Denise O’Boyle

My goal as a therapist is to create a warm, supportive and collaborative environment in which my clients can recognize and build upon personal strengths, cultivate resilience, and create more satisfaction and success in their lives. My training and expertise with a variety of treatment modalities allows me to work in a comprehensive way with adults, couples’ children and families.

As an experienced professional therapist, who has undertaken several postgraduate training programmes, I hold Irish and European registration, to work with children, adults, couples and families. Outside of psychotherapy, I lecture in the field, which allows me to keep abreast of recent research outcomes and trends.

The following are therapeutic services available:

Adult Psychotherapy

Our Counselling & Psychotherapy services provide support for a range of issues including:

  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Breakups & Divorce
  • Bullying
  • Changes in Life Circumstances
  • Child & Adolescent Counselling
  • Confidence
  • Conflict Management
  • Couples Counselling
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs)
  • Family Issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Feelings of confusion
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • Illnesses
  • LGBT Issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Mistreatment in Childhood/Child Abuse
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Personal Development
  • OCD
  • Play Therapy
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Difficulties/Conflict Resolution
  • Sadness
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Separation
  • Sexual Abuse, Addictions & Dysfunction
  • Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Identity
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Teenage matters
  • Workplace Issues
  • Unemployment


Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach to counselling for children from 3 years of age. It is specifically aimed at helping children with emotional social and behavioural problems. It helps children understand their feelings and experiences. As play is the child’s normal form of expression, it can support them to communicate their worries and concerns without having to put words on them. As a play therapist I utilise play as a means of preventing or treating psychosocial and emotional disorders, and to help children overcome issues for example Anxiety, low self-esteem, Trauma ADHD, sensory processing Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language disorders, Dyslexia or other type of difficulty.

I use a variety of techniques such as non-directive and directive play, Art therapy, Sand play therapy, specific movement through exercises and talk therapy. Play therapy use the powers of play to help children achieve their full potential, build resilience and support recovery from trauma.

Family Therapy

Families can experience difficulties at different times and transitions in life. As an accredited Family therapist, I provide families with support and additional understanding, knowledge and skills to overcome these difficulties. My approach facilitates family to look at ways of solving problems by focusing on the positives and strengths within each family and identifying changes that can be made to reduce stress and improve family relations. Each family gain insight, skills and confidence that empower them to face the challenges of family life.

Family Therapy may address:

  • Anger issues
  • Blended families
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Communication Styles
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Divorce/Separation/Break ups
  • Drug or Alcohol Abuse
  • Education and/or School Refusal
  • Financial stress and emotional implications
  • Grief and Loss
  • Living with Illness/Disability
  • Mental Health Issues (Depression, Anxiety etc)
  • Parent-adolescent relationships
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Parenting
  • PTSD
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality-Related Issues
  • Step-parenting
  • Unemployment Issues


Couple/Relationship Counselling

Sometimes the communication within the relationship has become difficult or negative or the behaviour of one or both parties seems unreasonable to the other, such as putting very little time into a relationship, excessive working or socialising, drinking, gambling or affairs. The parties may be experiencing a lot of rows, conflict, infidelity and commitment issues, resentment, money pressures, boredom, or feeling misunderstood and may feel like they are living quite separate lives. Sexual difficulties may have arisen in the relationship and the couple may have infrequent or no sex. Many relationships can reach a stage where one or both partners find it difficult to maintain communication and difficulties arise such as arguments or ignoring each other. The relationship may no longer be providing what they are looking for and one or both partners may now wonder what can help improve the situation.

Given that the nature of my work with couples is largely facilitative, you can be assured that my role is not to take sides or make judgements about who is right or wrong. I do not instruct or offer opinions about whether couples should stay together or to separate. I do provide a safe and neutral space for family members or couples to acknowledge what their relationship has become, to review how this happened, and to appraise the meaning of change for the relationship. Established patterns of communication and conflict resolution will be assessed together to evaluate preferred approaches and outcomes.

Counselling for Separating/Divorcing Couples
Going through a separation and/or divorce can be a long and emotionally draining process. Feelings of grief, anger, guilt, sadness and resentment can be so intense and overwhelming that they literally inhibit access to joy, fun, or normality in everyday life. Counselling offers support in dealing with these feelings in order to gain clarity, acceptance and alternative perspectives about your life in the now and in the future. You may benefit from working through your separation with someone without a vested interest in the outcome
Conflict Management
Some form of conflict is likely to exist wherever there are people interacting. It is not humanly possible to agree on everything and it wouldn’t make for a very interesting world if we all held identical beliefs, attitudes and values. However, conflict becomes especially unhealthy when one or both parties experience a sense of injustice and when the conflict remains unresolved. Frustration is a frequent feature of such conflict blinding the parties in dispute to the avenues of potential resolution. Through its nature and causality interpersonal conflict can be categorised as follows:

  • Conflict in the workplace
  • Conflict in personal and intimate relationships
  • Conflict in the family
  • Conflict in groups
  • Conflict at societal and international level

Having varied and extensive experience within a number of roles as a group facilitator and trainer, I am available to facilitate conflict management and resolution processes in the above areas. Please enquire about specific rates for conflict management and resolution processes in the workplace.

To contact Denise 

m: 0872330489