Aoife Bairéad is a qualified social worker who specialises in attachment and trauma-informed work with children and families. Her post-graduate training includes specialised attachment assessments such as the Infant Care Index, the Adult Attachment Interview and the School Age Assessment and is qualifying to become a CARE-Index trainer. Aoife is also trained in therapeutic approaches including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Mentalisation Based Treatment. Aoife has been working with children, young people and their families for seventeen years and has worked in Ireland, the US and Vietnam.
Since she began her career Aoife has been working with children experiencing mental health difficulties including infant mental health and those who have experienced separation, loss and trauma. Aoife has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and young adults who have experienced early childhood trauma and abuse and are now in care or have been adopted.
In 2018 Aoife set up Minds in Mind, a service providing assessments and therapeutic support for children and their families. Aoife works with those impacted by bereavement, parental alienation, gun and gang violence and children who are adopted, in foster care or residential care. Aoife uses evidence-informed assessment and interventions to empower families to find ways to improve their children’s and their family’s day to day lives. This is done holistically with those caring for the children providing an individualised and family-focused plan that caters to their needs and focuses on agreed goals and outcomes.
Aoife is a guest lecturer on the Masters in Social Work in University College Dublin and provides training to organisations such as the Irish Association of Social Workers, the HSE and Tusla Child and Family Agency as well as bespoke training for specialist groups, fostering agencies, youth and community programmes and services working with children with mental health, disability and complex needs.
Aoife is an Ad-Hoc Board Member of the International Association for the Study of Attachment and sits on the Special Interest Group for Children and Families with the Irish Association of Social Workers.
Sarah is a 200 RYT certified Yoga Teacher and qualified Thai Yoga massage therapist. Sarah teaches a variety of styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin.
“Mindfulness, connection and self-compassion are guiding principles in the yoga that I teach. I’m all about making yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone. I am passionate about the transformative effects that yoga can have on the mind and body (both on and off the mat), leading us to live more mindful and authentic lives.”
Clare Foley is a highly experienced acupuncturist and naturopathic health counsellor at The elbowroom Clinic & Holistic Centre. After studying naturopathic medicine in Dublin, she spent seven months training in integrative medicine hospitals in Beijing, training under expert doctors in a variety of medical departments. She went on to study science to Masters level biophysics with research in global brain dynamics.
Clare is a board member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland. Clients may claim treatments from their health insurance providers.
Clare helps her clients discover the causes and triggers of disease for each individual. She advises on how to get back to a state of health and balance using practical diet and lifestyle changes. As well as the acupuncture treatment, clients are given useful information on how to manage and control their condition themselves.
Sarah Richardson is a Midwife, Reiki Master/Practitioner & Teacher & A Yoga & Meditation Instructor. She began her career as a Midwife – delivering babies. Then went on to specialize in Fertility and bringing a more holistic approach to a very medicalised time. Her passion is pregnancy and birth and bringing a holistic approach to birth – integrating yoga, energy healing, breathwork, affirmations and empowerment.
Sarah also teaches Yin Yoga. A gentle and powerful yoga style for clearing energy blocks. She is passionate about Woman’s health And bringing harmony to mind body and soul.
Gregg Hartnett is a Licenced Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine under Professor Thomas J Shanahan of The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Gregg uses many different aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to do a full Chinese Diagnosis of his Clients such as Pulse Diagnosis, Tongue Diagnosis, Looking Diagnosis to name a few and uses different techniques to treat his clients such as Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Lifestyle advice, Dietary advice and much more to treat many problems for instance:
- Sports/Gym related injuries
- Back pain
- Heart Problems
- Cold & Flu
Gregg has practiced and taught these arts in many countries such as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand. Gregg Hartnett is a Certified Instructor of Qi Gong, Shaolin Kung Fu under Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Malaysia since 2005 and is a co-founder of Wahnam Ireland and founder of Shaolin Wahnam Dublin and is currently teaching Qi Gong classes in The elbowroom.
Jean McDonald -BA MOD HONS Craniosacral Therapy -T Pediatrics IYA Dip
Being curious about the body design, energy and how we connect to life force set me on a road of appreciation and discovery. This interest prompted reading Psychology as part of a degree course.
Writers who I find give credence to our spiritual evolution include Carl Jung, Piaget and Deepak Chopra.
Dance led to yoga, experiencing more subtle flows of energy encouraged me to train to become a yoga teacher. While training, craniosacral therapy was a wonderful support and I had to find out more!
Craniosacral therapy is a modality which is sensitive to the subtle energy with the added advantage of energy matching which permits tissue memory to release – this very potent approach adds to understanding and healing.
Lesley MNRRI, specialises in Holistic and Deep Tissue Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology including prenatal and postnatal.
From an early age, I have been interested in natural ways to increase energy levels, stay healthy and manage stress through dance, yoga, nutrition, massage and meditation.
Every person is unique and my experience in a wide variety of Massage therapies allows me to tailor treatments individually to client’s specific needs. My passion is helping people to de-stress, restore and overall develop a much better sense of health and wellbeing.
I have treated a range of clients from elderly to drug rehabilitation participants and travelled through many different countries in the world learning new techniques along the way. I am a registered member of the Irish Therapists Association (ARCHTI) and the National Register of Reflexologists Ireland (NRRI).
The cost of Reflexology can be claimed back from some private health insurance companies.
Ciarán Aherne BSc, BA, MIAPT completed his BSc in physical therapy in the Institute of Physical Therapy in Milltown, Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Association of Physical Therapists and has a certificate in massage therapy.
Ciarán uses a range of manual techniques and “hands-on” therapy to assist rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries, back and neck pain, postural problems, sprains/strains and sports injuries among other issues. Treatments are individually tailored and can include; myofascial trigger-point release, deep tissue massage, mobilisation of the spine and specific exercise prescription. Ciarán has treated people from a variety of sporting backgrounds such as basketball, soccer, Gaelic football and hockey.
Prior to his physical therapy studies, Ciarán completed a degree in Leisure and Recreation Management and has worked extensively with athletes involved in the Special Olympics.
Mary Barrett BA. Rel. Sc. and Education, BA Psychology, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Special Ed., Cert. Mindfulness, PSI
“If you allow yourself to be the person you are then everything else will come into rhythm” John O’Donoghue
I have always had an interest in how people think, feel, behave and learn. This drew me towards the area of psychology, which in turn drew me towards counselling and psychotherapy.
My experience has taught me of the importance of viewing each person as an individual despite their presenting issue. I use an integrative approach drawing on a variety of theories and techniques including person centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and psychodynamic techniques.
I believe counselling to be a treatment where each counselling session is a safe and regular space for a person to think and talk about themselves and the world they live in.
We are all capable of solving our own problems and finding our own peace of mind. Sometimes we need to understand why we are feeling, thinking or behaving in a certain way. Life can throw situations our way which may seem unmanageable; my aim as a counsellor is to support each person as they gain an insight and understanding into these difficulties, while also supporting them as they make any changes needed to make themselves feel better. It is a privilege to be present in a process where people bring about real changes in their lives.
Counselling can provide support for a wide variety of issues including;
- Postnatal Depression
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Grief, bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties/breakdown
- Self harm
- Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional
- Coping with disability
- Post – traumatic stress and trauma
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” George Bernard Shaw
– Neuromuscular Physical Therapist
– Yoga Teacher Trainer
– Advanced Be Activated Facilitator
– NLP Practitioner and the Creator of Neuroconnective Therapy
With more than 30 years of experience in the wellness sector, Bev combines yoga with the latest techniques in Neuroscience and Neuromuscular Therapies. She is passionate about helping people to understand how amazing their bodies are and, with a few tools, how quickly they can change emotional states and override muscle tension and stress in their own body and mind.
Bev trained as a nurse, before holding several positions in local government, from Operations Manager, Social Work Practice Teacher & Emergency Duty Team Support. She was also part of a 2 year UK Nationwide, Stress management focus team looking into the effects of stress and aggression in the workplace. She went on to develop stress management and health & wellness courses for organisations in the UK and in The Netherlands.
A career break gave her the time to combine two of her favourite activities, yoga and food. She went on to open a small boutique yoga & food space in Amsterdam, where she lived for 12 years with her partner.
In 2012 she relocated to Ireland and has since been busy delivering workshops, seminars, and retreats to the gorgeous population of Ireland.
Jonathan Wills. M.Ost, ND, DO is one of the few osteopaths in Ireland with a masters in osteopathic medicine.
He studied at the world renowned British College of Osteopathic Medicine which takes a naturopathic, whole-body approach to osteopathy. In this course, he also studied visceral osteopathy which aims to treat the viscera/organs of the body via an osteopathic approach. This is an area of medicine which is gaining more and more popularity as people realise that the body has to work as a whole unit and that all the body’s systems are interconnected.
Jonathan’s career in health started in his training as a gym instructor, then as a personal trainer, then as a sports therapist prior to studying osteopathic medicine. He has taught fitness classes around Dublin and has been recruited several times to teach the Joseph System of Foot Mobilisation to podiatrist and chiropodists directly working with Brian Joseph.
Jonathan uses a combination of soft-tissue techniques, myofascial work, joint manipulations and mobilisations, visceral techniques and much more to get your body functioning normally again.
‘A personable approach, empathy for his patients and a proven track record of patient improvement’ ensures that you are in good hands with Jonathan.
I left the corporate world in a blaze of glory 15 years ago after reading the idiots guide to managing stress. Idea Number 32 said – if everything else fails run away. And that is what I did. After being a director of marketing strategy for one of Irelands most profitable start up tech businesses, I ran away to teach yoga in the Bahamas.
Now I am a mum to Tuilelaith and Sean first and foremost. They are my pride and joy. I do however love working. And I love The elbowroom. I am very proud of what my amazing team have accomplished over the years and wish to share that with you.
My speciality is working with families. Through pregnancy, birth and child development. Using yoga, workshops and individual therapies I have worked with hundreds of families over the last 13 years.
The rest of my time is spent mothering 40 plus staff and teachers, being a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Cranio sacral therapist, Pregnancy yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer, Doula, Crochet Queen and playing the cello …badly.
Lee Ní Chinneide
Lee Ni Chinneide graduated from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 2005 with a licentiate of Homeopathy and a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology and Disease.
She has run a busy practice – starting in the Elbowroom when it first opened in 2004 as a student homeopath, and now based in Galway and Dublin. Lee is also the 2nd year tutor for the Irish School of Homeopathy and lectures on Gynaecology, Obstetrics, paediatrics and philosophy. She also acts as a mentor for Graduate Homeopaths and is a supervisor for student Homeopaths. As a busy mother of 4, Lee is no stranger to pregnancy, labour, post natal issues and childhood illnesses and aside from a busy general practice, Lee specialises in these areas.
Lee is hugely passionate about healthy living, positive mental health and homeopathy. Her approach to her practice is empowering to her patients – helping to gently guide them to make changes in their lifestyle and attitude to achieve the best outcome regardless of the presenting complaint.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.