A little about me

Alannah Dawson Sligo Counselling and Psychotherapy MIACP

I am a fully accredited MIACP Counsellor & Psychotherapist living in Sligo, curious about all things of the mind and body.

I am Interested in understanding how people thrive and what makes them suffer. My work as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Sligo is influenced from many years working in the area of physical, emotional and mental health. I work with peoples core beliefs, thoughts and behaviours, and support them to better understand themselves and their world.

I was 11 years old when my mother died in a horse riding accident. Some years after that my father died and some years later, I had my own pregnancy loss.

My life’s experiences of loss and death has informed my work, my research and how I live my life today. It has allowed me to have a better understanding of other peoples personal grief, loss, despair, hopelessness and sadness. It also informs my ability to see where there is hope and meaning in life.

I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). Dip. in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Cert. in Couples Counselling, Sports Psychology and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MBCBT). I am also qualified in Pilates (including pre and post natal pilates) Health and Wellness, Fitness and Personal Training.

I currently work in private practise in Sligo town, online and telephone counselling. I work for North West STOP in Sligo/Leitrim (an organisation that works to prevent suicide) and Globe House in Sligo, providing counselling support services to asylum seekers and refugees towards their inclusion into Irish society. I worked as a grief and bereavement counsellor for the HSE in Sligo and volunteered my services to Feileacain (the Irish Association for pregnancy, neonatal and stillbirth) when I lived  in Dublin. I am also privileged to have spent time working with the LGBT community in Sligo.

In my spare time I love to be in nature, climb mountains, ski and swim in the sea. I write whenever I get a quiet moment, and have had some of my work published. I live in Sligo with my family.

I am certified in the following:

  • Degree (Hons) BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Certificate in Sports Psychology.
  • Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Third Wave Interventions
  • Certificate Reality Therapy & Couple Counselling
  • National qualification in exercise, health studies & personal training.
  • Pilates Teacher
  • Fully insured
  • Fully accredited member of MIACP