our therapists


Maria Stack
Clinical Director

Maria is a Qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist with an MA(Hons), BA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling and Addiction Studies from Galilee House of Studies and is a Fully Accredited member of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI).
Maria is a Humanistic Therapist and regards Carl Rogers core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard as essential elements in building a therapeutic alliance. Maria has many years of experience working with adults (individually and in groups) struggling with Substance Abuse, Addiction, Trauma, Grief and loss, Depression and Relationships. She advocates Harm Reduction Therapies when appropriate for the client.
Maria has strong interpersonal skills; is empathetic, non-judgmental and inspired to help her clients grow through developing skills, encouraging personal growth and enabling self-motivation. Maria also sees clients, for in person therapy, at her Charleville, Co.Cork location

Margaret Cadogan

Margaret Cadogan

Senior Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Margaret has numerous years’ experience as a professional counsellor/psychotherapist both in private practice and within residential treatment facilities. She is a fully accredited member of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI). Over the years she engaged with issues relating to addiction, domestic abuse and support for families of individuals experiencing addiction.
Additionally, Margarete has extensive experience working with adults (individually and in groups) struggling with Trauma, Abuse, Grief and loss, Depression, Anxiety and Relationships. She advocates Harm Reduction Therapies when appropriate for the client. Margaret actively listens to her clients’ concerns and encourages self-awareness within a “safe, warm and confidential environment”
Margaret’s distinctive qualities include effective communication skills, acceptance, compassion, kindness, empathy and relationship-building.

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James Dune

Qualified Counsellor

James holds a Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy, having previously completed his BA in Social Care. James is very open and compassionate, together with a varied work background, which provides him the flexibility and maturity to work with clients in an open, non-judgemental environment. James brings his counselling theory, ethical frameworks, and humanistic values into the therapy space.

James enjoys helping individuals find the power within themselves to better manage life’s challenges, while empowering, guiding and supporting each individual throughout the therapeutic process.

James’ approach is grounded in a person-centred and humanistic approach while integrating techniques from solution focused therapy and CBT.

Donna O’Donovan

Donna O’Donovan

Qualified Counsellor

Donna is a qualified, pre-accredited Counsellor who holds a BA Honours degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Donna is a compassionate therapist who believes that with a willingness and openness to change, each individual can heal and move forward from difficulties and obstacles they have encountered throughout their life.
Donna’s goal as a therapist is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and supportive space for her clients to engage in self-exploration. This environment assists the client to gain more insight into themselves and their current struggles and issues
As an Integrative therapist, Donna employs several theories to help meet the needs of her clients, including a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic & Integrative Therapy. Donna has experience working with clients in many different settings and within a variety of areas including addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, anger issues, relationships issues, low confidence/self-esteem.


Emma Smith

Qualified Counsellor

Emma is a qualified counsellor with a BSc in Humanistic Counselling, in addition to completing her BA in Applied Social Studies. She is a pre-accredited member of the BACP and is currently working towards full accreditation. Emma has worked in psychiatric services as well as providing individual counselling support. She has valuable experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger issues, self-harm, loss, self-esteem issues and trauma.
Emma offers a non-judgmental and accepting space to help gain insight and clarity into your experiences and support you through challenging emotions. She values the importance of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence in creating the foundation upon which to build a trusting therapeutic relationship. 

Joe Hargrow

Joe Hargrow

Qualified Counsellor

Joe holds a Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy having previously obtaining a BA in Education. Over the past ten years he has worked with people from many different backgrounds. He has coached and supported people with disabilities and helped them to realise their true potential. He has also worked in psychiatric units with people suffering from a wide variety of mental health / illness difficulties.
Joe is a very open, welcoming and non-judgemental person. He offers Zoom, Walk and Talk, One to One, Face to Face and Zoom counselling. He is very Humanistic, and Person Centred in his approach, but also incorporates CBT and solution focused therapy with his clients.
Joe sees clients for in person therapy at his Bulgaden/Kilmallock location.

If you would like to learn more about the full variety of counselling services available from Cúlra Counselling, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our members of staff, who will be more than happy to assist you with any queries you may have.

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