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Mary McHugh

Mary is a qualified Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience in the counselling field. Accredited with IAHIP, (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy) the ICP (Irish Counselling and Psychotherapy) and has undertaken intensive training with the RCNI. Mary also holds a MSc (hons) in Mindfulness Based Interventions with UCD. Mary has worked with Irish Society of Protection of Cruelty to Children, CURA (a crisis pregnancy counselling service), Mayo Women Support Services, The Irish Carers Association and in second level schools delivering programmes in whole body wellness. Mary is an experienced group facilitator and gives workshops on Mindful Living, Parenting and Stress Reduction.

Mary also played a vital role as instigator in the growth and management of a Suicide Prevention Page on a Social Networking Site. Immediately whilst growing this page it became very obvious how society was changing and the mediums through which we were communicate was also changing. Mary, at that time felt she had to tap deeper into her senses as she did not have the sense of sound and sight while working with, at times, very distraught people. To her amazement it worked, she was connecting with people at a very deep level. The Suicide Prevention Page was thriving and growing which also gave Mary the deep knowing that this work was for her and that she was capable of being with and managing it. This she done by holding clear ethical boundaries and by being a loving witness.

Mary managed the workings of the page which was open 20 hours a day and also she Managed and provided educative workshops for the 25-30 team administrators. Mary is passionate about people and about their empowerment, she believes so many of us can give our power away too easily. Mary has a deep belief in the equality of the human being and will go to great lengths to support groups who have been marginalized in today’s world. Mary’s Journey has been a very Gracious, humbling one laden with gifts of the heart. She takes a warm, compassionate and holistic approach while ‘being with’ her clients and their personal challenges. Mary provides a safe, non-judgemental space enabling the client to begin to explore what is happening for them.

Mary looks forward to being your witness as you courageously journey towards healing and peace in your life.