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Counsellors & Psychotherapists


Julie Coogan

Counsellor & Psychotherapist. Director of Tree of Life. Adolecense counselling and anxiety management, Executive coaching

Julie is founder and director of Tree of Life. She has been practicing Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2003. Julie has been providing therapy services to two generations of the local community in a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment. She manages and coordinates the Counselling/Talk therapy team in Tree of Life.
Julie’s training and experience is person centred, integrative and multidisciplinary, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuroscience based Body centred psychotherapy, Mindfulness based resources, with an approach of compassionate inquiry all interwoven into the therapy experience.
She holds an Honors BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy alongside qualifications in Social Science & Holistic Therapies, Anatomy & Physiology and is a qualified Yoga teacher. Her postgraduate studies include research in Mindfulness, Neurobiology and Narcissistic abuse recovery. She combines this skill set, working holistically with clients to enhance self awareness and greater wellbeing.
Her experience spans across a wide range of presenting concerns, including self-esteem issues, eating disorders, low mood or depression, self-harm, relationship problems, Trauma recovery and in particular anxiety management & recovery. Julie believes real change is possible through the brave and intelligent decision to engage in the process of therapy. 
Julie is committed to ongoing research and continued professional development.



Marie Mulligan

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Children's Therapy (from age 11)

Marie is an established therapist that has worked with a variety of bodies including Merchants Quay, Crosscare and Pieta house. She graduated from Dublin Business School in 2011 with an Honours degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and has since completed post-graduation studies in addiction, trauma and sexual abuse. She is currently completing a level 9 course in‘Children and Loss’ with The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Royal College
of Surgeons.Marie works with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, suicide ideation, addiction, self-harm and sexual abuse. She uses an Integrative and Humanistic approach and believes in the quality of the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, confidential and supportive space for clients.

Marie is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and a registered member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)

Juliette Smith

Juliiette Smith

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Family Systems Therapist

Couples Therapy

Juliette has over 20 years experience working as a Psychotherapist since completing her Master’s degree in Systemic Family Therapy. She also underwent training in Narrative Therapy which states that each person is unique both in their personality and their perception of the world, enabling Juliette to use a varied and eclectic approach to reflect the therapeutic needs and uniqueness of the person. Juliette has a warm interpersonal style and enjoys working with all age-groups. Her work with children and teens is adapted to suit the age-group of the young person who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and loss or other life events. Juliette also works with a wide range of psychological issues such as PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, work-related issues, bereavement and relationship issues. She​ is also experienced in the area of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which she believes can be a valuable way to help resolve psychological difficulties.  Juliette finds her work a continuous learning curve and thoroughly enjoys what she does.

Juliette is an accredited member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)

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Marcela Bonturi

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Couples Therapy

Bilingual in English and Portuguese


Marcela has been practicing Psychotherapy in Ireland since 2010. She is a member of the
Psychological Society of Ireland .
Marcela originally hails from Brazil and is therefore bilingual in English and Portuguese. 
She works with the the CBT approach using the Interventions of Acceptance & commitment

(ACT), Dialectical Behavioural(DBT), Mindfulness-based (MBCT) techniques, Positive
Psychology, Scheme Therapy, Solution focused brief (SFBT) & Psychological approach Couple
Her areas of expertise are; anger management, anxiety & panic attacks, bipolar
disorder, codependency, divorce, depression, domestic violence ,obsessive - compulsive disorder
(OCD), relationship issues ,self esteem ,stress ,trauma & PTSB , and everyday demands of life
which can be the majority of the cases of people seeking therapy .
She has been working with clients from different nationalities & backgrounds, also developing
projects with foreign students struggling to adapt to a new reality, country, culture, environment &
language barrier .
Marcela is a also qualifiied in Psychopathology & couple counselling .
Writer & co author of books related to domestic violence & self-love, all books are written in
Portuguese & can be purchased online and/or through her.
Marcela provides a safe, warm & non judgmental environment to her clients helping them to get a
better understanding of who they are & helping them to develop a stronger sense of self worth.

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Trudy Darling


I a person centred humanistic and integrative counsellor and a practising psychotherapist. I have being practising counselling and play therapy for the past 20 years. I am accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have recently being accredited as a supervisor which allows me to supervise other professionals practising counselling or from other disciplines.  I hold a Masters from the university of Chichester in play therapy and in sand therapy. I hold a post -grad in child psychotherapy and a Diploma in suicide studies. I also hold a diploma in creative supervision . I am a Filial therapist and I hold a qualification to assess children’s play skills. I am trained in couple counselling and hold a post-grad Diploma in family therapy. 

I also hold a certification from the William Gasser Institute in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory which is very similar to cognitive behavioural therapy. I am also trained in solution focussed therapy. I integrate all my skills to suit the clients needs.  I work with Adults Teenagers and young children along with parents who may need support and guidance with their child. 

I have worked in the area of mental health for twenty five years with Pieta House,  Barnardos a childrenn’s charity. While working there I worked in partnership with Tusla doing initial assessments where children may be at risk. My Career began with a background of working in psychiatric care and in Residential care. 

I work with adults and young people to overcome the emotional and psychological distress of: Bereavement and Loss, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Parental separation, Anxiety, Self – Harm, Suicidal Ideation, low self-esteem, Bullying, Sexual identity issues, childhood sexual abuse and Rape. I also work in the area of addiction such as Alcoholism and eating distress.  I work with families who are bereaved by suicide and use a programme specially designed to support individuals to process their grief withing a group setting. I also provide parenting support to parents. 

Throughout my career I worked in Romania in the Orphanages providing play therapy to  young children. This was a wonderful experience and strengthened my belief in the use of play therapy to children who have or are affected with all various issues. I also work with young people who are on the spectrum. 

I have a passion for my work and I truly believe in promoting and nurturing the mental health of young children in the hope that they can grow into healthy functioning adults. I will provide you with a safe space that will be confidential non-judgmental, warm, and you will be held with genuine respect to allow you to use the space to reflect feel and to talk out your worries or I can allow you to use creative ways to express your thoughts and feelings and to learn new ways to cope with your worries. 

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Jason Brennan

CTA in Psychotherapy 
BA in Psychoanalysis 
Certificate in Humanities 
CBT practitioner’s cert 

Jason Brennan began his training as a psychotherapist in Dublin by completing a 3-year BA in Psychoanalysis and a 2-year Certificate in Humanities. He continued his studies in New Zealand to become a Certified Transactional Analyst – a theory based on effective communication between individuals and within groups or teams. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the UCD Psychological Society.  
He is an accredited psychotherapist, coach and author with over 25 years’ experience in the mental health field and has helped many people grow and develop in themselves, in the work they do and in the relationships they have. He focuses on Personal and Professional Development through workshop-based learning, online and in person coaching and one on one psychotherapy support. He holds a practitioners certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and he is on the IAHIP committee for ‘the future of psychotherapy in Ireland’. Jason works with ages 18 and above and specialises in supporting individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, loss, work and life changes, confidence, self-esteem, personal insights and healthy communication. He has brought together his experience in a book, co-written with well-known Irish sports commentator and mental health advocate Brent Pope. The book is called “WIN: Proven Strategies for Success in Sports, Life and Mental Health”, and has been on the board of many government and corporate coaching panels.
Jason is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) You can find out more about me by watching this video of me here:


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