Hello and Welcome,
Thank you for taking a step towards a greater quality of life and better mental health with therapy, psychotherapy and counselling.
I have worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 2002 and now provide Communication-Focused Therapy. You will find some of my books and articles on psychotherapy, communication and psychiatry on this website, at your local book dealer, or on Amazon.
Psychotherapy and Counselling: Communication-Focused Therapy
My extensive experience in working with clients covers a broad range of mental health conditions, including
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Relationship Problems
- Work-Related Problems
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Sleep Difficulties
- Low Self-Esteem
- Low Self-Confidence
- Eating Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Psychosis and Schizophrenia
- and more.
Over the last two decades, I have successfully helped many people with various mental health issues and in difficult situations. I work in private practice in Dublin or remotely over Zoom or Skype.
Working With You
Beginning a course of therapy early can help get you back on your path towards a more fulfilling and enjoyable life. Your therapy should be for and about you. It should reflect who you are and how you want your life to be.
Your therapy should be individualised to your problems, personality, needs, values, interests and expectations. My training is in the two major schools of psychotherapy, psychodynamic (psychoanalytic) therapy and CBT. They are empirically tested and used worldwide. Further, I can add approaches from various other recognised schools of therapy, systemic, Gestalt, integrative and imaginative. I am also happy to discuss my own approach, Communication-Focused Therapy®.
Listening, Understanding, Helping
Important to me is to understand your needs, listen with empathy, and help and support you in finding greater happiness and success in your life. With you, I adapt your therapy to your individual needs and issues.
You can contact me and make an appointment conveniently on the internet by visiting the Online Scheduler.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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- Ask Amy: My anxiety over my sons’ lives is not healthyDear Amy: I worry about their futures and their ability to become the people they want to become, have successful careers, and support themselves.
- How Are People in Ukraine Coping Six Months into the War? A Study on Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.Click here for the article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. This study investigated the prevalence and predictors of mental health issues, specifically anxiety, depression, and stress, among 706 Ukrainians from different age groups and regions, both men and women, in the midst of the military conflict with Russia. The survey was conducted six months after …
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- Discovering What Works: The Science of Youth Psychotherapy and Four Decades of Meta-AnalysisAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 79-105, May 2023.
- How do I find help for anxiety?Anxiety can be an incredibly difficult and isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. There are numerous resources available to help you manage your anxiety and find coping strategies that work for you. Here is a guide to some of the most effective ways of finding help with anxiety. First, talking to friends and …
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- Anxiety Treatment in IrelandAnxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can manifest in many different ways and can be triggered by a number of factors. It is important to note that anxiety is a normal emotion, and it becomes a disorder when it becomes …
- How Machine Learning Can Detect Social Anxiety Disorder? Using Connectivity and Graph Theory Measures Effectively!Click here for the article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a serious concern for medical practitioners worldwide. Identifying its severity level (severe, moderate, mild, or none) can be challenging, which is why this paper proposes a solution. The researchers developed a method that classifies SAD severity levels using the patterns …
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- Achieving Academic Success Without the Anxiety: An AnalysisUsing education survey data from 153, 317 Grade 4 students and 150, 040 Grade 8 students in China, this study examined the relationship between time on homework and academic achievement and learning anxiety with hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) and classification and regression tree (CART) approaches. With a classification of time spent on homework into four related variables, this study found that, firstly, time spent on in-school homework during weekdays had positive effects on students’ achievement for both grades, and the positive effect was stronger for Grade 8 students than Grade 4 students. Moreover, a maximum of 1 h was recommended for Grade 4 students. Secondly, time spent on out-of-school homework on weekdays was negatively correlated with students’ academic achievement and positively with learning anxieties. It had greater detrimental effect on Grade 8 than Grade 4. Thirdly, Grade 8 students were encouraged to have more out-of-school homework on weekend with more than 2.8 h on average recommended. It was expected to complement extant studies and provide the practical findings for teachers, practitioners and school policy makers in making any homework assignment planning or conducting interventions.
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- Why Fearing Breast Cancer Can Be a Failure of the Dual Maternal Functions?Volume 104, Issue 2, April 2023, Page 244-262.
- AI’s Threat to Sitcom Creation: Striking Writers Fear the Worst.Hollywood’s writers don’t all see AI as an immediate creative threat — but the seeming hardline stance of the studios does trouble them.
- Discover How Interactive Art Exhibitions Can Boost Your Mood and Reduce AnxietyViewing interactive art online can improve our mood and reduce anxiety. People reported significant improvements in mood and anxiety after just a few minutes of viewing an interactive Monet Water Lily art exhibition from Google Arts and Culture. The study also found that individuals with high levels of aesthetic responsiveness benefit more from online art viewing.
- Discovering the link between depression and memory recall: a meta-analysis on over-general autobiographical memory.Publication date: June 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 149Author(s): Samuel Weiss-Cowie, Paul Verhaeghen, Audrey Duarte
- Understanding Depression and Apathy in Huntington’s Disease: A Comprehensive ReviewPublication date: June 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 149Author(s): Melanie L. Clark, Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Ha Le, Brian Long, Carolyn Orr, Long Khanh-Dao Le
- Can Insulin Affect Depression by Affecting Dopamine and Reward Processing in the Brain?Publication date: June 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 149Author(s): Judith Gruber, Ruth Hanssen, Mishal Qubad, Aicha Bouzouina, Vivi Schack, Hannah Sochor, Carmen Schiweck, Mareike Aichholzer, Silke Matura, David A. Slattery, Yurdaguel Zopf, Stephanie L. Borgland, Andreas Reif, Sharmili Edwin Thanarajah
- How Our Self-Concept Affects Our Mood: An Insightful Look at Adolescent Depression and Brain FunctionsPublication date: June 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 149Author(s): Rosalind D. Butterfield, Melanie Grad-Freilich, Jennifer S. Silk
- An Overview of Substance Use, Mood, and Anxiety Disorders in ADHD and Non-ADHD AdultsPublication date: Available online 5 May 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral ReviewsAuthor(s): Catharina A. Hartman, Qi Chen, Berit Skretting Solberg, Ebba Du Rietz, Kari Klungsøyr, Samuele Cortese, Søren Dalsgaard, Jan Haavik, Marta Ribasés, Jeanette C. Mostert, Berit Libutzki, Sarah Kittel-Schneider, Bru Cormand, Melissa Vos, Henrik Larsson, Andreas Reif, Stephen V. Faraone, Alessio Bellato
- Get ready for the future of mental health research: Center for Global Mental Health Research Webinar Series 2023 – Finding the perfect treatment for the right people at the right time. Let’s promote stratification to boost Global Mental Health!This webinar focuses on the value of stratification as a tool for driving transformative change in early interventions for people with anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
- Discover How Ultraprocessed Foods Can Affect Your Mental Health!Eating packaged foods like cereal and frozen meals has been associated with anxiety, depression and cognitive decline. Scientists are still piecing together why.
- Meta-Analysis Shows Effective Psychological Treatment for Perinatal DepressionBackground Depression during pregnancy and after the birth of a child is highly prevalent and an important public health problem. Psychological interventions are the first-line treatment and, although a considerable number of randomized trials have been conducted, no recent comprehensive meta-analysis has evaluated treatment effects. Methods We used an existing database of randomized controlled trials of psychotherapies for adult depression and included studies aimed at perinatal depression. Random effects models were used in all analyses. We examined the effects of the interventions in the short and long term, and also examined secondary outcomes. Results Forty-three studies with 49 comparisons and 6270 participants between an intervention and control group were included. The overall effect size was g = 0.67 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.45~0.89; numbers needed-to-be-treated = 4.39] with high heterogeneity (I2 = 80%; 95% CI 75~85). This effect size remained largely unchanged and significant in a series of sensitivity analyses, although some publication bias was found. The effects remained significant at 6–12 months follow-up. Significant effects were also found for social support, anxiety, functional limitations, parental stress and marital stress, although the number of studies for each outcome was low. All results should be considered with caution because of the high levels of heterogeneity in most analyses. Conclusions Psychological interventions are probably effective in the treatment of perinatal depression, with effects that last at least up to 6–12 months and probably also have effects on social support, anxiety, functional impairment, parental stress, and marital stress.
- Understanding Hypochondriacal Fear of Breast Cancer: Exploring the Complexities of Dual Maternal FunctionsVolume 104, Issue 2, April 2023, Page 244-262.
- How Ukraine’s Volunteers Are Beating Fear And Seeing War As Just Another Day at WorkBy Manuel AusloosON THE FRONTLINE IN DONETSK REGION, Ukraine (Reuters) – After months of living in trenches and bunkers near Ukraine’s southeastern…
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