Counselling Team - Dowdstown

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Fergus Grimes BSc(pharm),Dip(psych),AC
psychotherapist and counsellor

who will help you deal with the stressful situation in which you find
yourself. He has particular experience in relationship
and family systems.
He is also a Buisness Executive and Life coach,using these skills to help
you through the challenges of work,health and personal change. This work
will increase self esteem,confidence and awareness in a
confidential,enlightening way.
He has has written a short book "For My a difficult time" to
help promote wellness and break the stigma around mental sickness.


Judith Dowling

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Educational Background
I studied at PCI College, Dublin and graduated with a BSc. (Hons.) in Counselling and Psychotherapy.   I hold a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy awarded by the Addiction Centre, Dublin.  I am a graduate of NUI College, Maynooth and awarded a Diploma in Humanities in the subjects Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.  I also hold a Certificate in Addiction from NUI College, Maynooth.   I am a graduate of Waverley College, Dublin and hold a Diploma (Hons.) in Holistic Massage (ITEC approved).  I have completed further education in anger management, depression, anxiety, bereavement and self-esteem.
I am a member of IACP and I abide by the rules and Code of Ethics of this organisation.  I attend regular supervision to ensure best practice.
Approach to Therapy
My approach to therapy is integrative, non-judgmental and caring.  I adopt a holistic approach and draw on a background which is psychodynamic and humanistic.  I employ a number of therapies including Bereavement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy and Reality Therapy.  My approach is supportive in helping clients cope with present problems and didactic in helping clients gain knowledge and insight into themselves and their difficulties and to develop coping skills and strategies to help deal with present or possible future struggle.

Areas of Speciality
Life crises; bereavement/loss; identity; separation/divorce/relationship break-ups and issues; anxiety/panic attacks/phobias; depression; stress; anger management; addiction; personal issues; self-esteem; self-discovery

Holistic Massage
I hold a Diploma in Holistic Massage and offer this service to the public generally.  The use of massage has been used for the promotion and restoration of health since 3000BC.  Massage can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it.  Its main benefits and effects are that it is soothing and comforting.  Since 75% of disease is thought to be caused by stress, massage, which reduces stress, may well improve health.  Massage is also stimulating and encourages improved circulation, aids digestion, waste removal, invigorates and relaxes muscles, speeds up desquamation and promotes cell regeneration.  Massage is also comforting and consequently massage has psychological as well as physiological benefits.
The benefits of availing of this service are that I offer a professional service and that it is holistic in essence, taking into account mind, body and spirit.   I take a personal profile which helps me make a decision as to the type of massage best suited to each person and also offer home care advice in relation to lifestyle and general well-being


Richard Lowry

Counsellor & Psychotherapist.
Richard Lowry, a graduate of NUI Maynooth and the Tivoli Institute, is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. He is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and adopts a person centred, integrative therapeutic approach with clients, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) where appropriate. He works with most presenting issues but specialises in working with teens/adolescents, bereavement/loss, anxiety, depression and low self esteem. Richard also works as a student counsellor in local schools and as a trainer with Bethany Bereavement Support Group.


Maria Durnin


Maria is a person centred therapist with a Diploma in Counselling & Addiction.  She is accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapists and adheres to their ethics and guidelines.

"My work is varied and includes Addiction, Anxiety, Bullying, Depression, Bereavement/Loss/Separation, Phobias, Health concerns and Relationship.  I can provide a safe and supportive environment to enable clients explore, achieve clarity and make necessary changes to restore harmony in their lives.  My approach is caring and non-judgemental."


Nickoline McGivern M.I.A.C.P


Nickoline works as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with Dowdstown since 2004.  She is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  she holds a B.S.c (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.  She also holds a Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy and  in Reflexology and Anatomy & Physiology. She has further post graduate training with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in sexual violence, rape and childhood sexual abuse.  She has training with the Grof Transpersonal Institute and has trained in issues with spirituality, bodywork and breathwork.  She has also training in couple Counselling and relationship issues.

Therapeutic Approach:
Nickoline works from a Person-Centred, Huministic, Jungian, Integrative modalities with a holistic approach to a clients needs.

For Whom:
Individuals, Adolescence, Students, Couples and Groups.


Paula Glynn
Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Life Coach

Paula Glynn is a professionally qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Life Coach. Paula is a fully Accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adheres to their Code of Ethics which supports High Professional Standards.

Paula has worked with a number of Counselling Agencies in addition to her private practice. She has also worked as a facilitator with The Rainbows Group for the past 14 years. As part of her Continuous Professional Development Paula is completing her Honours Degree in Psychology.

Paula works with a Person Centered, Integrative Therapeutic methodology combining her acquired skills from a range of Theoretical Approaches including: Rogerian, Addiction Studies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Paula works with individuals presenting with most issues but her areas of expertise include working with Depression, Relationship issues, Childhood issues, Parenting concerns and she has extensive experience working with people who have been Bereaved and those who have unresolved and
complicated grief issues.


Marie Boland

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Marie is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist after studying in PCI College.    Marie’s work is varied and is based on a Person Centred, Humanistic and Integrative Approach and she draws on various therapeutic models according to the client’s individual needs.  Marie works with the Bethany Bereavement Group in Dowdstown and has gained excellent experience in this area over the past few years.  She is also working with Bodywhys for a number of years and as a good understanding of Eating Disorders.

“I offer a warm, respectful, confidential, safe environment which helps clients reach their full potential while assisting them move towards self awareness, self acceptance, empowerment, growth and healing”.

Area of Speciality: Bereavement/loss, life crisis, relationship problems/separation, anger management, stress/anxiety issues, eating disorders, personal problems, self-esteem and self-discovery.  

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