"I feel better in myself
after talking to the counsellor"

Meet the Team

Thomas McCann

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.

Annemarie Walsh

Annemarie Walsh holds an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy from Clanwilliam Institute, and is in the final stages of working towards registration as a family therapist. She also has a Masters in Health Psychology. Annemarie currently provides systemic therapy for both teens and adults and their families in Clanwilliam Institute and also enjoys providing therapy to children and adolescents and their families in a school environment.

A Particular focus to Annemarie’s work, will be working with individuals and families that have been affected by interfamily conflict and violence


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 Doyle



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 Hughes

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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.


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  • Mental Health Training

    The launch of the Mincéir Mental Health training programme took place on 15th December 2021.  View the launch here; view the evaluation report here.

    Course participants can log into the training page here.

    For more information please contact thomas@travellercounselling.ie.

  • Conference 2019

    In April 2019 The Traveller Counselling Service in conjuction with the Traveller Mediation Service and Exchange House Ireland ran a Conference exploring The Impact Of Inter-family Conflict on Traveller Mental Health.

    A conference report will available in the coming weeks

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  • Feedback

    “As manager of the organisation, I have seen the impact since the local counselling service was set up some years now. The taboo that Travellers always had in relation to counselling is no longer there.”

    “Our clients have said that they do feel the benefit of using the service for a number of reasons. Before they did not understand counselling or what it was for, and to be able to talk to someone about their problems and issues, whether it be drug related or not, in a "safe and confidential environment" is key.”

    (Jim O’Brien, Manager, Bray Traveller’s Community Development Group Ltd.)