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.
Ray is an accredited, humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, group facilitator and supervisor working in Rathmines in Co Dublin. He has over 13 years experience working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. He also works within the field of addiction and has done for the last 15 years. 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)
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
Maria is an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, with fourteen years’ experience working in private practice, both in Dublin and Kildare. Her previous careers included merchant banking and office manager for a charitable organisation. Maria’s approach is humanistic and integrative, drawing upon different therapeutic models according to individual needs. She has a special interest in Eating Disorders and Addiction. Her outside interests include genealogy, drumming, gardening, exercise and rugby, the latter of which she is an avid supporter and longstanding Leinster season ticket holder!
Lubov is the students’ representative on the board. She is currently in her third year of a BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in ICHAS, Griffith College. Her background is in Literature and Literary Translation. Lubov is still developing her approach but is very interested in existential therapy.