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Welcome to Dundrum Counselling and Therapy Centre

Who we are

DCTC has been a well known and respected provider of mental health/wellbeing services to the local Dundrum community and beyond since 1994.


The beginning…

Dundrum Counselling and Therapy was founded by Pearl Fleming in 1994, originally based at Ashgrove Terrace in Dundrum. It moved to its current location of 2A Arbourfield Terrace in 2000. Pearl retired in psychotherapy/counselling in December 2018 and now pursues a calling as an interfaith minister.

The continuing journey…

The Centre is now run by Helen Gilmartin who has been a director since 2001.

Over the years we have been delighted to be able to extend our services, so that we now provide a full range of “talk therapies” to adults, teenagers, children, couples and families. We are also glad to be able to offer Specialist Fertility Counselling as this addresses issues which have been a source of much distress and challenge for individuals and couples in recent decades.

We believe that offering a range of holistic, energy and body-focused therapies is an important part of our service. These treatments have value as independent healing modalities: we recognise that “talk therapy” is not for everyone. They also function as complementary support for clients attending for psychotherapy/counselling.

Therapists at DCTC

DCTC is fortunate to have brought together a wide range of committed and competent professionals. As a collective, we work hard to develop our vision and ethos. We are committed to ongoing professional development, to keeping up to date with relevant research and progress in our fields, to learning together and to supporting one another. This creates a stimulating and supportive working environment which we believe is reflected in the quality of service and attention we offer to our clients.

Our Centre promotes inclusivity. We work with clients of all backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status and race.

We extend a warm welcome to our website and to our Centre.

Therapy services at DCTC

View therapy services available

DCTC provides a broad range of therapeutic, psychological and healing services, such as psychotherapy, counselling, specialist fertility counselling, family systems work, child and adolescent psychotherapy, EFT, touch for health kinesiology and Reiki.

Adolescent psychotherapy

Professional counselling and psychotherapeutic services to adolescents between the ages of 12 – 18. It is not easy to navigate our way through the turbulent years of growing up.

Child psychotherapy

Childrens therapy is a term used to define the use of creative pursuits or activities in a therapeutic process and aim to facilitate well-being, positive mental health, change, interpersonal skills, affect regulation and trauma interventions.

Couples Therapy

Couple therapy at Dundrum Therapy and Counselling Centre provides a safe, confidential space where you will both be heard, in which you can begin to express yourselves clearly and to hear each other with more empathy and understanding.


In counselling, clients are helped to overcome current issues which may be preventing them enjoying or engaging with life.

EFT (Meridian Tapping)

EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques or tapping as it is now commonly known, is a therapeutic technique developed by Gary Craig in the mid-90s and is now considered a branch of Energy Psychology.


Psychotherapy allows individuals to deeply explore their past experiences and childhood relationships. Psychotherapy can assist in making sense of unconscious communications.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy are both forms of psychological therapies are are similar in many respects. Yet, there are important distinctions between the two.


Reiki is a form of Energy Therapy which simply involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the client by the laying on of hands. It one of the simplest systems and is also gentle, respectful and non-intrusive.

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Specialist Fertility Counselling

Fertility Counselling is recommended for anybody contemplating or undergoing any aspect of fertility treatment and is open to both men and women. Counselling for individuals and couples can offer help in coping with the unique stresses of fertility treatment and the uncertainty of outcomes.


Wosket described supervision as a formal arrangement whereby a practitioner discusses their work regularly with someone who is an experienced practitioner and supervisor.

Touch for Health Kinesiology

Touch For Health Kinesiology (TFH) is a Holistic Body Therapy developed by Dr Thie in the 1970’s.

Online/Telephone Services


While we at DCTC believe that face to face therapy offers the richest experience in terms of depth of connection and exploration, we recognise that this is not possible for some clients during this pandemic. We also recognise that some clients may not be able to attend in person due to ill health or mobility issues. To these clients, we are happy to offer online and telephone consultations.

Therapists at DCTC

Meet the therapists

DCTC, in operation for almost 30 years, has brought together skilled therapists from different modalities and backgrounds. View all therapists at Dundrum Therapy and Counselling Centre

Helen Gilmartin, M.I.A.H.I.P., I.C.P., E.A.P.

Director, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor
John Searson

John Searson M.I.A.H.I.P., M.I.A.C.P., I.C.P.

Child, adolesecent and adult Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor and Faculty Lecturer

Kieran Hurley M.I.A.C.P.

Erich Keller

Erich Keller, M.I.A.C.P.

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Róisín Venables, M.I.A.C.P.

Counsellor & Supervisor
Rex Dunlop

Rex Dunlop

Reiki Master, Spiritual Mentor
Darina Davis

Darina Davis

Holistic Therapist
Liz Wright

Liz Wright, M.I.A.H.I.P.

Psychotherapist and Counsellor