Meet the Practitioners


Apex Clinic Managers, Therapists & professional Advisory Team 





Dr Declan Cronin                                          Clinical Director                                                Apex Clinics – Established 1996                                      

HSE – Health Service Executive

Dr. Declan Cronin specialises in the treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Panic Attacks, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Confidence, Self-Esteem, OCD, IBS, Mood Swings, Anger, Migraine & Tension Headaches, Fears, Drugs, Alcohol, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Pain Management, Serious Illness & Depression, Lifestyle & Diabetes, Relationships, Phobias, Positive Living.

Patient financial support for Dr. Cronin’s services has also been approved   by the HSE.

The external claims committee of the HSE approved funding for treatment by Dr. Declan Cronin. This pertains to the Irish Department of Health, the Redress, and the initiative to provide counselling for victims & survivors of institutional childhood neglect, injury and/or abuse as children in Ireland.

The Redress Board was set up under the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 to make fair and reasonable awards to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions subject to state regulation or inspection. Useful link:



Dr. Declan Cronin is referral therapist for the renowned Davitt Corporate.

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Dr. Declan Cronin was Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist to members of the Irish Karate Team who qualified and competed at the World Karate Championships in Tokyo 2006

(From Left To Right: Sensei Gary Daly, Sensei Darran Smith and Shane Donnelly)


“We very quickly realised we were in good hands when we commenced our positive-outcome therapy sessions with Dr. Cronin. He understood exactly what we were trying to accomplish and asked questions that made you focus, contemplate and believe. I think his experience, skill, intelligence and instinct must place him at the top of his profession. What impressed me most was his ability to see the whole picture, even at the early stages he had an innate sense of what to do next. And more importantly, he possesses the communicative skills to convey this knowledge in an honest, insightful, and constructive way”Gary Daly, 4 DAN Karate. World Championship Qualifier 2006.





Clinical Psychologist

  • PhD. Curtin University Australia
  • MA (Clinical Psych)
  • BA (Psych Honours)
  • BA (Soc Science)
  • Dip (Clinical Hypnosis)
  • Registered as a clinical psychologist both in Ireland and Australian.
  • Dr. Milo has worked in a variety of professional capacities including work as a Clinical Psychologist, drug counsellor, university lecturer, trainer & educator and as a senior manager of non-government organisations and in the intellectual disabilities (ID) field.
  • His career has focused on increasing competency and capacity in families and careers of young people and people with ID. A significant focus has been enhancing parenting practice, attachment and emotional warmth in families whilst also teaching skills in managing mood through CBT and mindfulness. A central role of his work has been the design and delivery of services to young people and families experiencing emotional distress and dealing with adolescent behavioural problems.
  • All families often have great, unrealised strengths and resources. An important focus of his work was empowering families to enhance the quality of their relationships, identifying barriers to achieving individual and family goals and maximising connection to local community supports and services. This experience follows employment as a Psychologist in a maximum-security prison, work in the drug addictions field and as a senior manager for Cork Simon developing policy and training/clinical interventions.


  • Broad experience applied in the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical interventions and training programs for disengaged ‘at risk’ group’s often experiencing ongoing psychosocial ill health (individuals, families & ethnic groups).
  • Broad experience & skills in assessment of individual, family and organisational needs and skills requirements.
  • Highly developed interpersonal & communication skills (both verbal & written) resulting from work with marginalized & difficult to service groups, NGO’s & ongoing professional development (post grad studies & in-service training).
  • Ability to organise & prioritise workloads accordingly; to meet deadlines, addresses new tasks that arise and delegate responsibilities to assure successful short and long term outcomes of an organisation.
  • Comprehensive experience in management, supervision of & participation in multi disciplinary teams & volunteer
  • Strategic planning skills with the ability to anticipate problems & deliver innovative & effective solutions.
  • Proven ability to inspire teams, support & motivate individuals toward innovation & excellence in service delivery.
  • Financial management skills developed through extensive experience as a program manager of community organisations.

Dr. Milo adheres to a strict code of ethics and is a member of the Irish Psychological Society, The Australian Psychological Society and Australian Society of Hypnosis.



Play Therapy

Laura Carr

Laura is a qualified play therapist who is both committed and incredibly well equipped to help children.

  • She began her journey by firstly attaining her Honours Psychology Degree from Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Having achieved this she progressed on to being awarded her Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy from the Children’s Therapy Centre; she is also a qualified Relax Kids Coach.
  • Laura is a firm believer and practitioner of the Non-directive child centred model of play therapy. She has always believed that childhood should be a simple, carefree time filled with joy and laughter and she is 100% committed to achieving this for all of her young clients.
  • Laura is a registered member of the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy (IAPTP)

Just some of the areas that Laura specialises in are:

  • Childhood anxiety
  • Anger difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Separation Anxiety
  • ASD
  • Attachment issues
  • Adjustment difficulties (such as parental separation, new school etc.)
  • Selective mutism
  • Sensory difficulties


Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills works with children and young adults who are struggling with aspects of learning.  She has vast experience with Dyspraxia,Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dysgraphia to sensory based difficulties such as Sensory Processing Disorder.

  • Sarah began her career as a psychologist by studying Psychology and Sociology in the Waterford Institute of Technology.  Subsequently, whilst working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, she went on to UCC to study a Higher Diploma in Coaching Psychology where she graduated with a 2.1 degree.
  • She believes that no two individuals are the same and understands that difficulties present themselves in all shapes and sizes, nonetheless, through the right support and intervention can be managed successfully with a positive outcome.
  • Sarah is currently undertaking an MA in Applied Psychology UCC and hopes to be specialising in the assessment and intervention of the following disorders:
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Dyspraxia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder




Rory O Connor

Rory O’Connor Manager of the Nutrition and Health Science division of Apex He is also the head Nutritionist advisor to Dr. Declan Cronin’s “SUCCESS” ™© Obesity & Weightloss Program

  • Nutrition + Health Scientist
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health Science /Dip Biopharmaceutical Science/Fetac Food Science
  • With a background in healthcare Rory, having previously worked in the industry as a nutritional consultant in health shops and pharmacy’s.
  • He is head nutritionist for The Health Factory Ireland working with a number of different people ranging from athletes to weightloss clients.
  • He has worked in the microbiology laboratories in University College Cork on antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance bacteria, from this work he became involved in a published scientific paper in 2015. He has an Honours Degree in Nutrition and Health Science from the Cork Institute of Technology and a background in Nutritional therapy.
  • He specialises in clinical nutrition with an emphasis on whole body health, taking the mind and body interactions into consideration. Rory believes in sustainable living through nutrition “I like to educate my clients on how to live in balance with their bodies, teach them how to take care of their personal health and to take responsibility for their wellbeing”.



Stephan Walkins


Masters in C.B.T
Counselling Psychologist

Stephen Walkins Manager of the Counselling division of Apex Clinics. He is also head counselling advisor to the Dr Declan Cronin’s “SUCCESS” ™© Obesity & Weightloss Program

  • Holds a degree in Psychology & a diploma in Humanities and has also earned a certificate in Forensic Psychology.
  • He is fully trained in First Aid, Safe talk and A.S.S.I.S.T
  • Approaches: CBT, Counselling, Psychodynamic, Psychotherapy
  • Stephen graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with a Degree (Hons) in Psychology. In his professional work he uses an eclectic approach with a CBT base, working on the premise that no two people or issues are the same. Stephen works with individuals on a one-to-one basis and also with groups, providing a safe base for the client to explore and express their thoughts and feelings.
  • Stephen specialises in:
  • Anxiety
  • Past and Recent Trauma
  • Stress Low Self-Esteem
  • Bullying and Intimidation
  • Grief/Bereavement and Loss
  • Anger
  • Communication Problems
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Personal Development

William Hempel

MSc. (Psy.), BSc. (Hons) (Psy.), M.Ps.S.I., BPS-RQTU,Cert. of Competence British Psychological Society (A, B1 & B2), Advanced Diploma in the Treatment of Eating Disorders –  National Centre for Eating Disorders & Institute of Psychiatrists UK. Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, British Psychological Society & Federation of European Sports Psychologists.





Michael holds a double honours degree in Applied Psychology, Higher Diploma in Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy all awarded by U.C.C. He is currently completing an M.A. degree in C.B.T. with the Irish College of Humanities and Sciences. He has worked as a Guidance Counsellor, classroom teacher and Deputy Principal. He has great experience of secondary education, counselling adolescents, career planning and decision making as well as issues that arise from learning and study problems. He is a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors of Ireland.

Michael’s approach to Counselling and Therapy is person centred and solution focused, working mainly from a CBT and Mindfulness base. He believes that everyone has the potential to overcome past difficulties and can grow and develop to live more fulfilling lives. He offers general counselling and he works with people who may experience difficulties with:
• Anxiety and Panic Attacks
• Anger
• Depression
• Education and Career Planning
• Low Self Esteem
• Learning Problems
• Phobias
• Psychological and Emotional problems of Ageing
• Stress

Carolyn Power                                        

Before embarking on a new career in helping people I was a professional ballerina then ran my own dance school for many years and have experience working with children, adolescents and adults.  I am now realising my dream of becoming a psycotherapist.

I hold a Higher Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy from CIT and I am currently studying for my psychotherapy degree at PCI college and am a student member of the IACP.   I have completed training workshops in geneology, family systems, anger and trauma.

Working with clients I use an integrative approach combining different approaches and theories to suit each persons unique needs and aims.

These approaches and theories include Person-Centred, Geneology, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Family Systems and CBT.

My particular areas of expertise are:


Eating disorders

Sexual violence


I also work with people who wish to overcome:




Low self-esteem

Life style changes


I believe that change and wellness happen when the client and therapist work together.



Aisling Foley

  • Student, M.A. in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction Counselling (Australian Institute of Professional Counselling)
  • BA (Honours) Degree in Health Promotion (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Aisling Foley has 6 years of experience working across as variety of roles including: counselling, group therapy, youth work, mental health community services & management. Aisling is currently studying counselling and psychotherapy at Masters level, receives ongoing supervision & works in accordance with Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy’s Code of Ethics and Practice.

Aisling’s approach is integrative, humanistic and person centred, drawing from various therapeutic approaches and adapts accordingly to suit the needs of her clients. Aisling has experience working with clients through a broad range of issues including addiction, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, hoarding disorder, low self-esteem, sexuality, eating disorders, relationship issues, grief, lifestyle changes etc.

Aisling believes that the counselling process can help clients to gain fresh perspectives, make peace with their past, choose new directions, grow beyond old habits into empowerment, safely explore issues & experiences, develop coping skills, gain insight into personal relationships or behaviours, overcome barriers & reach their potential.



Sinead Russell

M.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science


  • Sinead uses an Integrative and person-centered approach to therapy. She uses person-centered because she believes it is of utmost importance to use Carl Roger’s core conditions no matter what issue a client is dealing with. These core conditions are Congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. She believes it is of great importance to explore how the past is affecting the here and now. She explores how her clients thinking styles, behaviours and feelings affect the present. She also believes it is important to look at how her clients picture their future and how they can work towards achieving that.


  • Sinead helps empowers her clients to overcome what is troubling them and to develop as a person. She has a degree in Psychology, and Religious and Global Diversities from University College Cork. She has completed the safe TALK course and the ASSIST course to become a suicide-alert helper. She is currently finishing he Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences. Sinead has an immense interest in helping people who struggle with mental health issues. Due to having her own mental health difficulties in the past she has first-hand experience of what it is like to overcome mental health issues or difficulties. She has huge interest in working with people who suffer from all types of mental health issues but has a particular interest in eating disorders, suicidal ideation, depression, and sexual abuse. As she is a sufferer of fibromyalgia syndrome herself she has a keen interest in helping those who have this syndrome. She is a member of the accrediting body Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland. Outside of her work she volunteers for ChildLine, Cork Mental Health Foundation and Housing Association and the Girls Club Cork. Outside of her work and volunteering she enjoys helping out farming at home, spending time with her dogs, reading and the simple things in life.

Sinead works with both adults and adolescents who may be experiencing the following:

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Bereavement, Grief & Loss
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • Low self-esteem, confidence & Self Worth
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Noreen Twomey

Noreen began her career by studying Psychology and Sociology in UCC, and subsequently went on to graduate with a 2:1, Honours Degree. After that she began her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has also completed SafeTalk Training with the HSE, she is also a member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland.

Noreen works with adults, but also specialises in working with those of a younger age group. She is currently nearing the end of an additional degree, a Post Graduate Certificate in Child and adolescent Counselling, and has experience of working with adolescents in a mental health setting, via her work with numerous other mental health organisations around Cork.

Noreen Twomey uses an integrative and humanistic approach, which brings together different elements of various therapies. She uses this approach because she believes there is no single therapeutic approach that suits every client in any varying situation. People are unique and so are their circumstances. She considers each client as a whole and so tailors her approach to their individual needs and personal circumstances, while always incorporating 3 core beliefs which are derived of a Humanistic Approach; Empathy, Congruence and Unconditional Positive Regard. This allows each client to individually grow, with the right support and approach to suit their needs. Noreen believes that one of the most important components of therapy is that the client feels safe, supported, and relaxed in a calm, open and trusting environment. In her opinion this allows for not only a strong therapeutic relationship to develop but also a successful outcome to therapy

Noreen Twomey works with adults and adolescents on a one-to-one basis, who experience:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Stressful life events
• self-esteem issues
• Grief, Bereavement and Loss
• Trauma
• Bullying and Intimidation
• Anger
• Relationship Issues
• Personal Development
• Communication Issues

Donal Pyne

I use an integrative and humanistic approach in my work with my clients which regards the development of an engaging and genuine therapeutic relationship between client and therapist to be the most healing element of therapy. I also consider it vitally important to cultivate an awareness, acceptance, and understanding of our emotions, and a willingness to experience them. To generate such an understanding it is necessary to use models such as psychodynamic psychotherapy which illuminates how our early experiences shape our present as well as cognitive-behavioural therapy which elucidates how unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns act to maintain our suffering. Mindfulness-based approaches are used in my work to relate more skilfully and compassionately towards challenging emotional states and to experience the freedom of a perspective where suffering can be more easily accepted.


My academic studies and clinical experiences have been of great benefit in understanding and alleviating mental distress. I have a graduate diploma in psychology from the University of East London as well as Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster. I worked for four years with mental health services in the UK where I successfully delivered exposure therapy to clients overwhelmed with anxiety due to psychosis, cognitive and behavioural therapy for depression and motivational interviewing to clients with addiction dependency, and also solution focused therapy. I also have published research in the area of mindfulness with the Clinical Psychology Forum.

My own personal journey of recovery, from being socially anxious, on account of developmental trauma and alcoholism in my family, towards social confidence and authentic selfhood, has been a great teacher and source of motivation on my path towards becoming a psychotherapist. Cultivating nourishing authentic relationships has helped me enormously on this journey, and I am presently engaged in facilitating authentic relating events here in Cork so that others may also benefit from the sense of hope and joy which arises when our need for connection is met.

I am able to assist clients in the following areas:

  • Depression,
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Self-esteem and confidence issues,
  • Personal Development
  • Developmental Trauma/PTSD




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Apex Clinic – Counselling & Clinical Psychology Centres are well-established Assessment and Intervention Centres attracting clients from all parts of Ireland.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and experienced counselling and clinical psychologists to play a key role in our dynamic and multi-disciplinary centre providing high quality service.

The role includes providing intervention to individuals, family, parents and/or children, conducting psychological assessments and contributing to parenting assessments.

The post offers a friendly and supportive working environment and flexible working hours.

Highly motivated candidates with an excellent track record are invited to apply.

Contact: Dr. Declan Cronin

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