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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

MIACP, MIAHIP, MIACAT, MIAPPC, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Certificates in Integrative Body Psychotherapy; Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy & Play Therapy; Gestalt Therapy and also The Therapeutic use of Mindfulness. MA Dramatherapy
Contact details :
Mobile : 085 192 3528

I trained as a psychotherapist in the Tivoli Institute and as a Creative Arts Therapist in NUI Maynooth. I work 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. I also offer creative options such as sand tray, and therapeutic art, where this suits the clients.

I am particularly interested in working with clients to help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the ways in which their past experiences influence how they are in the world and in their relationships.

I am experienced in working with a very wide range of issues including loss, relationships, fear and depression. I have also worked extensively in the areas of trauma, abuse, suicide and sexuality.

I have also completed a post-graduate certificate in Body Psychotherapy, which allows me to bring a deeper awareness of the body to clients – how it is impacted by our emotions and also how it can be used to help regulate difficult emotions. This, along with mindfulness, can be very helpful for clients, particularly in managing stressful situations. I am also very interested in how we can make changes to our lives and learn new ways of being in the world.

Based in Core Counselling in Skerries, I work with clients from North Co Dublin – including Rush, Balbriggan, Swords and Loughshinny – and from Co Meath & Louth. I am a fully accredited member of the two main professional bodies in Ireland – the IACP and IAHIP and work to their codes of ethics while engaging in continuing on-going CPD and regular up-skilling 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

Carol trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist with Northside Counselling Service Ltd. As well as the training listed above she has completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), has Certificates in Group Facilitation, Anger Management and has trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy (focusing on the body’s responses to trauma).

Carol works primarily with clients aged 18 and over, individually or in couples, both privately and as part of several Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) provided by employers, including those with VHI packages.

Her style of counselling work is predominantly Humanistic and Integrative. She aims to provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where clients can explore areas of concern in their lives and look at options for improvement and wellbeing. Being an Integrative counsellor she uses 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 her work as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counsellor, which has a limited number of session, she mainly uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy and includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and Mindfulness.

She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.iacp.ie), a professional body whose function is to ensure high professional standards as well as providing a code of ethics and practice.

Carol attends regular supervision with an accredited supervisor to ensure her clinical work and professional standards are maintained.

She also regularly attends workshops and training as part of her Continuing Professional Development.


Annette Williams

Annette Williams

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy, Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, Certificate in Therapeutic Play, Diploma in Art Therapy, MIACP
Contact details :
Mobile : 086 600 9915

Annette holds Honours degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology as well as a professional diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. This training had a strong emphasis on Person Centered Counselling but also included the Cognitive Behavioural Approach and Multicultural Counselling.

Her approach is all about listening to clients and helping them explore their lives, identifying the emotions, behaviours and situations which cause difficulties. Annette then encourages clients to become more reflective and aware of their experiencing, that is, how their responses, thoughts, emotions and body reactions relate to each other.

The overarching aim of her approach is to gently raise awareness of these influences and help clients make choices which will help them grow and change as they would like.

She also uses Art and Mindfulness to help people find balance in their mental process, between their thoughts and emotions and ultimately their lives. This allows for a more balanced and integrated way to achieve a mentally healthy life and is being increasingly recognised and supported by emerging medical and neurobiological evidence.

This approach encourages people to develop and use the often neglected non-verbal parts of the brain allowing deeper work to be done with emotional problems and is particularly useful in trauma work as well as helping people find balance in their mental process, between their thoughts and emotions and ultimately their lives. This approach is also very useful in working with Anxiety.

Annette works with children, adolescents and adults in Core Counselling in Skerries and also facilitates training courses and workshops in the Dublin Art Therapy College.

Annette holds Graduate membership with the BPS (British Psychological Society) and also holds Accredited Membership of IACP while working to their Codes of Ethics.



Edith Kennedy

MEd, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy; Cert Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. MIAHIP
Contact details :
Mobile : 087 611 6116

Edith trained as a psychotherapist and counsellor with the Tivoli Institute. Edith works in Core Counselling both in Fairview and Skerries, and comes from the perspective that the counselling and psychotherapy process is one of exploration which enables clients to accept what is outside their control, while being empowered to facilitate change within. She works in an integrative and humanistic way in a warm, confidential and non-judgmental manner.

Edith holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Sheffield. She has over 25 years’ experience working in various educational and social care settings with individuals, families and groups. Edith has a broad range of experience working with clients in the disability sector and supporting parents and family members as well.

Edith is a fully accredited member of IAHIP and works to their code of ethics while engaging in continuous on-going professional development and supervision.


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.


Lucinda O’Mahony

MIAHIP, MIACP, MIAPPC, MSc, PG Dip, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, Cert Integrative Bodywork, Cert Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Play Therapy.
Contact details :
Mobile : 087 258 1527

Lucinda trained as a psychotherapist and counsellor with the Tivoli Institute. She works in an integrative and humanistic way, drawing on a number of approaches which value the uniqueness of each individual. Lucinda believes that therapy can provide a safe, confidential space where people can express and explore their concerns and develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their lives.

Lucinda obtained her Master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 and she also trained in psychodynamic approaches and counselling in London in the Women’s Therapy Centre, North London University and the CSCT. Lucinda is based in Core Counselling in Fairview.

Lucinda has worked with individuals, families and groups in various social care, education and justice settings for 20 years and is a Professionally Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer with Cornell University, New York.

Lucinda is a fully accredited member of IAHIP and IACP and works to their codes of ethics while engaging in continuous on-going professional development and supervision.


Carly Crawford

Carly Crawford

BA Psychology; Postgrad Diploma in Play Therapy (IAPTP). (Child and Adolescent Therapist) MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy
Contact details :
Mobile 083 041 0850

Carly now works from her dedicated centre in Skerries, both as a Play Therapist with younger children and in a creative way with adolescents and young adults. Please contact Carly directly on the mail or phone no. above.