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.  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.

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 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)

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

Colin Connolly MIACP

Colin a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist holding a BA (Hons) in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is fully 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 works at the national forensic mental health service (NFMHS) where he is an employment specialist working with individuals in mental health recovery. Colin works with both individuals and couples.

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 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.  

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

Matthew Tevlin MBACP

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 Keane

Niamh is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. She is a Pre-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.

Dera Mulholland IAHIP, IAPTP, AJSTI

Dera Mulholland is an experienced psychotherapist working with both adults and adolescents (12 years plus). In her long career spanning 30 years, she has worked with children and their parents, adolescents and adults in settings that have included, Montessori pre-school, learning support in primary schools, play specialist in Crumlin children’s hospital and support worker in community centres in areas of social disadvantage with Dublin City Council. Most recently she has worked as a school counsellor in a DEIS secondary school and with an adult counselling service. Dera also worked in the Australian outback for 12 years, where she ran a pre-school. This afforded her the experience of working with children (and their families) with diverse cultural heritage.

She qualified as a psychotherapist in 2010 and describes this move as having been the best way forward for her to use her experience and continue to work supportively with people. Dera believes that therapy will help you to explore what you need in your life, to best support yourself and to bring about change.  She provides the warmth and safety necessary for people to be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings about their experiences.
She believes that healing happens in the therapeutic relationship.

Dera’s qualifications:

M.A. in Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic & Integrative), BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology; Post Grad Dip in Creative Supervision; Advanced Cert Jungian Sand Tray Therapy; Cert CBT; Cert Solution Focused Therapy;

Dera is Accredited with:  IAHIP, IAPTP, SIAPTP, MAJSTI
To make an appointment with Dera 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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