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 years of experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, suicide, sexual abuse, eating disorders, deep trauma work and more. We employ mindfulness-based stress reduction, Play/Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Choice Theory, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) as part of our range of integrative approaches to therapy.

We have a team of accredited Psychotherapists ready to support you with your mental health. 

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 Wednesdays.

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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