& Psychotherapy Auburn Counselling
Noli Temere - "Do not be Afraid"


Are you perhaps feeling overwhelmed by worries or experiencing anxiety or depression? Have you perhaps recently lost your job or a loved one or are you feeling unable to cope with financial pressures or relationship problems? Perhaps you have concerns about your identity or sexuality which you have not felt able to share with anyone to date or are having issues with food, alcohol or other substances.

In Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy we offer you the opportunity to talk about your worries and concerns in a totally safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting, allowing you with the assistance of the therapist to explore ways of alleviating your symptoms so that your problems will not weigh so heavily on you in the future.

Many research studies have demonstrated that psychotherapy or talk therapy is effective in treating depression and relieving symptoms experienced by individuals who suffer from depression. While a past history of depression increases the risk of future episodes, there is evidence that psychotherapy may lessen the chance of recurrence. (American Psychological Association, 2015) 


We understand that taking the decision to see a counsellor or psychotherapist can be a difficult one. We give of our best at all times and want you to know that you need not face your problems on your own.


We provide a secure place in which you can explore your worries and concerns in a confidential setting.

Client Centred Treatment

This is the one place on earth which is entirely about you. We are guided by the needs and concerns of each person attending and our approach is empathetic and non-judgemental.


Pauline O Connell


I am a practising psychotherapist and hold an M Sc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Trinity College Dublin and a B Ed from St Patricks College, Drumcondra. I have extensive experience in working with people.

I founded Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy  because I want to provide a pragmatic and effective approach to counselling and psychotherapy which is tailored to the individual needs of each person attending. I work in a one-to-one relationship with the client in a confidential and safe setting, working to develop the client's own self-awareness and by doing so assist each individual in finding their own way forward through their difficulties. As a therapist I am guided by the needs and concerns of the person attending for therapy.

I work with adult clients helping them deal with a wide range of issues. My areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, eating disorders, obsessional thoughts and behaviour, panic attacks, infertility, sexual abuse, trauma and PTSD, personal and work related challenges and questions of identity and sexuality.

I am a member of APPI, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland and the ICP, The Irish Council of Psychotherapy and abide by their Code of Ethics. I am fully insured and consider my own continual academic and personal development as essential to the effective conduct of my practice. 


Our Services


What is Psychotherapy and how can it help me?


What are the reasons people seek help?

Code of Ethics

"The therapist shall hold the interest and welfare of those in receipt of her services as paramount at all times". (APPI 1999)


  • Why would I visit a psychotherapist?

    It is not unusual to feel unhappy or depressed either from time to time or for a sustained period. Unexpected life events in the here and now can throw our lives into disarray or life events from the past can exert a negative influence on our health and well-being in the present. These unwanted thoughts, feelings and circumstances can significantly impact our ability to cope with the day to day and our mental health can be tested to the extreme with feelings of isolation, depression, hopelessness and anxiety.
    Talking to a professional, in a safe, non-judgemental environment about thoughts and feelings can significantly ease emotional and psychological distress.
    Speaking with a professional is not like speaking with family and friends who may often assume to know what is right for someone. At Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy we have undergone educational and clinical training and are experienced in gently accompanying clients to a place of greater self-awareness and understanding. This in turn can lead to a greater sense of well-being can all be experienced.

  • How often do I go?

    Sessions normally take place once weekly for 45 minutes. Weekly attendance is important for therapy to progress.

    The frequency and length of sessions will be agreed, jointly, between client and therapist and some clients may attend shorter sessions more than once per week.

  • What are the fees?

    All fees will be agreed in advance of commencement of treatment between the client and therapist. Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy are happy to access each case on an individual basis and will take personal circumstances into account when agreeing the fee for sessions, particularly in cases where the client attends more than one session per week.
    Payment is taken at the end of each session by the therapist.
    For clinical as well as financial reasons, missed sessions, with less than 24 hours - notice, are paid for in full. Where possible an alternative appointment will be offered.
    All initial consultations: €60
    Individual sessions: €60 for 45 minutes

  • What will happen in the first session?

    The first session will last up to 50 minutes. The client will be asked by their therapist to talk about what has brought them to the clinic; the issues that are troubling them. Most importantly however, the client will be invited to talk about anything that they themselves consider important.

  • How long does therapy take?

    As psychotherapy is a very individual process, Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy does not recommend a set number of sessions. In cases where the reasons for coming are quite recent a short number of sessions may suffice. Where the symptoms complained off are more troubling a lengthier period of therapy may be required. Each individual client will have the opportunity to discuss their treatment with their therapist so that therapy can be mutually agreed.

  • What can I expect from my therapist?

    The therapeutic relationship differs from all other relationships. The relationship between a therapist and a client is strictly professional, meaning that the relationship exists for the sole purpose advancing the treatment. In Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy we abide by the code of ethics and conduct of the APPI, The Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland. Clients can expect their therapists to be: free of judgement, ethical, dedicated, professionally trained, compassionate, tolerant and trustworthy.

  • Where do I go?

    The practice is located at, The Pines, Castleknock, Dublin 15.
    Please contact Pauline O'Connell for an appointment: T. 087 718 1814



"Twinship is a union that transcends the individuals involved with its own nature and norms" (Siemon 1980:390)

The sight of Twins sparks interest, wonderment and fascination wherever we go. We speculate in the case of identical twins how two unique individuals could possibly look so similar. Twins have a special significance in the mythology of nearly all ancient and primitive cultures.

The psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, (with reference to Bion's Imaginary Twin) talks of
"the universal longing to be understood without worlds and suggests that the twin represents those un-understood and cut off parts of the self which the individual is longing to regain, in the hope of restoring wholeness and complete understanding" ( Klein 1963:302).

Most recent psychoanalytic research would indicate that twins whether identical or non- identical may bond equally closely depending on the circumstances of their upbringing.

Consequently, some twins may find separation from the co-twin difficult because of fears over the loss of identity engendered by the separation.

It must be stressed that recent Psychiatric studies (Kendler and Prescott:2006) indicate that the percentage of twins suffering from psychological distress is no greater than that of singletons in the community at large, consequently any perceived loss of identity may be in large measure compensated for by the supportive aspect of the twin bond ( Leonard, 1961).

In Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy we have a special interest in twins, other multiples and their parents. Our interest stems from the fact that twins' closeness in chronological age means that they relate to one another in ways that differ subtlety from other relationships.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event.

A young woman gets mugged and hit over the head with a pipe. Years later, she is still afraid to go out at night by herself. She has trouble making friends and she is slow to trust people. She has gotten several warnings at work for missing days; sometimes she just can't seem to get out of bed. A former soldier, when he finally sleeps, finds himself back on the dusty roads of Afghanistan. He awakes in a panic and struggles futilely to return to sleep. Days are hardly better. The rumble of garbage trucks shatters his nerves. Flashbacks come unexpectedly, at the whiff of certain cleaning chemicals. He is imprisoned in his own mind.  

What exactly is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. These events can include: 

  • Natural disasters 
  • Car crashes 
  • Sexual or physical assaults 
  • Terrorist attacks 
  • Combat during wartime

Who Is At Risk?

PTSD can occur at any age, including childhood. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and there is some evidence that susceptibility to the disorder may run in families.

Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events.

Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.

Risk factors for PTSD include:

  • Living through dangerous events and traumas 
  • Having a history of mental illness 
  • Getting hurt 
  • Seeing people hurt or killed 
  • Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear 
  • Having little or no social support after the event 
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home

Resilience factors that may reduce the risk of PTSD include:

  • Seeking out support from other people, such as friends and family 
  • Finding a support group after a traumatic event 
  • Feeling good about one's own actions in the face of danger 
  • Having a coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event and learning from it 
  • Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear. 

Researchers are studying the importance of various risk and resilience factors. With more
study, it may be possible someday to predict who is likely to get PTSD and prevent it.


The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy ('talk' therapy), medications, or both. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. It is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated by a mental health care provider who is experienced with PTSD. Some people with PTSD need to try different treatments to find what works for their symptoms.

If someone with PTSD is going through an ongoing trauma, such as being in an abusive relationship, both of the problems need to be treated. Other ongoing problems can include panic disorder, depression, substance abuse, and feeling suicidal.

How Talk Therapies Help People Overcome PTSD

Talk therapies teach people helpful ways to react to frightening events that trigger their PTSD symptoms. Based on this general goal, different types of therapy may:
Teach about trauma and its effects.
Use relaxation and anger control skills.
Provide tips for better sleep, diet, and exercise habits.
Help people identify and deal with guilt, shame, and other feelings about the event.
Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear.

Focus on changing how people react to their PTSD symptoms. For example, therapy helps people visit places and people that are reminders of the trauma.

(The National Institute of National Health (NIMH), US Department of Health and Human Sciences.) 


Alcoholics Anonymous
Providing support to anyone who desires to stop drinking.
Confidential helpline and support service, and information, for male victims of domestic abuse.
Formed by patients, relatives and mental health professionals who have experience of dealing with depression to provide support.
Provides advice and support on eating disorders.
Provides therapy and support for children affected by sexual abuse.
Providing Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services to those Bereaved through Suicide.
Gamblers Anonymous
Help and support for gambling/spending addiction.
12 step support for depression.
Irish Association for Alcohol & Addiction Counselling.
One in Four
Provides Support for those who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
Overeaters Anonymous
Help, support and 12 step meetings located around the country for anyone with an eating disorder including compulsive overeating, anorexia and bulimia.
Money Advice and Budgetary Services.
Pieta House
Provides therapeutic support to people in suicidal distress and to those who engage in self-harm.
Rape Crisis Centre
Providing healing and support to victims of sexual trauma and abuse.
Callers to the Samaritans can talk about their feelings and emotions as well as exploring options they have in dealing with difficult problems.
Women's Aid
Women's Aid provides information and support to women and their children affected by domestic violence.

Auburn Counselling and Psychotherapy

Care, Confidentiality, Client Centred

Contact information

  • Address: The Pines, Castleknock. Dublin 15
  • Phone: +353 87 7181814
  • Bus Routes: Dublin Bus: 37 , 38, 38a, 38b, 38d, 39, 39a, 70.
  • Email: info@auburncounselling.ie
  • Working hours: 08:00 - 21:00

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