Psychotherapy at Oscailt
Generally, clients come to therapy for a regular weekly session. Appointments can be made to see any of the psychotherapists/counsellors through our receptionist. Psychotherapy is offered on a strictly confidential basis. All our psychotherapists/counsellors are qualified practitioners and adhere to the clear codes of ethics laid out by their respective accrediting bodies.
Psychotherapists and Counsellors – Profiles
Director of Oscailt
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.
Áine works as a depth psychotherapist since 1992 working to the roots of suffering or anywhere in between including brief intervention work providing clarity and insight. Bearing witness to deep transformation and healing ensures she continues to love her work. Each human life will at times be deeply challenged and she strongly believes in the natural process of being accompanied by someone who will bear witness and provide a safe relational space within which to find the inner ground previously lost. She is also in practice as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist since 1994.
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 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)
Tel: 087 678 9412
Mental Health Counsellor
David is an accredited CORU registered mental health social worker and an accredited ACI addiction therapist. David has worked for the Renaissance Institute in Florida and The Order of St. John of God in Dublin. At present he works for a HSE community mental heath team and at Oscailt. David has 14 years of group and individual therapeutic experience in the areas of addiction, dual diagnosis, psychiatry, family therapy,and trauma. David has trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, EMDR and Rapid Resolution Therapy, and Behavioural Family Therapy and Decider CBT and DBT skills for mental health recovery.
Dee is a Senior Counselling Psychologist (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I) with over 10 years’ experience working in Adult Mental Health. Specialising for 3 years in cancer care & Psycho-oncology in St. Vincent’s Hospital, she also works as a Psychology lecturer in TCD, UCD and DCU and the Irish Cancer Society.
Dee is trained in Humanistic, Psycho-dynamic, CBT, Existential and Mindfulness therapeutic approaches. She focuses on establishing a warm, safe, non-judgemental, confidential space for clients. This allows them to explore difficult issues at their own pace and discover what changes they can make in order to move forward in their lives.
Dee is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a Clinical Supervisor of other Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals. She abides by the PSI and IACP code of professional ethics in her work and is committed to continuing professional development and engaging in regular clinical supervision.
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 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.
Elizabeth holds a Higher Diploma in Counselling, from N.U.I. Maynooth, and a post graduate Diploma in Supervision. She is an individual and couple’s counsellor/supervisor and is accredited with the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Her continuing professional development includes: The Gottman Method, Imago Relationship training and Emotional Focused Therapy workshops.
Elizabeth offers a person centred, non-directive, non- judgemental, warm and supportive approach to couples and individuals, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and relationships. She is a trained mindfulness self-compassion teacher and uses this approach to compliment her therapeutic skills together with her experience in meditation practice.
Elizabeth has over 10 years of clinical experience working with both individuals and couples, having previously worked at Accord Dublin. Prior to training as a counsellor, she worked as a holistic therapist and teacher, and is very interested in the body/mind connection and uses her knowledge and skills to work with clients in an integrative and creative way. She works with a wide variety of issues such as communication, intimacy, sexual issues, infidelity, conflict, fear, domestic abuse, finances, grief, separation, adoption and adult children of alcoholics.
She has a particular interest in supporting couples and individuals move out of the difficulties of interactions in relationships and into positive ones that foster love, safety and emotional connection.
Elizabeth is very open to continued learning in the area of counselling/supervision and regularly attends workshops.
It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth, until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving caring human being…
John Joseph Powell
Lauren Mac Millan-Shulver
- MA, BA (Hons), Dip in Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Shamanic Energy Training
- Qualified, Experienced and Accredited
Shamanic Energy Training Integrative, Holistic Psychotherapist; Spiritual Sensitive and Intuitive; Empath and Shamanic Energy Practitioner
Utilizing approaches and techniques to match individual client needs — ranging from different psychotherapeutic and holistic methods such as Person-Centred, Psycho-dynamic, CBT, Transpersonal, Gestalt, Jungian etc, to Meditation, Energy work and Yogic stretches & exercises for Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit.
Decades of travel and living in many countries rich with diverse multi ethnicity, socioeconomic lifestyles, cultures, religions and languages have witnessed a resilience, compassion and humility of the human spirit that lifts the everyday experience into a sacred expression of the soul. Sharing this learning, helping others find their voices, discover who they are and follow their dreams, brings a depth of “peace, that surpasses all understanding“.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
I have been a practicing Psychotherapist /Art therapist / in Dublin since 1985. I am an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am a State Registered Art psychotherapist with the U.K. Health and Care Professions Council, a founding member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.
I am also a Gestalt Therapist and accredited Counselling Supervisor. I supervise a wide range of therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists.
I work with individuals in private practice and with groups attending Cluain Mhuire Mental Health Services (St. John of God Services).
I am an integrative therapist, which means I use a variety of approaches in my work which I discuss with clients so that they may choose a therapy process which is best suited to them. I practice mindfulness myself and I integrate mindfulness into my therapy work.
The first consultation is free of charge.
Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy — Tivoli 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, 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 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.
Tel:087 237 7105
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
Simone holds a M. Sc. in Psychology from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU) in Giessen, Germany with a specialisation in clinical, educational and developmental psychology and is a registered member of the PSI. Her professional background is in Social-Pedagogy and she has been working in the field of special needs education and in mental health settings with adolescents for years. Simone?s therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic, drawing from concepts of Body Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy depending on the presented needs. Moreover, Simone is trained in Advanced Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mediation and Non-Violent Communication (NVC).
Simone has lived in Ireland for a decade and is an experienced psychologist who sees personal development as a journey, in which every human being thinks about and perceives the world according to their existing beliefs. These beliefs determine the individual behavioural patterns and can bring about a feeling of disconnection. Through the exploration in a warm-hearted, empathic, safe and non-judgemental environment a new sense of self and hence beneficial choices of behaving and connecting to the world will arise naturally.
Simone is available for short and long term therapy. She welcomes adolescents and adults for therapy in English and German. Her areas of clinical experience include:
- Depression / Low Mood
- Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviour
- Stress/ PTSD
- Loss/ Complicated Grief
- Eating Disorder
- Issues with Self-Esteem, Assertiveness and Relationship Issues.