Poliana Aniculaesei

Romanian Therapist Dublin

Background & Training 

Mihaela Poliana Aniculaesei (MIACP) completed a Masters in Assessment, Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Families and Couples in 2011 in Bucharest, Romania. 

She also has full qualifications in Gestalt Therapy and also in body (somatic) therapy, which is used to work with PTSD/trauma.  She incorporates EFT, guided meditation and dream work from a Gestalt Therapy approach into her work .  

Where appropriate she can also incorporate mindfulness, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy. 

She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is working in private practice since 2011.  Since 2015 she has lived and worked in Dublin, offering counselling sessions in Romanian and English. 


Clinical Approach  

Poliana currently offers individual therapy as well as couples and play therapy for children.  

Individual therapy

This is a personal and unique journey.  The focus is on self-awareness, finding our inner voice, trusting ourselves and restoring feelings of self-worth. Individual therapy is about evolution, self-compassion and self-discovery. 

Couples therapy

The focus here is on assisting the couple to learn about the way they communicate and how they can grow and develop together. Couples therapy has at its core the nurturing of the couple’s relationship. 

Play therapy

Poliana has experience working with children through play therapy in one to one and group settings. Her approach includes the parent in each stage of the process by offering parenting sessions that alternate with play therapy sessions with the child. Play Therapy is focused on the family system. 

Clinical Experience 

Poliana has experience working with life struggles such as work related stress, family issues, bereavement, divorce, miscarriages, loss of confidencechange of country and search for self. 

She also has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, war, torture and severe loss who present symptoms of trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Poliana has volunteered in prison settings with men and women in the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP), Child Line, DRCC and supported Simon Community and Salvation Army providing therapy for people affected by homelessness.  

Poliana’s work is in accordance with the IACP’s ethics of practice

Poliana’s preferred pronouns are she, her, hers.