Release Counselling Services was founded by Yvonne Lucas in 2010.

Yvonne is a professional Clinical Psychotherapist & Play Therapist and a fully accredited member of both the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MIACP) and Irish Association for Play Therapy & Psychotherapy (MIAPTP). Yvonne is supported by a number of talented Play Therapists & Psychotherapists, who work within her team at Release Counselling Services.

We are based just outside Greystones, in the beautiful village of Kilcoole in Co. Wicklow, where we are easily accessible from North Wicklow and South Dublin.

Our Play Therapy service helps children work through emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and helps address family problems. It uses the medium of play, rather than talk, to help the child learn to express themselves, explore and make sense of the world in which they live and resolve any difficult or painful experiences.

Our Teen Counselling Service provides a safe place for teenagers to explore their often confusing thoughts, feelings and emotions & to find better ways to cope. We work with both talking therapy and creative therapy for teens.

Our Adult Counselling & Psychotherapy Service helps address current problems, and painful issues from the past, to help you find greater understanding, new coping skills and better ways to manage in life.


Yvonne’s core professional training includes:

MSc Psychology

Diploma in Creative Supervision

BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy

Professional Certificate in Couples Counselling

Diploma in CBT

Accredited qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness

RYT500 Yoga Teacher Diploma

Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Diploma

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

Yinn Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

MA Communications

Reiki & Seichem Master Levels

Professional Membership

Fully Accredited Member of Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)

Fully Accredited Member of Irish Association of Play Therapy & Psychotherapy (IAPTP)

Graduate Member of Psychology Society of Ireland and British Psychological Society

Professional Experience

In addition to private practice, Yvonne worked with Irish Autism Action since September 2008 as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, and managed their overall Counselling Service from March 2009-2015.

Yvonne has also worked with Living Life Counselling in Bray since 2010, volunteering  as a Play Therapist & Psychotherapist. Yvonne is an Affiliate Psychotherapist & Play Therapist with a number of state funded organisations, including HSE funded services.

Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Yvonne has 16 years experience in Marketing & Communications.

Yvonne is also a Reiki master and runs classes in Mindfulness, Meditation & Relaxation and Yoga at Greystones Yoga Studios. Find out more here

Clinical Experience

Yvonne has experience in helping people through counselling with a wide range of issues including:

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child & Adolescent Counselling, Communication Problems, Conflict, Coping Difficulties, Couples Counselling, Crisis, Depression, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Employment Issues, Family Issues, General day to day issues, Grief & Loss, Health Related Issues, Marriage Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Parenting, Personal Development, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Play Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress, Post Natal Depression, Relationship Issues, Self confidence, Self Esteem, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Trauma, Violence, Work Related Issues.