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:

  • the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy
  • the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • the Irish Council for Psychotherapy
  • the Irish Forum of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • or the Psychological Society of Ireland

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

Centre Director

Sheena Eustace

Fully Qualified and Accredited Therapists

Pre-Accredited Therapists

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

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

Roger Ashe:   MA MIACP.BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy.MIACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist. MIACP Accredited Supervision. Diploma Counselling. Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling.Certificate in Online Couples Counselling. Certificate Integrative Supervision.Certificate in Mediation (Mii). Post Grad Certificate Separating Couples Mediation (Mii) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. B.A. Phil, Member of APPI &

Practising 20+ years providing Counselling and Psychotherapy to Couples and Individuals with a Person Centred approach based on the principles and writings of Carl Rogers.

The Initial Meeting is designed to provide a Welcoming and Empathic environment in in a non-directive non-judgemental manner to ascertain what outcome(s) clients require, why therapy was sought at this time, and to inform how the therapeutic sessions would be conducted. The Therapist would then determine if the outlined therapeutic approach is appropriate for the stated goals, or whether a referral to an alternative practitioner could be more beneficial.

Fees: Couple €80, Individual €70 per session.

Jackie Boland   Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Masters in Addiction Studies. BA in Psychology

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.

Shakir Faris:    BSc in Psychotherapy. First Class Honours. MIACP. BSc in Pharmacy

Accredited Psychotherapist with over seven years of experience with a business background, in the corporate world.
Shakir believes that each client is unique.  Hence, his therapy is tailored to the Client’s objective of attending therapy. His approach is based on focussing on the Client’s emotional, cognitive and behavioural difficulties in order to help them achieve equilibrium. 

Therapeutic approaches include:

- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Person Centred Therapy
- Integrative Therapy
- Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy


Therapeutic services: Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Personal Development, Stress, Work Related Issues, Abuse, Trauma and 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.

Tadhg Hayes:   MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (DCU). Diploma in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy (TPI). MIAHIP.

Tadhg is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). He uses a humanistic and person-centred approach while working with his clients. Through this lens, he sees clients as carrying the seeds of their own healing and personal growth. He believes that in providing an empathic non-judgemental reflective space, a therapeutic relationship can develop, which is key to nurturing a client's healing, empowerment, and personal development, and ultimately improving the quality of their lives.

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.

Ciara Heaslip:  

Ciara is a fully qualied, pre-accredited therapist, with a degree in Psychology, advanced diploma in Psychotherapy and masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has also completed training in Body Psychotherapy.

Ciara worked with clients in Living Life Counselling in Bray from 2016 to 2020 and has experience of working with clients experiencing relationship issues, stress, low self-esteem, anxiety and loss. Ciara uses an integrative approach in her work, meaning that she uses a range of technique from diferent psychotherapeutic approaches, including elements of mindfulness and body work.

In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Ciara has been working in the voluntary sector for 14 years, working with adults and children experiencing homelessness. Through this work, Ciara has developed a very compassionate, empathetic and non-judgemental approach to her work and has experience of supporting people through traumatic and challenging personal experiences.

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Gosia Hogan   BA (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma (Psychotherapy)

I work from a person-centred and humanistic framework. I strive to provide safe and holding space for the clients to unfold and work through their issues. I believe that the relationship between me and my clients is what matters most in co-creating desired change. As a result, I offer respect, empathy and transparency to those I work with. Personally, I believe in the quiet power of self-compassion, hope and patience to transform lives.

Hilary Kitson:   MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy, MIACP, IAHIP Assoc

Hilary is a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist working with individuals. She completed her training at Turning Point Institute, in association with University College Cork.

Working from a person-centred perspective, Hilary views her clients as being the experts in their own lives. Her approach is deeply empathic and non-judgemental, as she helps her clients to broaden their awareness around why they experience the world in the way that they do, and the impact that this might be having both on their relationships with others and their relationships with themselves. Hilary believes that this kind of increased awareness brings the potential for change, and the most empowering kind of change comes from within. She draws from a range of therapeutic techniques to tailor her work to best meet her clients needs.

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.

Shelly MacSweeney:   B.Sc.(Nursing),Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA Psychotherapy. Practitioners Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Shelly is a fully accredited humanistic and integrative psychotherapist with a background is in nursing. She worked for 15 years in the emergency department finishing as a clinical nurse manager. Shelly holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Nursing from University of Limerick; a Higher Diploma In Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a M.A. in Psychotherapy, both from Dublin Business School. She has also done a practitioner’s certificate in CBT.

Shelly works with a wide variety of issues including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, grief,loss, self-harm, suicidal ideation, work-life balance, self-worth, relationship issues, sexuality issues, LGBTQI+ friendly and trauma (both PTSD and Complex PTSD).

Shelly has personal and professional experience in a variety of pregnancy related issues including birth trauma and matresence (the transition to motherhood), pre and post abortion support, fertility issues, adoption, post-natal depression and miscarriage. Shelly also has a particular interest in childhood emotional neglect and developmental trauma. Shelly provides professional, warm and respectful support for individuals 18 years and over through one-to-one sessions.

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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. `

Ana Maclachlan:  

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.

David Newman    Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy DCU, Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Turning Point. MIAHIP

David is a qualified Psychotherapist and an accredited member of IAHIP. David’s approach is from a Humanistic, Person Centred & Integrative perspective, utilising varying aspects of Psychodynamic, Rogerian, Psychosynthesis, Gestalt, CBT & Bioenergetic therapies. With experience in helping his Clients with Relationships, Trauma, PTSD, Development, Stress, Grief, Anger, Trust, Self Worth, Anxiety, Sexuality and Gender.

Anne O’Connor:   D.Ed.(Narrative Inquiry), M.Sc.(Counselling Studies), B.Sc.(Psych), B.A., H.Dip.Ed, MIACP.

Anne has over thirty years’ experience as an accredited psychotherapist. During that time she has worked with clients on a wide range of issues including trauma, depression, stress, anxiety and the challenges of change and transition. Her approach is person-centred and collaborative to enable clients access their own strengths and coping mechanisms. She has a particular interest in the ways that personal writing can enrich and extend therapy outside sessions.

She is also an accredited supervisor.

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Pre-Accredited Therapists:

Eimear Coffey:   Bachelor of Social Work (UCC): Higher Diploma Psychotherapy Studies (UCD) Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Northampton).

Having pursued a career as a social worker for over 20 years, working in Medical Social Work, Adoption and Fostering, Eimear found herself drawn to Counselling and Psychotherapy. She completed her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2020.

She has experience in a wide variety of issues, including the effects of early trauma and attachment relationships, traumatic grief and loss, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD.

Eimear works from a person centred, humanistic and integrative model. She believes that the therapeutic relationship provides the secure space and the potential for growth and healing. She views this as a uniquely dynamic and organic process between client and therapist. Eimear works with compassion and non-judgement, valuing and integrating all parts of our unique identities.

Gemma Perkins:   Gemma Perkins BA Hons Counselling and Psychotherapy at DBS pre carredited member of IACP.

A fully qualified Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist. Gemma completed her Honours Degree with Dublin Business school and since then has started trauma training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. 

When working with clients, Gemma aims to understand their needs and takes an integrative approach drawing from several theoretical approaches including CBT, client-centred, psychodynamic theory, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. Each discipline has a unique set of tools and skills that works to support you in working through your challenges in an effort to help you create a fulfilling life with long lasting well being.

Andrew Somerville

Jennifer Southern:   Southern MSc. Mental Health Studies, BSc Occupational Therapy, Post Grad Dip. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Jennifer has worked for over 20 years within a variety of mental health settings within both the NHS and the HSE.
She qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Trinity College Dublin in 1996, going on to complete a MSc. Mental Health Studies, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2007.

Alongside ongoing postgraduate studies, Jennifer is experienced in working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, work related stress, wellness and recovery action plans (WRAP), sleep disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, traumatic life events, PTSD, self harm, suicidal ideation and personal development. Jennifer particularly values the development of a collaborative relationship with each client, using the framework of a CBT model.

Fiona Mooney

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Group Psychotherapists

Liam Breen:   BSs(Hons), CQSW (Trinity College), MSC Group Analytic Psychotherapy, Dip IGA London ICP, IGAS.

Liam Breen qualified with an Honours Degree in Social Studies with a  CQSW from Trinity College in 1993. He practiced as a Social Worker for 25 years, managing a team of social workers as Team Leader in Child Protection for the last eight years in the Irish Statutory Child Welfare service. He has also lectured on the Masters in Social Work (MSc) degree course in Trinity College Dublin. He qualified as a Marte Meo Communications therapist in 1997.
Liam qualified to practice  Group Analytic Psychotherapy in 2011.  In 2014 he added the MSc in Group Analytic Psychotherapy to his professional portfolio. In addition to psychotherapy groups,  Liam has had many years experience working with a variety of community and workgroups. Since his retirement in September 2018, he has continued his psychotherapeutic work with individuals and groups.
He is a full member of the Analytic section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and IGAS (Irish Group Analytic Society). He served on the committee of IGAS for a number of years.

Helen Crowley

Sheena Eustace

Mary Logue

Stephen McBride

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).

Lorraine Stewart

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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.

Therapists in Training:

Every year we offer placements to therapists who are training to become psychotherapists. These therapists are not in private practice with us and they provide a lot of our low cost service, where you can avail of therapy at a fee of €30 for each session.

Elaine Bowles

Jonathan Darling

Ana Maclachlan

Mary Mannion

Andre Somerville

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