Anne Marie Toole MIACP – BSc. Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Psychology, Dip. Addiction Studies, Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy
Founder & Clinical Director of Insight Matters
Anne Marie is an IACP accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. She initially trained in Psychology and Addiction Studies in 2006 and went on to complete a four-year degree in counselling and psychotherapy. She offers both long and short term counselling and psychotherapy and has successfully worked with a broad range of issues including depression, stress and anxiety, self-esteem, confidence, isolation and discrimination.
She has a special interest in gender and sexual diversities and works with those identifying as LGBTQI identities, and those in same-sex and non-traditional relationships. She works with adults and young people and practices in accordance with the guidelines and Code of Ethics of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Read more here…
Dil Wickremasinghe – EBE (Expert by Experience)
Co-Founder and Training & Development Director of Insight Matters
Dil has a longstanding passion and interest in activism, mental health and well-being. Her interest began when she experienced mental health difficulties in 2006 and reached out for support. She experienced first hand how the services in Ireland lacked awareness in the importance of creating an inclusive therapeutic space.
Dil is currently an ambassador for See Change, the national mental health stigma reduction programme and One in Four, who provide advocacy and therapeutic support for survivors of sexual violence and Suicide or Survive.
Dil brings with her over 15 years of experience both as a trainer, facilitator and campaigner for social justice and mental health.
Since 2008 Dil presents a weekly radio programme called Global Village on Newstalk 106-108FM, every Saturday evening from 7-9pm which regularly discusses issues related to psychotherapy, counselling and personal well-being.
Andrea Koenigstorfer MIACP, MBACP (Accred.) – MSc. Mental Health, BA (Hons.) Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist & Counsellor / Group Therapist
Andrea is a fully trained Counsellor and Psychotherapist who has four years’ experience in assisting adult and adolescent clients with a variety of mental health issues in residential and outpatient settings. She has a particular interest in addiction and homelessness, eating disorders and self-harming/suicidal behaviour, and has carried out both group work and individual client work as well as project work for a variety of private and community based services. Andrea has also worked as an academic coordinator and module lecturer on Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes. Read more here…
Declan Gernon, B.A. (Hons), H.Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy
Declan holds an honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and a post-graduate diploma in psychotherapeutic studies from Independent Colleges. He works with a wide range of issues including depression, addiction, anxiety, relationship issues and low self-esteem. Declan focuses on a psychodynamic approach, which recognises the importance of past experience and how it shapes current behaviour and relationships.
In brief, psychodynamic therapy enables the individual to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships. The approach focuses on the dynamics of relating, and in particular how some aspects may be occurring between client and therapist. A deeper understanding is gained through analysis of the client’s thoughts, feelings, dreams, and memories, following any thread which associates them to previous relationships or situations. Read more here..
Derrick Howard, Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Derrick is a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor. Primarily believing that given the right conditions each of us has the power to overcome their own difficulties. But sometimes drawing on the Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Psychodynamic ways of working to support his clients on their journey.
He works with a broad range of issues from depression and anxiety to self-esteem and relationship difficulties. He has a special interest in issues around Sexuality and Gender Identity. Working to create space for the client to reflect on their difficulties and understand their options. Read more here…
Eoin Stephens MA, MIACP, MACI Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor
Eoin is an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist and lecturer, having worked in the field of mental health for more than 25 years, in areas such as Learning Disability, Addiction Treatment, Counsellor Education, Private Practice and Public Awareness. He is known for his work in the field of behavioural addictions, and has a particular interest in the relationship between addictions and mental health problems such as social anxiety. He lectures at PCI College, where he was College President for more than 10 years, and is a co-founder of the Centre for Addictive & Problematic Behaviours and Dual Diagnosis Ireland. Eoin is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, and has served as Vice-Chairman of both organisations. Read more here…
Jim Hutton, B.A. (Hons.) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Counselling
Jim Hutton received his Diploma in Counselling through NUI Maynooth in 1999 and subsequently his BA (Hons.) in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Dublin Business School. For over 17 years he has been working with young people as a qualified literacy tutor and student support mentor with Youthreach, the governmentʼs second chance education programme. As a private practitioner his preferred way of one to one counselling and psychotherapy is person-centered, often called Humanistic or Rogerian, coupled sometimes with Mindfulness, Body Aware Therapy, CBT, Gestalt and Reality Therapy depending on the presenting individual client. Jim is the initiator and lead facilitator in offering a comprehensive, low-cost group psychotherapy programme for transgender people and their loved ones in Ireland. Read more here…
Jiyoung Kim Psychotherapist – H.Dip Psychotherapeutic Studies, Clinical M.A in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Jiyoung Kim holds a clinical Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Higher diploma in Psychotherapeutic Studies, and is a member of APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Ireland).
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy helps the person gain a deeper understanding of his/her thoughts, feelings and behaviours, some of which may be outside conscious awareness. Jiyoung Kim’s one-to-one approach focuses on the therapeutic relationship where emotional difficulties and inner conflicts can be worked through in a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment. Read more here…
John Paul O’Brien, Pg. Dip. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Pg. Dip. Communication,
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” ~ Anaïs Nin
John Paul believes that given the right conditions all individuals have the capacity to reconcile their difficulties, realise their true selves and become masters of their own lives. John Paul therefore provides a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential space, wherein he accompanies each individual towards healing and growth.
John Paul places central value on the uniqueness of each individual, inviting him or her to explore and befriend the different facets of his or her personality. Read more here…
Laura Bayoumi B.A. (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy – Languages: English and Italian
Laura holds an Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. She works with a broad range of issues such as anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, LGBT concerns, loss and grief, personal development, relationship issues and self-esteem.
Laura has a special interest in Women’s mental health issues including postnatal depression and difficulties coping with parenthood. Laura also provides counselling for individuals who are dealing with reproductive difficulties by working with the emotional aspects of fertility. Read more here…
Laure Sweeney, B.A (Hons), PG. Dip in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy – Languages: English and French
Laure strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental and affirmative therapeutic space in which each individual can explore and reflect on their life experiences; and achieve greater understanding and acceptance of self and others. She operates out of a humanistic and integrative approach to psychotherapy, based predominantly on the unique ability of each individual to make positive transformations and achieve optimum levels of well-being.
Laure’s approach is grounded in Person-Centred and Psychodynamic psychotherapies but also Sensori-motor, Cognitive, Behavioural and Family systems models. Read more here…
Leticia Gavin – MA Clinical Psychology, Dip CBT Psychologist | Counsellor | Psychotherapist
Languages: English and Portuguese
Leticia is a fully accredited Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has worked in Ireland as a Psychologist since 2007, when she had her qualification validated by the HSE.
Her main area of expertise is in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Her primary focus is working with adults and adolescents. She is specialised in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Fertility, Relationship Problems, Panic Attacks, Chronic Pain, Anger Management, Traumas, Low Self Esteem, Bereavement and Grief, Chronic Illness, among others. Read more here…
Simon Forsyth BSc (Hons) Degree & Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Simon holds a Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College, accredited by Middlesex University. His journey to becoming a counsellor began during his time as a lecturer in Japanese language and culture at Dublin City University, where his belief in a warm, collaborative and self-empowering style of working with students saw him nominated for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Today, he brings the same spirit of respect and support to his work as a counsellor, as well as lecturing for PCI. He has provided support to clients coping with a wide range of situations, including depression, anxiety, self esteem and body image issues, relationship difficulties, loss, sexuality/identity, and traumas such as abuse and bullying. He has a particular interest in mental health issues that relate to the LGBTQ community, being gay himself. Read more here…
Vincent Conlon MIACP MBACP MA Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
‘I have just returned to Ireland having lived in the UK for the last 30 years. All my Counselling and Psychotherapy training was in London. I have worked in the NHS as a Criminal Justice Worker and Counsellor for 14 years. I also worked part time in primary and secondary schools as a child and adolescent psychotherapist.
I trained as a counsellor at Metanoia Institute in London, completing a 3-year Diploma. The Metanoia Institute is a long-established and very well-regarded training centre for counsellors and psychotherapists. During my training as a counsellor I completed a degree in Psychology (3 Years) . Following this I completed a Diploma in Supervision (1 year) and a Certificate in the use of Creative Arts (1 year) at the Institute of Arts and Education. Read more here…
Our Therapeutic Approach
Our therapeutic approach is humanistic and integrative in nature. It includes Person-Centred, Cognitive-Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Existential styles of therapy among many others.
Our therapists and counsellors provide you a safe environment in which issues and concerns across a broad spectrum can be explored, understood and resolved, including: trauma; stress; anxiety; phobia; sexuality (LGBTQ), gender identity, bereavement; depression; confidence; addiction; self-esteem; eating disorders and relationship difficulties.
The approach of therapy is based on the individual needs of the client, which are discussed during the initial call and assessment.
Psychotherapists and counsellors at Insight Matters are qualified practitioners and are accredited and/or affiliated with one of the approved accrediting bodies of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland, such as the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP), British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP) or equivalent approved accrediting bodies of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. They have undergone extensive training and are committed to their continual professional development. Each practitioner receives on-going professional clinical supervision.
We also have a number of senior level trainee counsellors and psychotherapists who provide low-cost counselling on request.
Thank you for visiting Insight Matters.