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The Training Team

We believe our training team is amongst the strongest in Ireland. The training team has currently 8 trainers who meet approximately once a month. Three of these are IACP Primary trainers.In addition to the training team there are also four trainers who deliver some training components to students on Foundation, Diploma and Degree programmes.

KarensKaren Walsh – Head of Training & Core Trainer

M.Sc. Psychotherapy, B.A.(Hons) Applied Psychology, Diploma in Counselling, M.I.A.C.P.

Karen Walsh began her studies with an Honours Degree in Applied Psychology. She followed this with a Diploma in 1990 and later completed a Masters in Psychotherapy in London (Metanoia & Middlesex University). She worked in private practice and consultancy until 1998.  In 1999 she was employed as a fulltime trainer and practitioner with Cork Counselling Services and in 2002 she was appointed Director of Training. She continues to work with a number of clients. She is particularly interested in attachment studies and in legal issues and professional complaints in psychotherapy. She is an accredited member of IACP and is also an accredited supervisor. She has recently been appointed as a member of the National Course Recognition Committee of the IACP.




LaurasLaura Maybury – Core Trainer

M.A. Counselling Psychology, B.A. (Hons) Psychology, Reg. Psychol. Ps.S.I., M.I.A.C.P.

Laura Maybury is a Registered Psychologist and Accredited Counsellor.  She holds a first class Masters in Counselling Psychology and a first class honours Degree in Psychology.  Laura apprenticed as a counselling trainer and was awarded a Certificate in Counselling Training.  She is currently an IACP Core Trainer on the Diploma in Counselling and a Programme Leader on the BSc programme.  Laura has been involved in a number of research projects and was awarded the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Counselling Psychology Research Bursary in 2007.  She worked as assistant course director, lecturer, and facilitator on the Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling in UCC before joining The Counselling Centre in 2007.  Laura has experience of counselling clients ranging in age from 5 to 95 and has a particular interest in attachment and relational development.  In 2012 she was appointed Head of Clinical Practice at The Counselling Centre. She is also an accredited supervisor.


DebyDebbie Hegarty – Core Trainer

M.A.(Hons) Integrative Psychotherapy, B.A.(Hons) Psychotherapy & Counselling, B.Soc.Sc.(Hons), Diploma  Awareness Therapy, Certificate Reality Therapy, Accredited Family Mediator. M.I.A.H.I.P.

Debbie Hegarty recently held the position of Chairperson of IAHIP (Irish Association Of Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy) and is a former Clinic Manager at the Hazelton Clinic, Cork. She also served on the Board of Management in SHEP (Social & Health Education Project, Cork. Her background is in Adult Mental Health Services. Debbie apprenticed as a counselling trainer and was awarded a Certificate in Counselling Training. She is a Core Trainer and member of the Clinical Team with Cork Counselling Services. She has been providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups since 2005. Debbie worked for the National Counselling Services for many years. Debbie has a particular interest in Relational Psychotherapy and has specialised training in working with Trauma both Single Incident and Complex, and Dissociation.



JosephsJoseph Enright – Trainer

Diploma Counselling

Joseph Enright qualified with a Diploma in Counselling from Cork Counselling Services in February 2011 and has worked as part of the Clinical Team here since then. He has completed his training as a Counsellor Trainer in Cork Counselling Services. Joseph is also involved in fundraising within the organisation. Joseph has trained on both Foundation and Diploma level courses and mentored students. He is currently Clinical Lead in The Centre. Joseph interviewed Professor Mick Cooper (University Of Roehampton) at the 2017 Friend Not Foe research conference. Joseph has a background in Hotel Management prior to counselling.



KatesDr Catharine (Kate) Rose Kirk – Associate Trainer

Ph.D., M.A. Counselling Studies, Diploma Psychodrama Psychotherapy, Diploma Integrative Child Psychotherapy, R.G.N., R.M., R.H.V.

Kate is an experienced psychodrama psychotherapist, trainer and researcher, who has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She currently works in Child & Adolescent Mental Health as psychodramatist psychotherapist.  Areas of training experience include: counselling skills and counsellor training, skills for core groups in child protection, critical incident debriefing and post-traumatic stress, clinical and case supervision skills, working with dying, bereaved or sexually abused clients, psychodrama, bereavement and loss.  She has been an External Examiner to The Counselling Centre. Areas of research experience include both psychodrama and sexual abuse. She is a qualified Supervisor.




Verniece O’Sullivan – Apprentice Trainer 

B.Sc(Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Verniece O ‘Sullivan completed her diploma in counselling with Cork Counselling Services in 2014.   The following October Verniece went on to complete her B.Sc. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy on a full-time basis with Cork Counselling Centre and Coventry University and graduated in 2016 with a first class honours.  Verniece is currently an apprentice trainer on the Diploma in Counselling programme and she is also a member of the core clinical team.  She has a background in business management and the commercial sector.  Verniece has a keen interest in relational development and in research. Verniece also provides academic support for students on the B.Sc. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy programme.



RosesRose CrowleyApprentice Trainer

M.A.(Hons) Integrative Psychotherapy, B.A. Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Rose Crowley has worked for many years as a group facilitator and in recent years as a trainer with the Social and Health Education Project and the Cork Counselling Centre.   She has a special interest in trauma  and has trained in Mindfulness-based Somatic Experiencing and in EMDR therapy.  She is accredited with I.A.C.P since 2005. She works part-time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in General Practice. Rose works as a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice. Rose also facilitates community courses on Health and Empowerment for older adults, Family Communications , Effective Communication for Better Relationship, Personal Development and Grief Loss and Change



HughsHugh Morley Apprentice Trainer

M.Sc (HRM), B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Hugh Morley completed his Diploma in Counselling with Cork Counselling Services in 2011 and has completed his B.A. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with IICP in Dublin in 2017 with first class honours. Hugh is currently an apprentice trainer on the Diploma in Counselling programme and he is also a member of the core clinical team. He has a background in HR Management with Marymount Hospice and is a qualified mediator. He is a member of the editorial team for the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.



PhilippaJPGPhilippa McInerney – Associate Trainer

B.Soc.Sc, CQSW Diploma Social Work, M.Sc. Integrative Psychotherapy

Philippa has worked in private practice since 1990 as a psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor and trainer. She works with children and adults, both individually and in groups. She was based in Ireland until January 2005 when she moved to North London, where she now has a private practice. She is a part-time tutor and viva examiner on the Integrative Psychotherapy MSc course at Metanoia Institute in London. She is particularly interested in working with trauma and currently works with an international aid agency as a therapist and trainer. She has also trained in creative therapies, particularly psychodrama and sand tray therapy, and incorporates these into her work. She is involved with the Centre as an associate trainer.