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 Addiction Counsellor

Margaret has numerous years’ experience as a professional counsellor 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. Margaret actively listens to her clients’ concerns in order to help them move towards a deeper understanding of themselves and their struggles, which enables them to become more confident in making positive choices in their lives.
Margaret also encourages her clients to be honest with themselves about their issues but stresses that this can only be done in a “safe, warm and confidential environment”
Margaret’s distinctive qualities include effective communication skills, acceptance, compassion, kindness, empathy and relationship-building which enables positive growth for her clients through self-awareness and responsibility.

Aoife Merrins

Aoife Merrins

Office Manager

Aoife holds a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently completing her BA(HONS) Level 8 in same. She 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.

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James Dune

Trainee Therapist

James is in his final year of 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.


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.

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. 

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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