Blathnaid McCabe has been working therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 20 years.

Blathnaid set up in private practice in 2020 to provide psychotherapy to children and families in the Northeast area.

Blathnaid's philosophy is person-centred, supportive and recovery oriented.

If you have a concern about someone in your care or have a concern about yourself and need support in finding a solution to the difficulty/challenge you are facing you can avail of a initial consultation to discuss.

Please contact Reachout Psychotherapy to chat about how you can receive support and therapeutic care.

Providing professional and online counselling support for:

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma & Loss, Relationship Difficulties, Parenting Support and Family Support. 


Blathnaid McCabe B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc., MSc. is an accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and a CORU registered Social Worker specialising in the area of mental health. Blathnaid has experience in the following areas:

  • Mental Health Social Worker, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager in the area of mental health and related fields for over 20 years.

  • Experience with children, adolescents, families, parents/carers working in Paediatric and General Hospitals.

  • Clinical Manager in the field of Youth Mental Health and Paediatric settings with children and adolescents experiencing acute and long-term mental health difficulties.

  • Blathnaid worked in the specialist area of child abuse and trauma and with adults who have experienced trauma.

  • Blathnaid has an in-depth understanding of the landscape of child and family services, should the need arise to advocate for the person or refer/signpost them to another service.

Covid 19
During the period of the Covid 19, I am available for therapy both online and over the phone. You can contact me by phone or email to discuss.
How online therapy works:
Therapy sessions are done through the medium of Zoom and is password protected. Initial assessment and subsequent sessions are done in a similar way to the face to face sessions. Phone counselling also available

Blathnaid has worked with children and adolescents, families, parents and adults. "I have extensive experience and skills in the areas of child well-being, mental health as well as with individuals/families experiencing loss, trauma and family breakdown. I take a psycho-dynamic approach (reflecting on current and past relationships) and a systemic approach (family and wider systems). I have further training in the areas of trauma and loss. I also use solution focused therapies and cognitive based approaches for those experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety and low mood."


Specialist Areas

  • Anxiety, low mood, depression

  • Suicidal thinking

  • Chronic illness and where there is a mental health difficulty

  • Eating difficulties/body image issues

  • Low self-esteem/poor confidence

  • Stress/exam-based stress

  • Social and emotional (regulation) difficulties

  • Anger

  • Bullying & impact of bullying

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Adverse childhood experiences/trauma

  • Individuals/families experiencing loss and family breakdown

Family Supports:

  • Parental separation

  • Family conflict/relationship difficulties

  • Parent support for emotional & behavioural difficulties

  • Family-based interventions


How I Work

I begin the therapeutic process with a comprehensive assessment with the child/adolescent and parent/guardian. This typically lasts for one hour. This provides an opportunity to understand the concerns, and for me to get to know the person. If the parent and young person feel that it would be helpful to come for therapy, we will contract for a number of sessions (typically six). Subsequent therapy session are 50 minutes.


We then review together how the therapy is going. We may decide to finish or continue depending on the need and wishes of the young person. I will be guided by the person, I will ask for their view on how the therapy has been going, and what improvements they have noted. When working with a child/adolescent I include the parent at the review session and at any appropriate times during the process. I use a psychological measure at the start and end of therapy to gauge change and progress. I also set goals with the person which evidence has shown is a particularly useful tool to enable change.


When working with adults I also begin with a comprehensive therapeutic assessment.  We contract initially for a number of sessions, and review periodically about how the therapy is going and determine ongoing need.

What to Expect when you come in to see me

The techniques and therapeutic methods I use are evidenced based and include solution focused therapy, goal focused and cognitive based therapies. I have additional training in Narrative Therapy and Compassion Focused  Therapy (CFT). CFT is a therapy with a strong evidence base that considers our biology, our thinking and our cultural influences. In Narrative Therapy we seek to find alternative stories to support the person in finding new identities (and solutions).

My overall clinical practice is largely influenced by psycho-dynamic and systemic orientations. Psycho-dynamic practice explores our relationships, past and present, and how this impacts our present behaviour. Systemic practice explores all of our systems from the family to the wider community. My experience to date enables me to work using short term, brief interventions as well as with longer term and more challenging difficulties. 



€80 per session which is 50 minutes to one hour in duration

Online sessions also available

Opening Hours
9:00am - 6pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Get in Touch
Questions, comments or special inquiries ? I will get back to you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.
085 100 2177

Tel: 085 100 2177

 2 Fair St., Drogheda, Co Louth

9am - 6pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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