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The Lighthouse Team of Counsellors & Psychotherapists


Josephine Benson


MSc., Mental Health,

HDip (Hons) Psychotherapeutic Studies.

(Works with  adults,  and clients aged over 14 years. )                             

Josephine is a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental health from Trinity College Dublin, H Dip (Hons) degree in Psychotherapeutic Studies University College Dublin, and a Diploma in Counselling.


Josephine is a member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and has worked for a range of organisations where she has gained in-depth clinical experience providing counselling to couples and individuals.

Utilising the collaborative process Josephine encourages clients to take an active role as they set goals and create the change they want to see in their lives. She employs an integrative therapeutic approach, Humanistic (PCT), Cognitive (CBT) Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) depending on client need.

She has completed training in Childhood (sexual) Trauma, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), Crisis Intervention Management Support (CISM), Anger management, and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). She works with a wide variety of issues such as - anxiety, depression, suicidality, trauma, grief, sexuality, relationship issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, addiction, life transitions and stress management. She also has a wealth of experience of working with people with co-morbidity, dual diagnosis and complex trauma.

In addition to her private practice, Josephine works as a case manager and psychotherapist for a large private health care company. She also delivers a program in national primary schools to promote positive mental health, emotional literacy, social and emotional competency in children.

Please contact the clinic @ (086) 8055013 or contact Josephine directly @ (086) 1910255 to arrange an appointment.


Susie Kelly

BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and  Psychotherapy


(Works with adults/ clients over 18 yrs)

Susie is a fully qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP).

Susie is a member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and adheres to its Code of Ethics.

Susie adopts an integrative approach, incorporating elements of various therapeutic styles, working with clients who have difficulties dealing with:






Health Issues

Low Self-Esteem



Through the process of therapy, Susie aims to offer clients an opportunity to reflect, learn, explore and create positive change in their lives. She believes a warm, confidential, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship facilitates such change .

Susie has worked as a counsellor in two community-based counselling services in Dublin. Through her work in an Arc support centre she has experience of counselling people affected both directly and indirectly by cancer.

She previously worked as an occupational therapist (O.T.) in health services related to psychiatry and care of the elderly, experience that has increased her understanding of the challenges faced by people coping with illness or disability, and their carers.

Susie's dual qualifications result in a therapeutic approach that is holistic practical and very client-focused

Please contact the clinic @ (086) 8055013 or Susie directly @  (085) 1058317 who will contact you in complete confidence.       



Philip Burke

BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy 


(Works with adults/over 18 yrs)

Contact Details

Mob. 087-7717403


Philip received a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School in 2010 and has since completed further training in EMDR, Safe Trauma Training, CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness.

Philip has adopted an Integrative approach to psychotherapy utilising various therapeutic models including Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR and Mindfulness Based stress Reduction.

Philip believes that Stress, Anxiety and Low Mood can arise at any stage of life and can often be overwhelming. 

Psychotherapy can provide a non-judgemental and safe place to explore these issues.

Please contact Philip @ (087) 7717403 or the clinic @ (086) 8055013 for an appointment. 


Maura Layden

M.Sc. Systemic Psychotherapy.

Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist)

(Works with individuals , couples , families including children (9 yrs plus) and adolescents)  


Maura holds a Masters degree from the Mater/UCD Family Therapy Training Programme. Maura is registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI) and the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP).  Maura works with individuals, couples, families and children. Her  areas of specialist interest include:

Abuse issues

Adolescent/teenager problems

Trauma issues 



Relationship issues

Mental health issues

Separation issues

Anxiety Couples work

Depression Loss/bereavement

Obsessive compulsive disorder 

Coping with illness/disability


Eating disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder 

Gender issues


Sexuality issues.

Family work

Maura uses a systemic approach which involves working with clients in the context of their relationships with significant others in their lives, including family members. Maura facilitates clients to reach an understanding of the difficulties they are experiencing through dialogue and reflection, with a view to developing a different understanding of their difficulties and alternative ways of managing their lives in time. Change happens through this therapeutic process. Maura acknowledges the importance of developing and maintaining a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship with her clients. Clients are facilitated to talk openly about their difficult experiences in a safe context.

Maura currently works part-time as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in Genesis Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Service, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Maura also holds a Masters in Social Science (Social Work) degree from UCD. Maura worked previously as a Senior Medical Social Worker for twelve years in acute hospital settings with patients and their families presenting with a wide range of difficulties including mental health issues, family issues, illness, loss and bereavement.

Please contact the clinic on (086) 8055013 or contact Maura directly on (087) 3570954 to arrange an appointment.


Aisling Asher


BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

(Works with adults and clients over 14 years.)

Aisling is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and is accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).  Aisling holds an Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, a Certificate in Psychology from Trinity College and is also trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

With over 7 years of client work experience in both private practice and voluntary work  Aisling is passionate about helping people and also encouraging the benefits and advantages that counselling and psychotherapy can offer to people of all ages and backgrounds. She is non-judgmental and is committed to accepting all her clients as they are, viewing each of her clients with positive regard. Her aim is to help clients more towards a more fulfilled and happier self.


Aisling wants her clients to reach greater emotional awareness and a positive sense of self.  During her therapeutic work, she aims to meet all her client where they are at that moment and focuses on the emotional dimension of the client's individual experiences.

Aisling is an integrated humanistic therapist also drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She works with  long and short term clients in dealing with a wide range of issues  including;   






Sexual Issues

Relationship Issues 

Work-related issues                                                                                                                                                                              

Grief and Bereavement 

Cultural Issues.

Aisling is passionate and determined to offer her very best to each and every client and is very committed to her belief that counselling and psychotherapy can benefit us all in a positive, meaningful and life-changing way.

Contact the clinic or Ashling directly @ (086) 2066363 to arrange an appointment

Email Ashling @ aislingkenny_therapy@yahoo.


Sinead Crowley


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

IAHIP, ICP, 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 20 years experience working in the area of child and adolescent mental health and developmental trauma. Sinéad is particularly interested in involving parents because of the importance of the parent child relationship. 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 from a person centred approach, supporting the young person on their journey, understanding of their experiences and acceptance of self and others. Children and adolescents often find it difficult to express themselves verbally. Play therapy provides a child the opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems, just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talk out’ their difficulties. Equally, creative psychotherapy provides the adolescent with creative arts to aid expression. It is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that facilitates expression through creative media as well as talk.

Sinéad works with a broad range of Issues including anxiety, depression, low mood, gender identity, bullying, self esteem, trauma, child sexual abuse, eating disorders, attachment and relationship difficulties and any adjustment issues facing young people.

Contact Sinead at (087)2321082 to make an appointment


Sarah-Jane Orange

Art Psychotherapist

Works with children, adolescents and adults.

Sarah Jane has worked in the care sector for the past twenty years, working with clients of varying

needs and ages.

Sarah Jane qualified with an MSc in Art Psychotherapy International from Queen Margaret

University in 2012.


Since graduation Sarah Jane has worked extensively in schools, supporting  children and adolescents with bereavement, emotional behavioural difficulties as well as anxiety and


Sarah Jane has also just finished working for one of Irelands leading children’s  charities, specialising in bereavement. 

She also has extensive experience in homeless and  addiction services as well as in prisons.

Sarah Jane uses a person-centred approach, meeting the client at their own individual needs,

offering a non-judgemental service.

Contact the clinic or Sarah Jane directly @  (086) 3400983.


Karen Curry

Psychotherapist and Play Therapist

Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy

( works with children aged 4 yrs plus, teenagers and adults)

Please note ; Karen is on a short term career break

Karen is a Registered Psychotherapist with qualifications that include:

  1. Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute, Dublin
  2. Certified in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy from the Children's Therapy Centre
  3. Training in Brief Solution Therapy
  4. Professional Qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  5. ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)
  6. Children's First Training
  7. National Certificate in Community Development
  8. National Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Karen has 15 years experience working as a practicing Psychotherapist and specialises in working with children of all ages through Play Therapy.Karen's many qualifications include a Diploma in Child Psychotherapy, Diploma in Play Therapy and a Professional Qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Play Therapy involves developing a bond and mutual respect with a child, in the certainty that a child can solve their own problems with time and support. This work also involves working with families, offering parenting support to parents, guardians and foster careers and advice on co-parenting for families going through a separation or divorce.

Karen works therapeutically with children aged 4 yrs plus, and adolescents and teenagers who may have experienced

  • Bereavement
  • Impact of domestic violence
  • Attention Deficit Disorder ADD/ADHD
  • Asperger’s / Autism
  • Trauma/ post-traumatic stress
  • Sexual abuse/ physical abuse and neglect
  • Children in care
  • Low self-esteem
  • Separation anxiety / attachment
  • Impact of parental separation

Contact the clinic or Karen directly @ (086) 3998749 to make an appointment.


Sorcha Callinane

Senior Play Therapist

Post-graduate Masters in Social Work

Degree in Social Science

(Works with children , adolescents and teenagers aged 4-16 years)

Sorcha is an Accredited Play Therapist working in private practice with children and parents. Trained initially as a Social Worker she has 14 years experience of working therapeutically with children and families.

Sorcha maintains professional membership with Play Therapy Ireland who are affiliated with Play Therapy International. She is on the Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by Play Therapy UK and meets their standards on a yearly basis


Sorcha holds a Masters in Social Work (NQSW) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy from Christchurch Canterbury University in the United Kingdom. Sorcha is also completing training in Clinical Supervision.

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Behavioural difficulties and school related issues
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Family illness
  • Impact of parental separation
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Sleep problems
Play Therapy can be helpful for children who are dealing with a change in their circumstances or are dealing with any of the above issues. 

Sorcha has also worked supporting and advising parents/guardians/carers who find themselves facing new or challenging parenting situations.

Sorcha's Qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy with Christchurch Canterbury University
  • Accredited Play Therapist and Member of Play Therapy Ireland and member of the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists
  • Degree in Social Science
  • Postgraduate Masters in Social Work

Contact Sorcha @ (086) 3979319 Email:

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Linda Culleton

Linda Culleton is an expert in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety and has worked with high profile clients nationally and Internationally.

Linda’s approach focuses on healing the root cause of the issue not just the symptoms as that is where life transformations take place.

She is a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor and is passionate about empowering people with life skills and tools to live a healthy and happy life.

Linda holds accreditation in Counselling therapy.

She is also a special needs yoga Teacher and provides yoga and mindfulness to children .

Linda works with adults and children 13 yrs plus.

Contact the clinic or Linda directly @ (087) 0629703 for enquiries or to arrange an appointment.

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