Core Counselling & Therapy

Our Therapists

Mary Shannon

Mary trained with the Tivoli Institute, achieving a Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, and as a Creative /Expressive Therapist with a Masters from NUI Maynooth.

She works in the traditional ways that you might expect from a counsellor / psychotherapist, providing a safe, calm and non-judgemental space where, in confidence, you can explore freely what is troubling you.

Mary works with adult clients to help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they are in the world and in relationships. She believes that understanding ourselves and our triggers is key to building resilience and supporting us to choose options and responses that are helpful for us.

Using IFS is one way in which Mary helps clients to explore their own inner “parts” to gain understanding of themselves, get perspective on difficult emotions and responses, understand conflicts and ultimately develop a strong sense of self, and self- compassion. (IFS is very powerful therapy called Internal Family Systems which is actually about our own inner world, and allows exploration of our different parts – our internal family)

She also offers creative options such as sand tray and images. These creative options can work on a very deep level, and at the same time, they help clients express difficult issues and situations, in a gentle way.

Mary is experienced in working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, loss, relationships, fear and depression. She has also worked widely in the areas of trauma, abuse, suicide and sexuality.

She has completed post-graduate certificates in Gestalt, The Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, and also Body Psychotherapy, which allows her to bring a deeper awareness of the body into the therapy — the interconnectedness between it, and our emotions, thoughts and feelings The awareness can be used to help process and regulate difficult emotions. This, along with mindfulness, can be very helpful for clients, particularly in managing stressful situations.

Mary is fully accredited by the IACP and ICP, working to their codes of ethics. She has regular supervision to ensure that professional and ethical standards are being maintained, and she engages in on-going CPD in the area of psychotherapy.

MA Integrative & Humanistic Psychotherapy
Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Integrative Body Psychotherapy
Certificate in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Play Therapy
MA Dramatherapy
Certificate in Gestalt Therapy
Certificate in Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
Certified EMDR Therapist (level 3)

(085) 192 3528
Core Counselling & Therapy, Strand House, Unit 3, South Strand, Skerries, Co. Dublin, K34 RD74