Barbara Donnellan

  Bachelor (Hons) of Business Studies
  Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist

Barbara has always worked extensively managing relationships having a background working in recruitment and has been assisting individuals change their working professions for the past 20 years.  Out of this influenced her to train as a Psychotherapist as she wanted to provide more meaningful differences for individuals. She has always been interested in the concept of wellness and what that means for each person.  Initially training as a Yoga Instructor, Barbara then went on to train as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and this is the foundations to all her work.  However, she further developed her practice into more body orientated approaches and qualified as a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Broomfield, Colarado.   This training is a body centred Psychotherapy grounded in Somatic Psychology, mindfulness and neuroscientific research.  The training has equipped her to work more deeply with trauma and early emotional wounding through the body.  

She has also undertaken training to work with Adolescents and couples.  Over the past number of years, she has worked as a Psychotherapist for an adolescent counselling centre, couples counselling organisation and rehabilitation organisation for disabilities and chronic diseases.  During this time, she has supported issues such as addiction, depressive states, difficulties with relationships, low self-esteem, stress and trauma.

As her practice develops, she has a growing interest in transgenerational trauma, the place of movement within therapy and the holding of a healing space.  One of her main professional goals is to continue her enthusiasm for development and growth within this field and to offer the truest therapeutic relationship possible for clients to transform.

 “I believe in providing a warm, open, compassionate, non-intrusive and humours space for exploration and change to allow the client make their own discoveries”

Ron Kurtz once said “You don’t have to know the answers for your patients.  All you have to do is turn them inside themselves because they know the answers”

Personally, for me to connect with my body has been the most precious outcome of therapy. Brining about a much deeper human existence.  I can only advise this comes with patience, having a very attuned therapist, holding a degree of curiosity to listen to your body and believe your body is waiting for you to evolve.

Professional Memberships:

  • Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)