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Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly


Niamh has gained a lot of experience in human relations after spending over a decade in Human Resource Management and then qualifying and practising as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She is pre-accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and offers a low cost counselling service at River Holistic. Her approach is person-centred (anempathic approach that empowers clients), with an interest and training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness based interventions. ACT helps you come to terms with what is outside of your personal control and maximise your potential to pursue a life that is rich, full and meaningful for you through a mix of mindfulness and behavioural change strategies. Therapy is carried out in a non-judgemental and supportive space.

She has experience of working with a wide range of issues from interpersonal difficulties to anxiety, stress, depression, grief, self-esteem, trauma, bullying, emotional abuse and conflict management etc.


Niamh is a certified trainer and as a long-term practitioner and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s, with the dharma name ‘Awakened Openness of the Heart’, she is passionate about integrating mindfulness into her work. She offers a six-week one-to-one mindfulness skills course within a psychotherapeutic space that helps clients skilfully integrate mindfulness into their lives in a way that is suited to each person individually.


The low cost counselling rate of €25 to €35 is offered to those who are unemployed, low waged, students or retired.

6 Week One-to-One Mindfulness Skills Course Within a Psychotherapeutic Space

Mindfulness is an awareness process that involves the ability to pay attention with flexibility, openness and curiosity to life as it arises at any given moment. It is a practice when cultivated, that enables people to interact with themselves and others through awareness and compassion, handling life’s stresses and challenges with more ease and resilience. Ultimately, it teaches us to accept and respond, instead of react to life.

The aim of this six week course is to introduce clients to the practice of mindfulness in their everyday lives while simultaneously being held within a psychotherapeutic space. This one-to-one experience fosters a tailored and unique mindful environment.

Week 1: – Introduction to course and exploration of relevant life issues and expectations
Week 2: – Stopping, calming, resting and healing
Week 3: – Nourishing happiness and sustaining mindfulness
Week 4: – Understanding and transforming ingrained habits
Week 5: – Developing conscious awareness and maintaining happiness
Week 6: – Establishing mindfulness practice in daily life.

Psychotherapeutic Approach
Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) is a progressive evidence based psychotherapeutic behavioural intervention designed specifically for brief therapy. FACT encourages psychological flexibility in clients and integrates mindfulness in its approach.

At the end of this course clients will be able to understand how to recognise and handle difficult thoughts and strong emotions within themselves related to stress, pain (including physical), anxiety, fear, sadness and anger etc. They will have developed awareness on the factors that influence and perpetuate much of the patterns of suffering within their lives and have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to make alternate and more life affirming choices within their respective environments.


She also teaches a key mindfulness skills course to small groups (up to 10) on the basic concepts and practises of mindfulness.

To make an appointment with Niamh, please contact her directly on the information below.

Niamh is available for appointments here at the centre on Monday’s from 11am to 3pm