Having graduated from UCD with an Honours Degree in English and History, Mary worked for six years as a secondary school teacher in the Holy Faith Convent in Glasnevin. She became involved in Fine Gael and was elected to Dublin City Council in 1979 and continued as a councillor until her resignation in 1999. She was also elected to Dáil Éireann for the Constituency of Dublin North West in 1981 where she served through five Dáil terms until 1997 when she lost her seat and decided to retire. She married fellow politician Alexis FitzGerald, then Dublin’s Lord Mayor, in 1982 and by this time had four sons aged from two to twelve.
During her political tenure, Mary served as a Minister of State at the Department of Social Welfare in 1981, where she commenced work on an integrated Children’s Bill. She served as a TD (Teachta Dála) for 16 years for Dublin North West constituency and latterly sponsored a campaign to ban physical punishment of children. Her interest in children’s issues remained a constant in her career and led to her next career move in 1999 having taken two years out with her family.
Mary joined CARI as National Director CARI in 1999 and has overall responsibility for the management and direction of CARI. In 2002, she became CARI’s first CEO in a new national structure and has served in that role since.
In 2005, Mary completed an MSc in Psychoanalytic Studies in DBS and went on to achieve an MSc in Psychoanalysis from UCD; having completed the course in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.
Monica Murphy has been working with CARI since 1997. Monica started on the Helpline before moving into therapy. Monica worked in CARI’s Cork therapy service for 12 years. Monica has also been part of the outreach team providing training on the issue of child sexual abuse and child protection. She is an accredited psychotherapist and Supervisor with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (I.A.C.P.). Monica has a wide range of experience in the area of trauma and child sexual abuse. Monica holds a Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (University of Limerick). Monica also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling and Social Studies (Cork Institute of Technology). Monica has previously worked in pre-school education and private practice.
Louise achieved her Psychology B.A in Dublin Business School in 2003. Since qualifying Louise has gained extensive experience of working with children with social emotional and behavioural difficulties. Louise is an accredited member of IAPTP (Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy) where she currently holds the position of secretary to the board. Prior to working in CARI Louise volunteered for the I.S.P.C.C, and worked with children in residential care for the Home Again organisation. She was also employed by the drugs task force as a project worker offering therapeutic support to vulnerable children on a one to one and group basis in a National School.
Louise holds a certificate in Addiction Studies along with qualifications in the Incredible Years Parent Training programme and a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy and Psychotherapy. Since joining CARI in 2010 Louise has facilitated trainings in working with both sexual abuse and sexualised behaviours.
Our therapeutic team is made up of trained and experienced psychotherapists. Each client is offered an appropriate therapy/treatment plan for their specific needs. All therapeutic work is clinically supervised by an external consultant, and subject to clinical line management Our therapeutic team is made up of trained and experienced psychotherapists. Each client is offered an appropriate therapy/treatment plan for their specific needs. All therapeutic work is clinically supervised by an external consultant, and subject to clinical line management
The Helpline consists of a highly qualified and professional team who have experience in multiple areas including psychology, psychotherapy and social care.
The Helpline Operator’s aim is to support each caller in relation to their individualised needs. The Operator will emotionally support the caller, help answer any questions and clarify what the next steps are for the child and the family.
Supervisor: Dolores Byrne
Supervisor: Mary Madden