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ZestLife Therapeutic Services was Founded by Stuart Wilson
Stuart Wilson - Founder
Stuart Wilson is a Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in youth and adolescents and family therapy. He is trained in mediation and conflict resolution and is a registered training facilitator with Solas, FAS and towards healing.
He is the Founder of Zestlife Therapeutic Services, two therapy centres in Dublin serving families within the Irish community in Dublin and nationwide. He is Founder of ZestLife Training a consultancy, a training company providing training workshops, courses and supervision to agencies around Ireland.
His consultancy work assists mental health & wellness in the workplace and has assisted organisations worldwide adopt mental health change into their organisations, including Paypal, Bank of America.
Stuart Wilson discusses mental health in the workplace during the pandemic.
Stuart Wilson interviews Dr Deepak Chopra on mental health and wellness.
Zest4kidz children’s charity in the media.
Meet Our Team
Full Bio's of our Team
Stuart Wilson is a Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in youth and adolescents and family therapy. He holds a BA (HONS) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, DIP in Clinical Supervision, DIP in Relationship Intimacy, DIP in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DIP in Life & Executive Coaching. He is trained in mediation and conflict resolution and is a registered training facilitator with Solas, FAS and towards healing.
He is the Founder of Zestlife Therapeutic Services, two therapy centres in Dublin serving families within the Irish community in Dublin and nationwide. He is Founder of ZestLife Training a consultancy, a training company providing training workshops, courses and supervision to agencies around Ireland. His consultancy work assists mental health & wellness in the workplace and has assisted organisations worldwide adopt mental health change into their organisations, including Paypal, Bank of America. He is Co-Founder of ZestLife Training & Counselling College, an educational college providing undergraduate and postgraduate accredited courses for those wishing to journey into the field of psychotherapy and cognitive psychology.
He is Co-Founder and CEO of not for profit Zest4Kidz Children’s Charity working alongside his wife Magi Wilson with vulnerable children in Ireland and overseas. Their work in Africa assists former child soldiers and children with disability. Their work in India assists former rescued children, and in Eastern Europe assists children within the state orphanage and prison system. Stuart and Magi Wilson were recipients of the National Pride of Ireland award for ‘special recognition’ for their work with vulnerable children in 2015.
Stuart Wilson’s work with families and particularly young people is recognised nationally; he has worked with radio and TV, including the award-winning documentary series ” Pony Kids” with Diarmuid Gavin and RTE1 in 2009. He has appeared regularly on TV3 and TVAM. His work with marginalised young people in Ireland has assisted many second-chance programmes within the VEC, ETB, Solas, Probation Services, Prison Services, Secondary Schools, Primary Schools, Youthreach and Community training Centres nationwide.
Stuart is particularly passionate about working within behavioural aspects of young people’s lives and family dynamics. He assists parents and teachers in areas of working with behaviour and how best to implement change. He teaches in a non-judgmental, inclusive and humble way, with a sense of humour to create a fun learning environment. His way of delivering both therapy and motivational programmes to young people creates an excellent fun learning style that young people enjoy and engage with.
Stuart is a motivational speaker who engages with young people directly in schools and centres, particularly speaking into relevant areas of young peoples lives and family life. He delivers keynote addresses for parents, carers and therapists with humourous and thought-provoking topics, such as anxiety, cyber awareness, depression, choice & change, motivation and inspiration.
He has recently been conference host and MC for the ‘ Young Social Innovators’ national awards and the IACP Annual National Conference. He has been a keynote speaker on the topic of teenage anxiety at the ICGP annual medical conference in Lyrath, Kilkenny in 2016. His subsequent article ‘ Dealing with Teenage Cyber Anxiety’ was published in the Irish Medical Journal in 2016. Stuart recently spoke at the Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit held in Croke Park, in 2019.
Stuart recently held a discussion at the Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit 2020 with world-renowned wellness expert Dr Deepak Chopra on the effects of living during the worldwide pandemic and the effects on mental health. He was a contributor at the Mental Health and Wellness Summit Global in 2020, on the topic of mental wellness in the workplace, and frontline services during Covid-19.
Magi Wilson BA(hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Cert CBT, Cert Adols Psych, DIP Life & Business Coaching, Cert Relationship Intimacy.
Magi is an integrative psychotherapist working with adolescents and adults. She is particularly passionate about working with couples and families.
Magi works closely with the client in a friendly, kind and patient manner, enhancing a strong therapeutic relationship which supports and enables the client through whatever life issues may present.
Magi is co-founder of Zest4Kidz children’s charity assisting vulnerable children worldwide. She has led programmes to India working with rescued trafficked girls, in Eastern Europe working with children’s orphanages and children’s detention centres. She was awarded the prestigious “Pride of Ireland- special recognition award” in 2015 for her work helping vulnerable children in Ireland and overseas.
Magi is co -founder of ZestLife Therapeutic Services along with her husband Stuart. They are married and have 6 children of their own.
Zest4kidz children’s charity in the media.
Maggie Boyd Dip Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Maggie is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist with a Diploma from Zestlife College, and currently finishing BA (Hons) degree with IICP. She is IACP accredited, and has been working amongst the wonderful team in Zestlife since 2017. Before this, she worked with support groups, parenting, postnatal depression support, students, fostering, outreach. Maggie is a wife, mother of three teenagers, and shares a home with four dogs and the odd hamster or two!
Her passion lies with helping people through the tough times in life. She works with Adults and Adolescents. She has a keen interest in helping parents and adolescents learn to understand each other a more and communicate more effectively, and loves working on a one to one basis with all clients as they navigate through the ups and downs of life.
Maggie offers general counselling, however, areas of particular interest to her are:
- Anxiety/Stress/Depression (also Post Natal Depression),
- Parenting and family communication,
- Life transitions
- Women’s issues.
Sessions are tailored with the client, and together decide the best approach using influences from a mixture of modalities.
We will gently look at the situations, thought patterns and behaviours that can be getting in your way, and together we will consider how to improve this and look to the future with hope!
To Maggie, the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between client and counsellor!
And all in the strictest confidence of course!
Grace Deegan MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, PGDIP Play Therapy
Grace is a certified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist specialising in Play Therapy. She holds an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and a P.Dip in Play Therapy. Grace has trained in Theraplay, a dyadic family therapy to support healthy attachment between children and their caregivers. She provides Non-Violent Resistance intervention where there is child to parent violence. Grace has over ten years experience working with children and young people in schools and other settings.
She spends her time between private practice and working with marginalised children and young people in schools and community settings. Through this she provides consultation for families of all types, community organisations and teachers.
Grace works from a trauma aware understanding in supporting families with a range of difficulties including: •Attachment difficulties •Challenging Behaviour and Regulation difficulties •Trauma •School Issues •Anxiety •Family Separation •Bereavement •Other Clinical Diagnosis •Parenting programme
Becky Heaslip BA(Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Becky is an Integrative psychotherapist, fully accredited with the IACP. Originally from Canada, she has a unique perspective, married to an Irish man and raising her three children here. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and has trained in adolescent and couples therapy. Her passion is to see young adults and families fully flourishing.
Rónán Johnston BACS (hons) from DCU and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Zestlife College, and is currently completing a Masters in CBT
Rónán lectures in counselling and listening skills, on stress in the workplace, and on marriage and relationships.
Rónán has a wide experience of working with adults and adolescents in the areas of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, OCD, online and cyber issues, couples therapy, adoption, grief and bereavement. He values a strong therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and believes that the best work happens when there is a safe place to share.
Before entering the counselling world, Rónán spent 30 years working in broadcasting, music and the creative arts, and also works with creatives in the areas of Creative Block and Career planning
He is the author of several books.
Joanne Johnston holds a 1st class BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy DIP Counselling and Psychotherapy , certificates in Couples therapy, CBT and advanced CBT.
She specialises in CBT and couples therapy, fertility issues, loss and trauma, working with both adults and adolescents.
Joanne provides a warm confidential space for her clients and appreciates the importance of creating a good therapeutic relationship with her clients. She has experience working with a range of issues including; stress, anxiety, depression, online and cyber issues, OCD, adoption, grief and bereavement. Her approach is integrative and she incorporates person-centred, psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural and Schema Therapies.
Before entering the world of counselling Joanne worked as a teacher at Primary school level for 30 years, gaining a wealth of experience working with both adults and young people.
Deirdre Nolan, MIACP, LIBSD Disordered Eating Therapist, BA (hons) Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy,Professional Cert.CBT.
Deirdre works with adolescents, teens and adults struggling with concerns which include Anxiety, Disordered Eating, Emotional Eating, Panic Attacks, School Refusal, Building Self Confidence, Relationships, Exam Stress ,Identity and Sexuality. Deirdre is especially enthusiastic about working with young people. This is reflected in her experience of 20 years teaching performing arts both in primary and post primary schools. In recent years Deirdre has developed and delivered her highly effective Mental Wellbeing and Resilience workshops in post primary schools. As each person is unique, Deirdre uses an integrative approach tailored to each individual. Her passion is to support her clients in understanding their difficulties and by working together to explore their inner strengths and abilities to develop themselves to their full potential.
Deirdre enjoys music, dance, reading, walking and relaxing with family and friends.
Elaine Supple BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Cert CBT, Cert Couples Couns.
Elaine has been a fully accredited Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MIACP) since 2017. She has a first class BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy having already completed a Diploma with Zestlife College, and certificates in CBT, advanced CBT, and Couple Therapy. She has also attended and completed several seminars on Attachment Theory, Choice Therapy, trauma, and codependency.
She offers her clients a safe, supportive, and accepting environment that is confidential and built on trust where feelings can be explored, and coping mechanisms are explored. She adopts a pluralistic integrative approach which allows her to tailor and shape therapy to meet the needs of individual clients and couples. Working from this integrative model of therapy, she incorporates person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, CFT and Schema Therapy modalities.
Elaine has experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, codependency, depression, couple relationships, self-esteem, bereavement, loss, and trauma. Elaine has facilitated counselling skills workshops and is a regular speaker and Conference Team Leader at Women’s events around Ireland. She is married and has five children.
Fintan Supple BA(Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Cert Couples Couns.
Fintan is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MIACP). He obtained a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Zestlife College in 2015 and has also since been awarded a First Class BA Hons degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy by IICP. He holds an advanced certificate in couple counselling, has run marriage and other courses and has worked with young people in various capacities.
Fintan works with individuals and couples in a collaborative and pluralistic manner, incorporating a person-centred and psychodynamic approach, using a variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy amongst others. He offers clients a safe, supportive, and accepting environment that is confidential, free of judgment, dealing with a wide range of issues such as abuse, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues and self-esteem.
Fintan is passionate about personal transformation. He supports his clients in achieving their goals, developing self-worth, inner security and the freedom to act from their true selves. He is married to Elaine and has five children.
Helen Groves B.A. (Hons) HDip Ed. MIACP
Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Helen works part-time as a secondary teacher and part-time as an accredited IACP therapist. She has been working in education for 16 years (Modern Languages and Social, Personal and Health Education). Originally from Northern Ireland, she spent some time living and working with a mission development agency in Paraguay, South America before moving to Dublin, her home for almost 20 years. As an integrative practitioner, she works with individuals, couples and families, and her two separate professional identities as teacher and counsellor find a common denominator in her passion for psychoeducation; walking alongside people to help them understand themselves and their place in their world.
Helen is married with three young girls, aged 12, 9 and 7, so has daily exposure to the joys and challenges of family systems! She is trained in Relationship and Couples counselling and has broad experience and training working systemically with adolescents and their families. She is currently working with several clients specifically in the areas of trauma, perinatal loss and sudden bereavement and is undertaking further postgraduate training in Trauma Studies through University College Cork.
Pádraig O Catháin
Pádraig Ó Catháin BA(Hons) Integrative counselling & Psychotherapy
Pádraig is a Pluralistic Psychotherapist. He embraces a humanistic, person-centred approach with his clients. Among the therapies employed by Pádraig are Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Gestalt, and Existential Psychotherapy.
As a Pluralistic practitioner, Pádraig communicates, personal warmth compassion, acceptance, partnership/teamwork and respect for each client, endeavouring to listen, understand and offer grounds for authentic hope and the restoration of their true selves. He promises a safe, secure, private, confidential and calm environment. The client is free to express their thoughts, feelings, joys and suffering, and should they choose so, the time and space to be silent. Padraig’s presence is an accompanying, non-judgemental one which seeks to help his clients draw forth the true majesty of their unique sense of being human.
Pádraig holds a BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. A native of Dublin – he is married to Ciara, and they have two children. He is passionate about music and sport, and loves reading and walking the family dog.
Anushka Hickey Dip Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Anushka holds a diploma of integrative counselling and psychotherapy from Zest Life College. She is currently completing a level 8 (hons) degree in counselling and psychotherapy at the Irish Institute of Counselling and psychotherapy. Anushka believes that when we heal ourselves, we heal our children’s children. She is passionate about providing a space to connect, heal, and grow. Areas of special interest are trauma, emotional regulation, anxiety and depression. Anushka grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia and has made Dublin her home with her husband and young family. She loves yoga, reading, walking in the Dublin mountains and anything else that feeds the soul.
Clare Murray BA Psychology DIP Integrative counselling & Psychotherapy
Clare’s aim in therapy is for her client to feel welcome, relaxed, supported and free from judgement as well as equipped to move forward. She works collaboratively with clients to help them embrace their full selves, to explore the tool they need to understand their story and find healing. She loves working with people from all walks of life – especially young women, those caring for a loved one facing addiction or long term illness, and family members of people with special needs.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, and a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is a pre-accredited counsellor with IACP. For the last number of years, she has worked as part of a team providing pastoral care to secondary school students, as well as with a national organisation that seeks to empower young women.
Paul Keegan BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Paul Keegan is a qualified counsellor & psychotherapist based in the Dublin area. He holds a degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy from IICP, a diploma in the same from Zestlife College, and is member of IACP (adhering to their code of ethics & attending regular supervision).
Paul provides a safe therapeutic space for adults and teenagers to work through a range of issues. Utilising a variety of approaches and techniques, Paul aims to help empower his clients as they collaborate together to determine the direction of therapy. He has a particular passion for working with those struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Porn-Addiction and Personal Growth.
Outside of his role as a therapist, Paul also works for YMCA Dublin as the coordinator of the PlusOne Mentoring Programme (a mentoring programme aimed at support at-risk teenagers). He has over a decade of experience in working with youth in Dublin. Paul enjoys cooking and engaging in his hobby of playing computer games (a hobby that serves him well when working with teenagers). He lives in Dublin with both his wife and dog.
Peter Mahony BA Hons Counselling and Psychotherapy
Pre-accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Qualified to work with Children and Adolescents
Qualified to work online
Does anxiety rule your life? Is the grief you are feeling extremely painful? Do you feel suicidal, or have you lost someone to suicide? Would you like a safe and confidential space to talk just about you and what is going on in your life right now? Would you like to understand yourself and some of your life experiences more? Are you a teenager struggling with peer pressure/bullying or self image? Are you experiencing any relationship difficulties either within a marriage, a family system or the workplace?
If so, Peter offers a professional, confidential and caring space for you to discuss any of the issues that you are currently feeling or dealing with in your life, be they personal issues, or inter-relational difficulties. Peter specialises in Grief Counselling, CBT, low self esteem, adolescents, marriage and relationships.
He understands the courageous and sometimes nerve racking experience it can be talk to somebody, but he encourages you to take that first step in having that space to talk, so that the quality of your life, in whatever sphere, may be improved. Don’t be afraid to take that step today.
Teen and Adult Psychotherapist
MIACP, Prof.Dip. Couns.Psych. Cert.Teen Couns.
Richie has a real passion and hunger to help people navigate through life’s difficulties, stresses and painful situations. As a fully accredited member of IACP he uses an integrative approach with a mix of CBT and other modalities to assist people to journey through life struggles. He does this with an empathic friendly and genuine approach. He uses his learning and also his own journey in life to bring a friendly relationship to each person meeting them where they are at and helping them to reach their
full potential in life. Richie also works with teens and feels the above is especially important for today’s teens and feels there is such a need to encourage and help teenagers through what seems an impossible stage of life these days with unrelenting pressures from every angle. He has a professional cert working with adolescents from Zestlife College under Stuart Wilson MIACP and has a history of working with teens in youth work environments.
Mark Burke BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Mark a pre-accredited counsellor who operates from an Integrative standpoint. He believes when working with client’s the utilisation of person-centred, psychodynamic and CBT modalities promotes significant insight and enhances the chance of resolution of the presenting issue . He aims to create an environment in which the client feels fully heard and understood providing a safe space to explore and process distressing feelings and emotions. Through gaining an increased awareness of current or historical distresses the hope is to promote understanding, personal growth and develop healthier relationships.
Mark has experience in addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, conflict and trauma. I work with both adults and adolescents. He is currently available to see clients face to face as well as online.
Dermot Wheatman DIP Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cert CBT, Cert Adols Psych.
Dermot is an integrative psychotherapist working towards his national accreditation with IACP.
Dermot uses an integrative approach, combining a range of therapeutic approaches designed to work for the individual needs of the client; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person Centred and Humanistic Therapy,
This framework will allow the treatment to be carried out in a creative, open, collaborative way, with the emphasis at all times on the therapeutic alliance which will best serve the needs of the client. Any individual therapist’s Life experiences, professional training, their personal style and temperament, along with their of theoretical understanding will be of great value to therapeutic treatment.
Dermot Wheatman is sixty five years old, a married man with two sons and one daughter He is blessed with four grandchildren. For thirty years he worked as a building contractor where he had some good times, and also some not so good times. He has been a volunteer worker for the charity Cycle Against Suicide since its beginning in 2013, while working with this charity he has learned how to really listen to people and help them with their difficulties, this also helped him to learn so much about himself.
Andrew McGrane BA (hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Cert Adols Psych.
Andrew has significant experience helping teenagers, young adults, parents, and men. He draws on his professional knowledge and personal life experience to assist clients get a better understanding of their issues and how they might be resolved. His non-judgmental, supportive, and warm approach creates a safe and trusting environment in which to work.
Andrew has worked in many areas of business. He substantial experience working with community and sporting groups in the role of mentor and coach. Andrew is married with four adult children and holds a diploma and degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Shauna Ryan DIP Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Shauna qualified in 2019 with a Dip in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Zest Life College. She is currently in the final year of an Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy BA program at IICP. She is a pre-accredited member of IACP. She has a background in team management and coaching and worked in the tech industry for 6 years before transitioning full time into counselling. She is trained in an integrative approach to therapy.
Shauna uses a person-centred approach with a keen interest in using CBT methods. She has worked with a large variety of ages and nationalities, passionate about providing a calm, kind and understanding place for those who need it. She will facilitate you to explore a wide range of issues in a non-judgemental manner. Experience working with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, anger issues, fertility, low self-esteem, family dynamics, sexuality and relationships.
Shauna has a huge interest in personal development and believe that we never stop learning and changing. Gaining insights into the drivers of our own behaviours can change our perspective on a myriad of obstacles faced in life.
Janet Doyle Dip Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, ADV Cert CBT, ADV Cert Youth Studies.
Janet Doyle is an integrative psychotherapist who has many years experience working in the educational sector with adolescents. She has been a tutor with Youthreach adolescents education for many years. She enjoys working in ZestLife Therapeutic Services with adolescents, students and adults. Janet has a passion for helping people through life issues and maximizing their true potential. She assists clients especially in areas of depression, anxiety and stress.
Steph Blayney DIP Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (Completing MSc Trauma Studies)
Sometimes life can just feel out of kilter and we don’t know why, or the weight of everyday life is heavy. When we feel like this it can be helpful to have someone to talk to who is not already involved and invested in your life. Steph works across a spectrum of mental health concerns, but have a special interest in maternal mental health (crisis pregnancy, miscarriage, baby loss and peri-natal mental health concerns) trauma, grief/loss and addiction. She works through an integrative approach, which means that she works from a variety of therapeutic models and adapt her approach to best meet the needs of individual clients. Her role as a counsellor is to walk alongside you on your journey of self-discovery and healing. Steph holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is currently working towards a Masters in Trauma Studies. She is a Pre-Accredited Member of IACP (full accreditation application submitted) and is an Accredited Member of the Foundation for Infant Loss. She has experience of working with clients in private practice, through Kildare Youth Services’ Family Project and Tiglin Women’s Centre.
Angela Jennings Diploma Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, MA Music, DIP Computer Science, Cert Choice Theory, Cert Herbalism & Nutrition.
Angela has a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Zestlife College. She also has an MA in Music and a Diploma in Computer Science, both from UCC. Before studying Counselling, she worked for many years as a Technical Writer in the Computer Software industry, an occupation which has given her a great deal of insight into the pressures of working in the business world with its constant deadlines and competitiveness. She also has Certificates in Herbalism and Nutrition and a Certificate in Glasser’s Choice Theory. She continues to upskill by attending short courses in areas of interest and is a pre-accredited member of IACP.
Angela uses an integrative, person centred approach to counselling, adopting a mix of modalities including psychodynamics, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Glasser’s Choice Theory. She offers a warm, supportive and safe space where clients will feel held as they discuss their issues and concerns in a completely non-judgemental atmosphere.
Angela has particular interest in the areas of anxiety and depression, low self-worth, adoption, and loss and bereavement. Due to personal experience, she also has a huge heart for helping people to come to terms with and live well with challenging health conditions.
Angela is available for both face to face and online counselling.
Aisling is a fully accredited psychotherapist with a Diploma from Zestlife College, a qualified Somatic Exercise Coach and NLP practitioner, with a degree in International Business and Languages. Prior to becoming a counsellor, Aisling spent 25+ years in the world of business and management working internationally with large corporates as well as smaller businesses and organisations.
Aisling works with adult, adolescent and teenage clients on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, stress, and health recovery. She particularly enjoys putting her experience and expertise to work helping young people and adults struggling with issues around college, career and workplace stress and challenges.
Aisling works in a gentle, caring, confidential and collaborative way with her clients to help them better understand what is going on for them, explore what they really want and develop skills and tools to help them flourish and reach their full potential.
Aisling is married to David, and has two teenage children, two large dogs and a passion for sea swimming, hiking and yoga.
Joy brings over 18 years of working with and supporting a wide range of people with diverse needs including young people, elderly, women and families with children. She holds a diploma in counselling and Psychotherapy, a Masters in Family Support, and is currently completing her level 8 (hons) degree in counselling and psychotherapy at the Irish Institute of Counselling and psychotherapy.
Joy’s goal is to empower her clients with tools for self-understanding, healing and living a fulfilled life. She sees herself as a partner with the client in the healing process and employs a pluralistic, person-centred framework which allows her utilise tools from different counselling approaches and adapt therapy to the client’s needs.
Joy welcomes clients with a wide range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, anger, low self-esteem, identity and cultural crises, personal growth, family dynamics, and other relational issues. Having migrated to Ireland in her late teens, she is particularly passionate about working with people from different cultures and places value on her clients’ spiritual and cultural worldviews and is open to exploring how these experiences may interact with the client’s understanding of self and others.
Joy loves eating, dancing, walking, travelling and experiencing cultures through the eyes of a local – she has lived and volunteered in several countries and engages with people from multiple nationalities in her other role as Intercultural Development Coordinator.
Avril is a qualified integrative Psychotherapist with a Diploma from Zestlife College and is currently finishing a BA (Hons) degree with IICP. She is married and as a mother of a teenager and two college students she shares great affinity with Adolescents, providing them with ways of coping with life’s challenges. She has lots of experience of working with Youth Clubs and engaging with teenagers but loves working with people of all ages. She offers her clients a warm, friendly space that is confidential and non-judgmental where trust within the therapeutic relationship can develop and grow. This facilitates a safe space where a wide range of issues may be explored so clients can develop their inner strengths and abilities to build up their self-esteem. Her integrative approach includes person centered, Psychodynamic, CBT and Schema therapy counselling.
Karl holds a bachelors degree in psychology and is currently a third-year student at Dublin City University where he is studying to complete a Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. He has a broad range of experience working with both individuals and couples, who have come to therapy with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and sexual issues.
“Finding the correct form of psychotherapy to work with your clients is important as it increases the likelihood that the changes they seek can be achieved”. Karl is trained in CBT, psychodynamic, humanistic, systemic, couples, and psychosexual disciplines. He works collaboratively with his clients to find which form of therapy is the best fit to help achieve a positive outcome in therapy.
Karl has a strong business background and over the past twenty years, he has owned companies and franchises in both the advertising and early childhood education and care industries. He has also worked with the Youth Advocate Project supporting vulnerable young people and their families in their communities, with a view to preventing them from entering the care or criminal justice systems.
Karl volunteered at childline where he worked on the twenty-four-hour listening service providing support for children up until the age of eighteen and also volunteers as an underage coach with the GAA.
He is passionate about sport and living a healthy life. Karl is an active triathlete who enjoys all three disciplines, swimming, cycling and running. He is currently training to complete his first Ironman 70.3 triathlon. His interest in sports has influenced his current area of research, which is focused on exploring psychotherapeutic supports for elite athletes who suffer career-ending injuries.
Nora recently completed the Diploma Course in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with Zestlife College and is working towards full accreditation with the IACP. She uses a person centred integrative approach to working with people in a safe , non judgemental space. She lives in Dublin and is married with 2 teenage sons.
Bernadette is a mother to six grown children and has been teaching in a variety of school settings for over 20 years. Her main area of work has been in a learning support role in primary school. She has vast experience working with children, young people and adults alike through organising women’s events and parenting camps. Through her many years of experience, she has developed an empathy that welcomes her clients and makes them feel comfortable from the start. Her passion is to support her clients through assurance that they have the ability to overcome whatever adversity they face, and to encourage and help them along their journey to discovering their full potential.
Éva Vica Szalai
Vica is originally from Hungary and has been living in Ireland for 14 years. She has an undergraduate BA Degree in library science and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with ZestLife College. Vica has worked within the care industry for many years, caring for people with disabilities. She has been a community support worker with a huge empathy for people. Vica brings this care and empathy to the therapy room to care for her clients in a non judgemental and kind manner. Vica is our administration manager within the two ZestLife Therapeutic Centres and her organizational skills are second to none.
Schools and Corporate clients we work with
Recent Schools speaking with children and/or parents:
Wesley College Dublin,
The High School Dublin,
Sandford Park Ranelagh,
Our Ladies Terenure,
Blackrock College Dublin,
Willow Park, Blackrock.
Presentation College Carlow,
Villiers School Limerick,
St Attracta’s School Dublin,
Rathfarnham Parish National School, Dublin.
St Columba’s College Rathfarnham,
Glenstal Abbey School,
Newtown School Waterford,
St Gerard’s School Bray,
St Andrew’s College Dublin, (Article)
Sandford Park School.
St Pius primary school Terenure,
Holy Trinity School, Leopardstown.
St Brigid’s Girls School, Cabinteely, Dublin.
Our lady of Mercy primary school Booterstown,
The Academy of Education Dublin.
Some Recent Corporate Clients speaking engagements.
Paypal Manila Philippines.
Paypal Dundalk, Ireland.
Paypal Omaha, USA.
Bank Of America, Dublin.
Bank Of America Global.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit, Croke Park, Dublin. 2019.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit, Global. 2020.
Educational Training Board, Nationwide, Ireland.
Irish Farriery Authority, Curragh House, Kildare, Ireland.
Young Social Innovators, Croke Park, Dublin.
ZestLife in the Media
Zestlife are often engaged by the media to comment on, of to provide an expert view on various societal topics.
Stuart Wilson Speaking with Jen Hickey founder of When Wellness on “ Parenting in these challenging times”
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