Therapy Services

Therapy Services

Clanwilliam Institute is a Systemic Psychotherapy practice. Our therapy sessions are conducted by highly trained professionals in a confidential forum.

Our therapists are systemic / family psychotherapists who are trained to work with a broad range of issues, and work with individuals, couples, families and children. As a registered charity we also offer a low fee service.

Clanwilliam Institute is a not for profit registered charity. All surplus income from our therapy, training and organisational work goes directly towards the provision of high quality, accessible, low fee family therapy services both locally and community based.

By using our services, you are helping to support our low fee and community based work.

Individual, Couple & Family Therapy

Low Fee & Community based services



Meet the Clinical Team

Individual, Couple & Family Therapy

What is systemic/family therapy?

Systemic / Family Therapy is an approach used to understand a person’s emotional and psychological distress and looks at the context in which it occurs, usually the family or relationship environment.

It enables the individual/couple/family members to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward while being able to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely. It also allows an understanding of other’s experiences and views. While helping to build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives.

Systemic / Family Therapy aims to be:

  • Inclusive and considerate of the needs of the client (individual, couple or family client groups) while also taking into account the needs of other family members and/or other key relationships in people’s lives
  • Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and resources
  • Collaborative – the therapist works in partnership ‘with’ clients and others, not ‘on’ them
  • Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
  • Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.

Family Therapy may involve all family members, including young children, adolescents and parents. Or it may involve some family members or couples. Sibling groups may attend with or without their parents. Clients can attend for individual sessions separately from their families if this is their request and need.

Who do we work with?

Clanwilliam Institute works individuals, couples, children, parents, siblings and vulnerable adults.

Range of Issues

  • Addiction
  • Stress personal family and work related
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Chronic illness
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety, depression and mental health difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Separation
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Stress depression and anxiety
  • Family relationship
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Parenting and child areas
  • Mediation
  • Psychosexual

If you are unsure if our service fits with your needs, please reach out to us at the number below and a member of our Clinical Staff can discuss the issue with you in more detail.

How to make an appointment

To arrange an appointment, please contact us at your convenience, on 01 2055010 or , and we can discuss the appointment process further and answer any questions you might have.

Low Fee & Community based services

What are Low Fee & Community based services

Clanwilliam Institute provides a low fee services in number of community based settings and also provides an accessible low fee service to all clients in the Institute. The demands in this area continue to grow, particularly as statutory agencies come under increasing pressure and are unable to deliver in the provision of services and reduce waiting lists.

Some of the community based services and low fee partnerships Clanwilliam currently have include the following:

  • Traveler Counselling Service – Child and Family Therapy, Couples counselling, planning Committee membership, culturally sensitive reflective peer Supervision.
  • Traveler in Prison Initiative – Galway – Provision of Supervision, Just Therapy Training, Steering committee membership
  • School Completion Project – Crumlin 2 Primary 1 secondary school, Child and adolescent Therapy, Family Therapy, Parenting groups
  • Galway – Brothers of Charity – Adolescent Mental Health, Family and Couple & individual therapy
  • Genesis Blanchardstown – Couples and Family Therapy
  • Clanwilliam Institute – Couple and Family Therapy


What is Mediation?

Mediation is a service to people who have decided to go their separate ways, be it in a relationship, a business or within families, to negotiate their own terms of agreement, while addressing the needs and interests of all involved. Mediation allows people to make their own decisions.

Mediation can help people to co-operate with each other in working out mutually acceptable arrangements on all or any of the following:

  • Couple Mediation
    • Parenting children including access, support etc
    • Financial support
    • Family home and property i.e. division of assets
    • Other problems related to the separation
  • Family Mediation
    • Division of assets following the death of a family member
    • Negotiating shared terms in relation to the care of an elder family member
  • Business Mediation
    • Division of Assets

Workplace Mediation (please also see “Organisational Support” for more details on this)

The Role of the Mediator is to:

  • See a couple/family/business partners together and help them settle their differences.
  • Create a climate in which neither party dominates but in which all parties participate fully in good faith.
  • The role of the mediator is to assist the clients in negotiating their own agreement and not to advise them on legal or other issues. Mediation is not a legal advice service or a counselling service.  The principle underlying mediation is that couples take the responsibility for resolving their own issues as opposed to decisions being made for them by a third party.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of co-operation and responsibility.
  • Help clients deal with difficult emotional issues that can prevent them reaching agreement.
  • Help clients reach agreement that they believe to be fair, equitable and workable.
  • Discussions arising out of mediation are confidential, off the record and without prejudice; the mediator will not disclose any information obtained through the mediation process unless a child welfare or child protection issue arises.
  • Most mediations end with a written document that sets out all the details of the clients’ agreement. This can then be taken to solicitors to be drawn into a Legal Deed of Separation and/or Decree of Divorce or other relevant legal agreement.

For an appointment with our Mediator, all parties must contact the service and confirm their willingness to attend. Mediation can only work if it is entered into freely and with the participation of both parties.  Any court proceedings that have been issued before coming to mediation must be discussed with the mediator with a view to suspending or adjourning them.


Our approach to Therapy, Education, Consultation and Supervision is embedded in reflexive practice which creates problem solving competencies for clients, supervisees and students. We provide a supervision service that is responsive and tailored to each client and/or organisation’s specific needs.

The Clanwilliam model of supervision creates a dialogical space where the tasks of supervision and reflection can occur i.e. support, reflection, learning and personal growth.

One-to-One Supervision

One to one supervision offers a confidential, reflexive and supportive space to supervisees to reflect on their work, the issues that come up for them, the impact of their personal resonances on their work and vice versa, and ways in which they can add to their work and build on their strengths as a practitioner in their field.

Group Supervision

A group supervision scheme for professionals working directly with vulnerable children and adults allows organisations to move beyond good policy to good practice. Many mental health, educational or caring professionals often find themselves working in difficult conditions, under many constraints, with very sensitive and often upsetting case presentations. A systemic supervision approach allows for the voices of other stakeholders including the supervisees’, to be present in conversations to bring about other perspectives, approaches and ultimately a safe and supportive work environment for the supervisee and the clients/stakeholders involved.   Supervision aims to build on strengths and resilience for supervisees and to identify and manage difficulties and to promote health and well-being at individual, inter-personal and organisational level.  Clanwilliam has a proven track record of delivering this type of supervision both in Educational settings and in other large Health organisations.

We provide systemic reflexive supervision to any and all of the following both on a one to one basis or in a group setting:

  • Psychotherapists
  • Students
  • Mental health professionals
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers

Meet the Clinical Team

All of our therapists have completed a four year Postgraduate Professional Training and are educated to minimum Masters level. All are registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI). Therapists are also registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and in addition to this many are the holders of the European Certificate in Psychotherapy (EAP) and are registered supervisors.

Some of our senior therapists are also registered supervisors; this means they provide training and supervision both to individual therapists and to those undergoing training. All our therapists also attend continuous professional development workshops throughout the year and are in regular monthly supervision. All are bound by the codes of ethics and professional standards of the above organisations.

The range of expertise available in Clanwilliam Institute is cutting edge in terms of keeping abreast of general developments and trends in the field of psychotherapy due to the Clanwilliam education remit and the high calibre in the provision of clinical services as attested by general levels of client satisfaction. This has been corroborated by the recent institutional review in which stakeholders described Clanwilliam as a centre of excellence and a leader in the field of systemic psychotherapy.

We have a wide and varied staff population with additional relevant expertise outside of psychotherapy in areas such as education, social work, psychology, mediation and management consultation, among others. Many of our therapists also deliver training to current therapists in the form of workshops, and they would also present seminars to students throughout the academic year.  All of our therapists are fluent in English and several are also proficient and/or fluent in Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and Danish, among others.