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Psychotherapy and counselling offer unique opportunities to explore our own life patterns and capacities in the presence of another person.

Through the process of either of these therapies we can develop an awareness of our own ways of being, our thoughts and emotions, and of the patterns of behaviour we have developed over time. We can also find a place of safety and exploration, where concerns we have not had the opportunity to address meaningfully at other points in our life can be given the attention and time they deserve.

Psychotherapists and Counsellors – Profiles

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Mary O'Callaghan, Director of Oscailt, Dublin
Director of Oscailt

Mary O’Callaghan

Antonella Riciniello, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Antonella Riciniello

Carmel O'Hara, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, Oscailt, Dublin
Mindful­ness Teacher

Carmel O’Hara

Francess Kenny-Denenny, Psychotherapist, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Francess Kenny-Denneny

Katarina Krausova, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Katarina Krausova

Marcus Donnellan, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Marcus Donnellan

Margaret Gray - Psychological Astrologer - Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­logical Astrologer

Margaret Gray

Maria Whitmore, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Maria Whitmore

Marianne Marcote, Dramatherapy, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin
Drama­therapist

Marianne Marcote

Roisin Wheelan, Psychotherapist, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Róisín Wheelan

Monica Haughey, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin
Psychotherapist

Monica Haughey

Margherita La Gioia, Art Therapist, Oscailt, Dublin 4
Art Therapist

Margherita La Gioia

Mary O'Callaghan, Director of Oscailt, Dublin

Director of Oscailt

Mary O’Callaghan

Mary O’Callaghan, MA, EAP, is the founder-director of Oscailt. Mary is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor and has also been exploring meditation practices for nearly 40 years. During that time, she spent eight years living as a Buddhist nun and underwent intensive training in Eastern psychology and meditation. She has led meditation retreats in Europe and Asia and is passionate about integrating mindfulness into everyday life.

Antonella Riciniello, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Antonella Riciniello

Sometimes life can be difficult. We resist our pain and try to push it away. When we accept our difficulties and understand what is going on, we struggle less and become more empathetic towards ourselves and the world. I feel very passionately about helping my clients reconnect to their own strengths and resources. I aim to offer a safe and non-judgemental space where they feel supported in sharing their difficulty and understand what is happening. Person-centred and humanistic at its core, my work combines different modalities, including Mindfulness, Psychodynamics and CBT. Originally from Italy, I work through English and Italian.

I am an Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapist, accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. My professional portfolio is extremely eclectic, combining work in private practice, acute mental health services and student counselling.

Some of my skills come from my previous experience in a multinational company where I developed a strong interest in multicultural and multifaceted relational dynamics in the workplace. A great passion for personal and professional development informed my decision to retrain as a psychotherapist. I believe we never stop learning and being curious about ourselves and the world.

Carmel O'Hara, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, Oscailt, Dublin

Mindful­ness Teacher

Carmel O’Hara

About Carmel

Carmel O’Hara M. Med Sc/Psychotherapist, MSc Mindfulness (UCD), Dip Counselling (Reading University), RN, RCN

Carmel holds an MSc in Mindfulness and is a registered systemic family psychotherapist and addiction counsellor for 30 years. She also has a background in nursing and has worked as a therapist with those with a cancer diagnosis and their families over many years. Carmel facilitates the weekly drop-in Mindfulness Hour at ARC House Cancer Support Centre in Dublin as well as running an eight-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme at Oscailt at different intervals throughout the year, and she facilitates the drop in weekly mindfulness session at Oscailt together with other mindfulness practitioners. Carmel has been practicing mindfulness for over 15 years.

Other areas of interest to Carmel

Carmel is also interested in working with those who are in recovery from various addictions, and with their families and she runs mindfulness groups to support those in addiction recovery. She is also a registered supervisor with FTAI and she is available to supervise clinicians work as well as consult with relevant organisations as her working approach is working with people within their relational, work and environmental contexts.

Creating a safe space for those whom she works with is central to Carmel’s work as a therapist and mindfulness practitioner.

Carmel is also available to run days of mindfulness with groups, and having one to one mindfulness sessions for interested persons.

Registrations FTAI (Family Therapy Association of Ireland), ACI Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, ICP (Irish Council of Psychotherapy,) EAP (European Assoc. Psychotherapy)

Francess Kenny-Denenny, Psychotherapist, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Francess Kenny-Denneny

Francess Kenny-Denneny: Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor. MIACP, SIACP, MIAHIP, SIAHIP, MBACP, ICP Reg.

Francess who has nearly 30 years experience as a psychotherapist, practises within a holistic framework so therefore all aspects of the human condition are engaged with therapeutically and thus the nature of the presenting concern by the client can be wide and varied. Her theoretical approach incorporates many modalities including gestalt, existential, person-centred and psychodynamic psychotherapy along with inner child work. However the over-riding lens which informs Francess throughout all these approaches is John Bowlbys attachment theory and the lasting implications of early childhood traumatisation on the individual into adulthood. An area of specialty in their practice is the Highly Sensitive Person in which they have carried out research.

Cert C NUI, Dip Couns TCD, BA Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Dip Supervision, MSc Psychotherapy.

Katarina Krausova, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Katarina Krausova

Katarina has worked as a therapist since 2011, practicing a pluralistic approach to therapeutic relationship. Her theoretical approach incorporates theories of gestalt, CBT, person centered and psychodynamic therapy with emphasis on individual strengths and limitations as well as environment and culture.

Katarina qualified as a child and adolescent therapist concentrating on art and play therapy as a vessel leading towards uncovering and managing individual difficulties. Her beliefs derive from conviction that every person is different at different times of their life journey, therefore the choice of their treatment cannot be reduced into limitations of an individual therapeutic approach.

Katarina holds BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from DBS, MA in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy from IICP, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling from IICP and attended numerous courses including couples Counselling training, Anger management training and Reality therapy training.

Marcus Donnellan, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Marcus Donnellan

Professional Diploma in Counselling & PsychotherapyTivoli Institute

Marcus began his foundation training in Psychotherapy in 2006, continuing on to completing his professional diploma in 2013 from the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Marcus works with a wide range of client issues and has a strong interest in working with people presenting with low self-esteem, depression, self-criticism or feelings of anxiety or panic.

He firmly believes that becoming aware of negative and destructive habits and behaviours, developing assertiveness and self-confidence are all key to leading a happier and healthier life.
Marcus is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Margaret Gray - Psychological Astrologer - Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­logical Astrologer

Margaret Gray

Margaret Gray, MSW, B.A. Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certified Family and Workplace Mediator, Diploma in Psychological Astrology, Reiki Master. Pre-accredited member of IACP.

Margaret’s background is in clinical social work and counselling with individuals, children and families in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Margaret is also a mediator and a psychological astrologer.

With a special interest in relationships, attachment and intimacy, Margaret integrates a Humanistic and Person centered approach with Psycho dynamic, Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Her primary areas of work include: relationship issues with couples and individuals, family dynamics, stress and anxiety, gender identity, sexuality, life changes, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss, self-esteem, career issues and life/work balance.

Margaret works extensively with couples, as well as individuals.

Maria Whitmore, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Maria Whitmore

Maria offers a confidential and non-judgemental service rooted in a deep respect for each client and their individual circumstances.  Maria has a First Class honours degree from Middlesex University and has worked with clients in private practice, homeless agency, primary school and Family Resource Centre settings since qualifying as a therapist in 2007.  Maria often works creatively with clients and is particularly interested in play therapy and poetry therapy and uses it in her work if the client is open to the experience. Some of the life problems Maria can help you with include loss and bereavement, work problems, relationship/family problems, bullying, stress and isolation among others.

Marianne Marcote, Dramatherapy, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin

Drama­therapist

Marianne Marcote

I am a Dramatherapist MIACAT, performer and Assistant Lecturer at Maynooth University. I have clinical experience working with adults suffering from depression, mothers struggling with stress and anxiety and children with special and emotional needs. I am especially interested in women’s mental health issues, parenting and difficult life transitions. I offer individual and group dramatherapy, depending on your needs.

Testimonial:

Dramatherapy has been very helpful in order to get to know myself a bit better, also it has thought me to find a better place in my mind and more importantly, in my heart.

M.L.

Dramatherapy is a creative arts therapy that integrates the person as a whole ? body, mind and imagination as part of its practice.

Sometimes moving away from discussing something just verbally can help us to understand ourselves, our feelings and relationships better. Getting in touch with our creativity can also strengthen our confidence, self esteem and sense of well-being, as well as providing us with new insight and building up our resilience.

Dramatherapy may involve: working with stories and poetry; exploring feelings through conscious movement; ritual structures and mask-making; guided meditation and breath work; creating images with objects or art.

Roisin Wheelan, Psychotherapist, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Róisín Wheelan

Róisín Whelan BA (Hons) is a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist.

With a particular interest in Person-Centred Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Róisín works from an integrative framework drawing on different approaches tailoring therapy to the needs of each client. As a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Róisín works with clients struggling with various types of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Low Mood
  • Work Issues
  • Family & Relationship Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Personal Development

Róisín’s approach aims to help you understand your issues clearly, and enable you to work through them. Whatever you are currently going through past or present you are given the space to tell your story in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

Aside from working with clients, Róisín regularly facilitates a range of workshops, training and support groups. Her other roles to date involve working with healthcare teams, coordinating services, supervising, training and supporting staff.

She often gives talks on patients’ experiences of cancer, and for the last number of years, she has been added to the curriculum as a guest lecturer on patient care to the students of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

As an advocate of positive mental health, Róisín believes everyone should have the chance to live a better, happier and more fulfilled life.

Monica Haughey, Psychotherapy, Oscailt, Dublin

Psychotherapist

Monica Haughey

As an experienced Psychotherapist and supervisor, Monica enjoys working with those seeking to become aware of how they can clear blocks and limiting beliefs to create more of the life they desire and take more agency of their lives. She sees psychotherapy as a tool to help people live more fully in alignment with themselves and their heart’s desires. As society evolves and structures collapse, she recognises the importance of this healing for ourselves, nature and the planet. Her work with therapists as a supervisor involves support for the clinical aspect of their work and helping them shape their practice in a way that ensures value, growth and challenge. In addition, she runs ongoing groups for psychotherapists seeking to connect with other psychotherapists who wish to grow and evolve their practice in their unique way.

She has spent a lifetime working in the area of mental health as a Mental Health Social Worker, psychotherapist, EAP provider and wellbeing trainer for the corporate world.

The issues she works with include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work related issues and general mental health issues. She especially enjoys working with creatives wanting support in bringing their creative ideas and projects to fruition and supporting them to overcome their fears and limiting beliefs.

She provides supervision for psychotherapists which address both the clinical aspects of their work but also the growth and development of their practice. She provides one to one supervision and has a waiting list for her next in person group supervision forum in Oscailt.

Margherita La Gioia, Art Therapist, Oscailt, Dublin 4

Art Therapist

Margherita La Gioia

I am a professionally qualified Art Therapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Crawford College, Cork Institute of Technology. I am fully registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists, (I.A.C.A.T.) and have successfully completed the Garda Vetting Clearance, as well as the Children First Training.

Previous to this, I hold a professional Certificate in Psychology, a Certificate in Special Needs Assisting, a Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming and a Degree in Artistic Studies. I work as an art therapist in Dublin with children, teenagers and adults in educational settings and in mental health services, using art to support individuals though their challenges, fostering self-agency and empowerment. My clinical experience includes also art therapy in acute psychiatry.

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the medium of art to enable people of all ages to access feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to be expressed verbally. I adopt a person-centred approach in which I value the uniqueness of each individual, their difficulties and strengths, in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space. I recognise the importance for all individuals to be able to integrate mind and body in their life experiences.

Art therapy can address issues such as: anxiety, depression, autism, behavioural and emotional difficulties, trauma, bullying, grief and loss. In my art therapy practice, I use a holistic approach and include mindfulness, meditation and gentle movement into the sessions. I am originally from Italy and can provide individual art therapy sessions both in English and Italian.

If you’d like to reach out and book an appointment, I would be very glad to hear from you.

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