Practitioners

Therapists and psychologists working at Donnybrook Centre have been trained to a professional level and are affiliated with one of the approved accredited bodies such as:

or they are therapists on placement and are working towards full accreditation with one of the above.

Info!  -  Click or tap on a practitioner's name to read their bio.

Psychiatric Services

Dr. Richard Cahill:  

Dr Richard Cahill has been practicing as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2005. He is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist in the HSE. In addition to his work in the HSE, he is in private practice in Donnybrook Centre.

He is available for consultation through referrals by GPs and by psychotherapists. He can also be contacted directly by people who feel they would benefit from psychiatric treatment. His areas of special interest are: the treatment of depression, anxiety and phobic disorders and more complex disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr Cahill is also trained in the management of older people with psychiatric conditions.

Dr Cahill favours an integrated model of care in dealing with patients with mentalhealth difficulties. He recognises the need for psychotherapeutic intervention which can be assisted in some cases by appropriate use of psychotropic use of medications.

Centre Director

Sheena Eustace:   BA (NUI); Dip. Psychotherapy (Tivoli Institute); MPhil Psychoanalytic Studies (Trinity College); MSc Group Analysis (St Vincent’s University Hospital; M.I.A.H.I.P; M.I.G.A.S.

Sheena is a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist and group analyst. For almost 30 years, she has been working with couples, individuals and groups. She has been in private practice since 2002. At present she works with adults from the age of 18 to 80+. Her area of expertise ranges from working with those who are experiencing dissatisfaction, unhappiness, insecurity and anxiety in their life and relationships, to working with those who wish to explore their lives at a deeper level (eg: sibling and parental relationships, issues arising out of sexuality and intimacy, existential unhappiness). She is the founding Director of Donnybrook Centre and plus Blackrock.

Fully Qualified and Accredited Therapists

Ruth Alvey:   BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Ruth is a graduate of Dublin Business School and is a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She has a theoretical background in Humanistic/Integrative psychotherapy while also incorporating psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy. Central to Ruth's clinical practice is the importance of the therapeutic relationship thereby creating a safe and confidential space from which a client can begin to explore the challenges they have experienced in life. Ruth has significant experience in working with issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, psychological distress, struggles with self esteem and identity, adoption, trauma and bereavement and loss. Through the therapeutic relationship, Ruth endeavours to facilitate a deeper understanding of thoughts, feelings and behaviours which may be impacting on a client's emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. Ruth is fully accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (I.A.C.P).

Andrei Berёzkine:   MSc Bereavement and Loss (RCSI); BA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy; BA(Hons) Teaching and Linguistics; MIACP.

Andrei’s work focuses on loss, grief and pain in our lives: be it through bereavement, separation, chronic and terminal illness, or any significant losses, for all age groups. Andrei has also worked with suicidality (having been trained at Turás Journey Together), and problems relating to body image, specifically in young people but older people too (having volunteered with Bodywhys, and also trained at Sarah-Jane Child/Adolescent Service Tallaght for solution-focused play). Where suitable, Andrei does offer brief therapy to focus on specific shorter-term practical goals and needs.

Annmarie Brophy:   MSc. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (DCU); Grad.Dip Integative Psychotherapy (DCU & Turning Point Training Institute); Cert in Drugs Counselling and Intervention Therapy (UCD)

Annmarie is a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and adopts a Person-Centred approach to therapy. As an integrative psychotherapist she incorporates Rogerian, Psychosynthesis, Psychodynamic, CBT and Gestalt approaches in her work. This enables her to work in a way that best suits the needs of each individual. Annmarie works with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationships, self-esteem and coping with illness. She fundamentally believes that with a caring, supportive environment every individual holds the wisdom to find answers deep within themselves. Annmarie completed an MSc. in Integrative Psychotherapy with DCU and has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced any form of emotional or psychological trauma.
Annmarie is an accredited member of IACP

Alan Corcoran:   MA Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, B.A. Phil, Member of APPI & IACP

Alan has been working as a psychotherapist in Donnybrook Centre since 2010. He has experience working with a range of problems including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship/sexual problems and work/college related issues and OCD. Additionally Alan has extensive experience as a manager in multinational corporations at various levels of the organisation and he understands the stresses that modern work life can put people under. Alan holds a masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and is accredited with the both APPI and the IACP.

Helen Crowley:   B.A; CQSW; M.Soc.Sci (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy); M Med Sci (Group Analytic Psychotherapy); ICP; IGAS.

Helen has a background in social and community work and is an experienced individual psychoanalytic and group analytic psychotherapist. Helen is an Accredited Supervisor, Disability Psychotherapist and Trainer. She is a former chairperson and longstanding active member of the Connect People Network as well as being a founding member of Disability Psychotherapy Ireland. She has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics concerning sexuality and disability. She was formerly training supervisor with the Irish Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Turning Point and Director of Sligo Psychotherapy Centre. Helen currently conducts an Analytic Psychotherapy Group in Donnybrook Centre.

Alex Donnelly:   Dip Psych, Associate Member IACP

Alex graduated with a Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire. She believes that psychotherapy helps clients explore the difficulties they may be experiencing within a safe, supportive and confidential environment. She takes an integrative and humanistic approach to her work, this means she adapts the therapeutic approach to best suit the needs and requirements of the individual. She works in a non-directive, non judgemental way exploring feelings and concerns around anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss and relationship difficulties.

Kathy Downes:    B.A (Psych), Post Grad Dip. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Clinical Dip. Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Member IFCAPP. ICP.

Kathy works with children and adolescents and young adults. She completed her Psychology degree and Graduate Diploma in U.C.D. and obtained her MSc from Trinity College Dublin. She is a member of the Irish forum of Child and Adolescent psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

As well as in private practice, Kathy has worked therapeutically with children and teenagers, parents and carers in both Linn Dara mental health services in Cherry Orchard hospital, and Lucena John of God’s Child and Adolescent mental health clinic in Tallaght. She also has interest and experience around disordered eating issues and body image from her time with Bodywhys, the Eating Disorders association of Ireland.

Kathy works with a range of emotional difficulties that young people of varying ages may be faced with in their developmental path. Issues such as anxiety, depression, emotional dis-regulation, eating disorders, and separation and attachment difficulties. Also various harmful behaviors or disturbing thoughts which may be communicating an underlying emotional upset. As well as working one to one with the young person, Kathy places importance on facilitating understanding and offering support to families through parental consultation and feedback.

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Therese Duggan:  

Therese is a family therapist with many years of experience in the national health service. She works in our centre in Donnybrook where she offers psychotherapy to families, couples and individuals who wish to deal with issues arising from family relationships.

Tom Finlay:   Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy - Tivoli Institute. Diploma in Business, Executive and Personal Coaching- the Coach Institute of Ireland ; Msc Mgmt -IMI/Trinity College. Member of IACP.

Tom has spent all of his professional life working directly with people, either on a one-to -one basis or with groups. Having spent 25 years in a business environment, working initially as a manager and subsequently as a Coach and Consultant, he became increasingly interested in understanding different ways of facilitating people move on from troubled times in their lives and so decided to study psychotherapy. Tom qualified as a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist with a Diploma from the Tivoli Institute, Dun Laoghaire He is interested in working with men and women of all age groups who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and in their relationships with others.

Penny Hayes:   BA Mod, H Dip Ed, PG Dip Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, PG Dip Guidance & Counselling. MIAHIP, MIACP, MIGC.

Penny is an integrative psychotherapist who trained with Turning Point and DCU. A graduate of TCD in Spanish and English, she has worked with young people in educational settings for more than 25 years, specialising as a counsellor for the last 8 years while also branching into private practice. Accredited by IAHIP and IACP, Penny works with individuals of all ages and across a range of issues. These include relationship difficulties, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, stress, and difficult life events. Her background encompasses work with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Living Life and the Newlands Institute in Clondalkin. She is currently in the third and final year of a Diploma in Group Work practice from St Vincent's Hospital School of Medicine and Psychotherapy. Penny's approach is person centred and relational, incorporating aspects of CBT, gestalt and psychodynamic theories. She has a particular interest in working with adolescents.

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Catriona Larkin:   Post Grad Dipl. CBT, Member BABCP.

Catriona is an experienced mental health professional and cognitive behavioural therapist. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and has worked in mental health since this time. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and has achieved full accreditation with the BABCP.

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Mary Logue:   BA, H Dip Community & Youth Work, Adv. Cert. Group Analysis (IGAS), MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Dip Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy(IIPP)

Mary comes from a background in youth work and community development and it was her work with groups in a variety of community settings that led her to explore and develop her interest in Group Analysis, which she studied at St. Vincent's University Hospital. This in turn encouraged her to undergo a clinical training in individual psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin, from which she graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Mary works with men and women of all ages who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. As a former international athlete Mary has a special interest in working with retired athletes making a transition from a life in sport.

Anne Longmore:   B.A., M.A. (App.Psych.)., Dip. Couns. Psych. Chartered Psychologist Ps.S.I.

Anne Longmore is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She spent 12 years working with the HSE’s National Counselling Service providing therapy for clients who have been traumatised by early childhood experiences – sexual, physical, emotional or neglect.

After leaving the NCS Anne established her private practice in which she sees clients who present with a wide variety of issues – including anxiety, stress, depression and relationship difficulties. She has a particular interest in childhood experience and of the impact of loss and change in people’s lives.

Prior to entering the Counselling arena Anne worked in educational and organisational settings in the personal development arena. She also worked in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth as a Tutor on their Diploma in Counselling.

Anne has a Masters in Applied Psychology and Diploma in Counselling Psychology. She also completed the Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Trinity College) and offers supervision to trainee and qualified therapists and psychologists. `

Siobhan Lydon:   BSc OT, PG Dip CBT, PG Dip IPS

Having worked in the mental health services for several years, Siobhan completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Trinity College Dublin 2007 and has worked as a CBT Therapist since this time. She has also completed further postgraduate psychotherapy studies. Siobhan is fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. She has had a broad range of experience working with adults and adolescents with problems including depression, anxiety, stress, traumatic life events and relationship difficulties among others.

Stephanie Metcalfe:   BA(Hons), M Phil Psychoanalytic Studies, MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Stephanie has completed an MSc in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in St. Vincent's Hospital and is now working towards her final accreditation. She already holds an M.Phil in psychoanalysis (2006) from Trinity College Dublin and is a full member of Appi. Relevant work experience includes working in the mental health organisation, Shine (supporting people affected by mental ill health), where she worked with clients experiencing enduring mental health difficulties and supporting them in obtaining and maintaining employment. She also facilitated a support group for those already in employment. Stephanie also has extensive experience in the disability sector working with people with acquired brain injury, as well as volunteering on a suicide helpline that provides a listening and referral service for those in suicidal crisis.

Marianne Minch:   H Dip in Counselling (Marriage and Relationship), MIACP.

Marianne is a fully accredited Relationship Counsellor. She enjoys working with Couples who are experiencing dissatisfaction or distress in any type of relationship. She also has great interest and experience in working with Individuals who want to make sense of, or bring about change in the dynamic of their intimate or non-intimate relationships.
With a non-directive and non-judgmental approch, her integrative therapy draws mainly from Person-Centred, Attachment, and Emotionally Focussed Theories. Marianne is bilingual in German and English. Her scale of fees is flexible.

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Marie O'Rourke:   BA, M Soc Sc, H Dip Psychology, MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Marie obtained an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from St Vincent's University Hospital School of Psychotherapy, Dublin in 2004, and has worked in private practice since then. She has a nursing background and worked as Clinical Nurse Specialist for many years. She is a member of the Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Edel Quinn:  

Frances Walsh:   Accredited Member IACP; MSc. Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, DCU; Diploma Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy, Turning Point Institute; Practitioners Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, IICP.

Frances is a qualified Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Frances’ theoretical background is in Humanistic/Integrative psychotherapy while incorporating CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). This approach to therapy acknowledges the unique nature of every client and allows for a therapeutic approach that best meets the requirements of each individual. Using a collaborative approach with emphasis on the of the therapeutic relationship, the aim is to create a safe and confidential space from which a client can explore the challenges experienced in life and develop the skills and resources within themselves to deal with these challenges and overcome obstacles. Frances has experience working with clients in a variety of areas, including anxiety, anger, bereavement and grief, depression, relationship issues, self-harm and suicidal ideation, etc. Frances has lived and worked in Ireland, USA and Asia and follows a holistic approach to health and well-being.

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Pre-Accredited Therapists:

Ciaran Madden:   Msc. Humanistic/ Integrative Psychotherapy, Associate Member IACP.

Audrey McAleese:   Biography to follow


Colette McNichols

David Newman

Claire Quinlan:   Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (UCC & Turning Point), Higher Diploma in Primary Education, B.A. (Hons) Psychology.

Claire is a qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist with a background in Education and Psychology. As an integrative, client - centred therapist, Claire uses a wide variety of approaches to meet the individual needs of each client. Her work is informed by Humanistic, Psychosynthesis, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT and Transactional Analysis theories.

Claire worked on Aware helpline for a number of years and volunteered as a Psychotherapist in Newlands Low Cost Therapy Centre.She has experience of working with: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship and Intimacy Issues, Trauma, Mental Health Issues, Stress, Sexuality and Gender Issues, Low Self – Esteem, Grief and Loss, Personal Growth, Body Image and Anger.

Claire is currently completing a Masters in the area of Trauma with UCC and Turning Point. She is also working towards full accreditation with IAHIP.

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Therapists on Placement:

Jackie Boland

Paula Gallagher

Tadhg Hayes

Gosia Hogans

Roisin Whelan

Group Psychotherapists

Helen Crowley

Sheena Eustace

Penny Hayes

Ruth Kevlin

Mary Logue

Rebecca Mullen

Lorraine Stewart

While every effort is made to ensure the professional training, qualification and accreditation of all practitioners working in the centre, any issue arising from the therapeutic relationship between client and practitioner remains between these parties and not with Donnybrook Centre.

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