Orla McHugh MA Dip Psychotherapy Counsellor/Psychotherapist – Chairperson
Orla McHugh is an experienced therapist, accredited by the NAPCP. She is founder of the Rathgar Consultancy Centre and its’ director. Orla works with both adolescents and adults, supporting them in their efforts to solve difficulties that they may be experiencing. She has a particular interest in working with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression and Relationship issues, as well as counselling teenagers. Since her book on teenagers was published in 2008, she has counselled hundreds of teenagers, helping them with difficulties often unique to this period of development. Having lived in many countries during her formative years, Orla was given the unique opportunity to experience friendships with many people of different nationalities. This has instilled in her an innate ability to engage and respond to people from a wide range of backgrounds both religious, socio economic, ethnic etc. Through her experience in third world countries she has developed a deep understanding of the fragility of humankind and the human condition.
Liam trained with ACCORD in the early eighties and worked in the Phibsborough Centre until 1990. He worked as Director of Student Care in PCI College and later became Co-Director of Counselling in ACCORD Central Office. He is now a Co-ordinator of Safeguarding with the Spiritan Congregation.
Marguerite is a professionally qualified accredited Mediator. Marguerite was awarded the accreditation from Friary Law who are one of the six accredited bodies under section 15 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act, 2004. The mediation training is in line with the Law Society of Ireland’s CPD requirements.
Dr. Julie A. Kelly
Dr. Kelly B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. has longstanding interests in the science of the brain. Her formal background is in biochemistry and neuroscience (Ph.D. University of Manchester Medical School, U.K.) and for many years she has carried out research in the field of neuroscience, both in Ireland and the United States.
Ian Cox, MA, BSc (hons), BA, Dip, is a private counsellor based in New Ross, Co Wexford. Here he works with clients of all ages. His background is in Developmental and Forensic Psychology and Humanistic Counselling. Ian is a member of the British Psychological Society and The Psychological Society of Ireland.
Mafalda Brennan is a Marriage and and Relationship Counsellor with ACCORD Newbridge. She completed the Higher Diploma in Counselling (Marriage and Relationship) validated by St Patrick’s College, Pontifical Universtity, Maynooth in 2011. Mafalda was inspired to become a counsellor by her mother-in-law who worked with ACCORD for over 20 years. Mafalda is Chairperson of the ACCORD Newbridge Centre since January 2015, and in addition to counselling and her duties as a Centre Chairperson she is involved in carrying out client pathway audits in ACCORD Centres.
Ishita Sangra, BA., PGDC.MSc.
Ishita Sangra BA., PGDC., MSc., is an accredited and experienced Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor working with ACCORD, Healthy Living Centre (DCU) and has her own private practice. Ishita works with variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds including ethnic community, seeking help for a great range of issues and problems. She specialises in Couples and Relationship, early loss, trauma, and working with adults who have a history of childhood abuse; sexual and otherwise. In time she has earned the reputation of being able to provide an atmosphere of safety, respect and optimism for the capacity to overcome difficulties. Ishita’s strength also lies in being multilingual which enables her to work with people of different ethnic backgrounds. Ishita also has 10 years’ experience working within the Telecommunication and IT industry before entering the field of Psychotherapy.
Liam Sheridan MA (Pastoral Leadership)
Advanced Diploma (Supervision in Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Presently providing counselling services in Riverside Counselling Services, 20 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin. 1.
Maria Fitzgibbon. Psychotherapist & Counsellor
I am an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, with fourteen years’ experience working in private practice, both in Dublin and Kildare. My previous careers included merchant banking and office manager for a charitable organisation.
My approach is humanistic and integrative, drawing upon different therapeutic models according to individual needs. I have a special interest in Eating Disorders and Addiction.
My outside interests include genealogy, drumming, gardening, exercise and rugby, the latter of which I am an avid supporter and longstanding Leinster season ticket holder!