Who We Are
Our Team of Experts
At Lois Bridges our team consists of specialised practitioners in Eating Disorders from Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Medical, Nursing, Social Work, Family Therapy and Dietetic fields. Our wealth of knowledge and understanding in treating this illness is distinct upon arrival at Lois Bridges. Full recovery from an Eating Disorder is possible with the correct support and treatment. All we need from you is honesty and a willingness to open yourself to what recovery has to offer.
Our team are dedicated to crossing these difficult bridges with you.
Director of Services
Carla has a wealth of experience in Health Care, in particular Mental Health. Carla joined the Lois Bridges team in 2018 where she strives to continue to drive the dedicated, experienced team as leaders in the care and treatment of people with Eating Disorders in Ireland. In her role, she works closely with the medical and clinical team across the Lois Bridges programs with the aim of maximising treatment effectiveness and improving patient experience.
Clinical Nurse Manager
Alicia Woods Clinical Nurse Manager: Alicia is a Registered Mental Health Nurse who has been an integral part of the Lois Bridges team since 2012. Alicia has vast experience and qualifications including completing the Masters Practitioner Program in Eating Disorders through the National Centre for Eating Disorders London, CBT with Eating Disorders and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Alicia also carries out weekly group sessions teaching clients skills such as Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and ways to manage high levels of distress. Alicia takes a caring, supportive role with both clients and staff.
Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist
Zuzanna Gajowiec is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist. She is a member of the Psychology Society of Ireland (PSI), the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI), the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP) and EMDR Association UK & Ireland. Zuzanna joined the Lois Bridges team in 2013. She works individually with clients and provides group programmes for clients in primary and outpatient care. Zuzanna’s work ensures both systemic and individual approach to assisting recovery, raising self- esteem and motivation and developing a more positive body image.
Harriette Lynch is our Consultant Dietician here at Lois Bridges since 2012. Having Completed her BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester and further Post Graduate training in Eating Disorders, Harriette is a Registered Dietitian with CORU and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and is also a Level 3 Registered Exercise Professional. Through her academic and professional experience Harriette is a highly skilled Dietician offering a caring, non-judgemental approach that is focused on achieving long-term dietary change through empowerment and positive reinforcement. She takes a holistic approach to dietary management, thoroughly examining all factors that may impact on an individuals’ capacity to meet their nutritional needs and devises practical solutions that can be implemented in home, work and social settings.
Psychotherapist and Group Therapist
Gerry joined the Lois Bridges Team in May 2012. His training is in Gestalt Psychotherapy and he is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). The Gestalt approach allows the therapist to be present to the client and brings herself/ himself into the work, thus developing a trusting, supportive relationship with the client. Gerry particularly likes how Gestalt Therapy strongly encourages the client to take responsibility for making changes in their life and how it encourages them to tap in to their own resources and their own inner strength, thus empowering them. He believes that the answers always come from within. Gerry is also a trained group facilitator and has also trained in Family Systems which greatly facilitates holding in his awareness of the client’s family of origin in a non-judgemental way. This is always invaluable in helping to see the client in the context of their family system and thus the bigger picture. This family systemic work can facilitate rapid insight into a client’s beliefs, values, attitudes and gives valuable clues about their learned interruptions and blockages which may now be stopping them from living a full life.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Liam Plant – MIACAT, MIACP, MBAAT, M.A. A.th, Dip. Gest.th, Ad.dip Supervision (Counselling and Psychotherapy). Liam Plant is an Art Psychotherapist, Gestalt Therapist, and Counselling/ Psychotherapy Supervisor practicing in Dublin since 1985. He is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a State Registered Art Therapist/ Psychotherapist with the U.K. Health and Care Professions Council. Liam was a founding member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists. Liam has worked with many client groups over the years including acute and long-term mental health service users, young persons, people with physical and intellectual disabilities and many counselling and psychotherapy students. In addition to his work with Lois Bridges Liam is currently working with individuals in private practice and with groups attending Cluain Mhuire Mental Health Day Services (St John of God Service). Liam is an integrative therapist, which means he uses a variety of approaches in his work. Whatever the approach that is being followed though, Liam views the therapeutic alliance with the client as being central and fundamental to the therapy process. Liam has also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which he practices and integrates into his therapy work.
Cognitive Analytic Therapist
Aileen Garrihy is a Cognitive Analytic Therapist having trained in the UK with the British Association of CAT. She originally trained as an Occupational Therapist in Trinity College Dublin and worked with people experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties. In this time, she found that she especially enjoyed working with people with eating disorders but felt that psychotherapy training was necessary to help her understand this complex illness better. CAT is a collaborative approach between therapist and client that seeks to understand the symptom or eating disorder and find new ways of managing the distress that underlies it in a compassionate non-judgemental way. Aileen is very enthusiastic and holds great hope for her clients in arriving at full recovery from their Eating Disorder.
Psychologist and Yoga Teacher
I joined the team in Lois Bridges in 2016 and since then have been helping our clients to understand and practice compassion, resilience and other aspects of psychological functioning. Twice a week I also teach yoga, where we work with calming one’s mind, breathing, and gently stretching, relaxing and connecting with the body. Originally from Poland I have been living in Ireland since 2006. In 2012 I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Trinity College and my professional experience includes working with anxiety, depression and eating disorders among others. I have also worked with children diagnosed with ASD collaborated on academic research. My personal interests include meditation, yoga, dancing, traveling, exploring nature and watching a good action or sci-fi movie.
Psychologist, Family Therapist
“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” — Anais Nin. In this quote Anais manages to capture the way I strive not only to work, but also live. Hence my drive and motivation to show the same to my clients is vital and comes from within. I am passionate about raising quality of life, growth and development, about reaching deep to discover what is really important, how to free ourselves from not useful and not helpful beliefs that chain us to old patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. I am a psychologist and a psychotherapist who works with a range of different clients, not only individuals but also families, couples, groups and teens. I use Systemic and Narrative Therapy as my theoretical framework. I am also familiar with other approaches such as CBT and BDT skills, as well as mindfulness. I am a member of Psychological Society of Ireland and Family Therapy Association of Ireland. Areas of my specialty include: Body image issues, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family of Origin Issues, Stress and Breakdown, Anger Issues, Personal Focus, ASD, Couple relationship, Intimacy Issues, Bereavement, Confidence Building, Self-esteem.
I am a CORU registered dietitian who is passionate about giving clients the confidence and knowledge to be able to choose the diet that best suits their health needs. My experience ranges from working in a busy hospital setting to working in the community. I look forward to working with you and bringing you the results that you deserve.
Carole has interests in:
- nutrition and mental health
- nutrition support for eating disorders
- cardiovascular health
- weight management
- gastrointestinal issues such as Coeliac disease, IBS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Our Nurses are Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). All of our Nurses have a BSc in Mental Health and further Post Graduate education in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Counselling & Addictions and completed further training in Eating Disorders.
Our healthcare assistants are invaluable members of the Lois Bridges team, at times referred to as “your right-hand person” and are here to help ease your journey over the 12-weeks. All our HCAs have specialised training in Eating Disorders.
Testimonials from our clients
The groups and the therapists were always so understanding and made me understand things and see things I couldn’t before.
Female, 30 year old client
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