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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. 

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.

DERVLA FAHY (Counsellor): Dervla holds a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) as well as a B.A. Degree in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies (ICHAS). Dervla completed her MA in Social Work with NUIG in 2017. Dervla is an accredited counsellor with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland (APCP) and is a CORU Registered Social Worker. Dervla has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. Dervla provides an integrative style of counselling with the individual at the centre of her practice.

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 pre-accredited with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP). Cara’s therapeutic style is evidence-based and integrative, providing counselling that is tailored to individual’s needs.

DECLAN HESTER (Counsellor): Declan holds an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Social Studies from The Open Training College (OTC) Dublin. He is a pre-accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Declan’s core experience is working with children, adolescents and young adults from age 12-25 with various concerns in primary and post primary schools and in 1:1 settings. Declan also has additional experience working with individuals with learning differences and on the Autistic Spectrum. His postgraduate training has been primarily focused on child and adolescent development. Declan’s approach is holistic and he works with young individuals from where they are at in their development. He also works collaboratively with young people and their families in a safe and supportive manner.

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.

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.

EMMA TYNAN (Counsellor)Emma holds a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish Counselling of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is currently pre-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.

MARY REANEY (Counsellor): Mary is a qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a member of IACP. In post-primary education she has worked as a teacher, as a Guidance Counsellor and as School Principal. She specialises in working with people seeking help for depression/anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, self-confidence, self esteem and career/work related challenges. Mary’s style of counselling and psychotherapy offers a non-judgemental environment in which clients have an opportunity to explore their inner thoughts, issues and feelings and discover answers in a safe way. Her work is driven by a passion about mental health and wellbeing and her belief in clients’ ability to reach their full potential. She believes that by building effective relationships, openness and trust are enabled in the therapeutic space.


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.

EMMA TYNAN (Counsellor)Emma holds a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Irish Counselling of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is currently pre-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.


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

KELLY HIGGINS (Counsellor): Kelly Higgins is a trainee counsellor currently working towards achieving a Master’s in Counselling & Psychotherapy. 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.

JUSTYNA JANIAK (Counsellor):Justyna holds a master degree in clinical psychology and has undertaken a second master degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick. The first degree was obtained in Poland, which is a big advantage because she is not only available for English speaking clients but also Polish people living in Ireland. Justyna worked in an addiction centre for two years specialising in co-dependency. She has experience with many volunteering projects around the world.

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.

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).


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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