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Our Staff

We are very lucky to have an excellent, and stable, staff team. Here are some comments from various External Examiner Reports in relation to our staff:

The student group expressed their high satisfaction with the programme both from a teaching and organisational point of view. They further remarked on the excellent learning resources that are available to them.

External Examiner, regarding meeting with students, 2012

I have taken note of the Course Director’s management style which is inclusive and collaborative while at the same time providing clear leadership.

External Examiner, 2012

Again I was impressed by the collegiality, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the respect that the core staff members have for each other, their own work and last but not least the work with and by the students.

External Examiner, 2013

The students have excellent support from the team of tutors. This includes both the teaching and learning aspects of the programme as well as from the personal pastoral care aspect.

External Examiner, 2013

Eileen Prendiville E.C.P., S.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P., R.N.M.H., is CTC’s Director of Academic Affairs and a core trainer for the MA in Creative Psychotherapy and the Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy. Eileen has worked with children for over thirty-five years and now specialises in the field of play therapy and psychotherapy training. She presents regularly at international training events.  Eileen has trained and worked in the fields of pre-school education, intellectual disability and child psychiatry, she has particular expertise in working with issues of child sexual abuse with both child and adult clients.  Eileen holds qualifications in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Jungian Sand Play Therapy, Biodynamic Psychotherapy and Family Law. She was a founder member of the Children at Risk in Ireland Foundation and was their National Clinical Director until 2004. She is a psychotherapist, play therapist, supervisor, author, and teacher. She held the position of Chairperson of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy from 2012 – 2014. With Justine Howard, Eileen co-edited Play Therapy Today: Contemporary practice with individuals, groups, and carers published by Routledge (2014), and contributed a chapter to this book. She also contributed a chapter on ‘Abreaction’ in the 2nd edition (2014) of Dr Charles Schaefer’s seminal text, ‘The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change’ co-authored with Dr Athena Drewes. She has another chapter (Healing Children Affected by Sexual Abuse: The Therapeutic Touchstone) in ‘Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten‘. She has recently had 3 further chapters published and her second book, Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice, was published in 2016. She is now working on her 3rd book: Clinical Applications of the Therapeutic Powers of Play.

Siobhán Prendiville M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P., B.Ed, M.Ed., MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, play therapist, clinical supervisor, author, presenter, and trainer. Siobhán is MA course leader on the MA Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic & Integrative Modality) at the Children’s Therapy Centre. She also maintains a private child and adolescent psychotherapy and play therapy practice.

Siobhán’s original background is in primary school teaching. She has taught widely in a number of institutions in Ireland and has been involved in training teachers in pilot programmes to influence the teaching methodologies utilized. After having spent over ten years in the classroom Siobhán decided to focus on her therapy and training work. In addition to teaching on our Masters Programme, Siobhán also designs and facilitates a range of our short courses and teaches on our QQI Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Limerck. Siobhán travels and presents internationally and has a keen interest in writing. She contributed a chapter on ‘Accelerated Psychological Development’ in the 2nd edition (2014) of Dr Charles Schaefer’s seminal text, ‘The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change’ co-authored with Dr Athena Drewes.  She has also written about the use of puppets in therapy and education settings in Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers and also Puppet Play Therapy: A Practical Guidebook. She has also contributed a chapter on Sensory Play in Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurodevelopment to play and expressive arts-based practice. She is currently working on 3 further chapters.

Anne Brennan MA, H Dip, PGDHE, S.I.A.H.I.P,  S.I.A.P.T.P, S.I.A.C.P, M.T.C.I., has an impressive background in teaching and psychotherapy.  She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years, handling a wide range of client issues for people of all ages.   She is a qualified therapeutic supervisor, having training in the field of Creative Supervision. Anne is a gifted trainer of counsellors, psychotherapists, and play therapists with a particular expertise in experiential learning approaches.   She is also active as a trainer in the field of adult education, training people entering the therapeutic field and the fields of human care, especially childcare and special needs.  Anne has devised and delivered her own courses and courses for a range of statutory education bodies.  She has a part-time therapeutic practice and trains for a range of bodies including CTC and Northside Counselling Services Ltd.  She is committed to excellence in delivering training to adults. Anne teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 courses in Dublin. Anne is also a CTC supervisor.

Majella Ryan M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.C.P is a very experienced child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and utilises play therapy in her work with children. She has a strong interest in supporting healthy attachments and in how we as therapists use ourselves to form a therapeutic alliance with children and families. She specialises in working creatively with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, a family therapy service and in CARI for 20 years, where she held various positions including Head of Therapy and National Clinical Director. Majella is a supervisor for play therapists, creative arts therapists, and child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapists as well as social workers and social care workers. She consults and provides training to organisations who work therapeutically with children and families. She has presented on many topics related to Child Psychotherapy both in Ireland and UK. Majella is course leader on our Diploma in Creative Supervision, teaches on our MA Programme and our QQI Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Limerick. Majella also facilitates group process at CTC and works as a CTC supervisor.


Maggie Fearn MA DATP; BAPT: MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, has been a play practitioner for more than 30 years, gaining her first MA (Developmental and Therapeutic Play) at Swansea University in 2009, and she has been a Forest School practitioner since 2001. Maggie is a senior lecturer in the University of South Wales. She is a practitioner of Body & Earth experiential anatomy and authentic movement, investigating strategies for supporting developmental movement and sensory awareness during outdoor play. Maggie completed her training as a play therapist with the Children’s Therapy Centre, Ireland. She facilitates wild play, Forest School, and play therapy with children and their families in Wales, and she trains adults in developmental and therapeutic play. She has many published articles and book chapters, and a particular interest in neurobiology and the therapeutic use of movement and the outdoors in play therapy. Maggie is a wonderful addition to our staff team, she teaches on our MA, and is a fantastic dissertation supervisor for our 4th year MA students.

Carol Duffy S.I.A.H.I.P, S.I.A.P.T.P has a BSc Hons in Social Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ulster. She also has a Diploma in Area Studies from the College of St. Elizabeth, NJ. She has a professional postgraduate training in child psychotherapy and play therapy and a diploma in creative supervision. Carol is accredited with IAPTP and IAHIP. Carol has been working with children for over fourteen years now and is employed by TUSLA as a senior play therapist.

Carol works with children and young people of all ages and a considerable amount of her practice involves working with siblings and families of children who have been received into care. She draws from a humanistic and integrative point of view with a strong emphasis on an attachment perspective. Her practice incorporates offering a substantial amount of support to the family and care systems of her primary clients. It also entails a sensory integration element. Carol has significant experience of working with children in care and with children who have survived various levels of neglect and who have experienced child abuse. She is a strong believer in empowering the voice of children. She also works in private practice as a supervisor. Carol is a core trainer on our MA programme.

Dr Rachel Hoare BSc (Hons) Psychology: Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Needs Assessment: PhD in Sociolinguistics; MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy (CTC) and PG Certs in CBT (TCD) and systemic psychotherapy (Clanwilliam Institute). Rachel has been a lecturer in Trinity College, Dublin for the past 22 years. She also has a private child and adolescent psychotherapy and play therapy practice where she specialises in working with young people from a refugee background, including unaccompanied minors in the care of Tusla. Rachel is highly experienced in supervising research and enjoys guiding CTC students through the research process. She has also supervised PhD students in Trinity College. Her own research focuses on issues of identity and well-being of migrant and refugee children. Rachel teaches some of our research modules and is a dissertation supervisor for our 4th year MA students.

Monique McEvoy M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P. Monique has an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy with a specialisation in Play Therapy, BA in Dance Movement Therapy and a Diploma in Creative Supervision. Monique works as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist for The Children at Risk foundation (CARI), is founder of the Listening Tree Play Therapy Centre, and a Trainer for CTC, Children’s Therapy Centre. Monique has worked for over 25 years supporting children and families in community and residential settings. Monique has extensive experience working with children, young people and their families with complex trauma, social and emotional difficulties, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, communication disorders, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Monique teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate course in Mountmellick. Monique is also a CTC supervisor.

Cathy O’ Donoghue M.I.A.P.T.P, MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, B.Ed is an experienced and accredited psychotherapist with a specialisation in Play Therapy. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator and psychotherapist in a variety of settings. Cathy joined the therapeutic team of CARI in 2014 where she worked in a systemic manner with children, adolescents, parents and siblings providing specialised child centred psychotherapy and support to families who have been affected by CSA and with children who engage in harmful sexual behaviours. Cathy now (since early 2018) maintains a full-time, busy private practice, where she works with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, emotional regulation difficulties, developmental delays, learning and attentional difficulties, grief, parental separation, bullying and peer difficulties as well as more complex issues such as attachment difficulties and children who have experienced abuse and trauma. Cathy works from an integrative, person centred perspective and endeavours to build strong working relationships with parents/carers using creative approaches to empower parents towards greater awareness and presence in their parenting. Cathy is trained in Filial Therapy and Circle of Security Parent group facilitation. Cathy has also designed and delivered trainings and workshops for parents, teachers and other professionals on the power of play and unconditional positive regard when relating to and working with children. Cathy teaches on our MA Programme.

Laura Coleman S.I.A.H.I.P is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist working from an adolescent and child centred perspective. She is also involved in the training and supervision of youth workers, play therapists, and psychotherapists. She maintains a private psychotherapy and supervision practice and specialises in palliative care therapy services, play therapy, group work with adolescents, and with groups dealing with bereavement issues. Laura teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate course in Claremorris. Laura also facilitates some of our introductory workshops and CPD courses.

Bernadette Kenny studied under Lisa Ulman at Goldsmiths University in London to become a qualified Laban Movement, dance and drama specialist and educator. Bernadette holds a 4-year qualification in the Feldenkrais Method® under Russell & Linda Delman in Marin County, California. She also qualified in The Embodied Life (a synthesis of the Feldenkrais Method, Zen meditation and Focusing) with Russell Delman in Switzerland. Bernadette studied under Anat Baniel in The Anat Baniel Method SM For Children in their professional training programme in Marin County and holds a qualification. Bernadette studied under Amy & Arny Mindell et al. in Process Oriented Psychology in Portland, Oregon & Dublin, and holds full certification. She is also a qualified play therapist and child psychotherapist.

Bernadette has synthesized her training and experience into a somatic therapy that addresses the whole self through integrating the perceived split of the body & mind. She uses deeply rooted mindfulness and body awareness to enhance the full potential of each person, regardless of perceived abilities or function. She invites the body, through awareness, to become the immensely powerful and intelligent ally it was meant to be. Bernadette facilitates group sessions at CTC and runs the Tara Healing Arts Therapy Centre in Ennis. She is CEO of the Bluebox Creative Learning Centre in Limerick which operates 23 therapy centres. Bernadette facilitates group process session for us here at CTC.

Michelle Fahy M.I.A.C.P is an experienced psychotherapist, group therapist and clinical supervisor who works with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups in her own private practice as well as in community, corporate and training sectors. Michelle has been actively involved in facilitating groups for over 20 years, working with community groups, development groups, outreach programs, special needs, positive mental health promotion, and has worked across all facets of the educational system from Montessori to Third Level. She advocates experiential and creative therapeutic methodologies in her work as fundamental to supporting body-mind harmony. Michelle facilitates group process sessions at CTC.

Edel Lawlor, MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, is the founder and Director of Expressive play, a child and adolescent therapy centre. Edel has over 20 years experience working in a variety of therapeutic support roles with both children and adults. Edel has an a MA in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and has also trained in Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care. She has a unique blend of experience in a variety of roles including; play therapy, integrative psychotherapy, family therapy, parent support and teaching. Edel is a highly skilled, and natural, therapist and trainer, she truly is a joy to learn from.

Edel teaches on our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Kerry and also designs and facilitates a range of our CPD training events. Edel specialises in facilitating workshops in our series of training events which support the diversification of practice by play therapists and other suitably qualified professionals, including teachers, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, early years teachers, family support workers and project workers.

Claire Colreavy Donnelly MIAHIP, MIACAT, has a BA in Fine Art Installation, video and performance work from NCAD Dublin and an MA in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. She qualified as an art psychotherapist from Sheffield University in 1998. She has worked as a community artist, youth counsellor, art psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and arts therapies trainer. She is an occasional lecturer at CIT, having been a core tutor on the Art Therapy MA in CIT and now runs the Principles of Art Therapy Course in Dublin, franchised from CIT and hosted by CTC. She has a private practice in Kildare Town and works in an adult psychiatric hospital and an in patient adolescent unit. She has published articles for Eisteach, Jiacat and Inside Out and has presented at Trinity Healthcare Conferences. Her chapter on Art was published in Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice.

Karen Stewart, SIAHIP, SIAPTP is qualified as a Play Therapist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She runs a busy private practice in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She has worked with children and teenagers presenting with a diversity of issues, and her specialist areas are in the areas of complex trauma and learning difficulties. Karen has extensive experience, spanning over 25 years, in service provision for people with special needs. Her original training was in nursing (Intellectual Disability), and she has worked in this role (and as a workshop facilitator, relaxation therapist and educator) in community, residential and day services.

As a psychotherapist Karen has worked a lot with children and adolescents in foster care who have history of neglect and/or various types of abuse. Supporting and empowering parents and carers forms a significant part of her work also.

Karen completed training in massage therapy in London in 1991 and she co -founded Karuna Flame Holistic Health Centre with her life partner, Kris, in 1996 and worked as a massage therapist for many years in their centre. Kris and Karen host bio energy meditation retreats periodically throughout the year.

Karen teaches on our MA programme and is also a CTC Supervisor. We love having Karen on our team!

Emer Mc Donagh S.I.A.P.T.P., holds an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a BA (HONS) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced domestic violence and also with non residential parents and their children, maintaining and promoting quality contact. Emer has been involved in the Daphne III programme Responding to Child Parent Violence action research project, training in Non Violent Resistance and the Break 4 Change programme targeting services to families affected by Child Parent Violence. Emer has also completed Intensive Filial Therapy Training, and mindfulness training.  Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. She has developed a number of workshops to support adults such as “You, Your Thoughts & Your ACTions”, addressing stress and anxiety, “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!, parenting children affected by Meningitis”. She has also developed and facilitated workshops to support whole families including “Reconnecting after Meningitis” and the sibling support workshop “Me Too!”. Emer has worked with the Brothers of Charity services and been involved in a number of Humanitarian aid projects in both Ethiopia and Peru. Currently Emer is in private practice at Acorns 2 Oaks Therapy Services and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children. Emer facilitates our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Galway and also works as a CTC supervisor.

Maria Ryan M.IA.H.I.P, S.I.A.P.T.P. is a very experienced psychotherapist, play therapist, and a clinical supervisor. She holds an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a Diploma in Creative Supervision.   Maria has worked extensively with children and their families/guardians for over 10 years. Maria specialises in working with children and families presenting with diverse and complex needs. She has wealth of experience working with children and teenagers with intellectual and/or physical disability. Maria is employed by St.Michael’s House as a Play Therapist and she also maintains a very busy private practice. Maria works with family centres and schools in Dublin’s inner city, alongside other multidisciplinary team members, providing education around play therapy, parent workshops and child psychotherapy. In addition to her child and adolescent work Maria works with adults whom are deaf and deaf/blind and highly values the use of creative mediums in adult healing work. Maria is a supervisor for CTC.