DCTC Faculty

Clinical Director

Paul O’Donoghue
Paul is a psychologist and psychotherapist. He has an academic background in psychology and philosophy and has trained in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. He has been involved in the training of counsellors and psychotherapists since 1990 while continuing his practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. He is the Centre’s Clinical Director and is Programme Director for the MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Director of Training

Brían Howlett
Brían is a Gestalt therapist with a background in couples therapy. He has considerable experience in the training and supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists, and of clinical supervisors. He is the Centre’s Training Director and is the Programme Director for the Centre’s Professional Diploma in Supervision.


Training Team

Bronagh Starrs

Bronagh is Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute and is also Director of the DCTC Omagh Campus. She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer and trainer, specialising in working with children, adolescents and their families. She is an adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience as a trainer in adolescent development and therapy throughout Ireland. She is Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy. She also teaches and presents internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey. Her recent publication Adolescent Psychotherapy – A Radical Relational Approach (Routledge, London) has received international acclaim.


Mary Peyton

Mary works as an Integrative and Humanistic psychotherapist in private practice and is an accredited Supervisor with IAHIP. She studied Medicine in UCD and has a Fellowship in Anaesthesia from the Faculty of Anaesthesia, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland prior to her training in psychotherapy. She has been involved with training of students and professionals since 2003.


Judith King

Judith’s background is in education, community development and organisational development. She has a particular interest in the systemic perspective on personal and group life and in relation to bodywork. As well as group facilitation and organisational consultancy, Judith maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist in Bray, Co. Wicklow. She has been awarded her Ph.D from the University of Limerick for her  inter-disciplinary study (psychology/philosophy and theology) of the experience of contemporary pilgrims who do ancient pilgrimages and particularly from the perspective of embodiment.


Patricia Allen-Garrett

Patricia works as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice with individuals and couples. She is also engaged in groupwork with people who have attempted suicide or who are struggling with suicidal ideation. In conjunction with this she facilitates a programme for people who are supporting people with mental health difficulties.

She works extensively in trauma using a somatic focus as well as lecturing and providing training for mental health professionals in trauma and trauma-informed care. Patricia has also been involved in the training of counsellors since 2008.  Additionally she works with different organisations providing workshops and webinars on different aspects of Wellness, Mental Health and the Psychology of Happiness.


Gerry O’Farrell

Gerry is an integrative and humanistic psychotherapist and supervisor with experience of working in the public sector and private practice. He maintains a private practice in Dublin and has particular experience of working with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.



Jennifer Foran

Jennifer is Co-Director of LAPPC and has extensive experience as a psychotherapist. In her private practice, she works with adults, adolescents, and their parents, specialising in eating disorders, anxiety and developmental trauma.

Alongside psychotherapy, Jennifer provides supervision and consultation services tailored to individuals, groups and organisations working in clinical, support and educational settings to understand and positively influence adolescent mental health.


Katherine Crampton

Katherine runs a private psychotherapy practice in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.  She has extensive training and professional experience working in the areas of sexual trauma and adolescent psychotherapy. In addition to this, Katherine has been involved in the training of psychotherapists and has also worked in education with adolescents within post primary settings for the past two decades.


Anne Moran

Anne maintains a private practice in Dunboyne, Co. Meath where she works as an adolescent psychotherapist. She also maintains an adult psychotherapy practice. She is also a clinical supervisor and an experienced group facilitator. She has a background in education, having spent 20 years as a teacher working with children and adolescents with intellectual difficulties.


Michael McGibbon

Michael is Clinical Co-ordinator of Counselling & Psychotherapy services for the Health Service Executive in Donegal and formerly a Course Director for the MSc Counselling programme in the University of Ulster. He has completed his doctoral studies at Metanoia Institute, London. Michael works from a humanstic and integrative perspective, drawing also from experiential and psychodynamic modalities.


Laurence Hegan

Laurence is an integrative psychotherapist who works from a humanistic perspective and drawing mostly from his roots in Gestalt practice. As well as a background of 30 years working in the NHS he has extensive experience of teaching counselling and psychotherapy in a number of institutes in the UK and abroad. Laurence currently maintains a private practice including supervision and group facilitation.