Maeve Dooley

B.A. (Hons) Psych., Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip Supervision,


Hello and welcome. I have set up this website to provide information for people who may wish to attend me, or for those just seeking to find out more about counselling and psychotherapy and the lesser known, Jungian Sandplay therapy. I have been in practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over twenty years and I am an internationally registered Jungian Sandplay practitioner. I currently work with adults and adolescents from the age of 11 years upwards. If you would like to find out more about my practice in Drogheda, Co. Louth, you will find this on my practice website www.focuspsychotherapy.ie   The descriptions and information on this site are based on my own approach, informed by my experience, research and review of ongoing developments within the professions.

Counselling or Psychotherapy?

There has been a rapid growth in counselling and psychotherapy over the last two decades. This is leading to public familiarity with these therapeutic titles and their supportive role in mental health. There are, however, significant differences between the two processes. Like myself, many psychotherapists practice as counsellors and both forms of therapy on the face of it look similar and take place in a similar setting. So without clear information it can be difficult for clients to decide whether they wish to seek counselling or psychotherapy to address their concerns. I have written comparable pieces on each which I hope give some helpful information.

Depth Psychotherapy

In addition to this there are specialised approaches within the field of psychotherapy referred to as ‘depth psychotherapies’. Jungian Sandplay therapy is one such method, I have a page describing this in more detail. For anyone wishing to invest in therapy for whatever reason, it is a significant and important investment in a personal, time and financial senses. It is recommended that you question and seek clarification specific to your needs as the practice and qualified abilities of therapists can vary greatly.

The Value of Therapy 

Many people find that they come into contact with counselling/psychotherapy through a crises in their lives. In addition there are also a growing number of people who decide to engage in a process because they want to understand themselves more and support the expression of their own experience and integrity. Developments in neuroscience now illustrate with compelling scientific evidence, the nature and reality of the mind-body connection – the inter-relatedness of psychological well-being and physical health including long term health. There is a growing body of evidence that illustrates the importance of non-language dependent therapeutic methods in helping to redress trauma and its impact. Level of self awareness has now been illustrated to have the capacity, if increased, to create positive affect on our physical health and our ability for emotional self regulation and well being.