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 us on the number or email address listed below.

Helen Vaughan – CBT Counsellor and Psychotherapist (using mindfulness) – Adults & children

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. She works well around thoughts (including thinking errors) and her approach integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred Counselling. She offers 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. Helen works with adults & children and also does couples counselling.

Helen is available on Tuesdays from 2 – 9pm, and on Friday mornings.

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 Monday and Friday from 2pm to 9pm.

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 3-11pm

 Cathy Palmer – Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Adults & children)

Cathy is a Person-centred Therapist who works at the client’s pace and offers a facilitative, safe environment of genuine acceptance and non-judgement where every client is heard, fully appreciated and accepted for the person they are. Cathy is an integrative counsellor. This enables her to draw on a variety of therapies and tailor the therapy to suit the individual. Therapy with Cathy will help provide positive coping strategies and reduce painful thoughts and feelings by helping support clients to create alternative ways to think, behave and respond to the world. Cathy has helped foster enlightenment and awareness within her clients, which inspires a sense of calm and self-understanding. Cathy has worked with adults, children and adolescents who have struggled with a broad variety of issues using Reality Therapy; Person-Centred Counselling, Solution-Focussed Therapy, and CBT.

Qualifications: Cathy Palmer (IACP) has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Cathy is also trained in Play Therapy and holds a Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy. Cathy has also completed professional development courses such as Anger Management, Mindfulness, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Narcissistic Relationships & Co-dependency Addiction, Assist Suicide Intervention Training and Reality Therapy Intensive.

Cathy’s hours of work are: Thursday 3-11pm & Saturdays


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