Linda Balfe, Director of Aspen Counselling Services Lucan has worked as a psychotherapist since 1997.It was then that she commenced her training and work in a voluntary organisation that provided low cost counselling. It was there that she got the vision to open and be part of developing an affordable counselling service that was accessible to whoever should need to avail. In 2001 Aspen was established. She has worked as a Psychotherapist and Director of this service where to date there are a team of over 38 therapists and volunteers working and making psychotherapy affordable and accessible. Linda has B.Sc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certified as a Reality Therapist and a Certificate in Supervision. The areas that she specialise in are Attachment Disorders, Narcissistic Abuse, family systems, Loss and Grief, Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Phobias. OCD, Stress management, Sexual Addiction/Dysfunction, sexual identity and Suicidal ideation. She works with Couples and Individuals. Linda is a Supervisor to other therapists where she supervises them in their clinical practice. She is an Accredited Psychotherapist and Qualified Supervisor with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy ( I.A.C.P)
Keith has been with Aspen since 2015. Keith is a fully accredited psychotherapist with the IACP (Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abides by their code of ethics. Keith’s approach is integrative and humanistic, meaning that he combines learning from different schools of psychotherapy to best meet the needs of each client. Keith works with a broad range of issues from depression and anxiety to self-esteem and relationship difficulties. Keith hold a BSC (Hons) Degree in counselling and psychotherapy.
Hi my name is Carmel Ryan. I am a senior psychotherapist with Aspen Counselling. I have been working with Aspen for 7 years now. I am working between the Lucan and Newcastle branches. I work with adults, couple and teenagers. In my therapy work, I help clients with an array of issues such as, anxiety, bereavement, loss, stress, abuse, trauma, addiction and depression. The style of therapy I provide is Intergrative, which consists of Person Centered, Humanistic and also CBT depending on the issues being brought by the client. My role is facilitate a space for the client to feel safe and valued in order to resolve whatever is most immediate for the client in the hope of then working through older issue or traumas the client may be wanting to get into.
Counsellor, Psychotherapist (MIACP), (BA Psychology & Theology. DCU), (MA Applied Spirituality, DCU), (Dip, Level 7 BA Integrated Counselling & Psychotherapy. IICP). Shay recently completed his MA in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy-Graduation Pending. IICP. Shay is one of our therapists at Aspen. His area of focus is working with people on a collaborative trajectory, helping them to evolve their perspective in relation to their presenting difficulties. This process Utilises a range of therapeutic modalities/processes, ultimately allowing people to understand different ways of approaching the challenges, they face while moving at a pace suitable to them, as they grow in the process.
William who joined Aspen in 2016 has a Diploma in Criminology, a BA in Management and a BSc Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy. He is a pre-accredited member with the IACP. William is an experienced psychotherapist who uses a humanistic and person centred approach in an integrative style to support individuals and couples with emotional, behavioural and relationship difficulties. William describes his therapy sessions “as a collaboration with clients to develop a comprehensive understanding of the emotional and psychological dynamics underpinning their presenting issue”.
Ciara Walsh is an accredited Therapist with the I.A.C.P. and has done a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Ciara also has training in suicide prevention and intervention having studied Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. While Ciara's style is primarily 'person centred', she has the innate ability to adapt and suit her counselling styles to each client's individual needs. Ciara works with people of all ages but has a vast amount of experience working with young people.
Natalie is a qualified psychotherapist and has been part of the Aspen team since 2017. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and is currently working towards accreditation with the IACP. She works in accordance to, and adheres to their code of ethics. Each client is individualistic in their needs and therefore no one approach will be the same. Natalie is trained integratively, this allows her to draw from a multitude of approaches depending on the presenting issue/issues. She works with, but is not limited to anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, self esteem, suicide, family and relationship issues. She draws on different therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, person centered and existentialism, offering a safe therapeutic environment for the exploration of issues in a collaborative way.
Tony is an accredited psychotherapist and works in accordance with the code of ethics of the accredited bodies of IACP (Irish association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and ACI (Addiction Counsellors Ireland). The way Tony work’s has been influenced by the different psychotherapy trainings undertaken, which include : Honours degree in Counselling and psychotherapy, professional certification in Mindfulness, a Certificate in Suicide prevention (asist-applied suicide intervention skills training), a Certification in Self Compassion under the guidance of the famous psychologist Kristen Neff. He believes its imperative to constantly be re-educating yourself to ensure that there is an awareness of the latest research and findings in a field. He attends regular clinical supervision to ensure he is offering the best possible service to his clients. Tony work’s with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues, whether you are young in early development or experienced he will support you through your difficulties. Areas where he specialises in: Addiction, Adoption , Anxiety (Panic and Worry) , Grief or Loss , Depression , Self-Esteem and confidence issues and Relationship.
Don is a pre-accredited counsellor with APCP and began working with Aspen in 2017 as a volunteer counsellor.
He is currently completing a Maste's Degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with ICHAS (The Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences).
Dons evidence based cognitive behavioral approach is very much based in the "here and now" and very effective for a wide range of problems. His approach includes very active components that promote change, with an emphasis on putting what has been learned into practice between sessions. He also uses mindfulness meditation techniques to build a more secure space for the client to engage with the world around them. Don has also worked as a facilitator for the Strenthening Families Program in Dublin 12 and works part ime as a counsellor with The Walkingstown Greenhills Resource Centre. Before choosing to follow a path into psychotherapy as a mature student, his background was originally in engineering and then consumer behaviour. Don holds a BA (Hons)Degree in Psychology and a Post Grad Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Aisling is a child and adolescent therapist. She has a postgraduate diploma in Play Therapy and has just completed her MA in Creative Psychotherapy at the Children's Therapy Centre. She works with a child centred approach using play and creative means to give children and teens a space to negotiate their way safely through difficult life events such as bereavement, parental separation, school problems or trauma. Aisling helps children find appropriate ways to deal with big feelings such as anger, fear, sadness and anxiety. She works with children from 4 to 17 years of age. Aisling provides parenting support and psychoeducation to help caregivers become better equipped to support their children. She is trained in trauma ‐focused-CBT, Theraplay Level 1 and Teleplay. She is currently providing online sessions for children aged 7 and older. She is a pre-accredited member of Irish Association of Play Therapists and Psychotherapists. (IAPTP).
I am an accredited therapist with a Masters in Family Therapeutic skills. I have worked with young people and families for 25 years. I love the work and I like to work collaboratively with my clients, supporting them to take control of the therapy, as there is no one size fits all approach. I use narrative therapy to support the clients to tell their unique story and to identify their strengths, skills and values. Taking time to focus on what is going well, even in the midst of a problem that can feel overwhelming and help clients begin to make space for a new improved version of themselves.
Niamh has worked in Aspen since 2017, she has a BSc Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a pre-accredited therapist with the IACP and abides by their code of ethics. Niamh’s therapy focuses on client and therapist continual collaboration to achieve the client’s goals for therapy. She draws on therapeutic methods from multiple orientations and with client feedback, together they determine how best to proceed in therapy. She has worked with clients on a broad range of issues including bereavement, relationship breakdown, low self-esteem, workplace bullying, anxiety and depression.
Sarah has a BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently working towards IACP accreditation. She is an integrative counsellor. The modalities she works with are person-centred, solution-focused, CBT, mindfulness and attachment-based psychotherapy. She has worked with presenting issues such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, grief, attachment-based trauma, sexual and physical abuse, work-related stress, parenting problems, mental health, marital difficulties and more. Sarah provides a safe environment where she works collaboratively with her client to explore their needs and goals from therapy.
Hello. Coming to therapy can be an intimidating experience, as your therapist I will strive to offer you a safe and judgement free place to express yourself. In our work you can explore emotions or issues you might feel you cannot share elsewhere and I will listen without judgement. I work with clients going through family, workplace and intimate relationship issues and I am trained in treating mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. David has earned a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College Dublin and will complete his honours degree studies later this year. He is a pre-accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abides by their code of ethics and practice."
My name is Sheila, and I have been working with Aspen Counselling Services since January 2019. I am an Integrative, Humanistic therapist, but also draw on other theoretical approaches to support my clients. My belief is that everyone has a voice that needs to be heard. My aim as a counsellor is to facilitate a healing, therapeutic space, where the client is the most important person in the room. " Before every session, I take a moment to remember humanity, There is no experience that this person has that I cannot share with him, No fear, that I cannot understand, No suffering that I cannot care about, Because I too am human" - ( Carl Rogers)
Hello, my name is Paul Huggard. I am a student member of the Aspen Counselling team. I hold a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am currently studying towards a Masters in Psychotherapy. I am situated in the Lucan branch of Aspen, working with adults. Issues I work through include stress, anxiety, depression, loss and grief. My approach is an integrative one, based on a person centred and humanistic foundation. My aim is to create, along with the client, a safe therapeutic space in which the client is heard and valued, allowing for the opportunity to move forward in relation to the challenges they are currently experiencing.
Samantha is currently a 3rd year student of PCI College studying towards a Bsc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Samantha's approach is humanistic and integrative which is flexible to meet the individual needs of her clients. She places strong emphasis on forming a therapeutic relationship with her clients through non-judgement and strict confidentiality.
Christine is on clinical placement with ASPEN since august 2019 and is currently working towards a BA Honours in counselling and psychotherapy with ICHAS (Irish college of humanities & applied science). Offering warmth, openness and genuineness, Christine aims to build a trusting and safe space for individuals to explore their issues and concerns, were you can be yourself and express yourself freely without judgment. She works with an array of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and stress related issues. The style of therapy provided is integrative, which consists of humanistic, person centred and CBT, ultimately depending on what suits best for the client and their presenting issues.
Hello, my name is Ciaran Burke. I am a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a student member of the association of professional counsellors & psychotherapists in Ireland (APCP). I hold an honours bachelors degree in psychology and I am currently studying towards my masters in counselling & psychotherapy. I have been at Aspen counselling service for one year and I have a background in youth & community work where I have worked with a variety of people across diverse backgrounds. In practice, I favour something called an integrative approach. combining methods of behavioural therapies with humanistic approaches. By using such approaches I attempt to build a therapeutic relationship with whoever attends sessions with me. My style helps me adapt to and work in different ways with different clients with a style tailored to their specific needs. It is my guiding belief that talking helps. I aim to try to provide a space to encourage clients to express their thoughts and feelings honestly and freely without worry or judgement. I work with a variety of presenting issues including but not limited to: Anxiety, Bereavement, Addiction, Self-esteem, Trauma, Relationship issues and more.
Matthew has been working with Aspen since July 2019. He is currently in his final year of the BA in Counselling & Psychotherapy at PCI College Dublin. As a keen sports enthusiast, he sees a lot of similarities between life and sport. 'Sometimes we learn more from the pain of defeat than we do our winnings'. Given this, he aims to collaborate with clients in the hope of instilling greater self-awareness so that presenting issues can be seen through a new lens. As an integrative therapist, he is mindful that each client and situation is different. Hence, he prefers to implement an array of therapies from Humanistic, CBT and Psychodynamic schools of teaching. Finally, Matthew provides a relaxed, warm and supportive atmosphere while gently challenging clients to become their best selves.
You want to feel heard, listened to and understood. What you have to say is important and how you feel matters. Everyone goes through difficult situations ‐ at home, at work, with friends and neighbours. It's stressful and upsetting. You want calm and relief, an atmosphere of respect and trust. You want this resolved. My background is in HR where I have worked for over 20 years managing conflicts arising from different viewpoints, opinions, agendas and priorities. Mediation creates a safe space where you can speak openly and honestly. Where you can voice your concerns, consider options, create choices and focus on solutions. As a mediator my role is to help conflicting parties identify their issues and needs and explore how those needs can be addressed. I facilitate a conversation that assists parties toward conciliation, negotiation and agreement. As a certified mediator, I am a member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland (www.themii.ie) and adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Practice.
Michele has been with Aspen Counselling Services since 2018. She brings over 15 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Payroll and Accounting from her time in Trinity College, Dublin. After taking a number of years off to care for her family, she joined Aspen as a volunteer reception and then came on board as our Office Manager in January 2020. Michele looks after the day to day operations of Aspen, which includes ensuing our therapists are looked after and scheduling of appointments. She also assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, training and fundraising. Her primary goal is to keep our service running smoothly and to ensure that our clients are looked after in a confidential and sensitive manner.