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.
Sancha Maher - Centre Manager
Sancha, a Laois native from Stradbally joined the Glosna team late 2018. Sancha comes from a family business background which she ran for over 9 years alongside her parents.
She has a passion for the Holistic Approach, Healing, Sound Therapy and the colourful world of therapies. With this in mind (and in her heart) she decided it was time to make a career change and so threw caution to the wind and applied for a position at Glosna. She has since secured the role of centre manager.
Sancha (like everyone in Glosna and yes it is a requirement!) loves animals and has 3 rescue dogs (Princess, Jess & Ruari) of her own who she enjoys walking and spending time with. She is a wonderful singer although she may be shy to admit it and loves nothing more than a live music session. Her love of music runs through everything she does (she has been known to pick up the violin or sit down at the piano every now and then) and if there was a theme playlist to her life it would defiantly feature the 80's very heavily.
She studied Business and Administration in Carlow which she puts to great use managing such a busy centre. Sancha is looking forward to welcoming you to Glosna. She is always at the end of the phone to offer support & advice to clients on what might work best for them or of course she is available in person at the reception desk. Pop in and say hello!
Lee Power - Registered Reflexologist, Holistic Therapist & Healer
Hello I'm Lee and I am a fully qualified and accredited Classical, and African Reflexologist.
I have accredited membership with the National Register Of Reflexologist Ireland. As a member of MNRRI I abide by their professional Code of Conduct, commit to my ongoing professional Development, and am fully insured. I am very passionate about Reflexology and how it can make a very positive difference to the way we feel - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, wherever we may be on our journey, with our Health and Wellbeing.
We have 7,200 nerve endings on the sole of each foot, these nerve endings correspond with our glands and organs so pressing on them by use of reflexology techniques, can stimulate, your entire body.... As Legendary Footballer John Cryuff explained in his autobiography, He brought a Reflexologist to Barcelona, because "All the energy in the body comes through our feet"
Some other interesting facts about Reflexology, is by
boosting the circulation in the feet, and body, which in turn improves
lymphatic system your body receives a greater delivery of oxygen and nutrients,
increases the ability to heal an injured area and recovery from illness is
The deeply relaxed state that reflexology can induce, means that your Body and Mind, simply function more effectively. A tense body and mind is far less efficient than a relaxed, calm one.
We are all from different walks of life, and I genuinely care about your unique requirements and vision in your health, taking time to get to know you, and personalizing each treatment. I feel it is more important to understand the imbalances in your body's basic systems, and its ability to heal itself. It is my passion, intention and the LOVE of what I do to help people bring back balance and harmony into their lives.
Prior to Life as a Reflexologist, I spent 15yrs working in Healthcare NHS in England, in a therapeutic setting, working with young, and mature
Adults with Special physical Needs, Autism, Hearing and visually impairment some of which were very sensory compromised. I continue to work with children and adults in the community, or within their homes as a Reflexologist and incorporate my experience in England in my reflexology practise. I have studied under Hanne Marquardit who was a student of Eunice Ingham (the mother of reflexology) & Marguerite Brady, Dorothy Kelly & Chris Stormer-Fry.
In terms of Reflexology I can offer you:
Classical Reflexology/ African Reflexology/ Hand Reflexology/ The Metamorphic Technique/ Precision Reflexology/ Balancing Chakra's in the feet /Trauma Release through the feet/ Fertility Reflexology/ Cancer Care Reflexology
In my love for Holistic Therapies, I have also completed courses in:
Indian Head Massage (inclusive of back, neck shoulder, massage}, and sinus drainage.
Bio Energy Therapy
Ear Candling (inclusive of Marma point, and Lymphatic Face Technique)
I enjoy life, with my on going Reflexology practise, walking my dogs in the woods, swimming in the sea, helping the rehabilitation
of rescue animals. I have a daily yoga practise and meditation. As part of my spiritual journey, I have been on a
Panchacarma Cleansing Retreat in India, and continue this process for my own
interest in my health and spiritual wellbeing. I have two beautiful children, that are a
continual reminder to me of the beautiful blessings in life. I would LOVE to treat you at Glosna.
Siobhan is a qualified Psychotherapist who did her training with the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire. She holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychotherapy, and is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists (IAHIP). Siobhan is also registered with Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
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. Her approach would mainly be psychodynamic whereby her clients get an opportunity to understand and integrate elements of their unconscious that are affecting present day thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Siobhan continues to expand her training through professional development courses. She worked for two years with the Rape Crisis Centre after completing their in-depth training in sexual violence and abuse. Siobhan works with a broad range of issues, for example, anxiety, loss, depression, loneliness, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties and many more.
Maria Flynn – Holistic Therapist (specialising in women’s health)
Maria is a fully qualified Reflexologist, Massage Therapist and Health & Nutrition Coach. She specializes in Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum as well as Infant care. She continues to add to the suite of services she offers clients & has trained in Indian Head Massage, Holistic Facials, Ear candling & Reiki Healing.
Maria's has worked as a Birth & Postpartum Doula and Antenatal teacher for the past 5 years and has a deep passion for supporting people & families on these journeys to parenthood & beyond.
She believes in the importance of taking time out and getting that well deserved time to relax and de-stress. She combines her natural skills & education in the holistic method of nutrition & lifestyle coaching to energize and aid in decreasing unwanted symptoms.
Maria aims to offer an empathetic, compassionate and non judgmental space where you can relax, learn, chat and grow in confidence regardless of what journey you are on. She hopes to welcome you to Glosna soon.
Andrei Tcaciuc - MAPPI, Reg ICP Psychotherapist/Psychologist
Andrei has been working since 2014 as a psychotherapist in private practice. Andrei also works in the Remedy Clinic and Fairview Therapy Centre and is available in Glosna Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Andrei also has fifteen years of experience in the healthcare sector where he worked with young people and their families. Andrei collaborates with TUSLA to provide bereavement training and education for healthcare professionals.
Andrei has received his psychoanalytic training at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He has focused on helping individuals to improve their mental health and to work in the alleviation of a range of personal difficulties.
His areas of expertise include trauma, loss, grief, bereavement, anxiety, self-harm, addiction, eating disorders, stress, depression, gender issues, sexual identity, relationship difficulties, phobias, chronic fatigue, loneliness and isolation. He uses a psychoanalytical approach to help people to explore how the unconscious mind affects current relationships and patterns of thought, emotion and behavior, especially in the context of continually experiencing loss and traumatic events.
MSc. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, U.C.D., SVUH;
MSc. Bereavement studies, R.C.S.I., Irish Hospice Foundation;
Post-grad diploma Specific Modality Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy, SVUH;
B.A.(Hons.) Psychology and Sociology;
Advanced Suicide Intervention Skills Training – HSE;
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention – HSE;
Children First – HSE;
Real You (Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered) – Foroige program.
Andrei holds a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Bereavement studies from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. He holds a B.A. (Hon.) in Psychology and Sociology and a Post-grad diploma in Specific Modality Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent's University Hospital.
is a fully accredited member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and
Psychotherapy Ireland (A.P.P.I.) and of Irish Council for Psychotherapy
(I.C.P.). He adheres to their code of ethics and professional conduct.
has a particular interest in helping people exposed to loss and trauma, to
become aware of the underlying sources of their difficulties, intellectually
and emotionally, and to develop coping skills that would allow them to deal
with the realities of their life situation. He
offers a talking therapy which rather than trying to get rid of the problem
allows individuals to come to understand the experiences which have shaped
their lives and are affecting their ability to deal with current difficulties.
This understanding has
the aim of helping them to bring about major change in their whole perspective
Mark is a qualified Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist who trained for 4 years at the Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre, Gardiner St. He is a fully accredited member of The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and registrant of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Support is an essential part of psychotherapy and Mark offers to accompany a person on their journey. As a therapist, Mark aims to facilitate a person’s personal growth and troubling issues are seen as opportunities for such growth and development.
He endeavours to offer, a safe supportive therapeutic space, to be non-judgemental, listen empathically and be authentic in his presence - which the Humanistic approach believes, encourages a person’s own healing potential. Since the Humanistic approach is holistic, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a person are all considered by Mark in sessions. He especially likes working with the dreams and nightmares.
Mark is currently in his second year training in ‘Creating Therapeutic
Structures Based on Myth for Groups – using the Paul Rebillot approach’.
Geraldine Kennedy - MIAHIP, ECP, Reg ICP - Psychotherapist
I am an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapists. As an accredited member of IAHIP I attend supervision regularly and my client work is governed by their Code of Ethics and Practice for Psychotherapists. I am a registrant of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy & have also received the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP).
My core training in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy was with the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire.
My Postgraduate training includes:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (for the treatment of Trauma)
Working with the Gestalt Process with the Dublin Gestalt Centre.
Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothchild.
Bodywork Theory and Practice with Paddy Logan and Deirdre Collins.
There are times and situations in life when it can be helpful to meet with a therapist.
Together we can explore your individual life situation and relationships, with the aim of enabling you to live your life in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
I endeavour to create a secure and non-judgemental therapeutic space for clients.
In my work as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist my approach is based on different therapeutic models and theories which are tailored to the individual client.
The range of issues I work with include:
- Panic attacks
- Sexual abuse
- Relationship issues
- Anger management
- Guilt and shame
- Bereavement and loss
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 McMahon has been involved in the field of natural medicine since 1993. She has studied many different avenues of natural health care including kinesiology, bio testing and different energy therapies such as Reiki.
She now mainly focuses on energy work, clinical herbal medicine, functional medicine and naturopathy. She teaches different energy healing modalities as well as gives talks, sharing her knowledge on how to naturally prevent and support the body during illness.
She runs Healthy By Nature, a successful herbal medicine clinic and also The Spiritual Light Academy where accredited professional training can be sought in various types of energy healing.
Nadine Ashe - MIACP - Psychotherapist
Nadine completed her training in IICP Tallaght graduating with a Bsc in Counselling & Psychotherapy in April 2016. She is a fully accredited member of IACP. Nadine’s approach is integrative and is tailored towards the presenting clients needs. She adopts different elements from various schools of therapy such as person centred, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy & Motivational Interviewing.
Nadine has worked in Pieta House supporting clients with suicidal ideation and self harming. She has worked in addiction services also supporting those making the transition from addiction and also in youth services supporting parents and their children and teens.
Her aim is to provide a safe, warm, trusting, confidential and non-judgemental environment for the client to feel comfortable, accepted and heard. Together Nadine and the client will explore the client’s difficulties/challenges to explore and identify their feelings & thoughts towards these difficulties. Nadine supports the client in identifying & working towards new coping skills and mechanisms to increase overall wellbeing.
Clare King - Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
Clare graduated as a Swedish massage therapist in 2007 from IBHT and has worked as a mobile massage therapist for the past 12 years. She also trained as a hairdresser & graduated in 2014 from IBHT School of Hair Dressing, a personal passion of hers. She has further trained in Indian Head Massage and Holistic Facial therapy and is committed to her continuous holistic training and development.
As an active sportswoman , Clare appreciates the benefits of massage on not only a physical level but on a mental and emotional level too. She is dedicated to health & fitness & regularly completes half marathons, duathlons & Triathlons as she believes exercise is an important component to our overall wellbeing.
Clare is the Mama of two beautiful children & when she is not working or running marathons she is a dedicated Mama who loves doing activities with her kids.
She believes that life can be stressful and it is very
important to look after our mental health with a deep relaxing holistic
approach. Clare would love to welcome you to Glosna where she provides Deep Tissue Massage Therapy on Fridays and Saturdays each week.
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.
Yvonne Booth- MIACP - Psychotherapist
Yvonne initially graduated with a degree in Social Studies from DIT in 1995 and worked in Crosscare Adolescent Homeless Services in Dublin for ten years. Within that time she qualified as an Addiction Counsellor with UCD/MQI in 2002 and is accredited with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland.
Following that she worked in the addiction field for a further thirteen years in Dublin, managing a variety of addiction services within Coolmine Therapeutic Community from residential rehabilitation centres to community day services, ranging from harm-reduction to abstinent-based programmes. Yvonne also qualified trainer in the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training (CRAFT) in 2011 and has worked extensively with families affected by addiction and trained teams in a variety of addiction services nationally in these models.
Yvonne qualified as a Psychotherapist from DBS in 2009 and is accredited with the IACP and has run her own private psychotherapy practice since 2013. She works with clients in an integrative manner to support them to work through a variety of issues they may be struggling with. Yvonne engages clients in a psychodynamic approach primarily, but also utilizing CBT and brief solution-focused techniques when appropriate. She focuses on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and works in a collaborative manner to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes in a safe and supportive environment.
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.
Sharon O'Farrell - Psychotherapist & Group Facilitator
A little bit about me! I am a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and group facilitator with over 16 years experience. I also did further training as a Clinical & Therapeutic Hypnotherapist and I trained and certified in the USA in Systemic & Family Constellations and Relationship Coaching.
My core training is in pre and peri-natal psychotherapy and I qualified with an overall distinction. I have a specialist interest in transpersonal therapy and creative art therapy as well as a background in art and also energy healing for people and animals, having also previously trained in Aura-Soma colour healing, Reiki, Shamanism and various forms of energy healing, metaphysics and psychology.
I also hold both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Metaphysics and am currently a PhD candidate. I have a deep passion for facilitating people to overcome trauma and challenges in their life and to unfold their unlimited potential and I love to work with people in both one-to-one and group settings.
Mary Lalor - Psychotherapist in Training
My name is Mary Lalor and I am from Co Laois. I am currently undergoing a QQI-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy in ICPPD Athlone. I am in my 3rd year and have covered a wide range topics and methods in Holistic Counselling.
I am fully committed to ongoing personal development and am also a student member of IACP working towards full accreditation. I am undergoing weekly personal therapy as well as attending fortnightly supervision to best support me and my work with clients.
I would be aiming to create a safe and non- judgemental space where any client can feel accepted and heard. I would pull from various schools of thought to best suit the presenting clients needs and support them on their journey. I would hope to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with each client as I feel this is the essence of the work.
I have always felt a strong connection to
working to support others, I work full time as a Care Coordinator for a
national Care company and I also enjoy volunteering at the local Foroige youth
club. In my spare time I enjoy various hobbies such as Yoga and hiking and
walking with my 3 dogs Carrie, Holly and Penny. I offer a Reduced Rate Counselling Service at Glosna House & you would be very welcome.
Carol Duffy - Facilitator (MIAHIP, MIACP, MEAP, SIAHIP, SIACP),
Carol is an accredited Psychotherapist & Supervisor. She currently works with Adults and Adolescents in Meath. During her career she has held roles as a senior clinical assessor, and psychotherapist in a number of charitable organisations.
Carol has training across the life span, with core training in Adult Psychotherapy, a Post Qual .Dip. in Adolescent Psychotherapy, and an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Play Therapy. She has additional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which incorporates neuroscience, attachment theory, hakomi, somatic awareness and movement interventions rooted in mindfulness.
She brings to her work a solid MindBody connection, as a qualified yoga teacher, and grounding in her personal mediation and mindfulness practice, that began 30 years ago. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Teaching in Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Carol has spent over a decade exploring the topic of shame and competed research in 2018. She believes in working with all parts of a person within the therapeutic relationship, and runs trainings for practitioners on shame, incorporating trauma, mindfulness and compassion.
Coman Wilkinson - MIAHIP, Reg. ICP, MII - Psychotherapist & Mediator
Coman completed his training in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Turning Point Institute & UCC, and is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, IAHIP. He is also a qualified Mediator and a member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII). This work covers a broad spectrum of dispute resolution and conflict management, particularly in the area of family mediation, which both compliments and informs his therapy practice.
As part of his therapist training he completed a two year clinical placement with the HSE Community Mental Health Service in Portlaoise. He followed up with a one year internship with Oakwood Psychology and Psychotherapy Consultants before joining the team there as an associate. During this time he worked with clients with a wide range of challenging life issues; addiction, abuse, bereavement & loss, anxiety, depression, low mood, panic attacks and relationship difficulties.
He is particularly interested in developmental trauma, adverse childhood experience (ACE), early attachment deficits and their impact on our ability to relate to ourselves and others in a healthy and functional way.
He works to create relationships that engender trust, respect and openness, where the client feels safe to work on their issues in a non-judgemental and collaborative way.
- Practitioner’s Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- M.Sc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diploma Mediation & Conflict Intervention
- Diploma Executive & Personal Coaching
- BA (Hons) Training & Education
She has extensive counselling and psychotherapy experience from her work with Family Carers Ireland and Carlow's Women's Aid. She is also in private practice in Kilkenny city.
Tina also volunteers and fundraises for The Irish Cancer Society.
Tina employs an integrative approach to her counselling, encompassing person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and art therapy.
As a person-centred therapist, Tina helps clients explore their feelings and emotions in a non-directive and non - judgemental way. This involves listening attentively to clients with empathy and respect. Where appropriate, Tina uses CBT, which examines, the interplay between thoughts feelings and behaviour. CBT is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental disorders. Tina also uses art therapy, incorporating painting and collage, to encourage self-expression and reflection within the therapeutic space.
In her spare time, Tina likes to paint and has featured in several exhibitions in Kilkenny. She also likes to walk her two dogs, Oscar and Missy. Tina is also an avid traveller and enjoys exploring different cultures and food.
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.