About Me

My name is Aoife Ryan. My pronouns are she/they.  I am married and have 2 children.   I have always had a deep interest in human behaviour and psychology and have done much research and read a lot of books over the years. This deep interest become very real for me when I had my 2 children.


I began my personal journey in earnest so that I could be the very best version of myself that I could be both for myself, and for my children. My studies, experience and own personal mentoring and growth have been absolutely life changing and have made an incredible difference to me personally and as a parent.  Understanding my own story, with compassion and love, helps me compassionately understand and connect with my clients. Discovering the true meaning of unconditional love has opened up a whole new world for me. 

I continue my personal journey seeing a personal mentor regularly and engaging in regular supervision to ensure the highest professional standards are maintained. I graduated with First Class Hons in HDip in Relationship Mentoring from University College Cork (Level 8). I have professional accreditation with APA and IARM.  I also hold a HDip in Human Resource Development from National College of Ireland. 


I recently completed an MSc. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling Skills 2021 (Middlesex University).  I attend regular supervision for this work also.  This work with adolescents and children is very important to me and hugely rewarding.  

I have a deep personal interest in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, and in particular trans/non binary adolescents.  I am a current member World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH & EPATH). 

Continuous Personal Reflection is a fundamental part of my training and continued development.  Striving to remain conscious and self aware is a daily practice for me. 


I have completed additional training courses in various topics including; "Post Graduate Training for Relationship Mentors", "Trauma Treatment for Children", Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, "The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy and Play", "Online and Telephone Counselling", "Moving your Practice Online", "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma", "Working with Gender Diversity", "Born Smart - An Inner Course for Teenagers", "Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training", "Nurturing Relationships through Creative and Reflective Play", "Narrative 4 Storytelling Facilitator Training", "Trauma Related Dissociation; Latest Research and Critical Insights".   


I enjoy working with many organisations, providing support for management and staff alike, most recently working with One Family, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Dublin YWCA, AskDirect, among others.


I am a part-time lecturer on MA The Psychotherapy of Relationship Mentoring in Technological University of Shannon (TUS).

I have recently participated in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland "Ideas Academy" and look forward to bringing my project to light and turning my vision of providing nationwide low cost therapeutic support centres for trans/non binary U18s and their families, into a reality ! 

My work is an absolute privilege and I continue to be awed daily by my clients and the amazing nature of the Human Spirit.


“Not knowing in our blood and bones that we are truly loved and loveable wisely leads us to hide our capacity to give and receive love. This is the core trauma that generates intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict”

- John Welwood