Meet Ann Marie
Helping professionals build loving, supportive relationships – that last!
If you do not change your direction, you will end up exactly where you are headed.
– Chinese Proverb
I use Human Givens Therapy which is a solution focused approach in combination with research from The Gottman Institute. HG Therapy is based on an up-to-date, understanding of the
mind/body system from Psychology and Neurobiology. It starts from where you are now and is
focused on getting you, as quickly as possible, to where you’d like to be. It combines a number
of approaches to maximising wellbeing including modern performance- enhancing &
motivational techniques. It also uses stories, metaphors & draws on ancient wisdom. As well
as, in many cases, substantially reducing symptoms and distress, I can also as give you tools
and techniques to help you to manage your difficulties better. (Read more about this
approach here or see www.mindfullywell.ie)
I hold a BA (hons) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Givens Therapy. I am
fully trained, qualified & accredited in, evidence based, solution-focused methods of helping
people (read more about this here and here). I have worked with people under pressure &/or in
distress for more than thirty years, helping people get their lives back following major set-backs
and am a founder member of MindFully Well, a network of HG practitioners across Ireland
specialising in treating emotional & stress-related difficulties, using only up-to-date, evidence-
I studied Psychology at Bangor University (University College of North Wales) before gaining a
distinction in HG Therapy in 2002.
I decided to take the “road less traveled”, after my Psychology degree by choosing to train in
a little known, solution-focused brief therapy because it offered the best training & evidence-
base that I had come across and I wanted to become as effective as I could be for my clients.
I first came across HG Therapy about 20 years ago when I was working for Glasgow Simon
Community. Colleagues told me about it. They said that it was very impressive & urged me to
look into it (they knew I had a degree in psychology).
I was initially skeptical as I had never heard of it but they convinced me to investigate further-
and, as they say, the rest is history!
At a turning point in my own relationship, many years ago, I rediscovered the work of
Psychologist John Gottman & applied his research findings to my own relationship with great
This eventually led to my current work with couples and individuals having difficulties in
relationships, based on combining Gottman’s research with my training in the human givens
approach. I have found that by doing this I am having a lot of success in helping people turn
failing relationships around. I recently wrote a book about this, available here.