Cate Heffernan
Mayo Couple Counselling Services, Couples Counselling, Counselling/Psychotherapy For Individuals, Marriage Preparation Courses, Supervision, Training, Mayo, Ballina, Foxford, Swinford, Castlebar, Ireland, Phsychotherapy, Cate Heffernan

Cate is an experienced Accredited Supervisor and Psychotherapist with specialised expertise and training in Couples Counselling.  She first qualified as an individual psychotherapist with Leicester University UK in 1999 and then further qualified as a Couple Therapist at the University of East London. Cate worked with Relate UK before moving to Ireland in 2002 when she joined Relationships Ireland as a licenced counsellor for a few years whilst establishing her private practice. in County Mayo.   She has also studied at the Tavistock Centre for Marital Therapy, London and has completed Advanced Training with The Couples Institute USA. 

She qualified as a Trainer in Maynooth University and began Training counsellors  in Couples Therapy in 2009.

Mayo Couple Counselling Services, Couples Counselling, Counselling/Psychotherapy For Individuals, Marriage Preparation Courses, Supervision, Training, Mayo, Ballina, Foxford, Swinford, Castlebar, Ireland, Phsychotherapy, Cate Heffernan

Couples/Relationship Counselling

Our first and most influential experience of personal relationships was when we were children. How we  adapted to our early environment and coped with any difficulties in our families of origin can unconsciously influence how we are in adult relationships. Counselling helps us change through increased awareness and compassion towards self and increased awareness and compassion of the 'otherness' in our partner. Difficulties are unravelled through improved communication which promotes healthier differentiation, moving each towards a more rewarding and fulfilling relationship.   We are not given guidelines in school, or college on how to minimise or deal with difficulties that arise in relationships. Is it any wonder that most people hit a brick wall at some point. MCCS offers safe, non-judgemental and confidential counselling to all couples whether married, not married, heterosexual or gay.


 If one or both are contemplating separation couples counselling provides a safe space to explore how each has arrived at this difficult point and how each can work to turn things around if that is what both desire.  If couples choose to separate, working with a trained couple counsellor can assist each person adjust and move forward. Where children are involved, crucial, solid guidelines on best parenting during and after separation are given and explored.

Relationship counsellors are aware of the need to hear both sides of the story and do not take sides or act judgmentally. Through their impartiality and empathy with both partners, they can provide a space for the couple to talk, listen and be heard.