Our Directors


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Claire O'Dowda, Counselling Psychologist

BA (1st Hons), M.Sc. Couns. Psych., PG Dip. Clinical Supervision

Claire O’Dowda is a Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Teaching Fellow in Trinity College Dublin. She received a first class honours degree in psychology from Dublin City University in 2001, and graduated with a MSc in Counselling Psychology (including a distinction in research) from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. At this point she set up a private practice, providing counselling services and training. Her Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision, obtained from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 qualified her to provide supervision to individuals and groups working in relevant areas. In 2013 Claire was appointed to the post of Adjunct Teaching Fellow in Trinity College Dublin where she currently trains students on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Masters in Clinical Supervision programmes.

In addition to enjoying playing music with her talented buddies in various venues Claire is currently excitedly preparing to commence a PhD in Psychoanalysis in University College London. Motivated by a love of life and opportunity, she is passionate about working with clients in a way that throws light on the possibilities for growth and change that exist for all of us.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Martin Boyle, Psychanalytic Psychotherapist

M.Phil., M.Sc. Psychoan. Psychotherapy, Dip. Clinical Supervision

Martin Boyle is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has trained in Kleinian psychoanalysis, in London, under Dr. Arturo Varchevker. As well as his work at Crannóg, Martin is also Chairperson of the Mercy Family Centre on Mount Brown Street, Dublin 8. He is also Chairperson of the Swan Centre, a addiction service based in West Tallaght, and Lir, a similar Service based in Ballymun. Martin has also taught students of the M.Sc. in Clinical Supervision in Trinity College. In addition to this, Martin is a founder of Parasol, a counselling service serving the Polish community in Dublin.

In his spare time, Martin has a keen interest in classical music and hill walking.