Counsellors Directory

All of our Counsellors are fully qualified and unless stated, are accredited by a national accrediting body.

 Chris McConnell, MAPCP, MBACP, MSc Psychotherapy, Dip. CBT    

Areas of Speciality: Anxiety and Depression, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

 

I am a fully trained, qualified and accredited counsellor and therapist. I have 15 years experience working with people to overcome problems, such as depression, anxiety, panic, mental health problems and addictions. I originally trained in psychotherapy through University College Dublin, based at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. I have also trained for two years in London in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Goldsmiths University.
 
I have extensively trained in and use mindfulness based CBT therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP).
 

Empowering people to free themselves from unhelpful and limiting thinking and beliefs, become more self-compassionate and move towards living richer and more meaningful lives is a central value of mine.

Contact Chris directly on: 086 7833644

Fionnuala Darcy ICP, MIAHIP, GMPSI,

Areas of Speciality: CBT, Eating Disorders, Career Coaching 

I have worked in this area since 2007 and am a fully accredited Psychotherapist with ICP (Irish Council for Psychotherapy) and IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy).

I hold an Honours Degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have professional certifications in Eating Disorders, Nutrition and Obesity and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I have also held Accreditations with CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and IGC (Institute of Guidance Counsellors).

I work with adults helping them address their struggles with anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and Eating Disorders. I approach my work in a collaborative and gentle non-judgmental way, believing that this empowers personal growth and development

Before working as a psychotherapist, I worked for many years in Human Resources.  This foundation gave me a broad base for understanding both work and personal struggles. I therefore draw on a variety of different practical and therapeutic approaches to help those I work with.

If you wish to book an appointment with Fionnuala, please call: 086 6064111.

Geraldine Dunne MIACP, BA(Hons) Psychology, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, CBT, Mindfulness.

Area of speciality: Coping with Chronic or Long Term Illness and Acquired Injury for both patient and family members.

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Since 2001 I have worked with people who have acquired a long term illness and their families, providing emotional support and counselling on a wide range of issues such as coping with a diagnosis of a serious illness, dealing with the onset of disability and the changes involved for an individual/family.

I have also worked individually with adults on issues such as management of stress, anxiety, depression, significant life changes, loneliness and bereavement.  My passion is for empowering people to overcome the obstacles and challenges that they may experience in their lives, and to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential.

I graduated from Dublin City University in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Psychology.  In 2012 I completed a Master of Arts degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, for which I did a research study on the Psychological Experiences of Losing Weight. I also hold a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). IN 2013 I trained in the use of Mindfulness for Therapists and this has greatly influenced me in my work with clients as well as in my own personal life.

My aim is to create a safe, confidential space for my clients and my approach is Person-Centred, although I also use CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.  I am also a qualified, experienced Holistic Therapist, and I have a particular interest in stress management, and facilitating people to find their own individual way of dealing with stress in their lives.  I can be contacted on 086 8566464 for an appointment.

Debbie Farrell MIACP, BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Areas of Speciality: Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Loss, Trauma.   Debbie is also one of our Specialist Eating Freely Therapists.   

 I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist and I am accredited with the IACP – Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I work from a humanistic & psychodynamic framework, bringing in elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Working in general practice providing one to one therapy sessions for adults, and also offering group support for clients who wish to work in a group dynamic.                                                                                                                                                    

Some of the issues I help clients with include:

Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement & Loss, Commitment issues, Depression, Addiction Recovery, Abuse, Panic Attacks, Bullying,  Stress, Trauma.  Having worked for many years with Pieta House, I also have experience and work with clients who are suffering with Suicidal Thoughts and who Self Harm.  

Please feel free to contact Debbie directly on Tel: 086 3936610. 

Katie Flynn MNAPCP , BA (HONS) Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Areas of Speciality Include: Addiction, Negative Thought Patterns & General Counselling. Katie also works with adolescents.

Katie is a qualified and fully accredited Psychotherapist who works with clients using a Humanistic and Integrative therapeutic approach.

Katie holds an Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the IICP and is currently studying for her MSc in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Skills with PCI.

Katie has completed additional training in evidenced based approaches such as MI, CRA, ACRA and SMART Recovery. Katie currently works in the addiction field and has several years experience helping people to address alcohol and substance misuse issues and areas of concern around this.

Katie is available to work with and provide addiction specific and/or general counselling for adults and under 18’s.

Some of the areas she can help with include Addictions, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Communication Skills, Negative Thought Patterns, Problem Solving, Self Esteem & Stress Management.

Contact Katie Directly on 085 150 1950.

 Jennifer Good MIACP                                                                         

Area of Speciality: Anxiety & Panic, Depression, Relationship Issues, Stress and Workplace Issues.  Jennifer is also one of our Specialist Eating Freely Therapists.

I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist who is accredited with the IACP with 7 years’    experience working with clients. I offer help in addressing many situations that cause  emotional distress, including but not limited to; Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression,  Bereavement & Loss, Commitment issues, Stress, Abuse, Loss of Direction, Bullying,  Relationship/ Family Difficulties, Trauma, Difficulties in the Workplace, Self- Image /  Low Self-Esteem.

I offer expert assistance that can help you find the best ways to cope with whatever is going on in your life.  I believe that a supportive and caring environment, free from judgement, is necessary for an individual to move forward and achieve their goals.

Please contact me directly on Tel: 087 1247604, email: jennifergood123@gmail.com

Riadhna Holahan

BA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA Hons Social Care, CRA & ACRA Supervisor & Practitioner, SMART Recovery Facilitator.   

Areas of Speciality: Problematic Substance Use/ Addiction, Adolescents, General Counselling.

I am an experienced, competent and professional Psychotherapist with a passion for working collaboratively with her clients, empowering them to enhance their quality of life.

I offer general, integrative therapeutic support for anyone experiencing issues affecting their quality of life in 1:1, family and group settings using Reality Therapy and Person Centred Counselling as my primary therapeutic models. I support clients with varying issues and needs, and also facilitate Therapeutic Workshops and Personal Development Programmes covering Emotional Management, Relationships, Communication, Life and Coping Skills.

I specialise in Problematic Substance Use/ Addiction and related issues in both adults and adolescents and their families and also work in Community Mental Health in this area.   I facilitate clients in building self-compassion, understanding and awareness to improve their situations.

to contact me directly and arrange an appointment, please email me at riadhnaholahan@gmail.com

Rosaria Chiappone MIACP

Areas of Speciality: Anxiety, Trauma, Rosaria is also one of our Specialist Eating Freely Therapists,and  a native  Italian  speaker.

Rosaria Chiappone is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and accredited with the IACP.  Rosaria offers a dedicated space on a weekly basis which is safe and confidential. Using an integrative approach which includes person-centred, psychoanalytic and CBT methods Rosaria works empathically and collaboratively with clients to explore and reflect on the thoughts and feelings that they bring to counselling. In this way clients can gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their past and their current situational difficulties and, through Rosaria’s facilitation, be able to work through them. Rosaria has worked with a range of clients of different ages, ethnicities and genders who have been experiencing difficulties in their lives such as bullying, life-stage changes, stress, relationship difficulties, health issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss.

To contact Rosaria and make an appointment, please email rosariachiappone.counsellor@gmail.com and enquire about making an appointment.

Deirdre Nolan MIACP

Areas of Speciality:  Anxiety, Panic, Exam Stress, Grief.  Deirdre is also one of our Specialist Eating Freely Therapists.

Deirdre is a fully qualified Counsellor & Psychotherapist, with an IACP Dip in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Professional Certificate in CBT.  Deirdre is accredited with the IACP.

Deirdre works in a integrative and person-centered way; creating a supportive and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions and experiences.  This safe space encourages clients to discover their internal strengths and resources.  Deirdre works with Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Exam Stress, Navigating Life Transitions and Changes, Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Grief, Self-Care, and Confidence.

Deirdre is also a Speech and Drama Teacher for over 20 years and brings that experience into her Counselling; particularly around building self-confidence. Deirdre also offers the option of individually tailored 6-8 week CBT courses in both Public Speaking and Communication Skills (including interview techniques).

To contact Deirdre and make an appointment, please email counselling(at)sandyfordwellness.com and enquire about making an appointment with Deirdre.

Noeleen O’Driscoll

Noeleen 0’Driscoll is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who has a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Psychology and a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Working from an integrative perspective Noeleen draws on different therapeutic approaches including CBT and psychodynamic in a person- centred approach tailored to the individual client.

Noeleen works in a gentle, empathic way with clients struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, intergenerational family trauma, relationship issues, ADHD, Dyspraxia, ASD, Aspergers, bereavement, grief, chronic illness and pain. Noeleen creates a safe, supportive and accepting space where issues can be explored, and coping mechanisms strengthened.

Noeleen is a member of  the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) following their code of ethics and working towards accreditation with them. As a Pre-Accredited Therapist Noeleen offers a reduced fee of 45 Euros. To arrange an appointment please email counselling(at)sandyfordwellness.com and enquire about making an appointment with Noeleen.

Low Cost Counselling Service

We provide a low cost counselling service on Saturdays and selected weekdays.  This service is provided by Counsellors in Training, who are fully supervised by Emma Murphy MIACP, owner of Sandyford Wellness Centre, and Debbie Farrell MIACP.

The Low Cost Service is available to all but is subject to assessment to ensure the presenting issue is suitable for a Counsellor in Training.  For example, active Addiction, Couples Therapy or an Eating Disorder would not be suitable issues.

Your first appointment is with Debbie Farrell MIACP who is an experienced, Accredited Counsellor, and the cost of the assessment is €60. If suitable, you will be assigned to your Counsellor and the cost per session thereafter is €25. Progress will be reviewed every 6 weeks between you and your Counsellor, and during our in-house supervision.  Please contact us by email and enquire about booking an assessment for this service: counselling(at)sandyfordwellness.com.

Personal Development Coaching & Career Coaching

Fabio Loyola BA(Hons) Psych, Dip Coaching, Dip Career Coaching

Fabio is a fully qualified Career, Executive and Personal Coach, Associate Member of the Association for Coaching (AC), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD-HR). Fabio has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a Post-Graduate in Business Management, a Diploma in Business, Executive and Personal Coaching (Coach Institute of Ireland), and also a Diploma in Career Coaching (Dublin Institute of Technology – DIT, in partnership with Career Decisions Ireland).

With over 20 years experience working in both private and public sectors, including 8 years as a HR Generalist and 4 years as a Senior Business Consultant for a number of blue-chip companies, such as PwC and Credit Suisse Investment Bank. He has proven expertise in organisational effectiveness, learning and development, change management and performance improvement projects across multiple business areas and industries, combining business consulting skills, project management, coaching and psychology disciplines in his approach.

Fabio’s coaching style is flexible and tailored to meet his clients’ needs. He has a keen interest in developing people towards fulfilling their potential in both their personal and professional lives.

He is also passionate about the challenges people face in the workplace, such as career management, work life balance, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership styles, time management, decision making, performance and change management. Moreover, he has an interest in the area of emotional intelligence and its application in the workplace.

Fabio provides one-to-one coaching interventions in 4 main lines of services:

o Career Coaching

o Executive Coaching

o Personal Development Coaching

o Career & Psychometric Assessments

To contact Fabio and arrange an initial consultation, please call 087-1604111