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Counselling Team

About  Our Counsellors/ Psychotherapists

Loreto Centre Counselling Service is supervised by Clinical Directors, Jim Murphy and Terry Kelleher.


Jim Murphy (Clinical Director)  

I am an accredited therapist (IAHIP) and have worked in a voluntary capacity in the Loreto Centre Counselling Service since 2007. My career up to 2002 was across a number of areas unrelated to psychotherapy but I had an ongoing interest in psychology/philosophy particularly as related to my involvement in community, environmental and political issues. I had the opportunity to commence initial training in counselling / psychotherapy in 2002 and commenced formal training in 2005 qualifying in 2009. I have since undertaken extensive additional trainings in gestalt therapy, body focussed therapies including Tai chi,  and supervision. I also have training and have worked with active and recovering addiction.


Following work as a volunteer therapist  I was appointed Joint Clinical Director in 2019,  following the retirement of Pat Colgan. I continue to work as a therapist in the Centre. I have found that the themes of community development and the psychological and emotional support of counselling coalesce for me in the services that the Centre provides.

Terry Kelleher (Clinical Director)  

I am an accredited therapist: I have been in practice at the Loreto Centre since 2011. During that time I have also delivered a number of continuous professional development presentations to my colleagues and I am Currently delivering an adult education course at the Centre. 

I hold post-graduate qualifications in the Social Sciences and in Social Work as well as professional qualifications in Adult Education and Field Work Practice and Supervision.

Before entering the profession of psychotherapy I had extensive experience working as a qualified social worker in a number of settings.

In September 2019  I was appointed Co-Director of Counselling at the Loreto Centre

Loreto Centre Counselling Team

Thirty volunteer psychotherapists who come from a range of disciplines and all are trained in integrative humanistic psychotherapy providing the counselling service to approximately 320 adults annually.  The majority of our therapists are qualified and are working towards their accreditation, or they are already qualified and accredited. We also have a number of third and fourth year trainee therapists who are working towards completing their qualification. All our therapists are Garda vetted.

We regularly recruit student therapists from the following training colleges: Turning Point Institute, Dublin Business School, Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre.

Work ethics and compliance

All our therapists:

  • Have annual membership of either of the following accrediting bodies  IACP OR IAHIP and follow their respective codes of ethics .

  • Adhere to the counselling policy of Loreto Centre, Crumlin.

  • Furnish Loreto Centre with up to date appropriate  insurance cover.

  • Inform the Loreto Centre of the name of their supervisor and attend clinical supervision as required by their Professional Body.

  • Attend  continuous Professional Development (CPD) provided by Loreto Centre three times annually.


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