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
BSc. Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy MIACP
Judy is a graduate of PCI College and Middlesex University where she successfully completed her BSc. Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a fully qualified psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Judy holds a diploma in Family Support and Crisis Intervention, specialising in families and individuals dealing with both addiction and the effects of imprisonment. Judy is also formally trained in suicide intervention, addiction issues and bereavement support.
Judy works with individuals, teenagers, students and parents and is trained in many areas specific to the clients needs. Judy has experience dealing with many diverse issues such as stress, OCD, phobias, loss and bereavement, abuse, addiction, self harm, LGBT issues, depression, health and wellbeing, parenting and self esteem issues.
Judy deals with these issues in a person centred, humanistic and integrative way. She also uses other techniques such as CBT, solution focused brief therapy and long term therapy also, depending on what the client needs. Judy’s aspiration 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 make.
Phone: 0877 66 0002
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.
Telephone: 089 9433150
Bsc., M.A., D. Clin. Psych., Ph.D.
Cian is a 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 honours degree in Psychology and Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Sussex. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick.
Dr. Dudley has experience of working with individuals with a range of difficulties both in Primary Care and Adult Mental Health settings. Dr. Dudley is trained to provide psychological assessment and intervention using a range of models including cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness-based therapy.
Dr. Dudley has experience in working with adolescents and adults with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties. She also works with individuals with mental health difficulties including obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. In addition, Dr. Dudley has an interest in individuals with psychological difficulties associated with physical health issues, such as chronic pain, and diabetes.
B.A. Psychology, MSc Health Psychology, D.Clin.Psych
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.
Coman completed his training in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Turning Point Institute & UCC, and is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, IAHIP. He is also a qualified Mediator and a member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII). This work covers a broad spectrum of dispute resolution and conflict management, particularly in the area of family mediation, which both compliments and informs his therapy practice.
As part of his therapist training he completed a two year clinical placement with the HSE Community Mental Health Service in Portlaoise. He followed up with a one year internship with Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy Consultants before joining the team there as an associate. During this time he worked with clients with a wide range of challenging life issues; addiction, abuse, bereavement & loss, anxiety, depression, low mood, panic attacks and relationship difficulties.
He is particularly interested in developmental trauma, adverse childhood experience (ACE), early attachment deficits and their impact on our ability to relate to ourselves and others in a healthy and functional way.
He works to create relationships that engender trust, respect and openness, where the client feels safe to work on their issues in a non-judgemental and collaborative way.
BA Psychology; PhD Psychology; Dip Psychotherapy
Alice McEleney is a psychotherapist, counsellor and psychologist who provides one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling to adults. She provides a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space in which you can explore your experience in depth, gain new insights, and develop your ability to cope, grow and thrive.
Life throws many challenges our way, and people seek out psychotherapy and counselling for many reasons. For example, you may be feeling a prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, anxiety, worry or stress, struggling to cope with a life transition, or experiencing difficulties in your relationships. I will not judge you, give you advice, or try to “fix” your problems, but I will work with you to help you find the resources within yourself to cope with life’s challenges.
Research has shown that the most important factor influencing the effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. I strive to build an honest, trusting and collaborative relationship with you, in which you can feel secure enough to address what is most challenging for you. I provide a safe and empathic space in which you can explore your experience and develop the inner resources you need to move towards greater freedom and well-being.
I am trained in many ways of helping people, including traditional therapeutic methods and new techniques supported by recent research. I work from an integrative perspective, which means that I draw on a range of theories and techniques in a flexible way, depending on what you may need at each moment. As a result, I can adapt how I work to meet your unique individual needs, rather than using a “one size fits all” method. I draw predominantly on the following approaches to psychotherapy and counselling: psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy and gestalt therapy.
My approach is a culmination of over twenty years of personal experience, study, research, training and practice in psychotherapy, counselling, psychology, and neuroscience. My formal training includes a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy from The Tivoli Institute and a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. I have conducted postdoctoral research in Neuroscience in the USA and worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, Mary Immaculate College and The Open University. Before joining Oakwood, I provided psychotherapy and counselling in private practice in Galway, at The Tivoli Institute’s Psychotherapy Service in Galway, and at the NUI Galway Student Counselling Service.
I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). I follow the IACP’s Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors/Psychotherapists and the PSI’s Code of Professional Ethics. I attend regular supervision with an experienced and accredited supervisor. I am constantly developing my skills through further training and continuous professional development workshops. My work is covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Dr. Lucy Smith is qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and dual trained as a Psychotherapist with experience in psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working in HSE services, including both Adult Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), as well as University Primary Care Mental Health Care Services. She is, therefore, familiar with difficulties presenting from across the lifespan as well as a range of mental health problems. She has previously worked with the National Counselling Service and currently serves as Chair of 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, gender identity, mental-health stigma, and emotional understanding.
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) and both a full member and secretary to the specialist Division of Psychotherapy within PsSI. Dr Smith is Head of Counselling at the University of Limerick Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service.
Hi my name is Cíara and I am a Psychotherapist in Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy services. I am also a support worker for children who have experienced bereavement and separation with the Children’s Grief Centre. My initial education is an MA in Peace and Development Studies; which focused on civil rights and social justice. However, I soon realised in order for me to be an instrument of change; I only had the power to change myself.
I qualified with my MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy in 2016 after 5 years of training. From this, I have gained valuable experience in a variety of areas from student counselling at LIT, to psychotherapy with Limerick Social Services and Loreto House in Nenagh, youth advocacy with Youth Advocate Programmes to 7 years’ experience of working with Le Chéile and Limerick Mental Health Association as a community mental health coordinator. During my development as a Psychotherapist, I have been a facilitator of various support groups and I facilitated WRAP groups (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) with Le Chéile. I hold various certificates such as a Level 5 Certificate in Addiction Studies, Applied Suicide Intervention Training, WRAP, and other training relevant to my field. Currently, I am engaging in my professional training to specialise in play and creative approaches. I am undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and a Masters in Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic and Integrative Modality). I hope the above shows my dedication and understanding to the path I have chosen.
From the above, I have developed an expansive education and understanding in psychotherapy with a wide variety of clients. I began with my own personal journey of healing and self-discovery and I now strive each day to better myself through education and personal growth. In order for me to aid my clients in their own journey, it was important for me to look at my own experience. I feel we all have to learn our own story and I am here to help you with yours. As a psychotherapist I am empathic, conscientious and my main objective is to support and understand my client where they are with their own path.
If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 085-7813528 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary provides a warm, safe, caring, nonjudgmental environment and believes that the relationship is the core in therapy. Using a humanistic integrative approach she works in particularly well with young adults & individuals who have experienced emotional neglect and is trained in many areas specific to the clients needs.
Mary is a graduate of PCI college & Middlesex University and is Pre Accredited with Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(IACP). Prior to joining Oakwood Mary was part of the Counselling team in UL.
Mary hopes as a therapist is to support the client to increase their self awareness and to help empower them to make changes they need to make.
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
Psychotherapy is much more for me than just a work. It’s my passion. Every client is special for me and equally important. Psychotherapy is an interesting process, where an individual is able to see their old patterns of behaviour, understand their emotions, exam their own thinking. Sometimes it’s a journey into the past, sometimes into the future, and sometimes into their own body. I provide a safe, and supportive environment for each client, where an individual can feel welcomed, understood, non-judged and listened to. I work with different types of issues: depression, anxiety, social anxiety, self- harm, abuse, post traumatic stress, family related issues, cultural issues, women’s issues, loss and bereavement, personal development, general counselling. As a member of I.A.C.P. the therapy is conducted according to I.A.C.P. and Oakwood code of ethics.
Josephine is a Counselling Psychologist and a chartered psychologist of the Psychological Society of
Ireland. She completed her primary degree in psychology at UCD. Following postgraduate training at
TCD, she went on to run an open residential special school psychological service for boys and young
men. She later worked as part of the student counselling team at DIT.
Josephine takes a humanistic and integrative approach to understanding the whole person. She
draws upon a range of frameworks including person centred, psychodynamic and developmental.
She believes that seeking help is part of a process of discovering positive mental health.
Josephine supports the person seeking help:
– to find relational safety,
– to work through and find perspective on emotional and psychological pain,
– to develop the capacity to make personally meaningful responses to the challenges s/he faces in
B.A. Psychology, M.Sc. Counselling Psychology, C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.
As a graduate of BSc. Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy with PCI college and Middlesex University, Imelda is a fully qualified psychotherapist and a pre-credited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
Imelda works with individuals, over the age of 18, in areas such as: anxiety, effects of trauma, family issues, LGBT issues, negative thoughts, relationships, self-esteem or self-confidence issues and work related issues. Imelda has a special interest in postnatal recovery for women.
Imelda’s therapeutic approach is a blend of integrative humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She offers a safe and confidential space to support individuals in their unique journey.
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.
The Rationale for Psychotherapy – Pharmaco-Therapy Combinations
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Ireland
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Survey
Primary Mental Healthcare Initiative
The Rationale for Psychotherapy
Decision Making Issues Amongst General Practitioners in their Treatment of Patients with Mental Health Difficulties
Student Development Towards Separateness and Belonging
TV Links Medication Nation – RTE Television
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
M.I.A.H.I.P. Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist
Hannah holds a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute. She is an accredited member of the IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.) She has a Masters in Existential Psychotherapy. Hannah’s therapeutic approach is based on an Integrative Model of treatment including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Humanistic / Existential treatments.
Hannah works with individuals, families, couples and adolescents who are experiencing a full range of Psychological and Emotional distress. Sessions are structured to suit the individual needs of clients.
Fergus has a Graduate Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Limerick and a Diploma in same from the Flatstone Institute in Cork. He is accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). 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 Diploma in Psychotherapy course with the Flatstone Institute in Cork.
Fergus works with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Couples Counselling, Depression, OCD, Panic Attacks, Stress, Relationship Issues, Sexuality, Suicide Ideation and much more. 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.
In her practice, Dawn will assist people who are in crisis and/or searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. She seeks to help clients increase self-awareness and to overcome difficulties in order to improve their quality of life.
Dawn will provide a safe and confidential space where clients are truly listened to and feel respected. Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Limerick. She is an accredited member of IACP (Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Phone: 087 9949049
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 a range of experience working with families that are going through a separation process and require psychological support through the mediation of a parenting agreement. Mary also carries out assessment leading to a report in cases where it is not possible to develop a parenting agreement through mediation.