Kay Doughtey

Kay Doherty

Ireland Professional Online Counsellor

About Kay Doherty

Hello, my name is Kay Doherty and I am a fully qualified couples & individual counsellor with over 12 years’ experience. I have a ‘Higher Diploma in ‘Relationship Counselling’ and I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I specialise in relationship counselling offering counselling to heterosexual and same sex individuals and couples.  

I have a great passion for meeting couples / individuals with relationship issues & I feel alive when new clients come with their issues. Working alongside clients as they develop a more secure base and a deeper connection with each other is extremely rewarding.

The change can be transforming and allows clients to get to that place where they really ‘get’ each other. I understand the need for empathy with each other, getting to know where they are at in the relationship and giving them the space and time to listen to each other.

I appreciate that coming to therapy may feel daunting, particularly if it is the first time for you. My priority is to ensure you feel comfortable and at ease. I will ensure that both of you have the time and space to be heard and explain why you have come to therapy and what you would like to achieve from the process.

At the end of counselling couples can then believe there is a positive future together. They have developed the skills to be aware of their behaviour and recognise when they may be slipping back into the negative cycle again. They can then change their behaviours to allow positive interactions where they begin again to hear and understand each other and are able to get their relationship back to where they feel re connected. The negative cycle can be replaced with love, understanding and security.


  • An accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
  • A Higher Diploma in Relationship Counselling.
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
  • Core Skills Training in Emotional Focused Therapy.


Prior to qualifying as a couple counsellor 12 years ago I had many years’ experience working & communicating with people from all walks of life.

I worked as a Reflexologist for many years as well as working with adults & the elderly providing a service that improved their health. Being a good listener, empathy & confidentiality were also important.

I also volunteered in the local hospice offering reflexology, along with volunteering my help with a local ‘Adult Literacy’ group, for a number of many years. This included working with individuals and groups. This can be very sensitive, so confidentiality was as important as is a sense of humour!

How I can help you

  • I am non- judgemental and accept clients for who they are and how they feel & I will help you gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives.
  • My therapy skills will support you in a practical, respectful way. This will enable you to progress in a way that’s right for you both. Through addressing your core underlying emotions which will allow change to begin.
  • I understand the need for empathy and will take the time to get to know where you are in the relationship. Helping to change your communication from critical/defensive to hearing what’s really going on between you. Encouraging you both to talk and to really listen to each other again.
  • Together, we work to help you both to be more patient, respectful and understanding of each other’s experiences. This will allow you to move forward more positively.
  • I will tailor the sessions for your specific needs. Whether you would like to help you find a way through to get the loving relationship back. Or, if you would like help to separate more amicably


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Year Department Hospital
2002-2005 Cardio-respiratory Institute Of Coast Private Hospital
2002-2005 Cystic Fibrosis Canada Of Coast Private Hospital
2010-2017 Livers & Oncology USA Institute for Rehabilitation
2018-2022 Osteogenesis imperfecta Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Types of therapy offered

Couple Therapy

Marriage Counselling

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Person Centered Therapy

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