About Us

Éirim, meaning ‘talent’, was founded in 2003 by two dedicated and talented educational psychologists, Rebecca Good and Dr Kate James. Our vision in Éirim is to enable every child to fulfill their potential and succeed in education. We do this by providing the highest standard of individual assessment and by supporting staff and educators with unrivaled professional development training courses.

Since beginning in 2002, Éirim fast became the ‘go to’ resource for parents and professionals within the field of education and support. Éirim has a team of highly experienced psychologists and professionals passionate about supporting children and others with learning needs.

OUR TEAM

Meet our team of passionate and dedicated professionals:  

Catherine Kelly
Catherine Kelly
Psychologist

Having worked in Dubai for 25 Years, Catherine has returned to Ireland (with her husband and two teenagers) to pursue her passion of working in psychology and educational testing. Catherine earned her BA in Psychology from NUI Galway and has a teaching degree from Sunderland University. She is currently studying a Masters in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health.  Catherine has worked with children and adults who have special needs for many years.  In her free time, Catherine’s hobbies include spending time with friends and family and swimming-lots of swimming (pool or sea)!

Rhiannon O’Connor
Rhiannon O’Connor
Psychologist

After studying music and working in office administration for many years, Rhiannon decided to pursue a career in psychology as she developed a strong interest in helping children and adolescents. After completing her HDip in psychology, she completed a Masters in Psychological Science in University College Dublin. During that time, she worked as an Assistant Psychologist providing play therapy to children and adolescents, and as a research assistant exploring the wellbeing of children with special education needs. Rhiannon also has experience as a support line volunteer with a mental health helpline, and a crisis text line. Rhiannon has a particular interest in neurodiversity, specifically autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and child and adolescent mental health. In her spare time, Rhiannon loves anything to do with music, hiking in different parts of Ireland, and teaching piano to her 10-year old nephew.

Sanet Jooste
Sanet Jooste
Office Administration

Over the past 20+ years I have held various roles in different professional sectors, ranging from banking to medical health insurance, and also education.

What I value:  Honesty, Integrity, Commitment, Learning from past mistakes, Doing your utmost best

What I love:  Family, Friends, Laughter, Creativity, Valuing difference

What I strive for:  Being better than I was yesterday,  Going above and beyond own capabilities

Hobbies:  Reading, Crafting, Sight-seeing, Baking

Ali Cloonan
Ali Cloonan
Psychologist

After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English in NUI Galway, Ali completed a master’s in Psychology in the University of Limerick. Since graduating, Ali has worked as an Assistant Psychologist in an adult mental health setting and a paediatric clinic and has experience volunteering with a crisis text line. Ali has a particular interest in neurodiversity, specifically attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and dyslexia. In her free time, Ali’s hobbies include reading and weightlifting!

Mairéad Mayock
Mairéad Mayock
Psychologist
After teaching primary school children for many years, Mairéad went on to follow her passion in helping children and completed a masters in Psychology. Since then she has been working as an Assistant Psychologist, working primarily with school aged children, conducting assessments and doing one-to-one interventions with children with special needs. Mairéad has a particular interest in children and youth mental health and its impact on the holistic development of an individual. She has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an avenue to support this.
In the evenings, when she’s not running with her two dogs Mairéad loves baking up some sweet treats.
Rebecca Good
Rebecca Good
Senior Educational Psychologist - Director
Rebecca Good is one of the founding directors of Éirim. Having grown up in a family of psychologists, Rebecca’s interest in the subject blossomed from an early age. Coupled with a keen interest in education and her teaching background, it was natural that Rebecca would follow the path of Educational Psychology. Now, with over 10 years experience in the field of psychology, assessment, and research, Rebecca is one of the most Senior Educational Psychologists within the company. Of course, Rebecca could never escape her passion for education and took on the role of Director of Training services where she spends much time creating and tutoring on Éirim’s professional development courses.  Outside work, Rebecca is kept busy with her 3 children and scoring goals on the hockey pitch!
Dr Kate James
Dr Kate James
Principal Psychologist - Director

I’m Kate, the principal psychologist here in Éirim. Being dyslexic myself I’ve always had a keen interest in how people learn. I enjoy helping people understand their own personal learning styles so as they can achieve to the best of their potential in school or work. If you come to the office you might be lucky enough to meet my little border terrier, Roxy, as she comes in sometimes and cheers everyone up!

Geraldine Malin
Geraldine Malin
Office Manager

Geraldine is our Office Manager and she is the first person you will make contact with in Éirim.  Geraldine’s working life has mainly been in an office environment but did divert into a caring role for a period of time which gave her a greater empathy and understanding of other people’s needs.  In her spare time, Geraldine likes to knit and is very proud that she recently knitted an Aran jumper for her teenage daughter (!!).  Geraldine loves to travel with family and friends and cycling, reading and Netflix also keep her busy.  When her homelife allows, Geraldine fosters dogs.

Trevor James
Trevor James
Senior Clinical and Educational Psychologist

Trevor is a chartered clinical and educational psychologist. He was the Principal Psychologist in the National Rehabilitation Board (NRB) and later Principal Psychologist in the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). He has a particular interest in assessment issues and is a Verifier for the British Psychological Society (BPS), ensuring the quality of assessment courses approved by BPS.