Our Team

Sarah Jane Hennelly - National Coordinator

Sarah Jane is the former Communications and Campaigns coordinator with international aid charity ActionAid Ireland. She began her career as a mental health researcher with the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She is the former manager of MyMind Limerick and Director of Limerick Mental Health Association. Sarah Jane worked for several years with PAUL Partnership, Limerick City's local development company, delivering several large-scale community-based programmes including Limerick's first UNHCR Refugee Resettlement programme. She is trained in Reflective Practice facilitation, ASIST, Understanding Self-harm and she holds certificates from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the HSE for working with survivors of trauma and sexual violence in social care settings. Sarah Jane is the former National Chairperson of the Social Democrats political party and in 2016 she stood as a candidate in the General Election for Limerick City. Sarah Jane is a former Governor of the University of Limerick, from where she has a degree in Politics and Public Administration and a Masters in EU politics and Law.

Michelle McCafferty - IT Database & Finance Consultant

Michelle joined the AACPI Board of Directors in January 2013. Her role on the board was Treasurer & IT Database Management. She stepped down from the Board of Directors in July 2015. Since then Michelle has been working with the AACPI in the capacity of IT Database Support/Development and Finance consultant. She has a great interest in the area of mental health, charities and the not- for- profit sector, she is a director of the Environmental Foundation for Africa, Ireland. Prior to 2006 Michelle was working in the Financial services sector in both London and Dublin. She has a degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management, Majoring in Accounting from the National College of Ireland and is a part qualified accountant, from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA )

Máire Ní Dhomhnaill - Chairperson

Máire Ní Dhomhnaill is a Gestalt Therapist, a member of IACP and has worked as a counsellor in the Family Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo since 2002. In that time she has gained a wealth of experience working with all issues presented by clients. She always had an interest in supporting the suicide bereaved through therapy individually, within families or in a group. Since 2011 Máire coordinated and was the Liaison person for The Mayo Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service. This is a post-vention service which supports those who are bereaved by suicide. Máire took the lead role in developing a protocol for Mayo agencies “Responding to a Suicide”. The Mayo Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service Model was evaluated by Dublin City University in 2015 and shown to be an effective model of working. She works closely with many agencies in the county and at National Level in suicide prevention, post-vention and positive mental health. Máire began her career in teaching and gained 20 years’ experience in disability services at every level including senior management. She was appointed Director of the Family Centre in July 2017 and appointed to AACPI board in September 2017.

Liz McGuckin - Company Secretary

Elizabeth has over 20 years experience of working within the community and has participated on many community development projects. She has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice and community counselling since 2005. In 2014, Elizabeth became Clinical Lead & Centre Manager of Dundalk Counselling Centre ‘Oakdene’; servicing mainly the Northeast region of Ireland, including counties; Monaghan, Cavan, Meath, Louth, Armagh and Down. It has been actively providing community counselling for 40 years. She works as a clinical assessor and senior adolescent psychotherapist at the centre. She is an experienced group facilitator with young people. Elizabeth also offers psychotherapy to adult clients. She is an accredited Psychotherapist, Adolescent Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) & a member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). Elizabeth has been an active member of the AACPI since 2014, she joined the Board of AACPI in April 2021.

Maura Callaghan - Board Secretary

Maura Callaghan, Director of Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Boyle Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, Family Life Centre, Boyle. Maura is an IACP  accredited psychotherapist. She trained at Turning Point/DCU and PCI College for post graduate studies.  She has a wide range of experience having worked in nursing, administration, domestic violence service, counselling and psychotherapy since 2004. She took over her present role in her organisation in January 2014. She is a member of the Board of AACPI since 2013.

Joseph Enright - Treasurer

Joseph Enright is a graduate of the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute. He is a member of the team in the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute and works there as a Counsellor and Trainer. Joseph is also Head of the Foundation course in Counselling skills in the centre. He is also very actively involved in the Fundraising committee in the centre and has successfully headed many fundraising events.

Joseph joined the board of AACPI in May 2013 and he is enjoying being part of the board and the important work it is trying to achieve. He was elected as Treasurer of the AACPI board in July 2015. Joseph looks forward to the continued growth of AACPI and to supporting the agencies it represents in the crucial work they are providing to communities in Ireland. Joseph has a particular interest in attachment studies and relational development. He believes very strongly and is committed to continued personal development within the counselling profession. Joseph believes strongly in social justice and equality for all.

Michael Dillon - Board member

Michael has been manager of the Ford Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Wexford since 2018. Prior to that he worked with the HSE south east as a CIPC and Self Harm Intervention Programme (SHIP) therapist. From 2001 to 2014 he worked with The Men’s Development Network as co-ordinator of counselling services for men and as administrator of the MEND domestic abuse programme working with male perpetrators and their female partners. Michael also works in private therapy practice specialising in working with trauma. He sits on the hub committee of the Irish Chapter of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Professional Association (SPIPA). Michael joined the Board of AACPI in April of 2021.

Mark Fielding - Independent Board Member

Mark Fielding has spent his working life in the SME sector as an owner, manager, mentor, advisor and advocate. As well as being CEO of ISME for 18 years, he has worked in the printing, food processing, biotech, recruitment and property sectors, in the UK, France and Ireland. He has assisted in the start-up and management of more than 500 enterprises. He was educated at the Christian Brothers Schools, UCD, Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Irish Tax Institute. Mark has served on numerous European and Irish governmental advisory bodies, including the Company Law Review Group, the high-level group on Business Regulation, the Retail Consultation Forum, SME Procurement advisory body and the Advisory Group on Small Business. He also sat on the administrative council of SME United (UEAPME), the European body for SMEs, representing over 12 million enterprises with more than 55 million employees. Mark sits on a number of boards of charities and not-for-profit organisations and joined the AACPI board in November 2021.

Pat Flynn - Independent Board Member

Pat’s background is primarily in private industry and international business. He co-founded several successful Start Up companies in International Telecoms Software. Pat worked in the US and Japan for a number of years. Pat has Engineering degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, an MBA from the Open University, and a Higher-Level Diploma from TUD (DIT). Pat has previous experience with charitable and commercial Boards where he has offered guidance on governance and social enterprise issues. Pat is very interested in the impact of mental health on individuals and its greater impact on society. He is a strong advocate of earlier and wider use of therapy, particularly for men. Pat is currently working on a project with Trinity College to bring mobile app technology to therapists to ensure better and faster clinical outcomes (Myndgard). Pat joined the AACPI Board in November 2021.

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