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.


Siobhán Hegarty – Psychotherapist (Adults, couples & children) 

Siobhán is an IACP-trained therapist who works with adults, couples and children. She works with a diverse range of issues, from depression and anxiety, grief and loss, to relationship problems. Siobhán will work with you to explore and help bring about a new acceptance of experiences in your life that caused, or are causing, deep hurt and pain. When appropriate, she incorporates creative approaches into the therapeutic space (with adults, journalling and art therapy and, with children, art therapy and play therapy).

Also a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Siobhán will work to empower you to change negative thought patterns, giving you the skills you need to cope better with the challenges you face in your life. Siobhán’s therapeutic approach is rooted in compassion and care.

As well as her degree in Counselling and Pyschotherapy, Siobhán holds an IICP Certificate in Family Therapy.

Siobhán is available on Wednesdays and also on Fridays from 2 – 9pm

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: Thursdays from 3 – 10pm 

Mari  Gallagher – Counsellor and Psychotherapist – Adults and Couples

Mari  is an IACP qualified psychotherapist who works with adults and couples in a person-centred, empathic, facilitative way on a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, chronic illness, bereavement, relationship difficulties, work-related stress, suicide ideation and post-traumatic stress. Mari incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed and Person Centred approaches to explore and help reach a fresh perspective on painful life experiences while developing coping strategies to deal with life’s ongoing challenges.

Mari also specialises in Adoption issues such as Search and Reunion and Post Adoption Depression. Mari has a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a qualified CBT practitioner.

Mari is available on Mondays from 2 – 9pm & on Friday mornings

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: Monday mornings 

Helen Vaughan – CBT Counsellor and Psychotherapist (using mindfulness) – Adults, couples & teenagers (Helen is on Maternity Leave from Oct 2019)

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.

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