Executive Committee

Edwina Oakes MIACP

Edwina Oakes is the Chairperson of the Irish Fertility Counselling Association (IFCA).  Edwina has worked as a counsellor for over ten years and provides specialist fertility counselling to couples and individuals from her private practice. Edwina is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP).  Her specialist interest includes all aspects of assisted conception, donation treatment and supporting clients before, during and after their treatment.

Marian O’Tuama MIACP

Marian is the Vice-Chairperson of the Irish Fertility Counsellors Association (IFCA). Marian is a psychotherapist specialising in fertility counselling. She is a graduate of the Munster Technological University and an accredited member of the IACP (The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She works as a specialist fertility counsellor with the Waterstone Clinic where she offers implications counselling for people who are accessing donor treatments and also supportive counselling for clients undergoing all forms of fertility treatment. Marian also has a private practice in Cork city. Marian has a particular interest in perinatal loss and bereavement and is currently completing an MSc on this topic with the Royal College of Surgeons. 

Helga Behan

Helga Behan is the Treasurer and founding member of the Irish Fertility Counsellors Association (IFCA).  She qualified as a counsellor in 2007 and started work straight away in the HARI Unit as a fertility specialist.  She went on to become a Play Therapist, Trauma informed Care, Sandplay therapist, and a supervisor for Play Therapy.   As well as seeing with children, she sees adults in a creative forum.  Helga works for the SIMS Clinic and also works privately.

Dr Louise Clarke

Dr Louise Clarke is the secretary of the Irish Fertility Counselling Association (IFCA). She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society. She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). Louise has completed intensive fertility counselling training and is also a member of The Birth Trauma Association and a member of the Special Interest Group in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. Louise has worked in the National Health Service (NHS) and The Private Sector including working as a Lead Psychologist and Consultant Psychologist for The Priory Hospital and in Harley Street, the world renowned centre of excellence where she set up her own practice. She is now the Director of The Consulting Clinic and has a team of 5 clinical psychologists at the clinic offering evidence based therapy. Louise’s specialist interest is in fertility, miscarriage and attachment.