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All therapists in Core practice independently on their own behalf.
The therapeutic contract and ongoing contact will be directly between therapist and client.
Mary Shannon

Mary Shannon:


MA Integrative & Humanistic Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, Certificate in Integrative Body Psychotherapy; Certificate in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Play Therapy; MA Dramatherapy; Certificate in Gestalt Therapy; Certificate in Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness.
Contact details :
Mobile : 085 192 3528

Mary trained as a psychotherapist in the Tivoli Institute and as a Creative Arts Therapist in NUI Maynooth. She works in the traditional ways that you might expect from a counsellor / psychotherapist, providing a safe space where you can explore what is troubling you in confidence and without fear of judgment.

Mary works with clients over 18 years of age to help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they are in the world and in relationships.   She also believes that understanding is key to building resilience and choosing options that are healthier for us, so she is really interested in providing psycho-education to clients.  She also offers creative options such as sand tray and art therapy, where this suits the client themselves.  These creative options can work on a very deep level, and at the same time, they help clients express difficult issues and situations, in a gentle way.

Mary is experienced in working with a very wide range of issues including loss, relationships, fear and depression. She has also worked extensively in the areas of trauma, abuse, suicide and sexuality.

She has  completed a post-graduate certificate in Body Psychotherapy, which allows her to bring a deeper awareness of the body — how it is impacted by our emotions and also how it can be used to help regulate difficult emotions, into the therapy. This, along with mindfulness, can be very helpful for clients, particularly in managing stressful situations.

Mary is fully accredited by the IACP, IAHIP, and ICP, working to their codes of ethics.  She has regular supervision to ensure that professional and ethical standards are being maintained, and she engages in on-going CPD in the area of psychotherapy.

Carol Mills

Carol Mills :MIACP

Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Relationship Counselling, Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Contact details :
Mobile: 086 609 3493

As well as the training listed above I have completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), have Certificates in Anger Management, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Group Facilitation and have trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy (focusing on the body’s responses to trauma).  I also attend workshops and training as part of my Continuing Professional Development requirement with The Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (iacp.ie) of which I am a fully accredited member and abide by their code and ethics.

I work with clients aged 18 and over, individually or in couples, both privately and as part of several Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) provided by employers, and also for clients with some VHI packages.

I aim to provide a safe, warm, non-judgemental space where clients can explore areas of concern in their lives and look at options for improvement and wellbeing. Being an Integrative counsellor I use a variety of approaches and strategies of therapy according to the client’s needs and the presenting issues, including how to reduce the effect that stress has on the body, brain and nervous system.  In my EAP work, which has a limited number of session, I mainly use Solution Focused Brief Therapy and include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and Mindfulness.

Annette Williams

Annette Williams


BSc. (Hons) Psychology ; Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy;Certificate in Therapeutic Play; Certificate in Therapeutic Mindfulness; Diploma in Art Therapy.
Contact details :
Mobile : 086 600 9915

The combined training has provided Annette with a diverse knowledge base, skill set and competence to help people struggling with a wide variety of life experiences and mental health issues.

Her core approach which includes Person Centred Counselling, Multicultural Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves listening to clients and helping them explore their life and experience. This allows people to identify the emotions, behaviours and situations which cause difficulty. Annette then encourages clients to become more reflective and aware of their experiencing, that is how their responses, thoughts, emotions and body reactions emerge and relate to each other. By gently raising this awareness clients are supported to make choices which bring about the change that will be most helpful to them in their lives.

Annette uses therapeutic art-making and mindfulness to grow this capacity and to help people find balance and regulation in their mind, which is linked to a mentally healthy life. This approach develops the often-neglected non-verbal parts of the mind, allowing deeper work to be achieved on developmental and traumatic experiences which can often be at the root of Anxiety and Depression

Celine O'Driscoll - Core Counselling Therapy

Celine O’Driscoll


B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma Play Therapy, Post Graduate Diploma Art Psychotherapy
Contact details :
Mobile : 087 679 0668

Celine trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist with the Dublin Business School and has worked with adolescent and adult clients since 2005. She also completed Play Therapy and Art Therapy training and recognises the importance of being able to offer clients a variety of ways to express themselves. Celine has also trained in Sandplay Therapy (based on the theories of Carl Jung and Dora Kalff) and has seen how this gentle, but effective method of working, helps clients to heal at a deep level.

Celine currently works with clients aged 18 and over. Her approach is primarily person centred and aims to provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where clients can freely explore their concerns. She also offers mindfulness, relaxation techniques, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques, according to her clients’ needs and preferences.

Celine is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.iacp.ie), attends regular supervision with an accredited supervisor to ensure her clinical work and professional standards are maintained. She regularly attends workshops and training as part of her Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Barbara Murray

Barbra Murray

BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy; MIACP
Contact details :
Mobile 086 852 0162

As an integrative therapist, Barbara uses a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. She believes that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each client is unique and her techniques are therefore tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.

Since graduating from Dublin Business School, Barbara has worked with both short term and long term clients. Her goal is to help people identify and understand the behaviour, emotions and ideas that contribute to their life struggle and this work is more affective over a long-term period. However, brief therapy is sometimes more appropriate for certain individuals and life changing benefits can be experienced in the here and now (focussing on current life circumstances). An experience such as this explores the most effective approach in treating a client problem within the set time-scale.

Barbara’s therapeutic approach covers areas such addiction/eating disorders, abuse, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, child related Issues, depression, general counselling, identity problems, men’s Issues, mental health issues, obsessions, OCD, post-traumatic stress, relationships, sexuality, stress, trauma, work related issues. Over the past number of years, Barbara has worked extensively in the area of suicide prevention and self-harm.

Working from Core Counselling in Skerries, Barbara is a fully accredited member of IACP and adheres to their code of ethics and continuing professional development requirements.

Suzanna O'Reilly - Core Counselling Therapy

Suzanna O’ Reilly


MA Psychotherapy, H. Dip Counselling and psychotherapy; H. Dip (Ed.), BA(Hons) Int.
Contact details :
Mobile : 087 911 4226

Suzanna is a practicing and accredited psychotherapist. She works with a wide range of issues that can arise for individuals both within the workplace and in personal life. Many of these issues can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and to relationship difficulties. Suzanna works closely and sensitively with individuals to explore and to help make sense of the issues underlying these feelings. She offers a non-judgemental space which allows for the safe exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour. It is a pro-active and collaborative way of working which in time brings about meaningful and lasting change.

Areas of special focus:  Relationship issues, Life transitions, Parenting challenges, Trauma, Loss, Abuse, Depression, Personal development, General counselling.

Main Approaches:  Humanistic and Integrative, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Person Centred.

  • Member of Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (MIAHIP)
  • Member of Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)

Lorraine Mooney - Core Counselling TherapyLorraine Mooney

Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Professional Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies
Contact details :
Mobile : 085 806 3574

Lorraine studied Counselling and Psychotherapy at PCI College in Dublin.  She is a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and adheres to their strict code of ethics and practise guidelines.

Lorraine works with an integrative counselling style believing that each client requires a different approach.  Lorraine also uses creative arts for those clients that find verbal expression difficult.

Lorraine has a keen interest in the area of Dyspraxia DCD and co-occurring learning and attention issues. She has both personal and professional experience of Dyspraxia DCD and has volunteered with Dyspraxia DCD Ireland for over 8 years.  Lorraine now works with parents of children with Dyspraxia DCD giving them support and understanding.  She also works with young adults giving them support and tools to assist them achieve their full potential.

Lorraine is also a general counsellor working in the areas of mental health issues, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, sexuality, women’s issues, bereavement, health issues, allergies.