Dr. Susan Lawlor PhD, PgCouns, MA, BA

 Psychotherapist, Sociologist, Co- founder of State of Mind Ireland, Founder of Áit Dhócais, Mental Fitness Consultant.

Dr. Susan Mary Lawlor PhD, PgCouns, MA Couns&PsychTh, MA, BA, MNAPCP is a highly competent healthcare and business professional with over a decade of experience delivering interactive workshops and presentations on mental fitness, as well as, anticipating client needs both on-line and in person on a one-to-one basis in varying business, educational and healthcare sectors. Susan is a successful scholar and graduate of NUI Maynooth obtaining a B.A. (Hons) degree, a M.A. (Hons) degree, 1.1 Hons Postgraduate in Counselling Skills and a Doctorate (Hons) degree in Sociology, and recipient of the prestigious IRCHSS Scholarship. She is currently in the process of completing a Master’s (Hons) degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling. In 2009, she was awarded for voluntary research work in the Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion (CRSI), Cork. As a co-founder of the mental health charity State of Mind Ireland, along with her late brother Dr. Martin Lawlor, Susan has worked on a voluntary capacity for over a decade in the area of mental fitness delivering training programs to thousands of people across Ireland and the UK. She is also a member of the Kerry GAA Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee- Mental Health Initiative.

In 2019, she was awarded the Kerry Hero Award Winner 2019 in association with Radio Kerry and Fexco for raising awareness of mental health throughout the GAA and State of Mind Ireland. In the same year, she was also awarded the Connect Kerry Women in Business Community Champion Winner for raising awareness of mental health throughout Ireland through her work with the charity State of Mind Ireland. As an active researcher, Susan is currently carrying out research in the KOR GAA club with their Juvenile Teams and working on a mental health initiative with them. Through working collaboratively with the Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA Club by raising awareness of mental fitness amongst their players, coaches and adults, the Club was awarded the ‘Amber Flag’ for an on-going mental fitness educational programme introduced to the KOR GAA Club by Dr. Lawlor, the first of its kind in Kerry GAA. In 2019, she became the first woman to speak as an honorary speaker for the KETB Graduation, Kerry. In 2018, through her associated with State of Mind Sport UK, they attained the Guinness World Record Holder for the World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson in Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, UK. In most recent times, Dr. Lawlor was awarded “The 2020 World Dignity Project Mental Health Champion” for her work in raising awareness of mental health

Dr. Lawlor has extensive experience in working with many issues, including:


Abuse (past & present)

Adolescent Therapy




Career/Life Coaching

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)


Chronic Pain

Cultural Issues



Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders

Exam Stress

End of Life

Eco Therapy

Family Therapy


Gender Identity

Longterm Illness


Marriage Counselling



Personality Disorders

Post Natal Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder



Panic Attacks

Relationship Issues



Stress Management

Sporting Issues (pressures & mental fitness in sport)



Self Esteem



Skype Counselling

Transgender Issues

Telephone Counselling

Work Issues

Workshop Facilitation (please call 021-4936006 for more information)


2020 First Class Honours M.A in Psychotherapy and Counselling, ICHAS, Co. Limerick.

2009 PhD in Sociology, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Viva Voca passed in October 2008. Attained prestigious scholarship from the IRCHSS. Dissertation Title: Understanding And Constructing Adolescents Experiences Of Facial Difference. Postgraduate Representative, Sociology Department, NUI Maynooth (2004- 2008)

2005- 2006 NFQ Level 7 Counselling Skills Postgraduate Course, Dept. of Adult Education, NUI Maynooth. Thesis Title: Euthanasia and its effects on significant others.

2004 Applied Research Methods Course in the Social Sciences, Manchester Royal Infirmary, School of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Manchester.

2004 Research Methods Skills Course, NUI Maynooth- Quantitative Methods, SPSS and survey analysis.

2003 M.A (Hons) in Sociology, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co, Kildare. Thesis Title: Advertising Cosmetic Surgery and the Body in Consumer Culture.

2002 B.A. (Hons) in Sociology and Geography, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co, Kildare. Mathematics was the third subject I studied in the first year of the B.A.

Geography Thesis Title: Migration in Maynooth

Sociology Thesis Title: Single Teenage Parents

Other Courses:

2019 Bereavement Assessment Through Suicide Training, Pieta House, Tralee, Co. Kerry

2019 Adult Suitability and U18 Suitability Assessment Training, Pieta House, Tralee

2019 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, HSE, Listowel, Co. Kerry

2019 Zero Suicide Alliance Training, Suicide Awareness Skills, E-learning Programme

2019 QPR Gatekeeper Training, Suicide Intervention Skills, QPR Institute, Co. Limerick.

2019 SafeTalk ‘Suicide Alertness for Everyone’ Training, HSE, Listowel, Co. Kerry

2019 Children First Aid – Introduction to Children First, Tusla E-learning Programme

2019 Self-Harm Awareness Training, HSE, Listowel, Co. Kerry

2019 Pieta House, U18 Training on Child Protection Policies & Working with Adolescents, Pieta House, Centre for the Prevention of Suicide & Self- Harm, Cork

2019 The Pieta Way Therapy Programme Training, Pieta House, Centre for the Prevention of Suicide & Self- Harm, Cork

2017 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (approved by Kerry ETB as per Croke Park CL 2011), Tralee, Co. Kerry

2015 State of Mind Training Consultant/ Facilitator Training, University College Cork, Cork

2015 Facebook Marketing for Small Businesses, Excel with Business

2015 Twitter Marketing for Small Businesses, Excel with Business

2014 Social media for charities: Intermediate Level, The Guardian Masterclass, London