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The Training Team

We believe our training team is amongst the strongest in Ireland. We currently have currently 7 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. Karen 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.

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 Cork Counselling Services 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. 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.

Dr. Kate Kirk 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.

Tim Murphy Trainer

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

Tim Murphy has over fifteen years of therapeutic experience working in both private practice and the clinical setting with individuals and couples. His background involved working socially in the community and in the hospital environment in Ireland and the U.K. Tim has trained in Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy, and also in EMDR for the treatment of trauma and dissociation. He started working with the Cork Counselling Services in October 2017.

Kerry Dineen – Trainer 

M.A. (Hons) Integrative Psychotherapy, B.A. (Hons) Psychotherapy & Counselling, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology. M.I.A.H.I.P.

Kerry Dineen has recently joined the team. She has worked in the area of addiction and mental health. Kerry has trained in Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy, and also in EMDR for the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Her main interest is in the related fields of Attachment, Neuroscience and Trauma and she is passionate about how research from these areas can be integrated into the work of psychotherapists.