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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- Asking for an office as an accommodation for anxiety?Access article published by Reddit Mental Health. I have anxiety at work that has only been getting worse. I don’t have a proper cubicle, there are partial walls and there is someone that sits diagonally a few feet behind me. This person constantly has people coming over chatting and they sit right by my desk. …
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- The effectiveness of gluten-free dietary interventions: A systematic reviewCeliac disease is a chronic autoimmune gastroenterological disorder in which the digestion of gluten leads to damage and constant inflammation in the small intestine. Moreover, there are associated physical and mental health problems related to celiac disease, i.e., a lower health-related quality of life and increased depression and anxiety symptoms. The only effective treatment for celiac disease is lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet. However, researchers suggest that strict adherence to a gluten-free diet ranges from 42 to 80%, depending on the definition and method of assessment that was utilized. This review examines interventions designed for those who need to adhere to life-long dietary measures and their success in terms of increasing gluten-free dietary adherence and improving their health-related quality of life. In April 2022, the Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed and ProQuest databases were searched using the following terms: “coeliac disease” OR “celiac disease” AND “gluten free diet” AND “intervention” AND “health related quality of life” AND “diabetes.” Eight studies were suitable for this review. The studies were used to analyze different intervention techniques and their impact on gluten-free dietary adherence, quality of life, and the reasons for dietary nonadherence. The studies revealed statistically significant improvements in the knowledge base regarding celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, dietary adherence and quality-of-life satisfaction immediately after the intervention and at a three-month follow-up. Some studies were also focused on behavioral and cognitive aspects of nonadherence to dietary measures.
- Erratum: Targeted memory reactivation during REM sleep in patients with social anxiety disorderAccess article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
- The occupational anxiety of teachers caused by China’s ‘double reduction’ policy—a study based on the grounded theoryTeachers’ occupational anxiety is a kind of negative emotional state of teachers, which is prevalent in Chinese teachers. Unfortunately, in the existing research, teachers’ occupational anxiety caused by China’s ‘double reduction’ policy has not been paid attention to. Based on the grounded theory, this study conducted in-depth interviews with 45 in-service primary and junior high school teachers, and used NVivo 12 to process recording materials. Through a series of steps such as open coding, axial coding and selective coding, we found that the core feature of teachers’ occupational anxiety caused by the ‘double reduction’ policy was that the implementation of the ‘double reduction’ policy was incomplete matching the actual educational ecology. Then we constructed a theoretical model of the formation mechanism of teachers’ occupational anxiety caused by the ‘double reduction’ policy. The study showed that due to the influence of teachers’ own personality characteristics and incomplete match between external factors, although teachers insisted on self-adjustment, it was difficult to fundamentally solve the teachers’ occupational anxiety caused by the ‘double reduction’ policy.
- The psychological stress response of COVID-19 to medical staff and prevention: A large sample study from ChinaObjectivesIn the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical staff in China were more likely to suffer from psychological problems. By investigating the actual state of psychological stress response of medical staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, the study discussed and analyzed the influencing factors of different psychological states in order to prevent the occurrence of serious adverse emotional events in medical staff.MethodsIn the Xiangyang Central Hospital, 1,466 medical staff members have adopted the Psychological Questionnaire for Emergencies Events of Public Health (PQEEPH), which includes questions about depression, neurasthenia, fear, obsessive anxiety, and hypochondriac disorders. The questionnaire also asks about gender, age, education level, health, department, position, and whether personnel exposure history correlation analysis has been confirmed.ResultsThe survey revealed that 55% had depression, 26.7% had neurasthenia, 95% had fear, 47.9% had obsessive anxiety, and 69.3% had hypochondria. The effects of depression and hypochondriac emotional stress were significantly greater in female workers than in male workers (p
- Few People Seem to Find Real Joy in JOMOAccess article published by Neurocience News. People who enjoy experiencing JOMO, the “joy of missing out”, tend to have higher levels of social anxiety, a new study reports. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked …
- Gut feelings: why drugs that nurture your microbes could be the future of mental healthScientists know our gut influences our brain. So psychobiotic drugs that shift the composition of microbes in the gut may be able to help treat disorders such as anxiety and depression In a classic comic strip, most recently gracing the Beano, tiny characters called “numskulls” live in the head of a chap called Edd, controlling what he gets up to – often with hilarious results. It has run for decades, presumably because the idea that there could be critters within us capable of exerting a profound mental and physical influence seems pretty absurd.But it appears science is having the last laugh: in recent years the idea has spawned myriad research papers – except that instead of minuscule people at work inside one’s head, it is microbes in the gut that appear to be pulling the strings. Continue reading…
- consumed by so much anxiety it physically hurtsAccess article published by Reddit Mental Health. I fucked up big time and now I’m just walking around each day with watching eyes on me. everybody knows my mistake and they hate me for it. even though it has nothing to do with them and everything was resolved. my workplace just loves to gossip so …
- I’m taking the first brave step in improvement, going to sleep.Access article published by Reddit Mental Health. You might say it’s 4am how is that early? I hate sleep. I hate the feeling of waking up from a nightmare in the middle of the night. The adrenaline the rushes through me. The wild Frantic thoughts of waking up with intrusive thoughts. The darkness. The thought …
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- low self esteemAccess article published by Reddit Mental Health. hey everyone. I feel like opening up about this finally, maybe it will make me feel better. So, to start, how do people even deal with low self esteem? I’ve read about a lot of possible ways to deal with it, but it’s not working. Like no, I …
- Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Linked to Gender-Specific AdversitiesAccess article published by Psychology News Service. Source: Google News – Health A new study has identified sex-specific differences in the effects of being exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Prenatal alcohol exposure increased girls’ risk of developing depression and anxiety, whereas in boys, it increased the risk of ADHD, conduct disorders, and oppositional …
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- What You Do to Cope With Health Anxiety Makes It WorseAccess article published by Psychology Today. Do you spend an exorbitant amount of time, energy, and money on medical visits due to health anxiety? This likely makes your anxiety (and life) much worse. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk. Disclaimer: The content of this …
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- BNST PKCδ neurons are activated by specific aversive conditions to promote anxiety-like behaviorAccess article published by Nature Portfolio Anxiety. “… We found that BNSTPKCδ cell activity is associated with increased anxiety-like behavior in the elevated plus maze, increases following footshock, and unlike other BNST subpopulations, does not desensitize to repeated stress exposure. Taken together, we propose a model in which BNSTPKCδ cells may serve as threat detectors, …
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- Negative affect and respiratory sinus arrhythmia are differentially related to social anxiety and autism features in autistic preschoolers contrasted to fragile X syndromeAccess article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. “Results indicated that children with nsASD display elevated negative affect compared to both FXS and NT controls which did not differ from each other and females exhibited more negative affect relative to males. Interestingly, elevated negative affect predicted social anxiety, but not ASD in FXS. Baseline RSA did …
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- Maternal perinatal depression and child neurocognitive development: A relationship still to be clarifiedAccess article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. Pregnancy frequently is associated with emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression. Perinatal depression has an incidence of around 12%. Only recently researcher put the attention on the effects of pre- and postpartum psychopathology on infant neurocognitive development. Neurobiology studies indicate that perinatal maternal depression can significantly affect …
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- Parent-identified barriers to accessing exposure therapy: A qualitative study using process mappingAccess article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. Youth with anxiety and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) rarely access exposure therapy, an evidence-based treatment. Known barriers include transportation, waitlists, and provider availability. Efforts to improve access to exposure require an understanding of the process that families take to find therapists, yet no prior studies have examined parents’ perspectives …
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- Repeated stage exposure reduces music performance anxietyAccess article published by Frontiers in Psychology. “… We conclude that repeated stage exposure significantly reduces HR as well as restlessness and playing errors linked to MPA. Public performances are still successful when HR is significantly higher than during rest periods. These results underscore the importance of stage training to become accustomed to realistic public …
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- Fear of Failing: The Secrets Behind Social AnxietyAccess article published by Neurocience News. Social anxiety is associated with a higher risk of developing depression and addiction disorders. Researchers say the fear of rejection may be at the root of social anxiety. The article has not been checked for errors. Proceed at your own risk. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not …
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- Liz Carr: I have huge anxiety about being told I was not going to live longLiz Carr has said, since being told in her early teens that she was not going to live very long, she still has “huge anxiety”.
- Managing My Overwhelming StressAccess article published by Psychology Today. A Personal Perspective: Is there a way to dial back the intensity, the anxiety I feel when I look at my son? Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
- If you’re wondering whether adverse childhood experiences are negatively impacting you as an adult, you probably already know the answer.Access article published by Reddit Mental Health. In my work as a hypnotherapist most of my clients are mature adults experiencing issues rooted in anger, anxiety, depression – or a mixture of these. Often, they are wondering if their present issues are linked to their childhood experiences. More often than not, the answer is yes. …
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- The effect of the two‐chair dialogue intervention on self‐compassion ‐ adding an emotional evocative component to a basic Rogerian conditionCounselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.
- Yoga‐integrated psychotherapy for emotion dysregulation: A pilot studyCounselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.
- Developing an emotion‐focused therapy model for fear of cancer recurrence: A case‐level task analysisCounselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.
- ‘Everything is out of control’: How to beat economic anxietyAccess article published by Sydney Morning Herald. Taking charge of your finances is about more than cutting your daily flat white at the local cafe. It starts with making better emotional decisions.
- Therapists’ perceptions of interpersonally challenging patients in generalized anxiety disorderAccess article published by Taylor & Francis – Psychotherapy Research. .
- Community belongingness during COVID-19 predicts anxiety and depression treatment change in college studentsAccess article published by Taylor & Francis – Psychotherapy Research. .
- Baseline overly accommodating interpersonal problems in relation to parsed alliance-outcome associations in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorderAccess article published by Taylor & Francis – Psychotherapy Research. .
- Somatic symptom profiles are associated with pre-treatment depression and anxiety symptom severity but not inpatient therapy outcomesAccess article published by Taylor & Francis – Psychotherapy Research. .
- The relationships among working alliance, group cohesion and homework engagement in group cognitive behaviour therapy for social anxiety disorderAccess article published by Taylor & Francis – Psychotherapy Research. .