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Ruairí is a skilled and passionate therapist, author, advocate and coach with over two decades of expertise in mental health, wellbeing, and personal development. He enjoys supporting people to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

Originally from County Cavan, Ruairí has worked internationally and completed extensive study and training in a range of areas, including counselling, coaching, health promotion, youth development, meditation, mindfulness, leadership, and management. He is a Fulbright scholar with qualifications including a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Ruairí offers a warm and welcoming space to ensure clients feel safe, supported, and truly heard in a compassionate and confidential setting. He provides support on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, confidence and self-esteem, relationships, bullying, work, conflict, illness, trauma, and grief.

His approach to counselling is person-centred (humanistic) and integrative. This can incorporate techniques such as Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Ruairí is also an experienced coach and mentor, supporting people in the areas of careers, leadership, public speaking, and other aspects of personal and professional development.

Additional background info

In addition to one-to-one support for clients, Ruairí works internationally with private companies, government agencies, and leading health and community organisations to provide a range of wellbeing, coaching, mentoring, and facilitation supports. He is also the bestselling author of Hitching for Hope, a TEDx speaker, the founder of SpunOut.ie national youth organisation, and host of the popular Love and Courage podcast.

He previously served for 7 years on the Council of State as one of President Michael D Higgins’ appointees. He has also served on the boards of numerous youth, health and social organisations.

Professional development and accreditation

Ruairí invests in ongoing supervision, training, and professional development. He is a registered member of the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), the International Association for Counselling (IAC), and the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).