Our Counsellors & Team
Aspen Counselling Director
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 40 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)
Linda is Director, Supervisor and Psychotherapist - MIACP SIACP, WGII
Our Wider Team
From 1986 – 1997 Olive delivered a programme for people who experienced
divorce, separation or the death of a spouse. She acted as group work facilitator
and co-ordinator of weekly sessions and weekends. She also trained adults to
facilitate on this programme.
In 1996 Olive brought a Young Adult programme from the US to Ireland. This
was a programme for young adults who had experienced parental separation,
divorce or death. Olive got the programme up and running in Ireland, co-
ordinated team training, and was involved in training both young adults and
adults to work with the programme as facilitators.
Olive completed a two year training course in psychosynthesis in Eckhart
House. She also completed a three-year Professional training course in
Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Tivoli Institute, an Intensive Diploma
course in Gestalt Therapy at the Dublin Institute of Gestalt Therapy and a two
year Gestalt Supervision course in the same Institute.
She completed a one year training programme in assessing and treating sexual
offenders, (J Sullivan, Lucy Faithful Foundation, UK).
She received training from the Lucy Faithful Foundation and served as a
Member of a Circle of Support and Accountability for men who had completed
a treatment programme for sexual offending against children. She served as a
member of the Dominican Order’s Advisory Panel on Child Sexual Abuse and
was available in a consultative capacity to support adult victims of clerical child
sexual abuse. She also attended weekends in the Granada Institute and
subsequently worked individually with some clients before they entered into
Olive served on the Governing Body of IAHIP, was Honorary Secretary for two
years, acting Chair for 6 months and served as Chair of the Governing Body for
2 years. She also worked on the Complaints Committee and the Accreditation
Committee of IAHIP.
Olive has been working as a psychotherapist in private practice since 2001 and
as a supervisor since 2006. She worked as a senior trainer and tutor on the MSc
in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy delivered at Turning Point
Institute and validated and awarded by UCC from 2008 to 2018.
Professional Memberships: MIAHIP, Reg, ICP, MIACP, MEAIP
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 ensuring 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.