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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T. )

Maria Heffernan is a fully accredited member of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Ireland) CBTI, and an individual member of The International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy.


Maria Heffernan

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.


B. A. (Hons) Psychology

P.G. Diploma Cognitive Therapy

O.A. Diploma Child and Adolescent Counselling

O.A. Diploma Forensic Science and Profiling


Qualified General Nurse


Maria qualified as a General Nurse from St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, with a particular interest in Neurosurgery, worked in St. Paul's Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as an Assistant Matron with The Brabazon Trust, and as an Army Nursing Sister with the Irish Defence Forces.  

Trained in the Montessori Method, Maria opened the first Creche in North County Dublin in 1983. 

Maria has an Honours Degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, (NUIM), and worked as a Research Psychologist in The Department of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin, (TCD).  

The results of a study she conducted on Attitudes towards Age and Aging was published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science and presented at the 60th Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society in University College Cork (UCC).

With a Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents and a Diploma in Forensic Science and Profiling, Maria also completed a further 2-year Post Graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre (BCTC) and also completed ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). 

Maria is a fully accredited member of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Ireland) (CBTI) which is the Accreditation body for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in Ireland ,she is an individual Member of The International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy and an Associate member of Early Childhood Ireland, her work is directed towards helping clients who are experiencing difficulties in the following areas;

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic attacks / Panic Disorder
  • Phobia
  • OCD
  • Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Agorophobia
  • Depression
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Bulemia & Binge Eating
  • Emetephobia (Fear of vomiting)
  • Relationship Distress
  • Sexual issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress (Work/School/ Exams)
  • Anger
  • Low Self Esteem/ Lack of Self confidence
  • Retirement (adjustment and enjoyment)

Contact Maria directly on 0868055013 to arrange an appointment.



Rachel Gibson

Clinical Psychotherapist

Since the completion of my Clinical Masters Degree with UCD Mater school of Medicine in 2008. I have been working as a Clinical Psychotherapist in a number of specialist mental health clinics treating Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, Eating Disorders & general mental health disorders.

I also possess a Degree in Psychology and have extensive training in CBT and CBT -E with a particular interest in Eating Disorders.

My qualifications, experience and training enable me to treat individuals, couples and families across a wide range of Mental Health disorders.

"As a Clinical Psychotherapist, I work with people in the context of their lives and what makes sense to them, prioritising what is most important at that time"  Rachel Gibson.

Please contact Rachel @ (086) 8513263or the clinic @ (086) 8055013 to arrange an appointment.

                                          The Lighthouse Clinic.

                               Dublin Road, Swords.​Co Dublin.


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