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  • Psychologist
    Alexis Carey

    With over 13 years of clinical experience, Dr. Alexis Carey specialises in integrating health psychology models, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (DNA-V). Alexis specialises in interventions for those living with chronic illness, pain, and medical needs. She spent 10 years based in primary and secondary schools, and alternative education provisions both in Ireland and the UK, providing individual and group interventions and undertaking ADHD assessments. She worked with students experiencing difficulties with sleep, anxiety, low mood, family dynamics, adverse childhood experiences and school-related challenges. Her approach is strength-based, holistic and rooted in positive psychology

  • Creative Arts Therapist
    Ali Robertson

    Ali has over 11 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults as a therapist, Clinical Coordinator and therapeutic Head of Department in conjunction with key stakeholders from health, education and residential care settings. She has additional training in suicide prevention, child safeguarding, self-harm, sexual health, restorative justice and complex trauma including attachment trauma and abuse. Her approach to each client is individual creative and empathic. The majority of her work is with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety & panic disorders, low mood and self-esteem difficulties.

    Ali says: “I work in conjunction with parents to help the young person build on their own coping capacity & provide a non-judgemental safe place for them to share their difficulties, working creatively when the client can’t find the ‘right words.’’

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Alison Chaney

    Alison began her career with Northside Counselling in 2015 and has worked with various centres such as Fingal Counselling Services, The Healthy Living Centre and Pieta House.

    Alison has extensive experience working with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, suicide ideation and low self-esteem. She believes that everybody has what they need within them to overcome their challenges and enjoys working alongside clients to help identify their strengths and support them through changes they wish to make or to endure situations where change is not within their control.

    She is available for online and in-person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
    Amina Samee

    Amina has nine years of experience working in the area of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health. She has worked at Loreto Centre, Crumlin, a community-based counselling and psychotherapy Service. At Loreto Centre, Amina engaged with a variety of clients including those in the retirement community presenting with issues related to bereavement, loss, abandonment, childhood emotional neglect, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation, physical or emotional abuse, low self-worth, the inner critic and life stage transitions. This laid a strong foundation for her work in therapeutic settings at Centric Mental Health where she has worked for the last three years engaging with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-worth, bereavement, psychosocial development, assertiveness, the inner child, identity and belonging. 

    Prior to her training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, Amina volunteered with Aware, an organisation to combat depression in Ireland. She facilitated weekly support groups in Cabinteely and Bray for people struggling with depression and anxiety. 

    Amina uses an Integrative and Humanistic therapeutic approach when working with clients. The foundation to this involves Person-Centred Therapy and Psychosynthesis. Integrated into this foundation are insights, theories, ideas and concepts from Attachment Theory, Grief and Loss Theory, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychosocial Development, Gestalt Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

    Amina has additional training in Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), depression, relational and physical Trauma, shame, suicidal ideation and self-harm. 

    Amina’s goal is to facilitate her client’s ability to grow and evolve whilst respecting their values, beliefs, personal resources and capability for self-determination. She does this by holding a confidential, safe and empathic space for her clients and thereby developing a deep therapeutic bond and relationship. 

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Amy Kirwan

    Amy has five years of extensive experience in clinical settings, including the Mater Misericordia University Hospital, where Amy continued her personal development as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, with the Department of Liaison Psychiatry. Amy’s experience in higher educational institutions includes The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), where Amy worked as a psychotherapist, offering one-to-one therapy to art students within the college. Amy has also trained in rehabilitation services and probation facilities in Dublin, where individuals who have experienced mental health difficulties have explored educational opportunities and learned to re-engage in work and education through psychosocial training and intervention. Amy has most recently worked with adolescents in the care of the state.

     She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Barbara Devaney

    Barbara began working in the field of art and therapy over 25 years ago. She has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy.

    Barbara is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in California where she started her clinical work and moved to Ireland where she now works as a therapist.  Experienced in community mental health, Barbara works with families, teenagers and adults. Her focus is on family and relational challenges as well as equality and gender-related issues.  

    She has also worked with artists and people with different abilities supporting creativity, community building and families.

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Christine O’Hea

    Christine is a qualified psychotherapist and is registered with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). She has worked in counselling centres and since 2017 providing therapeutic support to clients dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, relationship issues and work-related stress. Her approach is relaxed, collaborative and non-judgemental.

    As an Integrative Psychotherapist, Christine is trained in a variety of therapeutic models such as Person-Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She aims to help her clients simplify and work through any challenging areas in their lives safely confidentially and at a pace that works for them. 

    She is available for online appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Systemic Psychotherapist
    Christina M. Penney

    Christina’s clinical experience includes working with families, couples, adolescents, and individuals. For the last three years, she has worked collaboratively with family therapist teams, and co-therapists as well as working independently in CAMHS Celbridge and Ballyfermot.

    Christina’s clinical experience also includes two years working independently in Bray at Living Life Counselling with various adolescent and couple issues.

    Christina says: ‘Working with a systemic lens I have seen significant progress made when the family system and context are considered in approaching difficulties clients are challenged with. Though my approach is unique to each client, I primarily focus on the client’s family and relationships which contribute to their progress and personal goals.’

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.


  • Psychotherapist
    Ciara Heaslip

    Ciara is qualified with an MA (Clinical) in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and is registered with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). She mainly works with adults at Centric Mental Health.

    Ciara also has over 15 years of experience working as a Social Care Practitioner and Social Care Manager in homeless services. Through this work, Ciara has developed a compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental approach to her work, and has experience supporting people with diverse backgrounds through traumatic and challenging personal experiences.

    Ciara is strongly guided by the principles of Humanistic Psychotherapy, which focuses on the client’s individuality, choice, responsibility and strengths. She aims to provide a safe, supportive and accepting environment in which to explore the client’s current struggles, increase self-awareness and create change in their lives. Ciara uses a range of approaches, including Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Mindfulness, and has training in Body Psychotherapy and Body-Oriented Coaching.

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Systemic Psychotherapist
    Debby Chinonye Kluczenko

    Debby is a qualified systemic psychotherapist and consultant with over 17 years of experience in the Social Service Sector.

    Debby qualified in 2023 as a Systemic Psychotherapist and uses a variety of approaches, such as narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and more, to tailor the sessions to your needs and goals.

    She also applies the theory of social constructionism, which explores how we view the world and our relationships and how we can achieve the change we aim for through collaborative dialogue.

    Debby approaches therapeutic relationships with humbleness, curiosity, and a non-judgmental attitude. She creates a space where individuals can thrive and build the change or goal, they wish for themselves. Debby is committed to social justice and continues to work in a systemic way that drives positive change in the lives of her clients. Debby sees the client/clients as experts in their stories and is particularly drawn to owning and rewriting one’s story through narrative approaches, thereby illuminating

    those narratives that had been rendered dominant by stereotypes or socially constructed belief systems. When working with Debby, you are the expert on your story.

    She creates a space for you to explore and rewrite your stories to promote positive change and growth. Debby takes a non-expert position with a client in therapy, which means that she respects the client’s autonomy, agency, and expertise in their own life.

  • Psychotherapist
    Declan Gernon

    In 2016 Declan was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School. He further holds a Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Studies from Independent Colleges.

    Declan began working with clients in 2014, completing his clinical placement in Ballymun before joining us at Centric Mental Health.  He is a fully registered member of IACP, working within their code of ethics.

    In 2021 Declan was awarded a Diploma in Group Work Practice from the School of Psychotherapy, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. As part of this training, Declan completed a clinical placement at After Care Recovery Group, a specialist addiction recovery service, facilitating both psychoeducational and group therapy sessions.

    Trained in both the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions, Declan works with the individual to find the approach which works best for them.

    He is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Counselling Psychologist
    Eva Cafferkey

    Eva provides individual therapy to adults with different mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and depression at Centric Mental Health, Navan Road. Here, she. She also works with bereavement, self-esteem issues and life challenges. Eva has a special interest in the effects of chronic illness on individuals and family members.

    In her work, Eva uses an Integrative approach that is based in client-centred therapy with elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Gestalt Therapy. 

    She is available for online and in-person consultations at Centric Mental Health, Navan Road.

  • Psychotherapist
    Eva-Maria Dunne

    Eva-Maria has over 14 years of clinical experience working with addiction centres, the Educational sector, Family Resource centres and a charity organisation. 

    Eva-Maria works with individuals presenting a wide variety of issues including adult addiction, family and relationship problems, work-related issues, sexuality concerns, OCD, PTSD, BPD, anxiety and depression in adults and adolescents, school/college-related issues, and bereavement and loss.

    Eva-Maria also works with young children through the medium of play therapy, art and creative therapies.  It has been Eva-Maria’s experience that these therapies are hugely effective for the treatment of young children presenting with ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other childhood disorders.

    Eva-Maria actively engages in her clients’ experiences and makes use of many perspectives on human functioning, all from the point of view that the client-therapist relationship is crucial. Eva-Maria is a person-centred and integrative psychotherapist, striving to provide a confidential, non-judgmental, warm and safe space in Centric Mental Health to assist the client to recognise and overcome the issues that led them to therapy.

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health, Kilkenny.

  • Psychotherapist
    Jack Harding

    Jack is a registered Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) awaiting Certification.  Jack gained his BSc in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy from The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham, UK. He has 4 years of clinical experience through a number of counselling centres in Ireland and the UK. Jack has experience with a diverse range of clients and presenting conditions.

    Jack’s practice is based on an Integrative, developmental and relational approach and he draws upon and integrates theories and frameworks including Person-Centred, Gestalt and  Transactional Analysis as well as other Developmental and Trauma-Informed frameworks theoretically grounded in Neuroscience and Attachment research.

    Ultimately, Jack focuses on creating a non-judgmental, confidential, and compassionate space in which you can expect support and containment as you begin to explore your inner and outer worlds both past and present, fostering personal development and self-awareness with the aim of creating the change you seek.

    He is available for online and in-person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Jiyoung Kim

    Jiyoung has a special interest in working with young people and adults to understand and work through persistent difficulties which arise as a result of experiences in childhood and has had a particular focus in the area of trauma for many years.

    She uses a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic approach to explore and begin to make sense of the individual’s existing situation as well as the feelings, thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and memories that are brought about by this situation. Jiyoung provides a space in which one can speak completely freely and begin a rewarding journey of self-discovery and healing.

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Louise Byrne

    Louise is a registered psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP), gaining her Masters in Psychotherapy in 2014. She has worked in several counselling centres before joining Centric Mental Health, Kilkenny.

    She has a collaborative and empathetic approach to helping clients develop a greater sense of self-awareness and create change and growth in their lives.

    Louise recognises that various aspects of life impact mental health and how anxiety or trauma can manifest in multiple ways within the mind and body. Louise uses a variety of techniques with clients to connect cognitive, emotional and body sensations to help them manage and alleviate their mental health issues.

    She is available for online and in person appointments at Centric Mental Health, Kilkenny.

  • Psychotherapist
    Muuka Gwaba

    Since 2014, Muuka has worked in private practice working with adults and couples presenting with a wide range of difficulties, helping them to gain the understanding and tools they need to have successful and lasting relationships.

    She uses an integrative approach to therapy, focusing on the client’s individual needs. She has worked in One in Four in their internship programme, supporting men and women who have experienced sexual violence, many of them during childhood.

    Muuka has also been a listening volunteer with the Dublin Samaritans, supporting suicide prevention. 

    She is available for online consultations at Centric Mental Health.

  • Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
    Martyna Sygula

    Martyna joined Centric Mental Health from Swan Family Support , Tallaght. Her experience is in working with individuals presenting a wide variety of issues related to anxiety, abandonment, abuse, family and relationship problems, depression and loss. 

    Martyna is also an experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.  CBT is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and more.  She has worked closely  with clients struggling with depression, low self-worth, sexual orientation-related issues, ACoA (Adult children of alcoholics) and adults with ADHD.

    Martyna believes that each person is unique and has different needs. Using a person-centred approach, Martyna aims to provide confidential, accepting, non-judgmental space for her clients, believing that every human is an expert in their own life.

    Martyna’s training and clinical experience allow her to integrate aspects of Humanistic, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfulness-based therapies to adapt to the different needs of her clients.

    She is available for online and in person consultations at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Philippa Carroll

    Philippa is a qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, with a Master's in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Philippa gained clinical experience across a range of diverse settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, probation services, addiction treatment services and private clinics before joining Centric Mental Health.

    Philippa works with adults and adolescents over the age of 16 experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties. Philippa’s approach to psychotherapy is primarily psychoanalytic, however, she recognises that every client is unique and works to provide sessions which are tailored and based on the individual.

    This approach aims to help clients understand and resolve their difficulties by increasing self-awareness and recognising their own influence over relationships and experiences both past and present. Through this understanding, the client can develop a stronger sense of well-being and a deeper sense of self.

    She is available for online and in person consultations at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Rhea Louise Askins

    Rhea (Pronouns: She/ Her) is a fully-accredited psychotherapist, who graduated with a B.A. from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP), Tallaght. During her course of study, Rhea completed a course in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Elsewhere, she is passionate about music and creativity; she is also a transgender activist and LGBT+ advocate. Since her B.A., Rhea has gained a wide range of experience working with anxiety and depression; she has trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and has also studied invisible addictions:  gambling, gaming, pornography (etc.), and strengths-based counselling methods.

    Rhea is an integrative, person-centred psychotherapist who favours an existential-humanistic approach. Rhea believes that a genuine client-therapist relationship is essential to the therapeutic process. And that our purpose is not predestined, but that we must endeavour to discover ways to orient our lives towards the meaning that endows them with. However,  in her experience, the power and agency of the individual to instigate change is often overlooked, which is where the development of a greater self-awareness is also central to the therapeutic process.

    She is available for online and in-person consultations at Centric Mental Health.

  • Psychotherapist
    Tatiane Baquiega

    Tatiane works towards creating a supportive environment for self-discovery and personal development, based on acceptance, respect and empathy.

    She encourages her clients to express themselves openly, focusing on exploring their feelings and emotions and how these impact their lives. She believes the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is essential to foster life-changing transformation and growth.

    Tatiane helps her clients to gain an understanding of their sense of self and how they relate to the world and can find meaning in life.

    Her therapeutic approaches are humanistic and integrative including CBT and Psychodynamics, which involve looking at intrusive thoughts, ingrained maladaptive coping mechanisms, conditions of worth, early life experiences, attachment patterns and family dynamics.

    She is available for online and in person consultations at Centric Mental Health.

  • Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
    Tamara Kuznecova

    Over the past 10 years, Tamara has gained her experience through working with families impacted by addiction, young adults struggling with anxiety and stress as well as a wide variety of individuals experiencing and dealing with depression, grief and loss, domestic abuse and violence, trauma, anger management, and relationship issues.

    As an integrative psychotherapist, she sees the individual as a whole. She brings together the physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural aspects of the client’s life, allowing them to understand the true origin of their challenges. Tamara believes that her warm, empathic and non-judgemental stance within the therapeutic relationship, creates an environment that encourages the healing process and allows her clients to face the future more openly and confidently.

    Tamara works with clients in English and Russian Languages. She is available for in-person and online appointments at Centric Mental Health.