Marianne Gurnee



Marianne Gurnee, MSc, MIACP, MBACP (Accred.), ECCac, SWRB.

Marianne Gurnee is a registered accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy as well as the equivalent British and International Associations. She holds a Master’s Degree in clinical social work (psychotherapy) from Columbia University in New York and has been licensed to practice since 2005. Marianne is a versatile practitioner who is able to work effectively and compassionately with adults, adolescents and their families covering a range of presenting concerns.

Before starting her practice in Ireland, Marianne worked for mental health organisations and family agencies in the U.S. She practiced on multi-disciplinary teams liaising with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals. Marianne has a special interest in preventive work with young people and families but has also worked extensively with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and emotional trauma. Recently, Marianne trained in EMDR, an evidence-based approach for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress. She gained her accreditation as an EMDR Europe Practitioner in July 2018.

Marianne has also been involved in creating positive mental health programmes for schools and again emphasizes the importance of early intervention. She has published research in the area of suicide prevention and the mental wellbeing of young people. 

In addition to her private practice, Marianne currently sub-contracts with the HSE and works for the Counselling in Primary Care Service. Marianne has also been actively involved with the IACP and served the last five years on their Executive Board. Marianne has a particular interest in standards for the counselling profession and in statutory regulation. At the moment, there is no regulation in Ireland and therefore, inadequate protection for the public.

Marianne Gurnee: (087) 356 1605


“Life brings challenges to all of us and most people feel worried or depressed at some point in their lives.”

Although we can often work our way through problems, they can sometimes become overwhelming. Friends and family may be supportive but many people prefer not to share the intimate details of their lives with them. People may also find it difficult to talk to friends and family about personal difficulties because they are worried about being judged, hurting the other person’s feelings, or becoming a burden to them. Friends and family may try to make the person feel better by telling them that everything is ok, or that there are others who are worse off, but this doesn’t help to resolve the issue.

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