Meet Our Practitioners

All counsellors and psychotherapists at RISE are accredited or pre-accredited members of IACP


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.

Wayne Hamilton Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


Maeve Ferns BA, PGCert, Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Clinical co-ordinator at RISE, 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.

Sandra Devlin Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


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.

Moya Nulty Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


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.

Judy Ferguson Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


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.

Louise Doran Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


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 requiredThis 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.

Antoinette Patterson Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy


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.