Effective, Confidential and Supportive Counselling for Individuals and Families including Children, Teens, Young-adults and Adults.

My name is Gisela Oates and I am a professionally qualified Addiction counsellor, Family, Child & Adolescent counsellor and psychotherapist. I have been working since 2002 to develop many skills which I use in my work with a wide variety of people.


I am the founder of Serenity Counselling, and I have been working with clients in my private practice in Newbridge since 2007. In March 2014, I joined the team in CBT Solutions in Clondalkin.


My therapy practice includes:

  • Facilitating children age 5 to 9 years old with play therapy.
  • One-to-one counselling with adolescents from 10 to 17 years old.
  • One-to-one counselling and psychotherapy with individual adults and couples.
  • Addiction counselling for persons experiencing substance misuse or abuse or behavioural difficulties.
  • I work with families as a group with parents and children together.


Systemic family therapy can be facilitated with any of the above categories as part of an individual’s therapy if the need arises. A three generational Genogram will be compiled for most case histories.


I work from a Humanistic / Integrative (person centred approach) perspective at the individuals pace. This approach recognises each person is unique, and not every person may benefit from the same therapeutic approach. I work collaboratively with each person to understand their particular issue(s) or circumstances that are problematic for them and draw on their strengths and resources in order to enhance the quality of their life. I am committed to engaging with and supporting each person in a confidential, non-judgemental, respectful, professional and individual way thus enabling them to meets their needs.


I am an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland.

  • BSc. Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Supervision
  • Diploma in Addiction Studies
  • Prof. Cert in Child & Adolescents Psychotherapy
  • Prof. Cert in Family System’s Therapy
  • Prof. Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Reality Therapy / Choice Theory

If you would like to get in touch to talk about any of my services, where I am based, how much I charge, or indeed to seek any other information, I would be delighted to talk to you by email, phone or using the Contact page in the menu at the top of this page.


Appointments for our services are available in Newbridge and Clondalkin.

(c) Serenity Counselling 2015