Counselling & Psychotherapy

Celbridge & Naas Co. Kildare


Yes, we are open for face to face sessions. Click here for details. We are also available online or by phone 085 1050335.

Personal Counselling

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.

Personal-1Our 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:
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

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Adolescent Therapy

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?

adolescent-1These 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.

adolescent-2The 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 [email protected] or call on 085 1050337. 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 085 1050337 for info

You can also contact us in confidence through our online form:

Details of our Child Protection Policy can be found here

“What a child doesn’t receive, he can seldom later give” PDJames

Couples & Relationships Therapy

Couples-1Married, 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. Couples-2At 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 Foran


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.

Alongside psychotherapy, Jennifer provides supervision and consultation services tailored to individuals, groups and organisations working in clinical, support and educational settings to understand and positively influence adolescent mental health.

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.

She holds an 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 adolescent growth and development.
To make an appointment with Jennifer please call 085 105 0337 or use our confidential contact form.

Evelyn Burke


Evelyn is an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who has been working with individual adults for 17 years. She works with a wide range of issues including fear and anxiety, low mood, bereavement and loss, fertility, low self-esteem and self-confidence, personal relationships, serious illness and mortality.

Evelyn has a particular interest in working with people experiencing life changes and emotional difficulties. Working from a humanistic, person centred and relational perspective, she focuses on assisting her clients in self-study to develop awareness of their emotional and physical responses in the present moment to facilitate greater self-knowledge and enhanced wellbeing.

Evelyn has a Professional Diploma in Counselling from the Liberties College, Dublin.  She also has Postgraduate Diplomas in Gestalt Psychotherapy and in Integrative Body Psychotherapy.  In recent years she developed an interest in “Walk and Talk Therapy” and has done training in working with clients outdoors in nature.  She participates actively in Continuous Professional Training and is currently pursuing training in Hakomi Therapy.

Evelyn is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and is registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).

To make an appointment with Evelyn please call 085 105 0337 or use our confidential contact form.

Colin Connolly MIACP

Colin is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist trained in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. He is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and is experienced in treating a wide range of presenting issues. Colin is psychoanalytic in his approach to psychotherapy and works with children, adults, and couples.

Colin’s approach to psychotherapy is compassionate and collaborative. He creates a safe and supportive space for his clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Colin helps his clients to develop insights and coping skills to manage their challenges and live more fulfilling lives.

He is a trauma informed practitioner, passionate about helping his clients to heal from trauma. He understands that trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s life, and he is committed to helping his clients to recover and thrive. Colin is also skilled in helping couples to improve their communication and intimacy, and to work through conflict in a healthy way. Colin has a keen interest in mental health in employment and supporting adolescent clients on their educational journey. 

Colin is available in-person and online.

To make an appointment with Colin please call 085 105 0337 or use our confidential contact form.

Clare Gowran

MIACP BA (Hons) Couns & Psych RGN

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 Focused 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.

To make an appointment with Clare please call 085 105 0337 or use our confidential contact form.

Niamh Keane

Niamh is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. She is an accredited Member of Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Niamh works from a Humanistic and Integrative perspective, using a Person Centered Approach to create a non-judgemental empathic space from which a client can explore issues they may be experiencing at their own pace. Niamh’s qualifications include BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP). Certificate in Counselling Skills (NUIM). Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness (IICP). Assist Suicide Intervention Trained (Assist). Garda Vetted with (IACP).

Niamh provides support with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, bereavement & loss, low self-esteem, sexuality and relationship issues. She adheres fully to The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy code of ethics. Niamh works individually with adults.

To make an appointment with Niamh call 085 1050337 or use our confidential contact form.

Sharon Smyth IAPTP

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist specialising in Play Therapy

Sharon holds a BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy from the Children’s Therapy Centre. Sharon is an accredited member of IAPTP.

Sharon works therapeutically with children aged 4 years up to 18 years of age through the medium of play and creative arts.  Creative therapy helps children and young people work through emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

Sharon believes that using the medium of play and creative therapy it can help children and young people express themselves, explore and make sense of the world, resolve difficulties and achieve more mature levels of social and emotional development.

Play Therapy can help and support children dealing with complex trauma, bereavement and loss, anxiety, self-esteem, parental separation, friendships as well as many other challenges.

Sharon has worked in a variety of social care settings over the last twenty years and has extensive experience in family support providing parenting programmes and support to families experiencing a wide range of difficulties.

To make an appointment with Sharon call 085 1050337 or use our confidential contact form.

Jacqueline Moloney

Jacqueline is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. She is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (IACP), and adheres to their professional guidelines. She works with adults on an individual basis and with adolescents (from 13 years upwards). Jacqueline’s background is in education, and she has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their parents in a variety of settings.

Jacqueline believes in the importance of a safe, supportive space to look at any issues which need to be explored. Trained in a holistic and integrative way, there are a variety of approaches which may be used depending on the person’s needs and preferences. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, exploration of family systems, Gestalt, psychodrama and art therapy.

Jacqueline’s work includes dealing with anxiety and depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, bullying and her main area of interest is loss and bereavement.

Jacqueline’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (First class honours) from ICCPD, (International College for Personal and Professional Development), Professional Certificate in Loss and Bereavement, (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland), Bachelor of Education, (University of Limerick.),Diploma in Special Education Needs. (Dublin City University).

To make an appointment with Jacqueline call 085 1050337 or use our confidential contact form.

Vanessa Macey

Vanessa is a qualified Humanistic Psychotherapist, she graduated from Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre where she was awarded a distinction upon completion of her Masters. She has gained experience working with a diverse range of clients with varying backgrounds, cultures and identity and sexual association.

Her aim is to hold an open, compassionate and non- judgemental space for her clients, regardless of their presentations or their previous experiences and life decisions. She believes that each individual seeking therapy holds the power to find the solutions to their own dilemmas and she endeavours to accompany them on an exploratory journey to uncover these answers together. Vanessa has spent long periods in silent vipassana meditation, practicing the art of mindfulness, acknowledging and trusting whatever is ready to surface from the consciousness. She works with a range of issues including trauma, life change, depression, anxiety, sexual issues, relational difficulties, bereavement and loss.

To make an appointment with Vanessa call 085 1050337 or use our confidential contact form.

Karen Bowe

Karen is an accredited therapist who works with adults on an individual basis. Karen works from an Integrative approach where she believes there isn’t one therapeutic approach to help a client. Karen feels it is important to take into account you as an individual and also your circumstances. Therefore it may be more beneficial to use different approaches to help you explore and cope with your issues or difficulties. Karen believes each person has the capacity for growth and self actualization in their own lives.

Karen has spent several years working with Carlow and South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre. Karen offers a safe space for clients to speak freely and open about their experiences without judgement.  Karen is an accredited member with APCP (Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland).

Karen holds a Cert in Play Therapy Skills, B.A (Hons) in Social Care Practice and and M.A in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

To make an appointment with Karen call 085 1050337 or use our confidential contact form.


AnneLeigh Counselling & Psychotherapy

Phone: 085 105 0337
Email: [email protected]

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Our therapy rooms are located in Naas and Celbridge

Main Street
Co Kildare

5-6 Dublin Road
Co Kildare

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