Yes, we are open for face to face sessions. Click here for details. We are also available online or by phone 085 1050335.
Would you like someone to talk to? Often, friends and family fill this need, but sometimes it’s better to speak to someone who is not involved.
There can be many reasons why it might help to talk. Someone close to you may have died, and you may be finding it hard to manage. Perhaps you have experienced an illness, job loss or other life event. There may be marital or relationship problems or conflicts in the family. You may be feeling depressed or tired of life, or experiencing anxiety and stress. You may have suffered abuse or struggle to relate to your children.
If any of these apply to you, or if you just want to talk it out with someone you can trust, counselling may help. We can help you explore what is happening in your life, and what choices might be available to you. We can help you to find solutions that suit you, without giving advice or direction.
Staying at home or social distancing? You can meet with us online or by phone. Call 085 1050337 for info
At AnneLeigh we provide professional counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults, couples and adolescents in a safe and confidential setting. Our aim is to help you to explore and resolve difficult, painful or traumatic situations by talking to someone who is not involved. Counselling can help you to sort through your thoughts and feelings, to find out what you want from your life and to take control of it. Counselling can be particularly helpful during a crisis or time of change. In Psychotherapy you can examine the background to what may be troubling you, and look at how long established patterns of behaviour learnt in the past may be hindering a satisfying life today.
Our approach is humanistic and integrative. This means that we are concerned with your interests and welfare. We will help you to explore your thoughts and feelings and how they are affecting your life. We believe that you know best what is right for you and your own life, and will support you in making decisions that are right for you. Students of counselling and psychotherapy are welcomed (special rate available).
Situations which may be helped through counselling and psychotherapy include: Anxiety Stress Depression Addiction Bereavement, loss, separation or relationship break-down Relationship issues Self-esteem, lack of confidence Desire to be more assertive Work related issues, bullying Despair and hopelessness
Do you sometimes find it hard to talk to friends and family? Do you feel that you are alone? Do you feel that your parents do not understand you? Is something bothering you at school or at home? Do you feel down? Do you feel stressed or anxious? Are you being bullied? Do you self-harm? Do you have low self-esteem?
These are just some of the pressures that teenagers face today. Whatever you are facing in your life, it is probably a good idea to share it with others.
Most of the time we can talk to our friends or our family about our problems. Sometimes it is not possible and this is when you might need to meet a counsellor. Coming to see a counsellor helps because they are independent from school and home life.
Many young people come to counselling to talk about a specific problem, to learn a little more about himself or herself, or simply for someone to talk to about what’s going on in their lives.
The counsellors at AnneLeigh understand the difficulties that teenagers like yourself face today and value and care about how you are feeling. They are there to help you. They are not there to judge but to provide a safe place to help you understand how you feel and to help you find ways to feel better.
If you are aged between 11 and 22 years old and you would like to make an appointment then you can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 086 8599328. Or alternatively a professional or parent can contact us on your behalf.
Staying at home or social distancing? You can meet with us online or by phone. Call 086 8599328 for info
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“What a child doesn’t receive, he can seldom later give” PDJames
Couples & Relationships Therapy
Married, or in a relationship with a life partner, parent, child or sibling can bring itschallenges. We bring to all our adult relationships the patterns, values and beliefs we develop as children growing up. As we experience ourselves in relationship with others, we can find our expectations and those of others may differ hugely. We can find it hard to express our needs and have them met. Over time as life presents challenges, our needs and the needs of those we live with may change, and our old ways of relating and behaving may no longer serve us.
A life change, such as having a child, illness or bereavement, moving house, financial struggles or approaching new life stages are among the circumstances that may give rise to stresses in relationships. At AnneLeigh we provide a safe and supportive environment in which to explore these issues. Whether you come on your own, or with your partner or family member, we will support you in finding greater understanding of yourselves, facilitating communication, and finding new ways of relating to each other.
“How to be connected with another and maintain a self is probably the ultimate and most complex human dilemma shared by all of us from birth to death” Bob and Rita Resnick
Please note that each counsellor/psychotherapist at AnneLeigh practises independently on his or her own behalf.
The therapeutic contract is one between the therapist and his or her client(s), and AnneLeigh Counselling & Psychotherapy is not party to any such contracts.
Jennifer has extensive experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. In her private practice, she works with adolescents, young adults, and their parents, specialising in eating disorders, anxiety and developmental trauma. Jennifer also offers individual and group supervision to psychotherapists working with adolescents.
She is a Tutor on the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy programme, and a Core Tutor on the MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy programme in Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, validated by University of Northampton, UK. Jennifer also offers workshops, seminars and consultancy to secondary schools.
She holds a MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies. Jennifer is an accredited member of IAHIP and a registered psychotherapist with the European Association of Psychotherapists (EAP). Jennifer is passionate about supporting adolescents’ growth and development.
Jude is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working with adults and couples in her private practice. She has a particular interest in relationships including the relationship with self. Jude brings a warm and supportive approach to her work, creating a safe environment in which clients can address difficult issues that trouble them.
Jude has a Post Qualification Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and a Level 2 Certification in EFT. She is an accredited member of IAHIP and IACP and holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy.
Jude has a Diploma in Relational Gestalt Supervision, and is accredited as a supervisor with IAHIP and IACP.
Jude is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Before training as a therapist, Jude worked in the Accountancy profession for thirty years. She is an experienced trainer and group facilitator. Jude brings her experience of business to the support of therapists establishing and developing their professional practices, whether the challenges are practical business ones, or the emotional issues that can inhibit practice development. She is the author of “This Business of Therapy: A Practical Guide to Starting, Developing and Sustaining a Therapy Practice” and regularly writes on practice issues.
Evelyn is an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who has been working with individual adults for 15 years. When working with Evelyn in a safe empathic space you can explore how to move towards emotional wellbeing in a way and at a pace that is right for you. She works with a wide range of issues; including fear & anxiety, low mood, bereavement and loss, fertility, personal relationships, low self-esteem and self-confidence, life cycle transitions, serious illness and mortality.
Evelyn has a Professional Diploma in Counselling from the Liberties College, Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. She participates actively in Continuous Professional Training and has done additional training with the Rape Crisis Centre and in Responding Therapeutically to Child Sexual Abuse; also in Integrative Body Psychotherapy. Most recently she has developed an interest in “Walk & Talk Therapy” and has done training in working with clients outdoors in nature.
Evelyn is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and is registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)
“I help adolescents and adults access their inner strengths and find their own unique ways of coping with life’s difficulties according to their age and stage of development. I use accessible and creative ways of working. My aim is to help clients access resources within themselves and to avail of external supports from their families and the wider community when those are present. I find working with adolescents to be particularly rewarding.’’ Personal commitment to the people with whom I work by Noelle Neylon-Walsh.
Noelle completed her psychotherapy studies at the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire (2006) and completed a Diploma in Addiction Studies in 2007. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Postgraduate Diploma on Team Based Approaches to Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health in 2011. This included professional placements assessed and evaluated by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
Noelle has also completed a professional course in Play Therapy, continuous professional development modules in adolescent interventions and trauma, and trained in and facilitated teenage parenting programs.
Noelle is over twelve years in practice and specialises in working with adolescents and adults, helping them discover their individual ways of coping with the difficulties in their lives. Noelle was a Staff Counselor within Kildare Youth Services Counselling Service. She has also worked in The National Counselling Service, and Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services.
Noelle works from a holistic, humanistic and integrative perspective that fosters personal autonomy and resilience according to the individual needs of each client. Noelle is an Accredited Member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and works within their professional codes of practice.
Clare is an accredited therapist and works with adults on an individual basis.She creates a respectful, non–judgemental and safe environment. Clare believes that a client’s interpretation and experience of life’s events feel unique to them and therefore this needs to be heard and acknowledged. Clare relates collaboratively with clients with a view to work on the issues they want to deal with, assisting them to explore and move towards changes they wish to make.The range of issues that she works with are anxiety, low mood, depression, bereavement and loss, health related issues, stress, post- traumatic stress, work related and relationships issues.
Clare has an Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and is accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) since 2018.Clare’s therapeutic approach is humanistic and integrative. The humanistic approach is rooted in the belief that people inherently have motivation, the potential to grow and change, and to be in control of their lives. Integrative refers to bringing in other theories of counselling, where appropriate, for example; Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) for problem solving and cognitive behavioural concepts, to assist with unhelpful thinking and behaviour. Clare has completed a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and a professional certificate in the therapeutic use of Mindfulness. Prior to her training in the counselling field, Clare qualified and worked as general nurse.
Colin a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist holding a BA (Hons) in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is pre accredited member of the IACP and adheres to their professional guidelines. Colin has extensive experience in both public and private sector employment and is uniquely positioned to provide therapeutic support to persons affected by crime. This can involve recent or historical events. As a former member of An Garda Síochana, Colin provides therapeutic support to a range of “blue light and front line services”. Colin also works with adults and families with intellectual disability and additional needs, offering support to the wider family unit. He also works at the national forensic mental health service (HFMHS) where he is an employment specialist working with individuals in mental health recovery.
Grainne works from a Humanistic and Integrative approach. As every person responds differently to life changes, this approach values their uniqueness and sees the potential for them to realize their true nature and achieve meaning and purpose in their lives.
The therapeutic approach Grainne uses is collaborative, developing a trusting relationship with clients in order to explore their feelings and difficulties. Her many years of critical-care nursing have provided her with the experience to do this in a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential environment. Her integrative approach utilizes aspects of many psychotherapeutic approaches in accordance with the individual client’s needs.
Grainne has completed an MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy, developing a deeper level of understanding and competency in working with adolescents who are experiencing psychological and developmental difficulties. This approach supports adolescent development on an individual basis through exploring with the adolescents or young adults the issues they may find challenging and learning new ways of coping. This enables adolescents to develop resilience in the face of adversity, facilitating change in the way they relate to themselves and others and creating new possibilities for their future. It also involves supporting and working collaboratively with parents where possible.
MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy
MA in Psychotherapy.
Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Matthew is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who works with adults on an individual basis. Matthew’s therapeutic approach is humanistic and integrative. He provides a safe, non-judgemental space where clients can work through issues at a pace that suits them. He has a particular interest in working with depression and relationship issues. He also works with anxiety, bereavement & loss, stress, self-esteem issues, personal development, trauma and suicidal ideation.
Matthew has worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, SOSAD, the Village Counselling Service in Tallaght, Pieta House and in private practice.
Matthew has a Masters in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling; and a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology. Matthew also holds a certificate in CBT and a Level 1 certificate in Emotion-Focused Therapy. He is a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
To make an appointment with Matthew, please call 085 105 0337 or use our confidential contact form.
Niamh is an accredited Child Psychotherapist specialising in Play Therapy. She has been an accredited member of the Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy since 2013. She holds an Honours Degree in Psychology a Masters in Addiction Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy specialising in Play Therapy. Niamh has also furthered her training in Sand Play and Theraplay which focuses on the attachment relationship between the Parent/Guardian and the child. This type of therapy is often used with children that have been fostered or adopted. Niamh has also presented a number of evidence-based Parenting Programmes in Schools. She has worked with children affected by substance abuse in a school environment for 13 years. She specialises in the areas of Anxiety, Attachment, Substance Abuse, Bereavement, Developmental Delays and Childhood Trauma.
Niamh believes that children find it difficult to express or to talk about a traumatic event due to their lack of vocabulary. Children use Play which is the natural language of children to express how they are feeling. She uses a variety of creative mediums with children from ages 3-11 such as toys, art, sand, messy play and sensory play. Niamh will create a supportive and safe environment for the child so they can use their play to work through their issues and bring them back to a healthier state of mental health.