R.P.N., Dip. IGC, Cert. B. Ther., MIAHIP.
R.P.N., Dip. IGC, Cert. B. Ther., MIAHIP. Catherine is an Accredited Psychotherapist (I.A.H.I.P.) and graduate of the Irish Gestalt Centre. Her core training is in Gestalt Therapy which is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. In addition to this she has completed training in Couples, Family Therapy, Organisational work and Behaviour Therapy.
Catherine’s background is in Mental Health Nursing, which began following a brief period spent as shop assistant and in office administration. She has over 30 years’ experience as Staff Nurse and Clinical Nurse Manager working with a diverse clientele ranging from acute to those with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in both Community and Hospital settings. Catherine completed her career with the South Tipperary Mental Health Services as a Therapist in Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary Town. She has gained additional experience as a Therapist in The Student Counselling Department at the University of Limerick. Catherine is currently working as an Associate Therapist in Oakwood, Private Practice in Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and with SHIP (Self Harm Intervention Programme) in the South East.
Telephone: 086 8316583
Kelly Quayle is an accredited Counselling Psychologist having completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in South Africa at the University of Natal. Kelly currently holds dual professional registration being a registered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland as well as the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Kelly was trained predominantly in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques but has also had training in art therapy, play therapy, strategic therapy, solutions focussed therapy and group therapy during this time. Kelly’s internship year took place in a child and family assessment and therapy centre where she performed psychological, educational, emotional and career assessments with her clients as well as providing therapy to children, adolescents, students and adults.
Kelly has had the benefit of working in the field of psychology in various countries including Australia, Scotland, South Africa and Ireland and within a variety of work contexts including child and family centres, student counselling centres, the NHS and the private sector. Within those settings she has provided both assessment and therapeutic services to her clients. Kelly has a passion for engaging therapeutically with people as they grapple with specific questions or problems and/or more general psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. She believes that everyone who approaches counselling wants to feel happier and have a more fulfilling life and Kelly aims to harness the inner resilience of her clients in achieving their therapeutic goals.
Bsc., M.A., D. Clin. Psych., Ph.D.
Cian is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. He studied in University College Dublin and University of Limerick.
Cian’s background and interests are in critical psychology, social justice and social constructionism (i.e. that each person has their own truth and their own story). He provides an eclectic approach to intervention drawing upon systemic, solution-focused, collaborative, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused models of therapy. Cian also has a keen interest in the Power Threat Meaning Framework and alternative perspectives on mental health.
Cian has a background in elite rugby and athletics. He also does sport psychology/performance work and is strongly interested in clinical sport psychology (or athlete mental health).
Eugene holds a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). He graduated as a psychotherapist from the Irish Gestalt Center and completed his Masters (MA) with the Gestalt Institute of Ireland at Carlow IT.
Eugene follows a humanistic and integrative approach. He aims to accompany his clients in a supportive holistic way. Thus increasing awareness of their power and potential. By identifying blocks they are afforded the opportunity for growth and change, experiencing life in the here-and-now in a more rewarding and meaningful way. He works with the full array of issues in presenting adolescents, adults and couples. Eugene is also trained in suicide prevention.
In a professional capacity he spent many years in industry working from ground level to board level. In a private capacity he also gained experience working with groups, voluntary, statutory and community based, in the interest of social inclusion. He also spent a couple of years working in the counselling department of the University of Limerick.
He is a keen sportsman and represented Ireland at an international level in Karate. This life experience combined with his professional training has equipped him well to deal with a range of emotional issues whether personal or business related.
Amongst his qualifications are an MSc (grad) in Management of Operations from D.C.U., a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from the Institute of Public Administration and he is a graduate of The Marketing Institute of Ireland.
It is Eugene`s aim to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment to allow for his clients healing / growth.
Noel Murphy MIACP
Psychotherapist and Critical Incident Facilitator
Noel is an accredited Psychotherapist who completed his training in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy in Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute. Since then he has worked as trainee and intern in the University of Limerick and in private practice at Oakwood. Noel is Accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (IACP).
Noel has achieved degrees and diplomas from UCD, UCC, St. Patrick’s College of Education and the Open University. He has a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and an MA in Education. Noel has also completed training in Critical Incident Debriefing, CBT, Anxiety and Depression, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Child Protection, Dyslexia, Mindfulness and Stress Relief.
Noel has extensive experience of group facilitation and workshop delivery in adult training in the area of Mental Health, Critical Incident Debriefing Facilitator, Suicide Prevention and Self-Care.
Noel works on a one to one basis with clients in an accepting, supportive and empowering way to provide people with a safe and positive atmosphere in which to tackle the issues they bring. Areas covered in this work include bereavement and loss, relationships, workplace problems, self-esteem, adolescent and student issues, health, anxiety and depression, bullying and sexuality. Noel’s work is guided by his commitment to integrative care for the whole person as a unique individual.
Teresa is a member of and comply’s with the code of ethics of the Irish association for counselling and psychotherapy.
A bit about Teresa: In 2004 she reached a low point in her life which took her to a dark place within and she found myself seeking therapy. Through the process of therapy she found her strengths and went on to train firstly as a massage therapist, and then as a psychotherapist. She was fortunate enough to work with many clients, helping them get to know their own belief and value systems. She believes as we get caught up in our day to day life very often our true self can get lost. This can take its toll on our mind and bodies. When our body is in a constant state of stress it will be in defence mode, this does not allow us to function at our best.
S believes in the saying “when you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”. Her aim is to work with integrity, compassion and dignity for all my clients, helping them to restore their balance.
Teresa studied a number of therapies targeting the mind, body and spirit allowing her to provide the best possible service to her clients.
With a rigid body the mind struggles, therefore the mind and body must balance for harmony.
Through my training and personal experience I feel I can offer clients a heartfelt approach working with them to achieve their personal goals and needs.
“I feel we all have the power to heal ourselves and move forward with our lives. With care and compassion within a non-judgemental environment we can create and achieve our true potential and the lives we want to live”.
Bernie has completed a four year Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy with the Gestalt Institute of Ireland and recently completed a Masters Programme in Gestalt Therapy in Carlow IT.
She is an accredited member with The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychology (IAHIP). Prior to joining Oakwood she was part of the counselling team in UL for the past two years.
Bernie’s approach is humanistic and integrative. She believes by creating a non judgmental safe environment and providing support a client can find the courage to explore difficult emotions and learn to undo old patterns of behaviour that are no longer effective. Focusing on awareness and process, and trusting the wisdom that one inherently has in their body and mind allows the client to become more integrated and responsible, resulting in richer personal contact, leading them to independence and wholeness.
Bernie is also trained in ASIST ( Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
Phone: 087 1344186
Dr. Jessica Dudley obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of difficulties in both Primary Care and Adult Mental Health settings.
Dr. Dudley is trained to provide psychological assessment and intervention using a range of interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Dr. Dudley generally provides therapy to adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties in addition to obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
Kathy graduated from PCI College and the University of Middlesex in 2014 with a BSc (Honors) and Diploma in Counselling/ Psychotherapy and Colour Therapies.
She also holds a Level 6 in both Adlerian Psychology and Jungian Psychology with Art therapy.
Kathy’s work experience to date and further training consists of Certificates in the following courses and areas:
Kathy completed a thesis on “Challenging Teenagers” in 2014.
She is currently a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Kathy’s therapeutic approach offers her client, first and foremost a non judgemental, safe space, whereupon she hopes the client will learn to feel secure enough to be their most vulnerable self. Kathy offers a holistic, person centred, encouraging and integrative model of treatment.
Kathy firmly believes in the quote “There go I, but for the grace of God”
Kathy combines her knowledge, wisdom, experience and training to date to provide a helpful, supportive, kind and compassionate listening ear, treating everyone as wholly individual in their own right. Within this environment the client may find the courage, resolve and strength within to change what they can, accept what they can’t and learn to live more creatively with what they cannot change.
She assists her clients through the mind field of issues that arise from living life which may be Addiction, Illness, Bereavement, Divorce/Separation, Parenting, Teenagers, LGBT, Career paths/difficulties and the myriad of other issues that stem from the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in throughout our lives.
Kathy uses a wide range of integrative therapies in correlation with the client’s issues and needs such as CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt, Psycho Education, Art/Colour therapies, the art of Mindfulness, Visualisation, Meditation, Spirituality, Biodynamics with self care and stress relief strategies included.
Mariah is a fully accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy). She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2012 and then obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Calumet in Indiana in 2014.
Mariah has worked with clients in a variety of settings including an in-patient psychiatric and substance abuse detox hospital, private practice, and community mental health organizations. She is comfortable working with individuals of all ages, and believes in creating an individualized person centered treatment plan and treatment environment based on the goals of the individual presenting for treatment. Mariah is comfortable working within a variety of different treatment styles including but not limited to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), SFBT (solution-focused behavioral therapy), EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and family systems theories.
Mariah works with a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, general stress, behavioral issues, depression, codependency, divorce or separation, parenting and coparenting, difficulty with emotional regulation, family conflict, social skills, self-esteem issues, life transitions, peer relationships, self-harm and trauma and PTSD. Mariah works comfortably with individuals, couples, and families presenting for treatment. She is trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and works well with children adolescents and adults recovering from recent and resurfacing traumatic incidents.
Mariah is a qualified marriage and family therapist, and is ready to help your family develop and strengthen important skills such as establishing and reinforcing healthy boundaries, connecting through vulnerability and sharing, supporting each other through difficult times, among other vital skills. Developing these skills within the family can help to manage family conflict, behavior problems, emotional disconnectedness, addiction, emotional enmeshment, among many other presenting concerns. It is important for Mariah to work with your family to understand the system and help to develop a personalized treatment plan for any presenting families.
If you or someone you love is currently in need of some extra support, Mariah would be honored to be a part of your growth and change moving forward.
Dr. Lucy Smith is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and a qualified Psychotherapist. She has worked in both Child and Adult Mental Health Services within the HSE, and is currently Head of Service at a University Primary Care Mental Health Service. She is, therefore, familiar with difficulties presenting from across the lifespan as well as a range difficulties for which people seek therapy. She has previously worked with the National Counselling Service and was on the board of Rape Crisis Midwest, and so is sensitive to thinking about, and working psychotherapeutically with, experiences of a traumatic nature. Dr Smith has conducted research in areas relevant to human development, identity, mental-health stigma, and emotional understanding.
Rather than focussing on mental health ‘diagnosis’ or labels, Dr. Smith’s therapeutic work seeks to accompany people in understanding the origins and maintenance of their distress as well as the impact of that distress on their development and sense of self. She believes that people have internal capacity for personal growth and that therapy can facilitate people to access that capacity.
Dr Smith holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Psychology, a Ph.D. by research in Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has also completed a four year professional Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Clin.Psych, PsSI), a full member and secretary to the specialist Division of Psychotherapy within PsSI, and a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).
M.I.A.C.P. Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist
Mary is a Trauma Informed Psychotherapist. She provides a warm, safe, caring, nonjudgmental environment and believes that the relationship is the core in therapy.
Using a humanistic integrative approach
she works particularly well with individuals couples & adolescents who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress. Mary is trained in many areas specific to the clients needs.
Mary is an Associate of Oakwood Psychology Services and holds BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College and Cert in Couples Counselling. She is Accredited with Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(IACP). Prior to joining Oakwood Mary was part of the Counselling Team in UL.
Mary’s hope as a therapist is to support the client to increase their self awareness and to help empower them to make the changes they need to move forward.
Phone : 087 695 7518
Email : email@example.com
Maria is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience working in disability services with children and adolescents. Her practice includes diagnoses, assessments and intervention with children and adolescents. Throughout her career, she has been working with families, schools, other health professionals, and community services to improve the lives of children and young people with special needs and their families.
Maria has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As part of a multidisciplinary team of experienced clinical professionals, Maria has vast experience in assessing and diagnosing children and adolescents for ASD, and she has presented and published several articles in this area.
In addition to this, Maria actively engages in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) keeping abreast with the latest clinical methods and research in the area of children and young people with special needs.
Maria holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Developmental Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Clin.Psych, PsSI). Maria is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Limerick Children’s Disability Services.
Phone: 086 8487474
I am Audrey O Sullivan and I am an Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the IACP. I completed my training in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy in Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute. Prior to joining Oakwood, I was part of the counselling team at University of Limerick.
I work from a Humanistic and Integrative approach, this approach focuses on the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life. It’s based on the belief that everyone has their own unique way of looking at the world. This view can impact your choices and actions. This also creates a space for the individual to develop an awareness around what is preventing them from living life to fullest. My approach enables and empowers individuals to explore love, values, self-awareness, choice and human potential.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is very important. I provide a non-judgemental, confidential, listening, empathetic, supportive and safe place to explore and discuss the most difficult of things, even those that are hidden. I provide a strong solid presence to explore and journey with clients through the counselling process.
I work on a one to one basis with clients, areas covered (but not limited to) in my work are: anxiety, bereavement and loss, bullying, workplace difficulties, emotional health, general health, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, stress, sexuality, relationship difficulties and trauma.
I believe in Carl Rogers quote “WHAT YOU ARE IS GOOD ENOUGH IF YOU WOULD ONLY BE IT OPENLY”.
Imelda is a qualified psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Imelda works with individuals, over the age of 18, in areas such as:
– effects of trauma
– family issues
– bereavement and loss
– LGBTQ+ issues
– negative thoughts
– self-esteem and self-confidence issues
– work related issues
– birth trauma
– postnatal recovery
Imelda has a special interest in postnatal recovery for women.
“I believe that by connecting in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental
space, clients have the power within themselves to heal. Clients lives
can be positively impacted, as they move forward with greater awareness
of, and choice for, self; around their boundaries, patterns of behaviour,
emotions, thought processes, personal preferences and relational dynamics.”
Accredited Psychotherapist with IACP with ten years experience of working with clients. She has a private practice in Galway and recently rejoined Oakwood team after a maternity leave. Graduated from Tivoli Institute, also trained in Gestalt and has gained additional experience with Galway RCC and helped with supporting team in SATU , Galway. Guest lecturer in GMIT, Castlebar.
My Philosophy of Counselling
My philosophy of counselling has a strong existential and person-centered framework. I view psychotherapy as a possibility for clients to learn more about themselves, become more aware of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. To help them recognize their opportunities in life and limitations, to invite them to review their understanding of their personal input into their life.
I believe therapy has to combine the best of different orientations. This integration allows me to tailor therapeutic work to suit each client individually according to presenting problem and the personality of the client. Together we look into the difficulties that are present in client’s life and then decide on what would be the most appropriate way of working with it. I acknowledge that our childhood experiences influence the way we are in the world and with the help of psychodynamic framework we connect with the past experiences of the client and see how they are affecting the present. I also find that CBT is an essential tool in challenging thinking patterns to help clients deal with anxiety, phobias, stress, and depression. Gestalt approach is brilliant in exploring what is evident in the here and now and I do draw a lot from this school of thought. I’m a great believer in the power of mindfulness: how to be in the moment and start noticing life, living it – not just dashing through…
I trust my clients’ wisdom and respect their decision on how they choose to live their life. I would like to be able to help them to cope with difficulties on their chosen path…
Dr. Noelle Fitzgerald [B.A., M.A., D. Clin. Psych., Ph.D.]
Dr Fitzgerald is a Senior Clinical Psychologist currently working with children and adolescents. She has experience of working in the area of early childhood development and with children and adolescents with a range of developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and mental health difficulties.
Noelle graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway, with first class honours qualification in BA Psychology. She completed her Research Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Limerick. She has experience of working in various mental health settings across the lifespan. She has specialized training by working in the Weight Management Service in Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. She is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
As a qualified Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Fitzgerald is trained to work using a range of therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness-based therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, systemic therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Dr. Fitzgerald provides assessments and intervention for children, adolescents and their families. She offers psychotherapeutic intervention for adults experiencing a range of personal and interpersonal difficulties.
Dermot has been working with individuals and couples in all forms of stressful situations for the last 15 years. With over a decade of work helping people with anxiety and depression. He has worked with several organisations providing community care and support to families and individuals in need or crises, bereavement and loss.
Dermot works with clients who struggle with issues such as: anxiety, trauma, family issues, grief, depression, negative thoughts, spiritual dilemmas, relationships, self-esteem, self-confidence issues and work related issues etc.
His goal is to provide a safe, comfortable environment that creates a safe place for you, the client, to heal, explore and grow in whatever areas of your life you bring to the therapy setting.
Dermot is a qualified therapist with a BSc (Hon) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy with an advanced dip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He is qualified in providing online therapy and is certified in couples counselling, and working with Trauma and Grief.
Dermot is also a fully accredited member with Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and also holds a BA (Hon) Degree in Theology and has completed MA classes in Transformational Leadership.
Charnel Tennant is an accredited Clinical Psychologist having completed her undergraduate and postgraduate
studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. Charnel further completed a Masters in
Research Psychology degree. She holds dual professional registration as a Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and registered Clinical Psychologist (M10333C) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (PS0126756).
Charnel has previously had experience both the public and private health care sectors in South Africa and concurrently provided assessment and intervention within her private practice.
Charnel currently practices with Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy Consultants in Limerick (Ireland) where she offers psychotherapy to adult clients. Charnel does so by collaboratively assisting clients in the understanding both the origins and dynamics perpetuating distress and exploration of the resources for personal growth.
Charnel is able to offer remote/online psychotherapeutic support where required.
Contactable via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
BSc Psych, Occ.Dip, MA Psych, MA Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, UKCP reg, ICP listed, Dip. Clinical Supervisor.
Raj is a professional integrative and person-centred psychotherapist and counsellor, a child & adolescent psychotherapist, a qualified clinical supervisor and is registered with UKCP and listed with the Irish Council of Psychotherapy, Ireland. He works long-term or with a time focused approach (short term) for those with a clear therapeutic goal i.e. CBT.
His ethics are based on person-centred values, acceptance, a non-judgmental attitude and respect. His integrative approach is described as the assimilation and synthesis of concepts, ideas and techniques from different modalities such as humanistic-existential, person-centred, Gestalt, eclectic-integrative multi-modal therapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and psychodynamic.
He has an MA in psychoanalysis and an MA in integrative child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy and is a qualified child, adolescent & adult clinical supervisor and a service provider for Aviva insurance, UK. He has extensive experience of working with professionals within a clinical setting and working with individuals, adolescents and young children privately.
He receives regular clinical supervision and is fully insured to practice.
Ronnie holds a Masters in Psychology from UCD and a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing from Waterford Institute of Technology. With more than 30 years’ experience working with people in the areas of positive mental health, bereavement, depression and anxiety, work stress and addiction; Ronnie has developed a broad expertise in the field and is passionate about the benefits that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy can bring.
Ronnie is a specialist in CBT and incorporates a person-centred and holistic approach to support people to grow and develop as individuals and to deal with emotional and health challenges they may face.
Ronnie is also qualified in suicide prevention and has worked extensively in this area including the development and delivery of individual and group support programmes for clients who self-harm or have attempted suicide.
Ronnie has also completed Autism Spectrum Disorder Training for Professionals and has many years’ experience working with clients with ASD.
Ronnie holds Post Graduate qualifications in Senior Management and Business Strategy from the Open University and as a Director and partner in several national and EU Projects over the last 30 years he has gained expertise in developing and implementing initiatives in social and vocational rehabilitation, mental health & social enterprise, supported employment, training & supports for people with acquired brain injury and programmes for reducing occupational stress in employment.
Ronnie puts strong emphasis on empowerment and works in partnership with each client, in a non-judgemental manner, to nurture and develop their unique skills and resilience in order to enable them to manage their own mental health and wellbeing.
Tel: 086 0609867
Ita is a humanistic integrative therapist, meaning that she places great importance on respecting and valuing the client, while integrating knowledge from various schools of psychotherapy including cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and person-centred therapies. She incorporates mindfulness and relaxation techniques into her work as appropriate. Ita has achieved an honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy from PCI College and an MSc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Ulster. She also possesses a professional certificate in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and has completed ASIST suicide prevention training.
Ita has worked as a psychotherapist in Limerick Social Service Centre. Prior to this, she worked with Focus Ireland as a befriender.
Ita works with individuals over the age of 18 on issues such as stress/anxiety, work-related issues, depression, relationships, bereavement, addiction, loneliness and self-esteem.
Telephone: (087) 6004221
Patricia is a qualified psychotherapist, with a BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy qualification with PCI College / Middlesex University. She also has a certificate in Addiction Studies from Maynooth University and is currently studying for her Level 9 – CBT qualification.
She is a member of IACP – The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and currently sits on their Western Regional Committee.
Her practice is guided by the Code of Ethics of the IACP and the Ethics and Regulations of Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy Consultants.
Patricia completed her training hours and initial intern hours in the Student Counselling department in UL. She also provided support as staff counsellor with ‘Limerick Youth Services’. For the past few years, she has been supporting clients in ‘The Willow Counselling Centre’ in Ennis.
Patricia has also volunteered as a parent mentor with ‘Le Cheile – Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services’.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, Patricia worked in a business environment, has an accountancy qualification [CPA] and has worked with SMEs in operations, finance, and staff management.
Patricia currently works with over 18’s, presenting with a variety of issues, including:
“My philosophy is that the relationship between the counsellor and the client with always be at the core of the counselling process. From an initial training model in the person-centre modality, my practice has evolved over the past few years to embrace a more integrative perspective, incorporating person-centred, CBT, solution focused and other modalities as appropriate.
I strive to provide a space and practice for my clients, that will help foster self-learning and an increase in personal self-awareness, both of which I feel will contribute to the personal inner strength required to bring about change, in a safe way. The client is the most important person in the room”.
Mobile 083 308 2397
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like” Lao Tzu.
Caroline graduated from PCI College and the University of Middlesex with a BSc (Hons) and Diploma
in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also holds a Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy. She
is an Accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and
works with adults aged 18 +
Prior to training as a therapist Caroline volunteered with Pieta House and The Irish Cancer Society in
their Daffodil Centre at UHL. She is also a member of the Milford Care Centre Bereavement Team.
Caroline has worked with the University of Limerick Counselling Service and Limerick Youth Service.
She has a varied client base and her goal, by tailoring an integrative use of various therapeutic
approaches, is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, and supportive environment for her clients. She
provides support to her clients as they struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, self-
esteem, bereavement and loss. Caroline believes her clients have the answers within them and the
therapeutic relationship between her and her client is integral to unlocking them.
“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what
experiences have been deeply buried.” Carl Rogers.
Tel : 087 7831220
Email ; Caroline.Bradley.Limerick@gmail.com
BSc | BA (Hons)Psych | MA Clinical Psych
Jaco van Zyl is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology, chemistry, psychology and linguistics at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and his postgraduate studies at UNISA and the University of Limpopo.
Jaco has experience working in public and private health care sectors in South Africa. He worked for the Department of Correctional Services, and in private practice at a psychiatric private hospital as part of a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists. There he provided assessment and psychotherapy for in- and out-patients who contended with various clinical disorders and relational difficulties.
Currently, Jaco forms part of the team of psychologists and psychotherapists at Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy Consultants in Limerick. He works integratively from a psychodynamic perspective, gleaning from modalities including Jungian psychology, Ego-state psychology and body-focused therapies. Jaco provides therapy to adolescents, adults and families. He has a special interest in personality pathology and its relationship with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-spectrum disorders, eating disorders, addiction and sexuality.
Michael Kelleher BA, BD, STL, MSc
Michael aims to create a safe, professional and compassionate space for clients to explore, grow in freedom and heal in whatever areas of their lives they bring to the therapy setting.
Michael’s theoretical approach integrates humanistic/person-centred, CBT, systemic and psychodynamic modalities.
Issues Michael works with include:
Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement and Loss, Chronic / Terminal Illness, Depression, Eating Disorders, Existential Issues / Search for Meaning, Family Problems, Identity Issues, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Sex and Sexuality, Spirituality, Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma and PTSD, Work Related Stress …
Michael works with adults and couples.
Professional Association and Code of Ethics:
Michael is a pre-accredited member and follows the Code of Ethics of the IACP.
Margaret’s initial professional training and employment were in Social Work. She built on this by completing postgraduate professional training as a clinical / developmental psychologist, and specialised for 21 years in the area of working with children and adults who experienced developmental challenges, and their families. More recently, Margaret completed specialist training to Masters level in counselling and psychotherapy. She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). She is also accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland as a Chartered Psychologist Specialising in Psychotherapy, and has been awarded the European Certificate of Psychotherapy by the European Association of Psychotherapy. It is in this area that Margaret currently practices.
Margaret’s counselling and psychotherapy training is Humanistic and Integrative, where respect for each individual person, personal responsibility, awareness and the pursuit of self realisation are key principles. Blocks to self realisation and fulfilment may be explored. These blocks may be associated with incomplete processing of one’s experiences – emotionally, cognitively, somatically, relationally and spiritually. Each person’s needs are individual and Margaret holds deep respect for clients’ own personal wisdom, and the need for her to attune to, facilitate and follow this in her work with clients. This work is facilitated in the context of a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, where the therapist’s holding and receptive presence is paramount. Margaret considers this authentic presence and connection with clients to be at the heart of the work.
Margaret aspires to be of support to individual, adult clients who may be experiencing struggles in their lives and/or in their personal psychological wellbeing. She aims to facilitate clients in processing and responding to the source of their difficulties in a manner that is compatible with clients’ own wishes, temperament and personal process.
Contact details: Phone: 085 2815371
Colette is a qualified psychotherapist having graduated from the Gestalt Institute of Ireland (GII) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. She also holds an honours degree in Social Science (LSBU), a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (NUIG) and a Masters in Gender, Culture and Society (University of Limerick). She is a fully accredited member of IACP and a certified associate of IAHIP.
Having worked in the Community and Voluntary sector for over twenty years, Colette’s experiences, skills and training are founded in Adult & Community Education, Community Development, Health Promotion and Family Support. This background together with her professional training in Gestalt Psychotherapy inform Colette’s humanistic and integrative approach.
“I believe in my clients’ ability to know and understand their world and what they need to improve their overall health and well-being. Engaging in therapy supports this process and has at its core the development of a particular and unique relationship between therapist and client. I provide a non-judgemental, confidential and caring environment within which we can explore your present situation and decide on what and how you may need further support. I work with adults over the age of 18 on a 1:1 basis and provide both face-to-face and an online service. “
You can contact Colette by phone: 087- 3991107 and by email: email@example.com
Colette Laffan, B.Soc.Sc. , MA, PG Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy, MIACP
M.A., M.Psych. Sc., Dip. Psych. (Gestalt), Ph.D.,
AFPsSI, Reg. Clin. / Couns. Psychol.
Declan is a registered clinical psychologist and counselling psychologist with the psychological society of Ireland (PSI). Declan is a fully trained gestalt therapist having graduated from the Irish Gestalt centre in 1992 and he is a registered psychologist specialising in psychotherapy through the European federation of psychological EFPA). Declan has been working in mid-west for the past 28 years both in private practice and also as Head of Counselling at the university of Limerick. Declan is a founding Director of Oakwood psychological services and shares the running of this practice with his wife, Jo. Declan has published and presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and has a special interest in the importance of a psychologically based primary care mental health service.
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Michael is the Internship Supervisor for Oakwood Psychological Services. He is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP),The Irish council for psychotherapy (I.C.P) and the European Association for Psychotherapy ( E.A.P). Michael is also a qualified supervisor with IAHIP.
He is a member of the counselling team at the University of Limerick and has a private practice in Oakwood.
He works with many agencies throughout the Midwest region.
Phone: 087 2282523
Pauline is an associate of Oakwood Psychological Services for several years. Pauline successfully completed her training in 2006 and is an accredited member of the IAHIP. She has also successfully completed her training in supervision and reflective practice.
Pauline works with families, individuals and groups. Pauline is also a trained group facilitator. She has trained in Mindfulness and works with many groups and individuals helping them to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Pauline also works with families and individuals affected by alcohol or drug use.
Margaret O’Brien is a Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist Accredited with IAHIP &
ICP and a member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
Margaret has extensive experience in the field of Mental Health & Wellbeing and is part of
the Oakwood team since 2006, Margaret works with individuals & couples covering a range
of emotional difficulties such as grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationship and work-
related difficulties, attachment, emotional regulation, addictions, PTSD and trauma.
Margaret is also trained in EMDR therapy, EMDR therapy is recognised and recommended
by the NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) and the WHO (World
Health Organisation) for the treatment of PTSD and trauma.
Margaret is also an experienced group facilitator and enjoys and advocates the power of
group work, she facilitates Personal Development programmes with SHEP (Social Health
Education Project) and facilitates the Human Doctor Programme with the Graduate Entry
Medical School on an annual basis. She has delivered Mindful Awareness training to groups
throughout Limerick and has tutored the CASC (Community Addiction Studies Programmes)
for Limerick ETB (Education & Training Board).
Margaret previously worked as a Development Officer for the Mid-West region with Mental
Health Ireland and as a Project Manager with Limerick Mental Health Association. Prior to
her work in Mental Health & Wellbeing Margaret worked in a variety of roles within the
manufacturing and hospitality industry.
Telephone: 087 6564298
Ger completed his Humanistic and Integrative counselling training at the Cork Counselling Centre in 2005. He received an MA in Psychotherapy in 2011. Ger is an accredited member of the MIACP. His therapeutic approaches include Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, Existential, Gestalt, CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Long-Term Face-to-Face Work.
Ger works with a wide range of issues such as Abuse, Addiction(s), Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement and Loss, Depression, Health, LGBT issues, OCD, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress, Pregnancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Sex, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma and Work related issues.
Ger works with teenagers, adults, individuals and couples.
Mary holds a Masters Degree in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Limerick and a Higher Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy Studies from U.C.C. She also holds a Certificate in CBT and a Diploma in Parent Mentoring.
Mary’s professional background is in General Nursing and Intellectual Disability Nursing supporting young people with challenging behaviours. The experience gained from this work gave her an insight into the psychological rightness of human behaviour, which is always a cry for help rather than an attempt to make life difficult for others.
Mary has been practicing as a psychotherapist here in Oakwood for the past 8 years and also does contract work with C.I.P.C. within the primary care setting.
Further information regarding the services Mary provides can be found at her website @ http://www.parentingpsychotherapy.ie/
Phone: 086 2335721
Maura holds a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute.Maura completed her internship with Student Counselling Services at the University of Limerick. She is now based in Oakwood as a full time therapist. Maura’s therapeutic approach is Humanistic &integrative, Person- Centred, CBT and Gestalt.
Maura’s professional background is in primary school teaching and working with children who had additional needs, supporting them and their parents. During this time she gained valuable experience working with children and adults, learning how the individual can grow and thrive when encouraged and understood.
Maura works with individuals, couples, students, teenagers and parents. She works with many issues such as anxiety and stress, anger management, work related issues and family conflict, depression, bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties.
Phone: 086 3895251
Fergus has a Masters degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. He is accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) as a psychotherapist and as a supervisor. Fergus works as a Personal Development trainer in Limerick and Kerry with the Social Health and Education Project (SHEP) and is a Trainer on the four-year Diploma in Psychotherapy course with the Flatstone Institute in Cork.
Fergus has a special interest in Relationship Issues and Couples Counselling.
B Tech. Ed., Dip IGC., MIAHIP
John is a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist. He is also trained in suicide intervention and bereavement support. He is accredited by the IAHIP. As well as working in Oakwood, John has his own private practice in Limerick. He also facilitates groups on topics of mindfulness, personal development and stress management.
He has experience of working with a range of difficulties including Panic attacks, Anxiety, Abuse, Depression, Stress management, Anger management, Bullying, Self esteem, Bereavement, OCD, Relationships, Self harm, Suicidal ideation, Phobias, PTSD, Relationships, Personal development, Spirituality and Work related issues. John works with couples, individuals and adolescents
John combines his skills of psychotherapy, education and life experience, to provide support, knowledge, experience and the necessary tools to help his clients gain new life skills and increased levels of self awareness in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
M.Ed.in Educational Management,B.A., H.D.E.,Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Reality Therapy Certified.
Máire is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (I.A.C.P.)
Máire worked as a Guidance Counsellor for many years before qualifying as a Psychotherapist. Her approach is Integrative Humanistic. She may also incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy and other therapies when appropriate. Máire works with both adults and adolescents and deals with a wide range of themes and issues.
Jodie is a qualified psychotherapist. She is accredited with the Irish Association for counselling and psychotherapy (IACP). Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Choice Theory, Humanistic, Integrative and Person Centred Therapy.
Jodie works with a range or psychological issues such as anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Mental Health, OCD, Personal Development, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress and Trauma.
Telephone: 086 0677066
Dr Patrick Ryan is a graduate of The Queen’s University of Belfast and is a practicing clinical psychologist for 15 years. He has extended his clinical practising brief to include academic and research practice in his role as Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a Registered Psychologist of The Psychological Society of Ireland. Practitioner, academic, author and contributor to the print and broadcast media, he has worked extensively with a range of individuals, community groups, and national & international organisations. A talented public speaker, he is regularly sought to address community events, conferences as well as in-house events for commercial organisations.
Telephone: 086 6055442
Dr. John Gregory BSc (Hons), DClinPsy
John is a clinical psychologist with significant experience in working with children, young people and adults who present with a range of difficult experiences such as depression, anxiety and trauma. John trained in the NHS in the UK but has been living and working in Ireland for the past 6 years. John also offers services in relation to court proceedings e.g. trauma/work related difficulties, forensic risk assessments and organisational supports (primarily in the area of disabilities).
BSc. Psychology (Hon.s), MSc Psychology, D.P.P. (Clin.) Clinical Psychologist, Reg. Psychol. Ps. S. I.
Mary’s practice experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in relation to diagnosis and intervention of intellectual disability, learning difficulties and mental health difficulties. Mary has significant experience in Autism and works therapeutically with neurodiversity across the age span and carries out autism assessments for adults.