Meet the Team
Thomas is a member of the Irish Traveller community and a long time Traveller activist. He is a founder member of the Irish Traveller Movement where he was also employed as the Equality Worker and as a Director among many other roles. He was active in the early days of Minceir Misli and was instrumental in campaigning for the Equal Status Act and the Traveller Accommodation Act. Thomas holds a Diploma in Community Development from NUI Maynooth. Now working in the field of psychotherapy, Thomas is a counsellor and holds a BSc in Psychotherapy and Masters in Counselling Supervision. Thomas is currently a council member of Minceirs Whidden, a Traveller only organisation and is also a member of the National Traveller Monitoring Advisory Committee. Thomas established and currently manages the Traveller Counselling Service which was launched in 2008.
Bernadette (MA MSC PhD), a psychologist for many years who is also trained in psychotherapy, is a Registered Supervisor with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland as well as the Irish Constructivist Psychotherapy Association (both affiliated to the European Psychotherapy Association). Since the founding of the Traveller Counselling Service, she has worked alongside Thomas and with the therapy team to facilitate the continuing professional development and supervision conversations of the team members. Bernadette values what the Traveller Counselling Service works to be and especially the opportunity it provides her with, to live out her lifelong commitment to inclusive and culturally sensitive mental health services. Identifying and working with and alongside the diverse resources and strengths of a community is a priority for her, one which she experiences as central to the ethos of the community-led Traveller Counselling Service.
Cairenn grew up in the heart of Dublin and headed to the countryside of Maynooth to complete a B.A. in history and theology in the 1980’s. She returned to Dublin and attended All Hallows College where she completed a postgraduate in holistic development and pastoral leadership (1988-1999). Having spent some time abroad, on her return, Cairenn began working at the parish of the Traveller people (1993), where her interest in the area of mental health among Travellers developed. Cairenn has completed a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at the Tivoli institute (1996) and is presently working as a counsellor on the Traveller Counselling Service and as a pastoral worker at the parish of the Traveller people.
Jacqueline has worked with the service since its launch in 2008. She works as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with individuals and as a Play Therapist with children. Currnent work includes working with the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and with children of addiction, as well as with the Traveller Counselling Service. She qualified in 2001 and received her MSc in Psychotherapy Studies in 2010. Jacqueline’s approach to client work is integrative but ultimately client centred, meaning that the core belief in the work is that the client knows what is best for them.
Aileen Tierney has been a family therapist for the past twenty years and has also worked as a consultant in disability services . She is currently CEO and Head of Training on the Masters in Psychotherapy course at Clanwilliam Institute, a leading center in Family Therapy in Ireland. She is an external examiner at the University of Glamorgen in Wales and is also a teacher/trainer and Clinical Supervisor in Family therapy. Aileen has been working with the Traveler Counselling Service for the pastfour years and provides systemic therapy for individuals and their families.
Jimmy has worked as a psychotherapist for 25 years. He is particularly drawn to working with those suffering through addictions (both individuals and their families), trauma, abuse and those who find themselves isolated or disconnected from mainstream society. Jimmy is delighted and priveliged to work with Thomas and the team in the Traveller Counselling Service.
Louise is a member of the Traveller community and spent her early years between the UK and Ireland. Louise completed a BA in counselling and psychotherapy with Glyndwr University, Wales (2010-2014) and joined the team in 2014. Louise is affiliated with a number of community based counselling projects within Dublin and Kildare, working primarily with individuals aged 16 and above. Louise’s aim is to provide a safe space based on the therapeutic models of ‘Person Centred Therapy’ and ‘Psychoanalytic Therapy’.
Margaret, B.Sc. (Hons) M.I.A.C.P, has been working in Dublin as a counsellor since getting her degree from Middlesex University, England in 2011 and joined the Traveller Counselling Service in March 2015. Based in Tallaght and working in conjunction with Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project, a safe space has been provided for anyone from the Travelling community who would like to talk in confidence and safety. Working from a person-centred perspective she feels that clients respond well to this approach and hopes to see this service continue and grow. Margaret also works voluntarily in H.O.P.E –a suicide prevention and drop-in centre in Tallaght, an area of particular interest to her.
Beatrice is our administrator who works in the office on a part time basis. She looks after all aspects of administration and also looks after funding applications. Beatrice completed an MA in Gender, Women and Equality in UCD and is keen to use her administrative skills in a way that she feels supports her ideals of equality.