Our Therapists

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Fiona MacAnna, M.Sc. Counselling & Psychotherapy, MIACP

Fiona MacAnna is an experienced and accredited psychotherapist and counselor. She is accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Fiona trained with Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. Her work is Person-Centered and incorporates Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Mindfulness approaches.

Fiona works with a broad range of issues but has a special interest in anxiety related issues and her approach is integrative, collaborative and respectful to the individual needs and personal goals of the people that she works with. She passionately believes in the capacity of the individual to take responsibility for themselves, become more accepting of themselves and to become more confident to make choices that are helpful, creative and empowering.

 

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Deborah Mulvany, B.A. M.Sc. Couns. Psych., MBS. MOS., Reg. Psych., Ps.S.I.

Deborah Mulvany is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist accredited with the Psychological Society of Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Deborah has worked in a variety of mental health settings since 2005. She offers treatment for individuals experiencing a wide variety of difficulties. These may range from coping with major life transitions to more complex and long standing issues such as Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders.

With a special interest in the areas of trauma, attachment, and relationships, Deborah’s work emphasizes developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship as a secure base to work through life’s challenges. She integrates evidence-based approaches such as Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Polyvagal Theory with Psychodynamic psychotherapy.

ASSOCIATE

Vivienne Shields, BCL, FTAI, ICP

Vivienne Shields is an established and experienced psychotherapist who has been in practice since 1993.  She trained as a Family Therapist and subsequently trained in Gestalt and body oriented approaches. She takes an integrative psychotherapeutic approach and enjoys working with individuals, couples and families.  

She is a trained Mindfulness teacher and uses theory and techniques from mindfulness to compliment her therapeutic skills. She has always worked with couples but in recent years she has trained and become an accredited EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Couples Therapist and now a large part of her practice is working with couples using this approach.

She is currently training as an EFT Couples supervisor.

ASSOCIATE

Sarah Ruane, Dip Psych., MIAHIP, MIACP, ICP

Sarah Ruane is an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Sarah has a Professional Diploma in Counselling from the Liberties College, Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bodywork Psychotherapy. She also has extensive training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Compassion Based Mindfulness therapy approaches.

Sarah has worked with individuals for the last 12 years. She brings a warm, open, non-judgmental approach to her work. She works extensively with relationship issues, in particular our relationship with ourselves, communication and sexual intimacy issues. She also works with stress and anxiety, struggles with family work/life balance, self-esteem and addiction. Sarah also has experience of facilitating addiction support groups, bereavement support groups and mindfulness groups. 

 Sarah is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP), the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists (IAHIP), as well as a registered member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).

ASSOCIATE

Dr. Helen Bates, B.A., M.Sc., PhD Clin.Psychol., Reg. Psych., P.S.I.

Helen Bates is a Clinical Psychologist accredited with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and British Psychological Society (BPS). Helen has studied in Trinity College Dublin; the École Normale Supérieure in Paris; University College London; and was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013, Helen has worked in a variety of mental health settings, particularly Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) and addiction services for adults. She has a special interest in complex trauma and attachment, and works with a range of presenting problems, across the lifespan (e.g. emotion and behaviour dysregulation, depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, suicidal thoughts).

Helen works with clients to explore and tease apart their difficulties, listening out for unmet emotional needs, to co-create a map of what has led to them feeling stuck or trapped in life, helpless and/or hopeless in themselves. Possible focus areas or goals for therapy are then identified, matched to an evidence-based intervention. Helen draws from a variety of interventions, such as Schema Therapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Helen firmly believes in the power of validating, understanding and healing emotional wounds, so that people can rediscover their innate wisdom, creativity, courage and joy.

ASSOCIATE

Michelle Whelan Kennedy, BA, MSc, CCL, MIACP

Michelle is an accredited clinical supervisor and psychotherapist (IACP). She has an Arts degree (National University of Ireland, Galway) in Psychology and Sociology, a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling with Turning Point, (Dublin City University), a diploma in working with loss & bereavement in childhood & adolescence (Royal College of Surgeons) and a diploma in supervision across professions (ICPPD).

As an integrative supervisor and therapist, Michelle works with a mix of backgrounds that is humanistic at the core. She draws on a number of perspectives looking at family of origin, inner child, sub-personalities, body awareness, body mind language, Jungian dream work and Gestalt theory in her work. As an artist, Michelle also uses art and imagery to grow self-awareness and reflexivity. (CPD certification available if required).