Maeve Dooley

B.A (Psych), Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Supervision. MIAHIP, ICP, BISS, ISST,SIAHIP.


Qualifications:  B.A. (Hons) in Psychology (University College Dublin) Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Tivoli Institute Dublin), Diploma in Supervision (Dublin Gestalt Centre).

Professional status: Member of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). Registrant of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). Member of the British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS). Member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Supervising member of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (SIAHIP).

Experience and approach: Maeve Dooley is one of the founding practitioners of Focus Counselling and Psychotherapy (established 1997). Since beginning professional practice in 1994 she has worked with individuals, couples and groups, though she now works solely with individuals. Maeve receives referrals through individual self referral, GPs, health care professionals, the HSE and other referring agencies. Her core training enables her to use a broad spectrum of approaches through the familiar ‘talk therapy’ method, inclusive of person centred, psychodynamic, analytic and cognitive behavioural models. Maeve’s specialist approach is Jungian psychotherapy. In addition to this she has trained in Jungian Sandplay therapy with the British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) in London. This method offers clients an option for gaining deeper self insight through a primarily non-verbal method of processing and understanding experience.

Professional practice:  Maeve’s primary approach is Humanistic and Integrative. Now twenty one years in practice she brings a wealth of experience and maturity of insight to her work. Maeve is also an accrediated Supervisor with the IAHIP having trained in Supervision practice with the British Association for Psychotherapy (BAP) and The Dublin Gestalt Centre. She also offers Jungian Sandplay therapy which is a creative and primarily non verbal therapeutic process. Jungian sandplay therapy also offers the space and medium for clients who wish to engage in deeper process towards self insight and understanding.

The Jungian sandplay process is in essence non-verbal and symbolic. In what its founder Dora Kalff called, the “free and protected place” of the therapeutic environment, the client plays with sand, water, and miniatures over a period of time, creating images out of their experiences. Occasionally during talk therapy when words fail to get at the heart of the true experience a client is wrestling with or something arises in a person’s process which requires a non-verbal, intuitive and tactile exploration, sandplay can be uniquely helpful. Sandplay is primarily a non-directive, non-verbal therapy. By using miniature figures and symbols to create pictures in a small sandtray, unconscious contents can become visable and the innate healing capacity of the psyche is activated. Sandplay is a creative form of therapy using the imagination. A series of Sandplay images portrayed in the sand tray create an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the client’s psyche, which activates a healing process and the further development of ones individual self

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