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Our Team

The Anew team is made up of accredited counsellors and psychotherapists, project and support workers, interns and administrative support staff. The back office team have expertise in the area of business, human resources, finance and marketing.


Anew employs thirteen staff. Allocation of employees as follows:

  • Head Office – CEO, Operations Manager and National Counselling Coordinator
  • Dublin Centre – Counsellors, Centre Manager/Lead Administrator, volunteers and administrative workers
  • Accommodation Service –  Support staff
  • Cork Centre – Counsellors, Centre Manager/Lead Administrator, Project worker and administrative workers
  • Tipperary Centre – Counsellor and administrative worker


Over the past thirty years, the development of Anew’s service was centred on volunteer input.  Today, Anew continues to deliver its service through the dedication of a number of volunteers. Volunteers form part of the organisational structure and consist of accredited counsellors / psychotherapists, general volunteers and skilled helpers.

Management Team

Mary McCarthy CEO

Mary-McCarthyMary McCarthy comes from the Recruitment sector with over 10 years’ experience working for an American multinational at senior management level. Mary is currently completing her 2nd Master’s degree, this time in Human Resource Management through DCU. Having completed a number of Leadership programmes, Mary has most recently become a member of the Timoney Alumni Leadership Institute that provides world-class Executive Education programmes to people in senior leadership roles in business, the public sector and the not-for-profit sector.

Marian Barnard MBS Operations Manager

Originally qualifying with an honours degree in Biochemistry, Marian spent ten years working abroad in the pharmaceutical industry in the area of quality and compliance. She then moved back to Ireland ran her own business for over 10 years. During this time she sat on the board of Portarlington Credit Union where she developed a keen interest in the non-profit sector. Following on from this Marian attained a Masters in Co-operative and Social Enterprise and moved employment into the Charity Sector. Marian is currently employed as Operations Manager covering areas of HR, Policy Development, Compliance and Risk Management for Anew.

Linda Breathnach MIACP National Counselling Coordinator

Linda Breathnach is a professional Counsellor/Psychotherapist accredited with the IACP.  She has over 15 years counselling and psychotherapy experience.  She has worked with individuals, couples and groups covering a wide variety of issues.  She also has a background in empowering and supporting people to overcome blocks to employment through avenues such as Education and Training.

Linda started with Anew Dublin in September 2012 and since then she has been counselling clients presenting with issues such as unplanned pregnancies, parenting challenges and difficulties after an abortion.  She has also set up and run several group parenting courses and acted as National Training Officer.

More recently, she has moved to Head Office and taken on the role of National Counselling  Co-Ordinator.  This will involve leading and co-ordinating all clinical client work in the organisation, providing individual support to all counsellors, devising, overseeing and implementing policies and procedures as well as identifying training needs as they occur.

Deirdre Delaney Lead Administrator

Deirdre’s professional background was in business, she changed direction in 2004 when she gained her degree in Psychology in U.C.D. she followed that with a post grad diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, graduating in 2012. Deirdre is an associate member of I.A.H.I.P.

During her training she gained research experience in the area of mental health, specifically looking at Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She also completed my training counselling hours in the area of mental health.

Her interest in counselling and psychotherapy started when she volunteered with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre as a telephone counsellor. She subsequently worked in the area of domestic violence with Women’s Aid.

In 2013 she joined Anew as Lead Administrator for the Dublin centre. She was drawn to the organisation as she had experience with vulnerable women and the issue of crisis pregnancy had come up many times during her time with the D.R.C.C and Women’s Aid.

Deirdre was also a psychotherapist with the Women’s Therapy Centre dealing specifically with clients who suffered inter relationship trauma. She worked as student counsellor with U.C.D and also as a part time tutor of Psychology with the Adult Education Department in N.U.I. Maynooth.

Anew Team Members

Deirdre Shanahan, Counsellor, Cork

Deirdre-ShanahanDeirdre Shanahan has worked as a counsellor in the Cork Centre in Anew for over 12 years. She provides counselling and also delivers Parenting Classes in the Cork Centre. She holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She also holds a Diploma in Social and Rural Science (UCC), Certificate in Crisis Pregnancy Counselling (NUIM), Certificate in Cyber Counselling Skills (Toronto University) and Certificate in Sexual Health (HSE South).

She has trained in Parent Plus Early Years Programme, Parent Plus 6 – 12 years Programme, Positive Parenting – Building Strong Relationships with Children, Strengthening Families Programme – for high risk children and teenagers and Has worked extensively in private practice with children and teens.

Paula O’Connor, Counsellor, Dublin

Paula O’Connor has been a qualified Psychotherapist since 2001and started to volunteer with Anew (formerly Life Pregnancy Care) in 2001. She was a volunteer counsellor until 2008 when she started to work with the organisation as an accredited crisis pregnancy counsellor. Paula has a Diploma in Addiction and Community Counselling and also a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Paula has a further Higher Diploma in Psychology, Counselling and Therapy. She has volunteered with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for 2 years as a telephone counsellor on their crisis helpline.
Paula tutored on a distance learning Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Accept Counselling Association of Ireland from until 2008. She has worked for many years in private practice and has extensive experience working with clients in crisis pregnancy and post-abortion. She is accredited by the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Maureen Ryan, Counsellor, Thurles

Maureen trained to become a volunteer with Anew in 1997 and worked as a volunteer counsellor for 13 years. Following her studies to become a professional counsellor she joined Anew as a staff member in 2012 and since then has run the counselling service in the Thurles area.   In late 2012 she opened an outreach service from the Primary Care Centre in Roscrea which operates every Monday and she also recognised the need for our services in the Nenagh area and availed of the opportunity to run a service each Tuesday from Loreto House on Kenyon Street, Nenagh.

Maureen’s qualification is in Counselling & Psychometric Studies, MAPCP (Accrediting body).

Hilary Francis, Accommodation Service Coordinator, Dublin

Hilary is a professionally qualified Counsellor. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy and a level 8 certificates in Homeless prevention and intervention. She has completed the Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Certificate in NUI Maynooth and holds a certificate in family therapy. She has extensive experience supporting clients dealing with grief and has worked with a variant of people over the years including ‘out of home’, people with intellectual disability, migrants and those who have been affected by trauma.

More specifically Hilary has worked as a Project worker within a children and family setting where she has supported both adults and their children. This experience of crisis and support work compliments Hilary’s role as Accommodation Service Coordinator in Anew and she has extensive knowledge of the Homeless sector allowing her to offer practical advice, emotional support and information to those who are experiencing homelessness and crisis pregnancy.

Karen L. Mertig, Support Worker, Accommodation Service, Dublin

Karen received her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States and has been a clinical social worker since 2000 and a clinical supervisor since 2003.  Her clinical work spans a wide range of both clients and settings including children and adults who have experienced multiple traumas such as sexual abuse, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, gang violence, the death of a family member, crisis pregnancy, and substance abuse in both rural and inner-city communities including Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States and Dublin, Ireland.

Karen has extensive experience delivering and supervising individual, family, and group treatment addressing mental health as well as substance abuse issues.  She has also delivered trainings on a variety of topics including Sexual Abuse, Children’s Grief, and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (Substance Misuse Treatment Model).  Karen acts as the Designated Liaison Person for the Dublin Office of Anew and has been in her current role as Support/Project Worker for the Accommodation Service since May 2014.

Cynthia Gallant Roche, Project Worker – Cork

Cynthia-GallantCynthia Roche is a Child and Youth Counsellor.  She earned her Advanced Diploma from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2006.  After working several years as a Primary Case Worker in a residential facility in her homeland of Canada, she moved to Ireland.

Cynthia now works with Anew as a Project Worker for community programmes and new developments.  She has created and developed several successful projects since beginning with the organization in 2012.  Her Birth Preparation Classes book out months in advance and have an excellent reputation with the Cork University Maternity Hospital and other professional agencies.

Professional development plays a major role in Cynthia’s skill progression.  She regularly undertakes training, workshops and attends conferences in relevant areas.  She recently completed John Sharry’s – Parents Plus – Early Years Programme, as well as several workshops dealing with social media, digital campaigning and internet safety/cyber bullying.

Sinead Warren, Counsellor

Sinead is a fully qualified professional psychotherapist with an honours degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling, a diploma in Psychology; additional training in couples therapy and is a fully accredited member with the I.A.C.P. As well as being a practising pregnancy counsellor with Anew Support Services; Sinead has extensive experience providing individual therapy; couples therapy; family therapy and facilitation of workshops in private practise.

Sinead is very passionate about talk therapy; after she sought talk therapy for her own healing many years back she found it so life changing she changed career to be a psychotherapist.

“This is a brilliant service! In my experience Anew has provided huge support to women in crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and post pregnancy. It offers a warm, welcoming environment both to service user and health care professional. It is extremely flexible and accessible in its approach, consistently placing the service user at the centre of its work. It provides practical and emotional support to allow women to confidently enjoy their pregnancy and early motherhood. Personally, it has been a pleasure to see women and their babies benefit and thrive from their contact with Anew.”

Margaret Walsh, Senior Social Worker, St. Vincents Hospital Mental Health Team

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