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


Yasmin Quinn

Qualified Counsellor

Yasmin is a qualified, pre-accredited counsellor who holds a BA (Level 7) in Counselling & Youth Studies and has just completed her BA Honours (Level 8) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Yasmin enjoys working with children as well as adults and believes that everyone should have a safe and healing space to work through life difficulties. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, loss, relationship concerns and other life experiences. 

Yasmin sees therapy as a collaborative process. Using an integrative approach, she strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, and create a new reality that is more fulfilling.

Aoife Merrins

Aoife Merrins

Trainee Therapist

Aoife is a third-year trainee psychotherapist (BA level 7) and has worked with the Rape Crises Network, the QPR Institute Suicide Prevention Program and Women’s Aid amongst others.

Empathy is often characterised as the capacity to see the world through the eyes of another. With the hand of familiarity Aoife is willing to share the benefit of her informed experience with any prospective client.

Given the wealth of her personal experience Aoife’s Humanistic Integrative approach relies heavily upon Transactional Analysis, CBT and Solution focused addiction therapy. By incorporating a safe environment, confidentiality and non-judgement as a solution-focused collaboration Aoife, concentrates the client’s capacity, for self-actualisation.

Joe Hargrow

Joe Hargrow

Trainee Therapist

Joe is a second-year trainee psychotherapist (Master’s level 9) and holds 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 walk and talk, one on one, face to face and zoom counselling. He is very Humanistic and person centered in his approach, but also incorporates CBT and solution focused therapy with his clients.

Joe sees clients for in person therapy at his Bulagen/kilmallock location.

Ali Burnard

Ali Burnard


Tel: 087-645-2227
Email: AlisonBurnard9@protonmail.com

Ali a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist from the respected Gestalt Institute of Ireland and accredited with I.A.H.I.P. She is also an experienced group facilitator of Meditation
and Mindfulness courses and workshops.
Ali’s background is varied and as such has a
wide scope of life experience to draw from when working to understand and support her clients. She believes when a client is supported with understanding, sensitivity and without judgement, new choices arise and the way
becomes clear.

She is available to work with adults one-one, face-to-face, on zoom or by phone on issues such as personal development; anxiety; trauma;
relationships; codependancy; Homophobia/LGBTQI+; depression; anger; life
transitions & spiritual matters (however it's defined).

Ali is also available to working outdoors in
Nature, drawing on the healing benefits of wild places. She is based in the beautiful surrounds of East Clare and is open to working according to each client's preference.

Kayleigh Hannon

Kayleigh Hannon

Kayleigh Hannon is a qualified social care worker who graduated from Limerick institute of Technology in 2017 with a BA (Hon) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She also holds a foundation diploma in Counselling and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at ICHAS in Limerick. She has many years’ experience working with teenagers and adults with mental health challenges in therapeutic settings.

Kayleigh is a humanistic therapist and uses a holistic approach, which assists her in adapting to each client’s individual needs. 

Sharon Manifold

Sharon Manifold
M.A., BA (HONS), BA, Dip.

As an established and accredited integrative therapist, Sharon primarily operates from a humanistic person-centred perspective, drawing heavily from modalities such as MCBT, CBT and family systems therapy as appropriate.

Having had several years’ experience of working with people of all ages and life stages in a variety of group and individual settings Sharon believes that psychoeducation can be key to promoting positive therapeutic relationships. Genuine and optimistic connections can promote positive mental health and form a pivotal role in my practice.
Sharon is happy to engage with adolescents/adults who may wish to work on issues including but not limited to: Addiction/Anxiety /Depression/Grief and loss/Menopause/Relationships/Stress Management/Trauma.

Shawn Jamieson

Shawn Jamieson

Senior Couples and Families Counsellor

Shawn’s passion is helping people overcome life’s challenges. He has spent the last two decades working within public and private health care systems as a nurse clinician and mental health nurse. He has also diligently worked with local communities volunteering his services for grassroots organizations and youth services. In doing so, he has been privileged to work with many patients from all “walks of life” and knows that peoples’ lives are uniquely their own.

Shawn holds a Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Masters of Nursing with specialization in Teaching.

His other training specializations includes the Gottman Institute that focuses in high-conflict and complex couples and families therapy, the QPR Institute that deals with trauma, in-crisis and suicide prevention, and is a BACP registered member.

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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