Wayne Hamilton BA (Hons), Dip Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Practice Manager
Founder and practice manager at RISE, Wayne is a highly qualified, experienced psychotherapist holding a 1 st Class Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from DBS, a Practitioners Cert in CBT and he is curently pursuing a Diploma in Consciousness postgrad with the C.G. Jung Centre, Dublin. Wayne is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and works within their codes of ethics and practice. Previously Wayne has volunteered with ISPCC ChildLine and also has a background in social care settings having worked with service users who are marginalised or disadvantaged in some way within the community such as those with serious illness and children on the autism spectrum. He has also practiced as a psychotherapist at Living Life Counselling in Bray, a charitable organisation and is an affiliate of both OPTUM and Health Assured Employee Assistance Schemes. Wayne creates a warm, safe, non-judgemental space for individual counselling and his practice is humanistic, integrative and relational in nature. Wayne believes that each of us at our unique core, have the capacity to heal and learn from our wounding, to have a better relationship with ourselves and to live fully. He has particular interest and skill in the areas of abandonment and isolation, trauma and PTSD, anxiety and major depressive episodes.
Maeve Ferns BA, PGCert, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Maeve is an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist holding a Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from IICP and a Postgraduate Cert in Child and Adolescent Counselling and is a fully accredited member of IACP. Maeve also completed an advanced couples counselling training with PCI. She has a wealth of experience working in educational and special needs settings and has volunteered for organisations such as Arthritis Ireland and Living Life Counselling. Maeve uses a non-directive, person-centred approach when working with her clients. She works with adults, children and adolescents and offers relationship counselling for couples. She sees her role as supporting the client to discover the individual path which is right for them. This allows growth, a realisation of self-confidence and self-belief, a deep understanding of themselves and a sense of what their own personal meaning is in their lives. Maeve acknowledges that counselling is an intimate and sometimes frightening process, which requires trust and a genuine relationship of understanding to exist between therapist and client. Maeve feels that this relationship is vital and strives to provide safety and security on what can be a rocky journey. She has particular interest in the areas of womens health, gynaecological issues and working with parents in the areas of postnatal depression, miscarriage and sudden infant death.
Sandra Devlin BA, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Sandra is a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and holds a Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from IICP. She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adheres to the strict code of ethics and practice as set out by the IACP. Sandra provides both individual and couples counselling, working only with adults. Sandra has worked as a volunteer Psychotherapist in both Living Life in Bray and the Village Counselling Service in Tallaght. Sandra uses both an integrative and mindfulness approach to counselling. She weaves together mindfulness, Person-Centred, Humanistic, Solution-Focused, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy approaches in the therapy she provides. In this way therapy is tailor made for each client. Sandra provides a safe and confidential space for clients so they can experience being heard, accepted and understood. Sandra has particular interest in the area of grief and loss having completed further training with the Irish Hospice Foundation. In addition, Sandra has completed training on working with survivors of narcissistic abuse.
Moya Nulty BSc. PGCert, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Moya graduated from UCD with a degree in Psychology and History. Having worked as a teacher for many years she studied at PCI college and obtained a Diploma in Psychotherapy/Counselling and went on to receive a BSc. (1 st class Honours) in Psychotherapy/Counselling from Middlesex University. Later she completed a Postgraduate Cert in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy with IICP Institute. Working from an integrative humanistic perspective, Moya draws on different therapeutic approaches but the work is always grounded in a person centred approach tailored to the suitability of the client. Moya is particularly interested in working with children and young adults. Through play therapy she has worked with young people who are struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, bereavement and loss, panic attacks, self-harm, eating disorders, stress, trauma and school related issues. Moya is a fully accredited member of IACP.
Judy Ferguson, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Judy joined RISE having completed her psychotherapy training with ZestLife college and has attained clinical practice experience with Tiglin Addiction Services offering counselling to men in residential addiction settings. She has also worked as a counsellor at Living Life Counselling. Judy has completed additional learning in the areas of complex trauma, ethics and core evaluation. Judy is a person centred psychotherapist who also draws on Psychodynamic theory and Cognitive Behavioural approaches in her approach. Judy has particular interest in the areas of anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem and trauma.
Louise Doran Bsc, PGDip, Cert Therapeutic Play, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Louise Doran trained with P.C.I. College Dublin and obtained a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Louise has a special interest in Eating Disorders and went on obtained a Diploma in Practitioner’s Skills for Eating Disorders with The National Centre for Eating Disorders U.K. She also completed further training in C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with Zestlife College. Louise works with adults and adolescents one to one. Louise has worked in the Loretto counselling Center for 5 years before starting her private practice in Wicklow and Wexford. Louise finds C.B.T. to be extremely helpful in overcoming anxiety/panic attacks, low self-esteem, depression, anger and many other problems. Louise is fully accredited with the I.A.C.P. (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and works under their code of ethics. she has worked for many years treating people from all walks of life with many different issues and problems. She is currently training in Therapeutic Play Skills and intends to continue my professional training, well in to the future. Louise believes that every person is unique and so deserves a therapist who is professional and expertly trained. She is motivated by a genuine desire to help people reclaim their lives. Healing from past hurts, dealing with present issues and making change all require a safe and accepting place to do so. Louise believes that the client/counsellor relationship is of the utmost importance. Her strengths lie in creating a non-judgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable without the fear of blame or stigma, and to know that she will do her very best to support and help you. Louise uses mainly C.B.T. and Person-Centred approach to counselling.
Antoinette Patterson BA, PG.Cert , Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Antoinette takes an optimistic, non-judgmental and non-directive approach to therapy to help you become aware of your own strengths and resources. She aims to support you to seek out solutions to your problems and facilitate learning new ways of coping with the difficulties you may be currently experiencing. Taking a Person Centred approach, Antoinette will integrate elements from different schools of therapy as required. This supports you to become aware of how the past may be influencing your current thoughts and behaviours, and assist you to work through unresolved issues and conflicts you may have with significant people in your life. Antoinette is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and follows the associations strict Code of Ethics. Antoinette has gone to complete advanced couples counselling training with PCI College.
Deirdre Devlin, B.A, Dip Psychotherapy, Cert. Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, M.I.A.H.I.P.
Deirdre has a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Tivoli Institute , Dun Laoghaire, a Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish Institute of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Deirdre is currently studying for a Masters qualification in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy in the Irish Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Deirdre is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist with extensive experience providing counselling and therapeutic services for adults, adolescents, and children. She has a particular interest in working with teenagers and the issues that typically present for them including anxiety, depression, panic attacks ,anger, exam stress, self-harm, body image issues , bullying and self-esteem issues. Deirdre believes that each person has the capacity for growth and change, and she helps clients find greater balance, personal insight, and resilience. Her approach is empathic and collaborative, and she uses a blend of different therapeutic approaches. Deirdre also spends time each week volunteering in Living Life, a non-profit agency that provides counselling.
Sarah-Jane Reilly HDip., MSc., MA Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst
Sarah-Jane has been training and working in the area of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy since 1999. She holds a higher diploma in psychoanalytic studies, a master’s degree in clinical psychoanalysis and a higher diploma in child art psychotherapy. She trained in the mater child guidance clinic, St. Vincent’s university hospital, Elm park, St. John of God, Stillorgan, the national maternity hospital, Holles street and Navan psychiatric unit. She is a fully registered and accredited member of A.P.P.I and I.C.P. Sarah-Jane works with children, adolescents and adults and has a particular interest in anxiety and attachment and separation issues. She also works as an occasional lecturer on the higher diploma in psychotherapy in St. Vincent’s University hospital and on the MSc in Child art Psychotherapy in the late childhood guidance clinic.
Therese Reddan Adv Dip, MSc. Counsellor & Psychotherapist
An accredited member of IAHIP, Therese graduated from the Tivoli Institute in 2016 with an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy. Therese then went on to study at Carlow IT and obtained a Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Clinical) Level 9 on NVQ. Therese has particular interest in the area of grief and loss having completed her master’s Dissertation in the subject. Therese also trained as a drama teacher with the London college of Music and media and she also has over 30 years of experience of working in the health care field with people who have intellectual disabilities, dual diagnosis, autism and mental health problems. Therese is a hardworking, conscientious and caring person, with extensive knowledge of offering support and guidance to clients. She has a proven ability to empathise with individuals whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to their treatment and therapy. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a wide cross section of clients with a wide variety of presenting issues, including but not limited to: grief, relationship and attachment issues, abandonment, eating disorders, depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse, sexuality and gender issues, individuals impacted by disability and age related issues. Therese is optimistic and non-judgmental and works from a humanistic, psychodynamic and integrative model. Working collaboratively with her clients and with a spirit of compassion and expanding awareness. She supports her clients to enter into gentle experiential practices, to expand their own capacities and to discover new insight about themselves, to become more aware of their own strengths and resources and of how the past may be influencing their current thoughts and behaviours.
Michelle O’Connell BSc. MSc. Dip. Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Michelle is a fully qualified, experienced and accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the IACP. She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from IICP and has completed a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc. in Organizational Psychology both in the UK. Michelle also holds a Practitioners Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Michelle currently works as a Volunteer Counsellor with Living Life Counseling in Bray and has also worked with the Village Counselling Service in Tallaght as well as working in private practice. Michelle has experience working with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, anger, self-esteem and relationships. She utilizes a Humanistic approach to Counselling using techniques from a variety of different theoretical backgrounds including Person Centered, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Mindfulness. Michelle offers her clients a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their world. She believes that a lot of our behavior is learned from past experiences and values using CBT to work collaboratively with the client addressing unhealthy thought patterns and improving their emotional health.
Sarah-Anne Connolly, BA (Hons), MA, Post Dip CBT, Post Dip.
Sarah-Anne is a qualified Play Therapist who is continuing in her
studies in completing a MA in Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic and
Integrative Modality) with the Children’s Therapy Centre. She is a
pre-accreditated member of IAPTP and follows their code of ethics and
Previously, Sarah-Anne completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a MA in
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT.
Sarah-Anne has worked with teenagers and children in educational, social
care and clinical settings for the last 17 years. She has worked with
children and teenagers who have experienced anxiety, mental health
issues, complex family background, low self-esteem, trauma, and
attachment disruptions. Sarah-Anne takes a humanistic, integrative and
child-centred approach in her work and believes in building self-esteem
and resilience in the children that she works with, as well as fostering
Sarah-Anne believes that children use play to communicate their needs
and feelings, like an adult would use words in talk therapy. Play
therapy allows a child to play out their inner world – their thoughts,
feelings and concerns in a safe environment.
While younger children engage mainly in play therapy, older children and
teenagers use a variety of creative means such as art, craft, sand
trays, music, games and writing to access their feelings in a safe way.
This creative therapy uses the same principles as play therapy.
Sarah-Anne has an interest in neurobiology and trauma and incorporates a
lot of sensory play in her work with children.
Donall Donnelly BA, PG Dip, MA
Dónall is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and fully accredited member of the Irish association for counselling and pscyotherapy. He specialises in a vast array of areas including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, selt-esteem issues, grief, trauma etc but has a particular interest in work-related stress, work-life balance, work assertive issues and bullying in the workplace. He has a proven ability to empathise with clients whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to their treatment and therapy. Dónall is viewed by his clients to be optimistic and non-judgemental in his approach to therapy working from a humanistic, psychodynamic and integrative model and well-versed in the solution-focussed model most suited to the EAP referral system. He supports his clients to expand their own capacities, provide coping mechanisms to handle stress and assists them to fully realise their own strengths and resources. His uniquely diverse background as an employment lawyer, recruitment consultant, career coach and psychotherapist equips him with a unique set of skills which can really assist his clients to recalibrate the balance in their lives and overcome hurdles that are standing in the way of them reaching their true potential.
*RISE COUNSELLING PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE ETHICAL BOUNDARY OF CONFIDENTIALITY AND TO ENHANCE THIS WE ENSURE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PLACED WITH A COUNSELLOR YOU KNOW. WE ALSO STAGGER OUR APPOINTMENT TIMES IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO MEET OTHER CLIENTS AT THE PRACTICE.