The Lighthouse Team of Counsellors & Psychotherapists

Josephine Benson


MIACP, MSc., Mental Health,

Hdip (hons) Psychotherapeutic Studies.

Josephine is a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. She holds a masters degree in Mental health from Trinity College Dublin, H dip (hons) degree in psychotherapeutic studies University College Dublin, and a Dip in counselling.

Josephine is a motivated individual, who has a passion for improving the lives of people by helping them deal with any difficulties they may face. As a professional she committed to delivering the highest standards of care and achieving the best results. She is a member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (IACP) and has worked for a range organisation where she has gained in-depth clinical experience providing counselling to couples and individuals.

Josephine utilises a collaborative process, encouraging clients to take an active role as they set goals and create the change they want to see in their lives. She employs an integrative therapeutic approach, Humanistic (PCT), Cognitive (CBT) Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) depending on client need.

She has completed training in Childhood (sexual) Trauma, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), Crisis Intervention Management Support (CISM), Anger management, and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). She works with a wide variety of issues such as - Anxiety, depression, suicidality, trauma, grief, sexuality, relationship issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, addiction, life transitions and stress management. She also has a wealth of experience of working with people with co-morbidity, dual diagnosis and complex trauma.

In addition to her private practice Josephine works as a case manager and psychotherapist for a large private health care company. She also delivers a program in national primary schools to promote positive mental health, emotional literacy, social and emotional competency in children.

Please contact the clinic on (086) 8055013 or contact Josephine directly on 0858459793 to arrange an appointment.

Susie Kelly – BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, MIACP

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Susie is a fully qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP).

Susie is a member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychoherapy (IACP) and adheres to its Code of Ethics,

 Susie adopts an integrative approach, incorporating elements of various therapeutic styles, working with clients who have difficulties dealing with:






Health Issues

Low Self-Esteem



Through the process of therapy, Susie aims to offer clients an opportunity to reflect, learn, explore and create positive change in their lives. She believes a warm, confidential, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship facilitates such change.

Susie has worked as a counsellor in two community-based counselling services in Dublin. Through her work in an Arc support centre she has experience of counselling people affected both directly and indirectly by cancer.

She previously worked as an occupational therapist (O.T.) in health services related to psychiatry and care of the elderly, experience that has increased her understanding of the challenges faced by people coping with illness or disability, and their carers.

Susie's dual qualifications result in a therapeutic approach that is holistic practical and very client-focused

Please contact the clinic at 0868055013 or Susie directly on 0851058317 who will contact you directly and in complete confidence.

Philip Burke – BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy MIACP


Philip holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Philip has volunteered as a counsellor for seven years in Sosad Drogheda and has completed the Certificate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (Asist).

Philip has experience working with a wide range of issues including:





Low self-esteem




Philip’s approach to psychotherapy is Integrative and incorporates elements of Humanistic, Person Centred and Psychodynamic therapies through which he strives to provide a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space to help the client explore the difficulties they are experiencing.

Please contact Philip on 0877717403 or the clinic to arrange an appointment.  

Maura Layden

M.Sc. Systemic Psychotherapy.

Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) 

Maura holds a Masters degree from the Mater/UCD Family Therapy Training Programme. Maura is registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI) and the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP). Maura works with individuals, couples, families and children. 

Maura uses a systemic approach which involves working with clients in the context of their relationships with significant others in their lives, including family members. Maura facilitates clients to reach an understanding of the difficulties they are experiencing through dialogue and reflection, with a view to developing a different understanding of their difficulties and alternative ways of managing their lives in time. Change happens through this therapeutic process. 

Maura acknowledges the importance of developing and maintaining a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship with her clients. Clients are facilitated to talk openly about their difficult experiences in a safe context. Maura currently works part-time as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in Genesis Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Service, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Maura also holds a Masters in Social Science (Social Work) degree from UCD and worked previously as a Senior Medical Social Worker for twelve years in acute hospital settings with patients and their families presenting with a wide range of difficulties including mental health issues, family issues, illness, loss and bereavement. 

  Maura’s areas of specialist interest include:

Abuse issues           Adolescent/teenager problems              Trauma issues        Anger            Addictions Relationship issues         Mental health issues         Separation issues        Anxiety          Couples work Depression      Loss/bereavement        Obsessive compulsive disorder        Coping with illness/disability Phobias        Eating disorders        Post-traumatic stress disorder       Gender issues       Self-harm Sexuality issues      Family work 

Please contact the clinic on (086) 8055013 or contact Maura directly on 0873570954 to arrange an appointment.