Lara is a Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Director of spacehaven, a specialised adolescent psychotherapy service based in Dun Laoghaire, for young people aged 11-25. A skilled facilitator and trainer, Lara has worked for over 15 years with youth and community organisations, supporting individuals, families and groups to address personal, social, addiction and mental-health issues.
Lara holds an Advanced Post-Qualifying Diploma in Gestalt Adolescent Psychotherapy, MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and BA (Hons) Psychology. Additionally, she has a Certificate in Drugs Counselling & Intervention Skills from UCD and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Development & Youth Work from NUI Maynooth. She is an accredited member with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), and uses creative processes along with mindfulness based stress reduction in her work.
In the past, Lara has worked with Dublin AIDS Alliance, SAOL Project (substance use rehabilitation for women), Open Heart House (HIV support and counselling), Women’s Therapy Centre, Headstrong, and currently as Clinical Co-ordinator and client assessor with Living Life Counselling Centre.
Mobile: 086 3681075