Psychotherapy at Oscailt
Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to explore our own life patterns and capacities in the presence of another person.
Through the process of psychotherapy, we can develop an awareness of our own ways of being, our thoughts and emotions, and of the patterns we have developed over time. We can also find a place of safety and exploration, where concerns we have not had the opportunity to properly address at other points in our lives can be given the attention and time that they deserve.
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.
For individual therapy, fees range from €60-80 per session. Some of our therapists offer a sliding scale to those for whom the full fee would be prohibitive.
Psychotherapists at Oscailt
Mary is one of Ireland's first mindfulness teachers. She has spent decades exploring the varieties of psychological traditions, both western and eastern, including spending 8 years living as a Buddhist nun.
Since establishing Oscailt in 2006, Mary has brought mindfulness-based courses to several thousand people, and is well known for her practical approach, down to earth manner, and bringing a light touch to a profound and life-enhancing practice.
Francess, who has nearly 25 years experience as a psychotherapist, practices within a holistic framework. 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 Bowlby's attachment theory. An area of speciality in her practice is the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) in which she has carried out research.
Cert C NUI, Dip Couns TCD, BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Dip Supervision, MSc Psychotherapy.
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.
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
I give regular lectures and workshops on Art Therapy/Psychotherapy and Supervision.
Phone: 083 1117650
Geraldine is a Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist, MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from Karuna Institute, Devon. She is fully accredited and registered with UKCP.
Geraldine has over twenty years experience of working therapeutically with children and adults. In 1995, she qualified as an Educational Psychotherapist from Roehampton College and in 1997 attained the Advanced Diploma in Education and Psychology of Special Educational Needs with distinction from the Institute of Education, UCL, London.
Over the past five years she has returned to Ireland and set up a private practice at Oscailt as well as working on mindfulness programmes in schools throughout Dublin.
Phone: 087 6789412
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 and she has found it to be a powerful ally in her own recovery from cancer.
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)
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-centered 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.
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 teaching me to find a better place in the mind and more importantly, in the 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 wellbeing, 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.
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.
Phone: (086) 886 3579
Sophie came to Ireland in 2005 to work for Google. As she had a keen interest in psychology, she decided while in Google to undertake Counselling & Psychotherapy studies at Dublin Business School. Seven years later, after working in Sales and HR, she decided to make a leap of faith and quit her corporate job to set up her private practice as a psychotherapist. She is now fully accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Including coaching as part of her services was a natural progression. As she was helping others to explore and make sense of their past through psychotherapy in order for them to heal and move on, she discovered that she also wanted to help people reach their full potential through coaching. This led her to qualify as a Life & Executive Coach with the Positive Success Group in 2017. Since then, she has been coaching people privately. She is particularly interested in career coaching, as she went through more than one career change herself and knows the challenges and struggles it can bring. She also experienced the power of coaching for herself and knows how effective it is, whether it is working on a particular project or trying to make sense of a current work/life situation and find creative ways to move forward.
Sophie is constantly looking for new ways to grow and develop so you can be sure that she will help you do that too! In her free time she enjoys the outdoors very much, in particular sports like skiing and surfing. She goes on mindfulness and meditation retreats on a regular basis, a lifestyle that grounds her and influences her coaching style too.
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.
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.
Phone: 087 237 7105
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.
I love the process of joint inquiry that Core Process Psychotherapy facilitates between client and therapist. It is a mindfulness based therapy ,utilising it as inquiry and as a skill the client develops to sustain their wellbeing in life.
I have been a meditation facilitator for 25 years, also training for 2 years as a healer with Dr. Ruth Doherty and as an Aura Soma colour therapist.
As an exhibiting artist for 30 years I bring a particular interest in creative performance under pressure in various life situations e.g. sports, arts, corporate.
I hope that non-judgemental compassion and creative curiosity are implicit in the work.
Phone: 086 3481417
'I am larger and better than I thought
I did not think I held so much goodness.'
I discovered that what brings most of my clients to therapy is a sense of embarrassment and fear about not being good enough, smart enough, or strong enough, to handle the difficulties in their lives. Together we explore and discover beliefs and emotions that limit happiness and freedom. The resulting awareness begins a natural process of change resulting in a sense of connection with your inner wisdom. I help people become curious, compassionate observers and attentive listeners to their own experience. I hope to offer support, insight and a safe space in which to process, heal and grow.
I am an Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapist, accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Originally from Poland, I welcome both English and Polish speaking clients.
I draw from training in several different theoretical approaches, all integrated through a focus on mindfulness. These approaches include: Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Gestalt.
I have experience in helping people who struggle to cope with stress, feel stuck and unsatisfied with their lives, are overwhelmed with loss, sadness or anger, have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
MSc Psych., BA (Hons), H.dip (Education), reg. with the PSI.
Phone: 085 2413151
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
Loss/ Complicated Grief
Issues with Self-Esteem, Assertiveness and Relationship Issues.
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.
Róisín Whelan BA (Hons) is a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist.
With a particular interest in Person-Centred Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Róisin 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:
Family & Relationship Issues
Grief & Loss
Self Esteem Issues
Róisin’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, Róisin 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.
We currently have five supervisors of Psychotherapy at Oscailt: Mary O’Callaghan, Aine O’Connor, Carmel O'Hara, Liam Plant and Francess Kenny-Denneny.