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Ruairí is a skilled and passionate mental health practitioner, advocate, author and coach who has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of mental health and personal development. He enjoys working with people from all walks of life who wish to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Originally from County Cavan, Ruairí is a graduate of the University of the West of Scotland and later completed a Fulbright scholarship in Berkeley, California. He has completed numerous courses and training programmes in counselling, coaching, health promotion, youth development, mindfulness, and leadership.

Reduced rates

Ruairí is in the last stage of a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is completing the final component of his clinical practicum with CounsellingOnline.ie. As part of this, he offers a limited number of low-cost weekly appointments to people in financial need. These are subject to application and availability. Enquire via email: info@counsellingonline.ie


Ruairí’s approach to counselling is person-centred (humanistic) and integrative. He offers a warm, safe, and friendly space to ensure clients feel welcome, supported and heard in a compassionate and confidential environment. He provides support on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, confidence and self-esteem, relationships, bullying, work, conflict, illness, trauma, and grief. Ruairí is also an experienced coach and mentor, supporting people in the areas of careers, leadership, public speaking, and other areas of personal and professional development.

Additional background info

In addition to one-to-one support for clients, Ruairí works with private companies, state agencies, and leading health and community organisations to provide a range of wellbeing, coaching, mentoring and facilitation supports. He is also the author of Hitching for Hope (an Irish Times no.1 bestseller), a TEDx speaker, the founder of SpunOut.ie national youth organisation, and host of two popular podcasts: Love and Courage and Creative Souls of Clare. Ruairí previously served for 7 years on the Council of State as one of President Michael D Higgins’s appointees. He also served on the boards of numerous youth, health and social organisations including Gaisce, Soar, and Uplift. He has also worked with the Movember Foundation as a member of their international expert panel on men's health.


Ruairí invests in weekly professional development and supervision and is accredited as a student member of both the ACPC and the NAPCP. He is also a member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and the International Association for Counselling (IAC)