About Ursula

About Ursula

I listen for a living! I listen in a unique way where I really hear the language of the unconscious of my clients. This is important, for when you talk about difficult things in psychotherapy it’s not the same as telling your friends about your story. You can expect me to enquire, gently, in order to understand in a different way, the nuances of your story. You may need to tell your story a few times before you can have a different relationship with it, as the unconscious gives up its hold on the ways that hold you back and instead allows you to become the person you were born to be.

Sometimes it’s difficult to talk in sessions. However I welcome this and indeed use these silences to deepen the work. I also practice a nonverbal model of therapy called sand therapy in the session: a powerful way of freeing up the unconscious which both facilitates and enables free expression.


I am a Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist and hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute, Dublin. Diploma in Creative Supervision. Continuing study with a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy from the Dublin Gestalt Centre and a Diploma in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy together with a Certificate in Filial Training (Child/Parent Relationship Training) from The Children’s Therapy Centre. I have additional training with a Certificate in Jungian Sand Therapy from the Sand Therapy Institute of Ireland.

Accredited Member and Supervisor

The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (MIAHIP) (SIAHIP).

Accredited Member

European Association for Psychotherapy, (MEAP)

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MIACP)


Accredited Member

The Association for Jungian Sand Therapy in Ireland (MAJSTI)


My Experience

I am the founder of the Parenting Through Sand Programme and facilitator of the world’s first programme of Parenting Through Sand – a Filial Therapy Programme and I deliver Jungian Sand Therapy Training. I have been a Skills Trainer and Assessor and Process Group Facilitator with trainee psychotherapists. I am a Clinical Supervisor supporting practitioners working in the Health and Mental Health Profession.

I work with feelings around; depression, relationship issues, bereavement, recovery from addiction, suicidal thoughts, illness, sexual issues and general stress that can make it difficult to cope with everyday experiences. I will support parents/carers to enhance the relationship they have between themselves and their child/charge (Filial Therapy).

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