Our Staff

Rape Crisis North East employ counsellors who are professionally trained and accredited members of the IACP (Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) or working towards their accreditation.

We also work with volunteer counsellors who offer their time freely. Trained helpline volunteers are available to support our clients on the Freephone confidential helpline from Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm. They will offer support and information to all who contact the centre.

We have one full-time manager and one part-time finance officer and through the Department of Social Protection 5 Community Employees supervised by the Simon Women’s Aid Project.

RCNE staff are committed to providing a very professional service to all our clients and to all who contact us on our helpline.


Belinda Breagy - RCNE Interim Centre Manage

Email: Belinda Breagy manager@rcne.ie

Mary Mooney - Senior Counsellor

Diploma, Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate, Issues of Sexual Violence: The Counselling Process, RCC
Meitheal Practitoner: TULSA

Mary Mooney has been a counsellor for the past seven years, working with adults and adolescents, in a trauma and suicide prevention based capacity. She is currently studying for an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is passionate about the work that she does with RCNE and feels that the learning never stops.

Annmarie Kennedy - Senior Counsellor

Annmarie Kennedy has been involved in the area of psychotherapy and personal development for over 15 years and specifically in the area of trauma for over 10 years. She is a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who gained a first class honours degree (B.Sc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy) at Middlesex University. Annmarie uses a combination of clinical approaches including ‘Humanistic – Person-Centred / Gestalt’, ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy’ combined with the therapeutic use of ‘Mindfulness’. Annmarie works with both adult and adolescent clients and practises under IACP supervision and code of ethics.

Barbara Donnellan - Counsellor
Sheena McKenna - Counsellor

MIACP, PG Cert. Sexual Violence, Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy, PG Dip. CIM, BA (Hons), is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Sheena works in an integrative person-centered and psychodynamic manner.
She has extensive experience in supporting clients to work on a wide range of issues most recently specialising in working with survivors of sexual trauma at RCNE.

Community Employees

Lisa Branigan
Sinead Preston

Helpline Volunteers

Eileen Pollock
Carol McKevitt


If you have a query relating to telephone or face-to-face counselling, please phone our Freephone Confidential Helpline on 1800 77 8888


Any other queries relating to Rape Crisis North East should be directed to our Administration Office, which can be reached on: 042 933 9491 or by email: office@rcne.ie or info@rcne.ie 

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