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About Acorn Counselling & Psychotherapy

 Welcome to the Acorn Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre website.

The Acorn Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre is a well established practice, providing Counselling and Psychotherapy in a safe, professional, confidential, and non-judgemental setting.

Our Counselling rooms are located in Oranmore and Portumna Co Galway, which are within easy commuting distance of Galway City and County, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon,Tipperary, and Offaly, enabling us to offer our services to a large section of the population.


About our Therapists              

Paula Campbell. MIACP.

I am a Professionally trained Counsellor/Psychotherapist with many years experience working with people with a wide variety of issues.

I am a graduate of The Tivoli Institute Dublin. I have also trained and worked for many years with The Rutland  Addiction Centre as a group facilitator.

I am  an Accredited Marriage and Relationship Therapist  having trained with Accord.

I am an Accredited Member of  the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (IACP) and abide by their code of ethics and Practice for Counsellors.

Counselling can be a challenging experience. However, the respectful relationship that can develop between client and counsellor may enable you to discover the strengths and personal resources necessary for you to effect, change and move on with your life.

Counselling can help by offering you a safe and confidential place to talk, face to face, with someone you can trust. A chance to be listened to without being judged. A place where you can feel free to express your true feelings, know that you will be accepted, and that your perspective will be understood, maybe for the first time.

As your counsellor or therapist, I will accompany you on your personal journey through these issues, acting as a sounding board, a guide, and someone who can perhaps offer a different perspective without judging or directing you. Throughout this therapeutic relationship we will discuss and decide together how our work is progressing and when it is complete.


Pat Bermingham. MIACP. 

I am an Accredited Member of  the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (IACP) and abide by their Professional code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors.

I started my counselling work in the early 1990′s when I joined The Samaritans and trained as a volunteer on their 24 hour suicide helpline.

As  time went on and I became more involved with the work of the Samaritans the true extent of the enormous emotional pain and suffering being endured by everyday ordinary people really came home to me. I realised I that I wanted to devote my life to empowering people find a healthier and more contented way of living their lives.

Towards the end of the 90′s I decided to leave my career in Retail Management and embark on a full time Professional Training in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I started my studies in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, then continued on to the National University of Ireland in Galway, where I studied Psychology and Philosophy.

I went on to train with The Tivoli Institute Dublin, where I graduated with a Professionally Accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I subsequently trained and worked with The Rutland  Addiction Centre as an Aftercare group facilitator.

I went on to train as a Marriage and relationship Therapist  with Accord, and I am  Accredited by Accord in Association with St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

I take a holistic view of people’s health and well-being and I work from a Person centred perspective, using an integrated range of counselling models personally tailored to best match each individual client’s needs.

Counselling models used include Cognitive behavioural, Psychodynamic. Solution Focussed, Gestalt, and Imago. Thus facilitating individuals and couples to explore, reflect upon, and empower  themselves to resolve difficulties in their lives and relationships.

I undertake to treat all my clients with the utmost respect and dignity, while committing all my skills and resources to improving their quality of life. I believe that anybody who is committed to counselling/Psychotherapy can and will change, opening up new, more positive possibilities for the future.

Changes may include feeling more in control, managing emotions better, feeling more self confident and assertive, and having a greater sense of freedom to act and to make positive choices.


Location map of our Oranmore counselling rooms:

12 Abhainn Na Rí, Oranmore, Galway


Location map of our Portumna counselling rooms:

Ballynew, Portumna, Co. Galway