Therapists

Who works at Maynooth Counselling & Psychotherapy?

There are a number of IACP/IAHIP qualilified Counselling Psychotherapists practicing at MCAP. Our Integrative Psychotherapists have many years experience working with depression, anxiety, those families and individuals affected by suicide, relationship difficulties/couple work, sexual abuse, eating disorders, deep trauma work. We employ  mindfulness-based stress reduction, play/art therapy, CBT and have many years of experience working with various organisations as well as in private practice.

More information about availability, times and ways of working can be offered if you phone or email Helen on the number or email address listed below.

Helen Vaughan – CBT Counsellor and Psychotherapist (using mindfulness)

Helen Vaughan is the director at Maynooth Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an IACP qualified psychotherapist. Her areas of expertise include working with anxiety, stress (work or personal), depression, low self-confidence and relationship issues. Her approach integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred Counselling, offering support and guidance to learn more about your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how they might be affecting your life.

She uses mindfulness and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) at times to help clients get the best from counselling. Helen will tailor her confidential therapy to each person to find what works for you in a setting that’s warm and relaxed. She does individual and couples counselling.

Helen is available on Mondays from 2 – 9pm, and on Wednesday from 10 – 4pm and Friday mornings.

Amy Plant – Integrative Counsellor

Amy is a qualified psychotherapist who works from an integrative perspective which means she doesn’t believe in a “one size fits all” method. Instead, she uses several different therapeutic modalities, including CBT, Humansitic, Choice Theory, Existential and SFBT. This allows her to work collaboratively with clients to identify their strengths and preferences in order to find a therapeutic style that suits the individual.

She cares deeply about the well-being of others and has always been passionate about helping people. Amy strongly believes in the resilience of the human spirit and people’s capabilities to create a sense of autonomy and empowerment in order to contend with whatever life challenges they encounter.

Amy works on a Saturday from 9am to 6pm and on a Monday morning.

John Kilgarriff – Counsellor and Psychotherapist

John is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. He works to empower clients to take control of their lives and make choices about future direction. John has an ability to empathise while retaining an objective and realistic approach to therapy.

John is comfortable working with people from all backgrounds and cultural diversity. He has experience supporting people through trauma, abuse, self- esteem, relationships and anger issues.

John’s hours of work are: Wednesday 4-11pm

Antoinette Patterson – Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Children and adults)

Antoinette takes an optimistic, non-judgmental and non-directive approach to therapy to help you become aware of your own strengths and resources. She aims to support you seek out solutions to your problems and facilitate learning new ways of coping with the difficulties you may be experiencing. Antoinette takes a Person-Centred approach while integrating elements from different schools of therapy when required. She will support you to become aware of how the past may be influencing your current thoughts and behaviours, and support you to work through unresolved issues and conflicts you may have with significant people in your life.

Qualifications: BA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy, Practitioners Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

She works each Friday from 2pm to 9pm.

Maria Hartnett – Psychodynamic Counsellor

Maria holds a BA Honours in Psychotherapy and Counselling.  She has over 9 years experience working (six in Maynooth Counselling) and is an accredited therapist with the IACP.  Maria has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in relation to self harm and suicide with Pieta House. She also works for a bereavement support service where she has gained a lot of experience in the area of grief through suicide and traumatic death.

Fundamental to Maria’s aims and approaches in counselling is to create a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental listening space where clients can unburden themselves and work through loss, grief and set-backs in life. She helps clients find contentment and peace of mind by encouraging them to develop a non-judgemental, healthy and loving relationship with themselves.

Maria’s aim is to incorporate a person-centred and psychodynamic approach in her work. In the person-centred approach she works with clients to help them achieve their goals and fulfil their own potential of growth using their own experiences and her training. Psychodynamic psychotherapy considers that people repress past traumatic experiences, which in turn can affect their personalities and behaviours in relationships. Using the psychodynamic approach she gives clients the space to discuss their issues and then, interpret and treat a variety of emotional issues that clients may not be consciously aware of.

Maria’s working hours are: Tues & Thurs 9am-9pm 

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