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 in 2006 and went on to complete a four-year degree in counselling and psychotherapy. Anne Marie works with individuals, couples and families and has special interest in gender and sexual diversities. She works with those identifying as LGBTQI+, and those in same-sex and non-traditional relationships. She has specialised training in the areas of Attachment and Psychosexual therapy.
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.
Aisling Bruce Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy, MSc. Soc., B.A
Aisling works in a collaborative way with her clients to help them explore and understand troubling issues. She works primarily from a Humanistic and Integrative approach, drawing on range of therapeutic models and tailoring her work to suit the individual needs of each client.
Aisling studied psychotherapy and counselling at P.C.I College in Dublin. She also has qualifications in psychology and sociology and has extensive experience of working in the fields of adult education and migration and integration. Aisling has worked with a variety of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-harm, health-related issues, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, and trauma. Aisling adheres to the Professional Code of Ethics as upheld by the of Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and is currently a pre-accredited member of this organisation.
Amy Plant BA (Hons.) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Amy holds an honors degree in counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute of Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (IICP). She has worked effectively with a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, anger issues, trauma & PTSD, sexual issues, eating disorders, bereavement and gender identity.
‘I care deeply about the well-being of others and have always been passionate about helping people. I strongly believe in the resilience of the human spirit and one’s capability to create a sense of autonomy and empowerment in order to contend with whatever life challenges they encounter. Read more here…
Brian Gilbert, BA Hons. Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cert. Counselling and Psychotherapy
Brian holds a Hons degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and a certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College.
Brian works from a person centered integrative approach, whilst also drawing on the Psychodynamic theory which explores how our past experiences and patterns of behaviour influence our relationships and behaviour in the here and now.Brian is a member of the IACP and adheres to their code of ethics. Read More Here..
Caroline Brady MIACP Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Caroline holds a Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy PCI College and is currently completing a MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy with the University of Northampton. She is accredited with the I.A.C.P. and adheres to it code of ethics and to Children’s First Guidelines.
‘I am an experienced adolescent and adult psychotherapist who, prior to moving into private practice, worked as a therapist and clinical assessor in Pieta House. I believe that we are always doing our best to cope with the challenges that face us. I also believe a supportive therapeutic relationship can help to generate new and more choiceful ways of coping. Read more here..
Dr. Conor O’Malley BA PhD DClinPsy
Conor is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in both private practice and for the HSE. He is an Adjunct Lecturer/ Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin. He completed his clinical doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London (2009-2012) and worked in community and hospital settings in the NHS before returning to Ireland in 2015. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including those with early attachment difficulties, a history of abuse and trauma, mental illness, physical health issues, persistent relationship and personality difficulties, bereavement, loss, and those with coping and addiction problems.
Conor is experienced in completing psychological assessment reports for individuals, healthcare professionals and the courts. Read More Here
Dermot McCarthy Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy
One of the first counselling theorists I encountered was Carl Rogers. He envisaged the three core conditions for counselling as Congruence, Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy for the client. These core conditions struck a chord with me. In my practice, I fully incorporate these values. I am very much a Person-Centred therapist. Furthermore, I believe that the most crucial part of the counselling process is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
During this healing journey with my clients. I provide a space for the client that is safe, secure and free of judgement. I, as a therapist, inform my clients that we are on a journey together. Finally, I welcome all to my practice regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I salute the bravery of everyone passing through my door. It’s the most difficult step to take of a rewarding journey. 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…
Gillian Fagan, B.A. (Hons.) Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Couples Therapist, Workshop Facilitator, Public Speaker
Gillian completed a 4 year honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Tivoli Institute. She is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has completed a Diploma in Family Therapy and a Certificate in Gottman Couples Therapy. Gillian is a psychotherapist and mental health consultant who is also the founder of Acora Therapy. She specialises and gives workshops in LGBT areas such as gender dysphoria, trans* lifestyles and relationships, alternative sexualities, non-traditional relationships and couples therapy. She works with trauma, sexual and fertility issues, bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, stress, career issues, life changes, terminal illness and self esteem.
“I am passionate about mental fitness! The kind of work I do primarily builds up mental wellbeing so that the client develops better coping skills and a sense of their own resilience without any judgement.
As a therapist I work mainly from a person centred approach, developing connection and open communication. Having been trained as an integrative psychotherapist I truly believe no one style works for everyone and I use an eclectic mix of theories. I often bring in aspects of psychodynamic, humanistic, CBT, Gestalt therapy, mindfulness and psychoanalysis. I will help the client understand why their life is the way they are and bring unconscious behaviours into awareness while improving self care.” Read More
Jo is a sex and relationship therapist. Initially training with Accord in Marriage Education Facilitation and with the suicide prevention service Teenline, she holds the London Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
Jo’s psychotherapeutic approach is Integrative and she mainly works with Person Centred, Gestalt, TA (Transactional Analysis), CBT (cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Transpersonal techniques.
Through working with individuals and couples, Jo has come to see that the basis of healing and therapy comes from the relationship formed between the therapist and client, through presence, congruence, psycho education and modelling. Jo draws from Imago for couples relationship therapy, using its theory, tools and techniques to facilitate the couple’s connection and growth
Some of the difficulties Jo has worked with are Erectile Dysfunction, Premature/Rapid Ejaculation, Vaginismus, Dyspareunia, Anorgasmia and Inhibited Sexual Desire. Read More
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
John Paul O’Brien MIACP, Pg. Dip. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Pg. Dip. Communication, B.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science
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…
Languages: English and Spanish
Laura holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. She has also earned a Higher Diploma in Social Care.
Laura works in different areas focusing on: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, inner child/childhood trauma, psychosomatic conditions, bereavement and grief, sexual abuse and stress management.
She also has experience working with the immigrant population, helping them deal with issues such as the stark cultural change of moving to an unfamiliar country or the struggle of living and working in a new, and potentially unfamiliar language. The reasons and circumstances for people settling in a country not of their birth are incredibly varied, but Laura seeks to utilise her own personal experience and therapeutic expertise to help people in a meaningful way. Read more here…
Laure Sweeney MIACP, 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…
Languages: English and Italian
Louise holds a first class honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. She works with a broad range of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress, addiction and addictive behaviour, alcohol and substance abuse, low self-esteem, family and relationship issues, eating disorders and phobias. Read more here…
Robbie Callanan, MIAHIP , MA in Psychotherapy, HDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Robbie holds a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy from the Dublin Business School. Working with individual clients, Robbie will meet you with an open, non-judgmental approach in which the therapeutic space facilitates and enables personal growth. In providing Counselling/Psychotherapy Robbie works in an Integrative Humanistic way drawing from a number of theoretical approaches including Gestalt, Existential, Person Centred and Cognitive therapies. Underpinning this is a Psychodynamic approach in which the client therapist relationship facilitates the safe exploration of early relationships and the capacity to growth and change. Read more h
Simon Forsyth MIACP, BSc (Hons), Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy
Simon holds a Diploma and Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College, accredited by Middlesex University. He is also an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). 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…
Sinéad Crowley, IAPTP, CORU – Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Play therapy, Masters in Social Work, B.Soc.Sc, Marte Meo Therapist
Sinéad Crowley is an accredited Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist with a specialism in play therapy. Sinéad has over 16 years experience working in the area of child and adolescent mental health and is particularly interested in involving parents because of the importance of the parent child relationship. Sinéad is also a senior mental health social worker on a multi disciplinary team in a child and adolescent mental health service. She is a qualified marte meo therapist and trainer and supervisor with ParentsPlus.
Sinead provides play therapy to children aged 3 years to 11 years of age and psychotherapy/ counselling to adolescents aged 12-18 years of age. Sinéad works with a broad range of Issues including anxiety, depression, low mood, gender identity, bullying, self esteem, trauma, eating disorders, attachment and relationship difficulties and any adjustment issues facing young people. Read more here…
Stephanie Delaney, Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Stephanie’s therapeutic approach is Integrative Humanistic, whereby she is applies a Person-Centred focus with clients by creating a comfortable, empathetic and supportive therapeutic relationship so as to facilitate the best outcomes for clients. Stephanie is committed to providing a professional, therapeutic environment that values diversity of culture, beliefs, gender and sexuality, having experience working with a range of issues including depression and/or anxiety, family or relationship issues, sexuality or gender, work stress, grief or bereavement, self-harm, self- esteem, traumatic experiences, loneliness and isolation, life transitions such as adjusting to a change in personal or professional circumstances.
“We all have times in our lives when we feel we would benefit from talking things through. No issue is too big or too small to get the support that you need. Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk with a trained professional who is experienced in working with a range of issues, by creating a safe, understanding and non-judgemental space for you to talk about and explore personal, emotional and mental health issues which might be affecting your life. Looking after your health and well-being is essential to living your best life.”
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.