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Geradine (Ger) Matthews: AACI National Co-ordinator


Ger has been employed as AACI’s National Coordinator since April 2014. She has had many years experience working in Management within the Community Based Counselling Sector. She has been working as an accredited psychotherapist for 14 years and maintains a private practice in Slane. She also works as an accredited clinical supervisor with psychotherapists and works as a tutor in the field of psychotherapy.She works has done further training in the areas of Trauma and Developmental Trauma with the Sensorimotor Institute in Boulder Colorado.

Karl Tooher: Chairperson of AACI


Karl is the Centre Director of Northside Counselling Service in Dublin. He is a highly experienced, therapist, trainer, consultant and manager. Karl regularly lectures and consults to universities, organisations, companies, schools and institutes. With over twenty years’ experience working in the community and voluntary sectors he has successfully delivered a wide range of services both nationally and internationally in diverse areas.

During this time he has sat on numerous management committees, policy bodies, helped develop therapeutic services, chaired task forces on self-injury and suicide and he has a particular interest in mental health, well-being and therapeutic support within the community and voluntary sectors. He is currently working on his Doctorate in psychotherapy. Karl has been re-elected as Chair of the AACI board, AGM 17th May 2016.

Michelle McCafferty: IT Database & Finance Consultant


Michelle joined the AACI Board of Directors in January 2013. Her role on the board was Treasurer & IT Database Management. She stepped down from the Board of Directors in July 2015. Since then Michelle has been working with the AACI in the capacity of IT Database Support/Development and Finance consultant. She has a great interest in the area of mental health, charities and the not- for- profit sector, she is a director of the Environmental Foundation for Africa, Ireland. Prior to 2006 Michelle was working in the Financial services sector in both London and Dublin. She has a degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management, Majoring in Accounting from the National College of Ireland and is a part qualified accountant, from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA )

Joseph Enright (AACI Treasurer)


Joseph Enright is a graduate of the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute. He is a member of the team in the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute and works there as a Counsellor and Trainer. Joseph is also Head of the Foundation course in Counselling skills in the centre. He is also very actively involved in the Fundraising committee in the centre and has successfully headed many fundraising events.

Joseph joined the board of AACI in May 2013 and he is enjoying being part of the board and the important work it is trying to achieve. He was elected as Treasurer of the AACI board in July 2015. Joseph looks forward to the continued growth of AACI and to supporting the agencies it represents in the crucial work they are providing to communities in Ireland. Joseph has a particular interest in attachment studies and relational development. He believes very strongly and is committed to continued personal development within the counselling profession. Joseph believes strongly in social justice and equality for all.

Marian Keigher (AACI Vice Chair)


Marian Keigher, Director of Services Vita House Family centre, Roscommon. Marian has worked in Vita House since 2011. She is a Registered Family Therapist from the Clanwilliam Institute and a professionally qualified Social Worker. She worked previously in the HSE West and Brothers of Charity, Roscommon.

Maura Callaghan( AACI Board Member)


Maura Callaghan, Director of Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Boyle Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, Family Life Centre, Boyle. Maura is an IACP  accredited psychotherapist. She trained at Turning Point/DCU and PCI College for post graduate studies.  She has a wide range of experience having worked in nursing, administration, domestic violence service, counselling and psychotherapy since 2004. She took over her present role in her organisation in January 2014. She is a member of the Board of AACI since 2013.

Gerry Linnane (AACI Company Secretary)


Gerry currently works as the Counselling Service Manager at Limerick Social Services Council. His role is to manage the staff in their professional practice and safe service delivery. From 2005 to 2009 Gerry was a part-time Self Employed Counsellor trading as GLOW Counselling & Development in Belfast.At the same time Gerry was employed as a Youth Work Counsellor with New life Counselling Service Ardoyne. Gerry studied at St Nessan's Community College in Limerick and at UCG before studying Theology at Milltown Committee in Dublin. In 2000 Gerry attained his H Dip in Counselling from UCC and Adv Dip in Supervision in 2006. He has also done further training in EMDR and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Denise Mc Dermott-Barrett (AACI Board Member)


Denise McDermott-Barrett joined the board in May 2016. She is the Senior Administrator with Fingal Counselling Service in Swords, Co Dublin. Prior to joining the service, she worked in the aviation industry for many years. Denise has a keen interest in the Non Profit sector in particular community services. She has a degree in Humanities, majoring in Sociology from Dublin City University and has recently been awarded a Masters in Management for the Voluntary and Community Sector from Dublin City University.

Maura Leahy (AACI Board Member)


Maura Leahy joined the board in May 2016. Maura is a Systemic Family Therapist, Family Therapy Supervisor and Lecturer. She is currently Clinical Director at Relationships Ireland /Teen Between and she is a part –time Lecturer in Dublin Business School Department of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Maura also facilitates Personal Professional Development groups for The Clanwilliam Institute’s Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy Training Programme. She has extensive experience of working with children, adolescents and their families dealing in particular with stress, trauma and bereavement..

Office Address: AACI, Unit No. 6, The Village Centre, Churchlands, Slane, Co. Meath

Office Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Email: Ger Matthews
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Tel: +353(0)41-9820625
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