

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).

NAOMI NOLAN (Youth Counsellor): Naomi has a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Science (ICHAS) and is currently pursuing her Professional Doctorate in counselling and psychotherapy with the University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN). Naomi has worked with Resolve, Co. Limerick , and also in an inner city school in Dublin; providing on site counselling to the students there. She has a strong history working with children and young people as an applied behaviour analysis tutor and an English teacher. She offers a integrative approach to meet the individual needs of each client. She will predominantly offering counselling online.

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). 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.

 


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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.

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. 

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.


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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.

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.


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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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