IMG_2763Welcome to my website.  Here is some information about me and my work.

I started my career as founder and director of” Sonas” Montessori School Mullingar, moving then to teaching at primary level in learning support and resource. I advanced my training by qualifying with a BA Humanities (1st hons) from NUIM with a major in Psychology and Minor in English Literature and followed this with a Dip. Play Therapy and specialised in Sensory Attachment Intervention Counselling and Parent Mentoring. More recently I qualified with a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and I am a tutor with UCC.  I established the Midland Parenting and Child Therapy Centre in 2007 where I now practise as a Parent Mentor and Child and Adolescent Therapist and as a Practitioner in Sensory Attachment Intervention supporting the relationship between parents and children whether biological, adoptive or foster parents. I work with individuals, parent and child engagement, and families, helping to create family wellbeing and a secure base where healing takes place. I also offer training, workshops and seminars to teachers, child care workers, social workers, family support workers, and all professionals working with children and families.

Further Training to date:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention
  • Attachment and Psychopathology DMM (Patricia Crittenden).
  • Sand play Therapy. Rocky Mountain Institute
  • CHippa Child Assessment Through Play (Karen Stagnetti).
  • Responding Therapeutically to Child Sexual Abuse. (Eileen Prendiville).
  • SEe FaR CBT. Beyond Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. New protocol for treatment of anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). (Mooli Lahad).

I am a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, British Psychological Society, Teaching Council of Ireland, Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy and I am a founder member of the Irish Association of Relationship Mentors and Parent Matters.

Code of Ethics

I uphold the code of ethics of the above associations and I undertake extensive training, and shared vision which ensures a safe, unconditional holding for all individuals with whom I have a therapeutic relationship.”Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
— John Cotton Dana

Last but certainly not least, my role as a mother and as a Nan to my little grandsons has greatly influenced and enhanced my career.

Schools where I have given talks and workshops for students, parents and teachers and I have done consultation work for individual children:

  • St. Colman’s School, Bellview, Mullingar
  • Scoil An Linbh Iosa, Prosperous. Co. Kildare
  • Loreto College, Mullingar
  • Daingean National School. Co Offaly
  • Mullingar Community College
  • Rochfortbridge Secondary School
  • St. Tola’s NS. Delvin
  • Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan
  • St. Cremin’s NS. Multyfarnham
  • Scoil Chlochair NS.  Kilbeggan
  • Scoil Bhride NS. Clara. Co Offaly

Agencies who have engaged my support: Tusla, Towards Healing, MSD

Thank you for taking the time to read through this.  If you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact me.