Conselling and Psychotherapy Services  - For all your Counselling needs


Upcoming Workshops:-   AUTUMN WORKSHOPS


Exploring meditation:

A well-being boost

From October 20th, join us in a 6 week exploration of meditative forms designed to reduce physical stress and boost well-being.

We introduce you to a number of meditative practices to help you discover what works best for you.

Featuring meditative approaches including progressive muscular relaxation and guided imagery, as well as the use of affirmations, somatic work and mindfulness.

At: The Counselling Centre Maynooth

Fridays: From 10.30 – 11.45am

Duration: 75 mins


Joanne Kavanagh, MAICP, MPTIrl

Caroline Pedley, MIACP

Dermot Coonan, Reg. Psychol. PSI

Group size : ( Up to 8 people)


€20 per session or €100 in advance

Reduced rate available for OAP, Unemployed, Student

For more details contact Dermot 087 6565687


Workshop 1 Introduction to 4 Therapeutic Holistic Treatments: 

Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage & Swedish Massage

  • Have you ever thought of having a holistic treatment but are unsure which one to choose?

  • Do you feel stressed and are considering having a relaxing treatment yet unsure which one would suit best?
  • Have you or are you considering training as a complementary holistic therapist and would like to experience several therapies and get a flavour of what suits you and what’s involved? 

   If you answered yes to any of the above then this workshop is definitely a step in the right direction for you.

     To book your place on this workshop please ask at reception or contact Joan for more details. Tel: 087 4542850

One day workshops 
Sundays 10am - 4pm 
Investment €80
Small groups 8 - 10 max
Deposit €20 secures your place

Certificate of attendance & continuous personal development (CPD) points awarded
Workshops are also available for groups upon request and can be therapeutically designed to suit your groups interests and needs. Discounts available for voluntary and charitable organisations

Call Joan Hunt MIACP for more details Tel: 087 4542850


Contact Dermot 085 812 5858

Meditation towards Well-being

Life today can be frantic. It is like we all live in a noisy metropolis where we are expected to multitask through so many demands, racing from home life to work obligations to social contacts and back again. Crammed with expectations of ourselves and the needs of people around us, on the same trains of thought, going along the same tracks, everyday.

Our routine journeys, routine relationship patterns, routine thought patterns become more and more fixed like train tracks.

We forget that there was ever any other ways to travel, any other ways of doing things. When we are in the thick of it, how can we see past it? How can we imagine life being any other way? It is as if our routine train tracks were a part of nature rather than made by us.

Meditation offers other perspectives..

It can be a helicopter that can lift you up out of the rush of everyday life, to allow perspective. It allows you to contemplate, to take it all in, how life is and how it might be.

Meditation can be a walk through alternative routes for everyday life, a chance to slow down and see new opportunities. Meditation takes many forms, allowing us to find new perspective on our experiences.

Whether you are a beginner or have a daily meditative routine, I’d like to offer you the opportunity to explore new perspectives on modern therapeutic approaches as well as many age-old meditative practices.

I’ve found meditation and contemplation very useful over the past 15 years of my work as a counselling psychologist and would like to share my experience with more people. I will be running small groups on meditation, you are very welcome to join me, I can’t promise helicopter rides but I’m sure it will be an interesting adventure!

Dermot Coonan, Counselling Psychologist

Counselling Centre Maynooth 085 812 5858



Mixed media painting and collage, celebrating what is wonderful about you.

Honouring the very best qualities in you, or those qualities you would like to embrace, celebrating what/who is special in your life.

A totally relaxing and affirming morning and a unique piece of art to bring home at the end of the session. Come join Artist Aisling Kiernan and allow yourself the gift of expressing through the medium of art.

 The Counselling Centre Maynooth, Glenroyal Shopping Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Cost of €45 includes all materials and homemade cake!

To avoid disappointment, book early as places are very limited.

Phone Aisling on 087 9287692 for more information.

Further details/photos on Aisling Kiernan Art/


Weight Loss Made Easy.

Life Change Therapy in Ireland are focusing on emotional eating. 

Lose weight the easy way. By working on your emotional relationship with food, you change the way you eat forever. That's the therapeutic part. For those of you who are familiar with Life Change Therapy and our very successful model, you will know that this is just the beginning

Living The Life You Were Born To Live. 

Imagine how it would feel to get up in the morning and feel very excited about how you are going to spend the day. Many of us experience this when on holidays. But this is how we should be feeling for most of the time.  We have put together an experiential workshop to help you live the life your were born to live, every day.  Unlock your dreams, find your path, follow your passion...........LIFE CHANGE THERAPY

Unlocking Your Creative Self Through Art Therapy.

Inside each and every one of us is a passionate creative person that we may or may not know well.  Reawaken this amazing part of yourself through the medium of art. This is not about being good at art but using art to help to awaken the inner Goddess/God.

Parenting And Teens - The Minefield Of Parenting Teenagers. One to one sessions.

User friendly tools and techniques to stay on top of issues particular to teenagers.

- Effective Communication

- What are the goals of teen   misbehaviour

-The dangers teenagers face and best   practice regarding safety

-The Internet and social media.

-Things to watch out for

-Common problems teens face.

We also run programmes for groups and can tailor this to any particular group of parents.



Suicidal Ideation And Self Harm - A Guide For Parents.

Here at the counselling centre, this is one of the most sought after programmes as so many children either know of someone who is or was suicidal. 

Self Harm is now in every school and nearly every child over the age of 10 knows what this is.  Parents are the guardians, the gatekeepers. 

Knowledge is power. There is a right and a wrong response to self harm and suicidal ideation. We have been working for many years with young people and their families experiencing crisis or coming through the loss of a friend or family member through tragic circumstances. Whats included:-

-Signs to watch out for

-How to mind your child in the  aftermath of a tragedy

-What to do if your child is in crisis

-How to respond to self harm

-Boundaries and confidentiality

-Internet safety

-Containment and exposure


Weight Loss Made Easy    The Programme.

Life Change Therapy in Ireland are running one to one sessions  in our Maynooth Centre focusing on emotional eating. 

Lose weight the easy way. By working on your emotional relationship with food, you change the way you eat forever. That's the therapeutic part. For those of you who are familiar with Life Change Therapy and our very successful model, you will know that this is just the beginning. 

As licensed Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists, we have developed a programme that is not like anything else on the market. This programme takes the best of traditional Hypnotherapy techniques and intertwines them with the most effective Motivational Behavioural Therapeutic interventions to transform your relationship with food and your body for good.

Also included in this programme are energy healing exercises to enhance the effectiveness of this programme each time you listen to the CDs.
Learn how to reconnect in a holistic way with the body wisdom that you were born with.

As you reverse negative thoughts and behaviours, you will re-frame your conscious and subconscious responses to reawaken your natural eating wisdom and be automatically drawn to take regular exercise.

Come join us on a weight loss journey that is both rewarding and fun. Limited Places available 

Interested and want to know more? Contact me at 089 203 7524 or email