Brief Bio

I did my core training in counselling and psychotherapy in Newtown House Centre for Psychodrama in Cork between 1999 and 2002. This consisted of a humanistic way of working underpinned with a psychodynamic understanding of development. I have since done year-long trainings in body-oriented psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, and clinical supervision as well as other shorter courses. I am accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) as a practitioner and supervisor.

I have practised as a psychotherapist since 2002 in both private practice and community settings. I taught on the B.Sc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy in PCI College for nine years, including modules on personal development, humanistic approaches, lifespan development, early psychodynamic approaches (Freud, Jung), post-Freudian approaches (object relations, self psychology, attachment theory, intersubjectivity), systemic family therapy and research methods.

I have a BA in Natural Sciences (Genetics) (1976) and PhD in Biochemistry (1980) from Trinity College Dublin, and prior to practising as a psychotherapist, I was a researcher in the University of California and TCD and a senior lecturer in molecular genetics in NUI Maynooth.

I now integrate this background with my current work by offering continuing professional development in genetics and neuroscience as applied to psychotherapy. In addition, I present CPD workshops on attachment and depression in particular.

For seven years I served on the editorial board of Eisteach, the journal of the IACP, and have written extensively for this and other journals. I have written two books: Beyond the Frustrated Self (2014) about the exisential consequences of avoidant attachment; and Depression and the Erosion of the Self in Late Modernity (2018) - see publications pages.