Meet our team . . .
Marie Byrne MIAHIP, Reg. ICP - Glosna Founder, Psychotherapist & Group Facilitator
Marie works in an integrative, humanistic and trans-personal way with clients, honouring all parts of the person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. She incorporates creative expression into her work and believes that each person has the ability to heal themselves and that self acceptance is key to bringing about positive change.
Rita Forte Delaney – Holistic Therapist and Registered Reflexologist.
Hi, my name is Rita and I'm thrilled to be part of The Glosna Team. My main focus is to provide you with the upmost client care and tailor treatments to suit you! I am qualified in a wide range of therapies so adapt treatments in line with what your body and soul needs. Managing stress is a factor in our busy lives and as such I am a firm believer that having time out for ourselves is vital. As a holistic therapist, I am committed to continued professional development to add to my suite of services regularly. I am fully qualified in Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Ear Candling, Indian Head Massage and Holistic Facial Massage.
Being part of The Cuisle Team in Portlaoise and working with those affected by cancer and their families is a very rewarding feeling and as a therapist. I believe it's so important to be able to give back if we can as the feeling of gratitude makes us grow more as a person. As a Reflexologist I am a member of IRI - The Irish Reflexology Institute of Ireland. As a member my clients have an opportunity if they hold private health care cover to claim back some of their costs. This however must be checked with your health care provider as all provide different cover. I also hold the award of excellence with VTCT. Overall my main focus is you! So whether you are a regular client or just looking for a little time out....I guarantee you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated & refreshed after a treatment with me.
Siobhan is a qualified Psychotherapist who did her training with the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire. She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists. (IAHIP) and registered with the Irish Council of Psychotherapy.
In her work with clients Siobhan aims to create a safe, understanding and non-judgemental space where her clients feel free to explore whatever is troubling them. She believes that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is of central importance to the healing process. Because of this her approach would mainly be Person-Centred incorporating aspects of the Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Psychosynthesis models.
By using this integrative and creative way of working, clients get an opportunity to understand and bring to the fore elements of their unconscious that are affecting his or her conscious thoughts, feelings and behaviour in the present.
Siobhan continues to expand and extend her training through professional development courses. She completed a post grad training with the Rape Crisis Centre and has experience of working with people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.
Gemma Lalor - Holistic Healer, Artist, Sound Therapist
My name is Gemma and I have studied in various Holistic Therapies over the years. I am a qualified Sound Healing Practitioner, Bio Energy Healing Practitioner, Angel Guidance and Healing Practitioner and Kundalini Reiki Practitioner etc. I have also studied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology so as to know what is going on in the physical body as well as the emotional body.
I am also an Artist who works from my imagination and believe that there is no bounds to our creative potential. I have seen how using my imagination and creativity has helped myself over the years and I enjoy holding that space for other people to do the same. I like to bring a sense of creativity to my treatments and workshops. I believe getting back to our creativity and using our imaginations is very important with helping us express ourselves and creating new possibilities in our lives.
I am able to feel energy, vibrations and frequency as well as emotions and I see how emotions and frequency's affect our bodies and minds. I am very passionate about music and the healing benefits of music and that is why I love to work with the Tibetan Singing Bowls. I think if we begin to understand how our bodies are affected by our emotions and minds we will begin to unlock the secrets to our happiness and health and put ourselves back on the right frequency for a more fulfilling life.
I am very passionate about energy healing as it is important to give ourselves the space to clear out the old and stuck energy to make room for us to move forward in life with a clear mind, body and heart.
Emer is a fully qualified Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist having obtained her qualification from the Tivoli Institute, Dun Laoghaire in 2014. She then opted to complete a further year of training, finishing in 2015 in order to advance her qualification for accreditation purposes with IAHIP.
Emer's background practice is in Psychiatric Nursing where she has worked alongside people experiencing mental health difficulties in both hospital and community settings for several years.
When engaging with clients, Emer aims to always keep the client at the centre of the work and to offer full respect to who they are as an individual and the history, beliefs, experiences and views they hold. Working from a humanistic and integrative perspective also means that Emer values and supports the concept of a person’s unique potential to grow, develop awareness and initiate change in their own lives in a way that is meaningful to them. Emer aims to support clients in achieving their goals by creating a therapeutic space together with them that is safe, empathic and non-judgemental in approach.
Emer is also committed to ongoing learning and development as a therapist and is currently engaged in a professional training course in the area of Sexual Health Promotion.
Connie is qualified in a wide range of Holistic Therapies. She is a strong believer that if we look after our body, mind, emotional and spiritual selves in unison, we will have a more fulfilled and healthy life. Her holistic treatments aim to rejuvenate the client in a holistic way to facilitate a return to harmony & balance. She treats all clients as individuals and tailors her treatments to suit their personal needs.
She is fully qualified Fertility Massage Therapist and is also fully qualified in Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Holistic Facial, Pregnancy and Post Partum Massage. Connie is also now fully qualified in reflexology and Indian Head Massage as she is committed to continued professional development.
Just to note Fertility Massage Therapy is a nourishing blend of techniques, that when combined brings harmony and balance to the Reproductive, Digestive and Sacral areas. This therapy also helps clients to reawaken and reconnect to their bodies especially their womb. This is a passion of Connie's and treatment that she prides herself in.
Edel McCormack - Psychotherapist MIACP
Edel graduated in 2010 as a Person-Centred therapist. Edel offers weekly one to one sessions. She is a fully accredited member of IACP and has almost 10 years’ experience as a Psychotherapist.
Before qualifying as a Psychotherapist, Edel spent time working as a secondary school teacher, teaching History and Religion. She then spent 5 years in Kolkata, India working with street children and children from slum dwellings. Alongside this work, Edel also learned Reiki, Meditation and Mindfulness while in India. Upon her return from India, Edel worked with the De la Salle Brothers in Castletown, Portlaoise; delivering school retreats to young people. She has also facilitated groups particularly in the area of Mindfulness, Self-Care and Deep Inner Reflection.
Edels counselling approach is collaborative, developing a trusting relationship with clients in order to help them explore their thoughts, feelings and difficulties. She incorporates all the mindfulness principles into her work…present moment awareness, non-judgement, and an acceptance of where the client is at . She values the uniqueness of each person and sees the potential for each individual to achieve meaning and purpose in their lives. Her therapeutic approach will be tailored to most effectively meet the client’s individual needs.
Jo Brecknell - Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapist & Life Coach
(Currently on leave)
Jo is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist who
obtained her BSc (hons) degree from Middlesex University in collaboration with
PCI College. Jo is also a qualified life
and personal coach, NLP practitioner and emotional intelligence accessor. She has more recently added to her training and now
also holds a diploma in couples & family counselling.
Jo believes that people have all the
necessary abilities and answers to solve their problems and face their
difficulties, but sometimes they just need someone to listen and validate
them. She also believes the therapeutic relationship to be paramount in the healing process along with
learning new skills such as trust and boundaries. Her approach would be mainly
person-centred but she would also incorporate aspects of other
modalities. Jo believes that the client’s feelings and thoughts play a
huge part in counselling and should always be honoured.
Jo has also completed training with the Rape Crisis Centre, court room accompaniment training and suicide prevention. Jo also has experience of working with people who have suffered sexual violence, rape, domestic abuse and child sexual abuse, furthermore Jo also has experience working with teenagers.
Joan Mc Cabe Breen - Holistic Therapist
Hi I am Joan! My background lies in military medicine. I’ve served the last 21 years in the Defence Forces, qualifying as a paramedic in 2006 and have recently retired from Service.
My journey into the holistic world began in 2011 when I enrolled onto a Reiki workshop, qualifying as a Reiki Master in 2013. I’ve since trained as a Massage Therapist specialising in the following massage treatments; Holistic, Pregnancy, Indian-Head, Deep Tissue, Bamboo, Oncology and Lymphatic Drainage Massage. I also offer organic facials, ear-candling and energy therapies such as Reiki and Rahanni.
I believe in being able to stand behind the therapies that I offer so I have only ever trained in treatments that I have both experienced and love myself! As a professional, I am a member of both the Reiki Federation of Ireland (RFI) and the Irish Massage Therapists Association (IMTA). I’m often asked “why do you do what you do”? And my reply is usually along the lines of “I have chosen this line of work because I know how good I always feel when I have taken the time out to have my own massage, energy healing or other therapy”. My moto is “self-care is not a selfish act; it’s a mark of self-respect”!
From a personal prospective I’ve spent years cultivating my own mindfulness and meditation practice, sitting on the meditation cushion keeps me grounded, focused and above all present with whatever is going on in my life. As a therapist I am passionate about being centered in myself which in turn is reflected in the client-therapist space.
I provide massage therapy to various special needs facilities and also volunteer Oncology Massage and energy treatments in the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise. Being of service is important to me and allows me to enjoy a deeper satisfaction in the work that I do.
Catherine McMahon is founder of The Spiritual Light Academy. The Spiritual Light Academy provides accredited certified training and is recognised by IPHM (The Holistic Accreditation Board). She offers practitioner training, teacher training as well as a range of spiritual development courses.
Catherine is certified by Doreen Virtue and facilitates training courses on Angels which includes The Angel Guidance and Healing Practitioner Course and the Advanced Angel Guidance & Healing and Practitioner Course. Catherine has worked in this field for over 15 years and is a published author on the subject of angels.
She is a certified teacher with The Diana Cooper School and is qualified in Angels MT • Ascension MT • Golden Atlantis MT • Lemurian Planetary Healing MT • Unicorns MT. Catherine is also an Usui Reiki and Kundalini Reiki master. She holds regular workshops and teacher training programmes in Glosna.
Catherine facilitates professional training courses in Reiki and Rahanni in addition to the Angel Guidance and Healing Practitioner Courses at Glosna.
Phil has worked with organisations such as Aware, The Talk-It-Over Suicide and Bereavement Group, The Ashling Centre and The Chun Mhuire Centre. She holds additonal certificates in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Awareness, Bereavement Skills and Group Facilitation. She has also recently completed a workshop in Creatively Working with Trauma and continues to widen her skills as therapist.
Abigail Mullen - Holistic Therapist
My name is Abigail and it has been a personal and professional goal of mine to work locally as a Holistic Therapist so I am thrilled to be joining the Glosna Team. Actually my first experience with Healing started here in Glosna some years ago when I completed the Angel Guidance & Healing Practitioner Course.
I studied Holistic Health in Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training. I am qualified in Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candling. As well as QQI Level 5 in Nutrition.
I am from Stradbally and come from a big family, I have 4 sisters and 5 brothers. I play rugby with Carlow, I enjoy baking and cooking.
I love bringing clients peace and calm for the time they spend getting a treatment and hopefully they can take some of the peace when they leave.
I have a passion for helping people, I have always felt that I was meant to do healing work and finally I feel that massage is the form of healing that is meant for me. I always want my treatments to be a healing experience for my clients and hope to welcome you to a treatment room in Glosna soon.
Mary Connolly - Psychotherapist MIACP
Mary is a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist with an Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She qualified in 2014 from PCI College and is a fully accredited member of IACP.
Mary works with clients seeking clarity and peace in their lives as well as those fighting addiction and relationship disharmony.
Mary believes that every human being has a right to happiness and peace and that the ability to achieve this is very much within the client’s power to achieve.
Coming to counselling for the first time can be a daunting experience. Mary offers a supportive, non judgemental and collaborative space for her clients to welcome them and give them the courage to share. Believing in yourself is a gateway to achieving wonderful things.
Rebekah is a qualified Art Psychotherapist with a MsC in Art Psychotherapy, BA (hons) in Applied Social Care and is a qualified counsellor with the Bereavement Counselling Association of Ireland. She is also an accredited member of the Association of Child Art Psychotherapists and a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association of Creative Therapists. In addition to her work in Glosna House, Rebekah currently works as a Child Art Psychotherapist with Tusla in the north inner city, and School Completion in Curragh and Kildare.
Rebekah has always had an interest and love of people and art and worked as a Community Artist and as a Social Care Worker for over twenty five years using art and creativity as a therapeutic medium with children, teenagers and adults both individually and in groups and from all backgrounds. Art Psychotherapy can help to explore feelings and reconcile emotional conflicts and hurts while fostering self-awareness and enhancing self-esteem.
Rebekah believes in the power of accessing the unconscious through art and creativity and that it can works for us all as a powerful healing agent to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, regardless of our age, especially when it can be difficult to talk.
Creativity can permeate the very
deepest part of us, where no words exist….. in being creative the individual
discovers the self.
Clare Mansfield works full-time as a Primary School Principal. She is also a qualified Personal & Business Life Coach, an Integrated Energy Therapist Master Instructor and IET Trainer, Course Facilitator of “Letting Love In” & Author of “Away with the Fairies – A Fairy’s Guide to True Love”.
Her love is dabbling in, exploring and sharing her passion of holistic therapies with like-minded people. She initially qualified as a Personal and Business Life Coach back in 2009. While working with clients she found herself very drawn to what their subconscious energy was telling her so she went about learning more about her intuitive side. She went to Arthur Findlay College in London to study Clairvoyant & Trance Medium-ship so as to better understand herself and her highly sensitive side.
She discovered a whole new world within when she started to see, sense and receive guidance and wisdom from guides and angels. She was shown how to energetically remove fear and negativity from her life and how to live her dream life of love, passion and integrity.
Clare realised her healing instincts and explored the healing modality called “Integrated Energy Therapy” when she trained as a Master Instructor with the founder Stevan Thayer. She loves training others in this discipline as it helps her every day to manage her emotions and release negative energies while imprinting positive new empowerments in their place. IET is often known as “Healing with the Angels” as it is so gentle and loving. Clare also practises “Access Bars Consciousness” which she finds is a fantastic therapy to release unwanted thoughts or old limiting beliefs on a mental level. It clears the mind on a deep level. After a session it feels like the computer screen of your mind has been wiped clean – like deleting old, unwanted files off a computer.
When learning, growing and developing, Clare wrote and has recently published her first book called “Away with the Fairies – A Fairy’s Guide to True Love”. It is a book about joyful loving. It shows how each of us can learn to heal ourselves, trust in ourselves and follow our hearts. Living authentically by acknowledging, accepting and loving our true selves is the best path to lasting love and happiness. By knowing and loving our true selves and having a sense of purpose, we find ourselves energetically in the right place to enjoy romantic love. How we see ourselves and how we relate in the world influences who and what we attract to us. Become a magnet for the love you want to receive! Clare is happily married to Shane and they live in Kilkenny. Clare is delighted to be a part of the Glosna Team.
Aine studied both Holistic Massage Therapy and Reflexology at the Healing House, Drumcondra, Dublin. She also holds a certificate in Indian Head Massage. She has several years experience as a holistic therapist and is delighted to be furthering her passion in this area by joining the holistic team at Glosna.
Aine focuses on treating the client as an individual. Her work with clients is on a physical and emotional level where she treats the clients specfic needs in each session. Aine's love of the holistic approach is experienced through her work with clients, from start to finish. She promotes well-being all on levels in her sessions.
When she is not working she loves to spend time with her family either being at home or out with nature.
She enjoys all types of music, crafting and baking. She really enjoys attending her local Womens Groups and plays an active role in the local community. She hopes to welcome you soon to Glosna to share her love of the holisitc approach with you.
Claire studied both Holistic Health Therapy and Sports Injury therapy for two years and has since gone on to train in a range of holistic treatments. She has a huge passion for all things holistic and believes in treating each client as an individual, working on a physical, emotional and spiritual level & tailoring treatments accordingly. She is animal mad and loves her dogs and is particularly attached to her little dinky dog.