Meet the Front Line Staff of Wexford Rape Crisis
Clare Williams, Manager Wexford Rape Crisis MSc, BSc, B.A., Dip Mgt, Dip Addictions, Dip Group Work.
Clare commenced as Manager with WRC in Nov 2014. Her working background includes work as a counsellor supporting and helping clients with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Clare has also held a range of senior managerial roles, mainly in Dublin in a variety of work settings. These include managing a Residential Alcohol & Drug Detox Unit, an emergency Shelter for homeless people with mental health challenges, a Transitional Housing Project for people exiting prison and a residential service for women affected by Domestic & Sexual Violence. She worked mainly with organisations such as Dublin Simon Community, De Paul Trust and The Vincentian Housing Partnership.
Catherine Murphy, Staff Counsellor B.Sc., Dip. MIACP.
Catherine has worked with Wexford Rape Crisis since 2000. She has many years’ experience working with adults, both men and women, who have experienced all types of sexual violence (including childhood sexual abuse), domestic violence and gender-based violence. Her therapeutic approach is humanistic/integrative with person-centred values. At the core of therapy is the bond that develops between client and therapist. This facilitates the establishment of a strong foundation of trust and care. Catherine recognises that every client is unique, and she tailors her approach based on the needs of the individual. She facilitates a safe, supportive, nurturing environment which helps clients work towards self-healing and recovery from their trauma. She has completed her training to be a Reiki Practitioner.
Jessica Du Bois, Staff Counsellor, Dip. Counselling MIACP.
Jessica has been a counsellor for Wexford Rape Crisis since 2004. She is a fully accredited Humanistic Integrative Therapist who began her career as a Rape Crisis counsellor at Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis Services in the south of England in 1998. She is also a fully qualified and certified Equine Assisted Mental Health Professional. As a humanistic counsellor, she believes, that through deepening self-awareness, we can all connect with the counsellor within ourselves, and strive to fulfil our true potential in life. For Jessica, being a counsellor is a great honour and privilege.
Bernadette Lacey, Panel Counsellor, Dip Gestalt, Dip HE, RGN, MIACP
Bernadette is a Gestalt Psychotherapist. She works very much on a holistic level encompassing mind body and spirit of clients. She has a deep interest in working with childhood trauma and its effects in adulthood. She also has an abiding love of nature and a passionate belief in the healing and therapeutic powers of the connection with our natural environment and in particular, trees, and feels this to be a very valuable and profound resource which forms an intrinsic part of her work with clients. Bernadette feels the earth has a very forgiving, soothing and calming effect on our system when we spend time with nature, and helps us to regulate our physical, emotional and psychological selves in order to manage life’s challenges better. She believes that sometimes there just aren’t words for what has been suffered and the earth doesn’t need them in order to heal us.
Ciara Murray, Panel Counsellor, Dip Psychotherapy MIAHIP
Ciara Murray is a qualified accredited Psychotherapist and she currently work part time with Wexford Rape Crisis since 2018. She also has a private practise based in Ferns for over five years, working with clients suffering with depression, anxiety, trauma, loss & bereavement. Before this she worked on a voluntary basis in Living Life Counselling & Enniscorthy Vocational College. She also has experience as working as a social care worker in a residential setting working with adolescents in care. Ciara trained in the Tivoli Institute, and qualified from the ‘Professional Training Course in Psychotherapy & Counselling’ (2010-2014). She continues to do professional development workshops varying from different topics such as mindfulness, children’s play therapy to suicide prevention. Ciara offers a safe, non-judgemental space for her clients. She works in a humanistic and integrative way. She likes to focus on helping the client recognise their own capabilities through personal growth and choice.
Siobhan Cooper, Adolescent Counsellor, M.A., B.A. MIACP.
Siobhan is a Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapist and Play Therapist and holds a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and first-class MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy & Play Therapy. Her role within the organisation is specific to providing a specialised psychotherapeutic support to adolescents and young adults who have experienced or been impacted by sexual, domestic or gender-based violence. Her work is underpinned by the core conditions of the Person-Centred Approach, Empathy, Congruence and Unconditional Positive Regard. Alongside the ‘talk therapy’ aspect in the counselling relationship, she uses creative mediums and play therapy which provide additional/alternative dimensions in the therapy process for clients in their healing journey.
Fiona Clancy, Adolescent Counsellor, BSoc Sc, Diploma in Psychotherapy, MIACP.
Fiona is a fully accredited Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist and has worked as a Psychotherapist with adults who have experienced trauma since 2005. Fiona has also gained post-graduate qualifications in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Play and has been working therapeutically with children and adolescents since 2007. Fiona’s work experience also includes working in family centres, in homeless services and in a residential setting for adolescents in care. Fiona’s role in Wexford Rape Crisis is to provide psychotherapy to adolescents and young adults who have been impacted by sexual, domestic or gender-based violence. Fiona believes that at the core of therapy is the therapeutic relationship and that the relationship or bond between client and therapist is central to healing. Fiona uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and creative mediums to support clients to begin to heal physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually from their trauma.
Carolyn Brohan, Education Project Worker, M.A., B.A., Dip
Carolyn has been a member of the team since Sept 2017. She delivers Wexford Rape Crisis Consent & Sexual Violence Prevention Programme along with workshops, programmes and training to young people, and professionals, throughout County Wexford. She formerly delivered the EU-funded pilot of the Manuela Programme with Wexford Rape Crisis who was one of four centres in the country providing this initiative. For the past twenty years she has worked as a Senior Youth Worker in a myriad of settings and diversity of roles including youth work services, working with minority groups, in residential care and a Tutor in adult education. She also works part-time as an Associate Lecturer in the third level sector.
Ann Whelan, Finance & Administer Worker LLB, AAT
Ann joined the team in February 2020 and is the financial administrator for Wexford Rape Crisis. She has worked in accounts, book-keeping, and administration for the last 30 years and has gained valuable experience in a number of areas during that time. She enjoys upskilling and has participated in several courses over the years, and in 2017 achieved an LLB in Law. She also works for a number of different organisations looking after the accounts/ HR and implementing policies and procedures to best practise.
Freda Quinn, Volunteer.
Freda began volunteering for WRC in 2012. She has been volunteering in many different capacities over the years but mainly as a fundraising volunteer and assisting with the day today running of the premises. Freda travels between her native Dublin and her home in Wexford on a regular basis and as such volunteers any free time she has when she is back in Wexford. Freda also volunteers for many other large organisations throughout Ireland. When a job needs to be done, Freda is the person to call.