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


Ciarán Carey
Addiction Counsellor

Ciaran holds a BA(HONS) in Counselling and Addiction Studies and a Diploma in Counselling and is a member of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland
Ciarán is a skilled qualified Addiction and General Counsellor applying an integrative approach. Having vast knowledge and extensive experience in Private Practice and Residential Addiction Centers.
Ciarán works with Individuals, Couples and Groups and also has facilitated Aftercare, Relapse Prevention and Family Support Groups working therapeutically with clients by reconnecting with past/present occurrences where clients can explore their feelings, thoughts and experiences for Addictions, Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Bereavement and personal issues to obtain growth from life’s encounters.
Ciarán has resilient interactive skills; congruent, empathetic listener, trustworthy and supportive; displaying motivation to aid clients develop abilities, undertake personal development, and empower self-discovery in progressive paths.

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.


Ann Reidy

Trainee Therapist

Ann is a Trainee Therapist currently completing her BA (level 7) in Counselling and Addiction studies. She has completed over two years of study and will bring her counselling theory, ethical frameworks and humanistic values into her therapy practice.
Ann is an Integrative Counsellor with experience of working with teens and adults. She works with individuals whose lives have been affected by traumatic events, addiction, bereavement, poor self-image, anorexia, bulimia, depression and anxiety. Helping individuals find the power within themselves to better manage life’s challenges, through exploring past experiences and core belief systems, while empowering, guiding and supporting each individual throughout the therapeutic process.


Celia Brett

Trainee Therapist

Celia is a Trainee Therapist currently completing her BA (level 7) in Counselling and Addiction studies.
Celia has many years of experience working with individuals affecting by addiction and personal struggles both in addiction treatment facilities and outpatient environments. This has included addiction, mental health, family relationships and continuing aftercare programmes.
Celia’s certificates include, but are not limited to, Group Facilitation, Meditation, Motivational Interviewing Training, Clinical Risk Management and Client Safety, Suicide Prevention, Personal Development Planning and Anxiety/ Stress/ Grief/Loss and Relaxation Techniques. Celia has strong interpersonal skills; is empathetic, trustworthy and motivated in helping her clients grow in positive directions.

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.

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. 

Ali Burnard

Ali Burnard


Ali a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist from the respected Gestalt Institute of Ireland.
She is 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 and without judgement, new choices arise and the way becomes clear.

Ali is particularly passionate about working outdoors in Nature and has witnessed, since continuing to work outdoors during the lockdown, the powerful, beneficial effects of this.
She is based in the beautiful surrounds of East Clare and is open to working with adults indoors and out, according to each client's preference.

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.