About Us

Who works at Maynooth Counselling & Psychotherapy?

We are Maynooth’s longest running counselling practice & we’re here to listen & help you deal with anything that’s going on in your life. We believe in staying with a client through any painful experience and exploring what that’s like specifically for you, without judgement. Our counsellors tailor your therapy to you & we provide counselling for children, teenagers, adults, couples and families.

We have counselling rooms available for face to face sessions in both Maynooth & Leixlip in Co Kildare. Our team of accredited Psychotherapists are also ready to support your mental health online if that is preferable. 

Your first contact will be our Practice Manager, Sinead McMonagle, who is happy to answer any questions you may have & find you an appointment with a therapist that is best for you & your needs.

Helen Vaughan

CBT Counsellor and Psychotherapist (using mindfulness) – Adults, couples & teenagers 

Helen Vaughan is the Director at Maynooth Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. Her areas of expertise include working with anxiety, stress (work or personal), fertility/infertility, baby loss/grief, depression, low self-confidence and relationship issues.

She works well exploring thoughts (negative self-talk/thinking errors) and their impact on our feelings, behaviour and wellbeing. Her approach integrates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred Counselling. She offers support and guidance to learn more about how your thoughts and feelings might be affecting your life and how to change them. Helen also specialises in relationship counselling, helping to identify any helpful/unhelpful dynamics affecting a couple and building better communication between partners.

Helen specialises in fertility counselling and is a member of the Irish Fertility Counsellors Association (IFCA). She can support you individually or with your partner if you’re trying for a baby, considering assisted reproduction, donor egg/sperm options, and surrogacy etc. She can also help you with perinatal or neonatal loss, regardless of how much time has passed since your loss.

Helen has also worked as a journalist for many years and can regularly be heard talking about mental health and other issues on radio & TV. 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 & teenagers and also does relationship counselling.

Helen is available on Tuesdays from 2pm – 9pm & also on Thursdays from 10am – 6pm. 

Mari Gallagher

Counsellor and Psychotherapist – Adults & 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 2pm – 9pm.

Ann Marie Kelly

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Anne Marie Kelly is an IACP-accredited Psychotherapist with a concurrent career in music and the arts, and a previous background in finance.

With experience in a broad range of issues, she works with a gut and body-based approach, using the tools of SFBT and CBT to relieve the life affecting behaviours and responses brought on by trauma and stress.

Anne Marie’s hours of work are Mondays.

nessa fitzgerald

Psychotherapist & counsellor

Nessa is a qualified (pre-accredited) Psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), and she also works in Public Health  Nursing. She has experience working with individuals with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, bereavement, carer stress, issues related to sexuality, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, eating disorders and addiction.

Nessa has a particular interest in addiction and supporting those affected by a family member’s addiction, and she has provided counselling to clients in residential treatment centres. 

Nessa believes that therapy is about creating a relationship where the client feels accepted and safe to express their experiences, thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental space. When this occurs, the client can be helped to find their own solutions to any difficulties and ultimately to improve their quality of life.

Nessa has a BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, RPHN (Registered Public Health Nurse, BNS (Bachelor of Nursing),  MNMBI (Member of Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland).  

Nessa’s hours of work are on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings.  

Jennifer cameron

Psychotherapist & supervISOR

Jennifer is a Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist, a relationship specialist and a Supervisor. Her work is based on awareness, self-acceptance, being real, safety, responsibility, confidentiality, ethics and identifying patterns.

She works from a humanistic and integrative approach, allowing clients to achieve greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, ownership, improved relationships and more control over their lives. She uses a person-centred approach to therapy which might involve the use of creative therapies, psycho analytics, emotion-focused therapy, CBT and more, depending on the needs of the client.

She also works as a Supervisor for students currently training in Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychology and Wellness Coaching.

Jennifer can provide a confidential and safe space for clients to explore and develop an understanding of their feelings and thoughts, combining past experiences, mindfulness, self-care, greater body awareness and sometimes dream meanings. Her aim is to facilitate clients in understanding what is going on for them in life, to reflect on past experiences and how they impact on the person you have become.

Jennifer’s hours of work are on Sundays. 

vida zemaitaitiene

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Vida is an IACP qualified Psychotherapist working with adults. Her approach is described as Humanistic & Integrative, which means she considers the whole person and draws on different therapeutic models depending on the needs of the client.

She believes a good therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client is the key to successful therapy. She aims to create a non-judgemental, safe and collaborative relationship which enables the client to flourish and drives them towards growth and healing.

Vida has worked with a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, grief, addiction, suicidal ideation and more. She has worked with many cultural backgrounds and speaks Russian & Lithuanian. 

Vida has a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Institute of Counselling & Psychotherapy. She also has a Master’s in Health Psychology. She has a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & a Cert in trauma work. She has volunteered with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. 

Vida’s hours of work are  Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.



Sheelagh O’Neill is a Life Coach & Executive Career Coach who works with clients to find a life that is meaningful for them. She is also a Licensed Teacher & qualified Coach for Louise Hay’s “Heal your life” approach to healing and self-help, based on the importance of  how you think about yourself to finding your truth.

Sheelagh works by phone, online and face to face with clients to help them improve themselves and find direction. She works on an emotional level to help clients reclaim their personal power, move past limiting beliefs and ultimately live a life that is happier and more meaningful.

Working from the heart, and with intuitive insight, Sheelagh is passionate about empowering people and works in her own compassionate way to deliver positive change that works.

Sheelagh is available to individuals and small groups. She offers a free 20-minute consultation to discuss if coaching is for you and how you might benefit from it.  

Sheelagh’s hours of work are Monday to Thursday, both daytime and evenings. 

sarah keena

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Sarah Keena is an Integrative & Holistic Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki practitioner. Her work focuses on her belief that we must nourish and heal our mind, body and spirit to be truly healthy & happy. She is passionate about helping clients heal and make changes in their lives, in a healthy, supportive and safe way. 

She strives to create a warm, non-judgmental environment where clients fee safe to remove their emotional masks and show their imperfect, authentic selves. She aims to help you recognise your own strengths and heal the trauma that may be holding you back. Gentle self-exploration and prioritising the relationship with yourself are key aspects of her way of working.

Sarah’s background is in healthcare, providing care and support to vulnerable adults professionally since 2012. Her core values are rooted in Person-Centred counselling, Reality Therapy, Choice Theory & Logotherapy.

Sarah’s hours of work are Wednesdays & Thursdays.

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