About Me

My Training and Background

I started training in psychology in 2005 and Clinical Psychology in 2013. I have a Doctorate in Psychological Science and received training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Practices and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have also spent a lot of time training in Process Oriented Psychology (POP) or ‘Process Work’. I am registered with the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC).

I worked in the NHS, as a psychologist and facilitator, within  Adult Mental Health, Adult Inpatient Mental Health and Clinical Health Psychology (Psycho-oncology and Cancer Care). 

Over time, I have come to see how useful psychology is outside the therapy room, that working systemically (teams, groups, culture) has many advantages, and supporting people in positions of power very important. This led me to working with elite performers, leaders and their organisations.

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My Overarching Perspective

When working with individuals, couples, teams and organisations I focus on supporting people in understanding and being themselves. This helps people to live life in a way is that better for themselves and those around them. 

My approach is largely integrative, drawing on different ways of working at different times. My aim is to co-create a bespoke piece of work that is guided by you and your unique way of being in the world. I travel this journey with you and help you in finding your own way forward.  

An important part of my role is supporting you to look at your situation or difficulty with fresh eyes, from a different angle or from a part of yourself you don’t currently have access to. From here, different answers, viewpoints and ways forward present themselves.

And Me

I am neverendingly interested in the human condition. This is reflected in my interests in psychology, philosophy and spirituality, as well as my enjoyment in spending time with the important people in life.

Personal development has always been important to me and is the cornerstone on which much of my work rests. One of my greatest interests is in the journey towards understanding, accepting, and growing into ‘oneself’. My greatest challenges continue to lead me to my greatest strengths and I continue to learn about the many complexities of life from the inside-out.

I have a strong interest in meditation and enjoy lifting weights, yoga and swimming. Having previously played a lot of contact field sports (Hurling and Gaelic Football in Ireland), I now mostly enjoy watching team sports as a spectator. 

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