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 where she is 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.
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.
Ray is an accredited, humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, group facilitator and supervisor working in Rathmines in Co Dublin. He has over 15 years experience working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. He also works within the field of addiction and has done for the last 17 years. He is also a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy and a group facilitator. Ray has a BSc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and certificates in relevant issues relating to counselling, addiction and suicide related issues, and holds a post graduate certificate in bioenergetics and integrative bodywork.
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.
Helen Scanlon (Board Secretary)
Helen is an experienced and accredited counsellor and supervisor. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Maria Fitzgibbon- Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Maria is an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, with almost two decades’ experience working in private practice in Kildare and also providing online counselling. Her approach is primarily humanistic and integrative, drawing upon various psychotherapeutic models, including person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to the individual needs of her clients.
Maria’s area of special interest is eating disorders and related difficulties around food, diet, emotional eating and body image. Much of her work over the past number of years has been focused on this complex issue.
Her outside interests include genealogy, drumming, walking, gardening, and avidly supporting Leinster Rugby as a committed Season Ticket Holder! Her previous careers included merchant banking and working for a charitable organisation.
Lubov is a student representative on the board. She is a fourth year student (BA Hons.) and is currently working towards accreditation.
Larry is a qualified counsellor and a fully accredited member of the NAPCP. He completed a two year full-time residential Diploma in Counselling in 2015 with Galilee House of Studies. His initial training was as a Rogerian Person Centred Counsellor. Throughout the years, he has added other approaches to his work with a particular interest in existential therapy. It is important to him that he respects the client and works within a safe and welcoming space which is non judgemental and allows the client to fully engage in therapy.
Larry has been working in private practice since 2015. He also works with Pieta for the past five years as a counsellor working with people who are suicidal, self harming or bereaved by suicide. Larry’s outside interests are in hillwalking, cycling, open water swimming and travelling. His previous careers were in retail and change management.