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Psychotherapy and Counselling

Finding the right therapist for your needs can be a challenge. With my professional psychotherapy and counselling services, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. My personalised approach to therapy helps you identify the issues impacting your life and create the best solutions for your individual needs.

I offer a range of counselling services to help you work through any issues you may face. From relationship issues to anxiety and depression, I am here to provide you with the support and the therapeutic tools you need during difficult times. My counselling services are tailored to meet your specific needs and to help you move forward in a positive way.

Browse my books and articles on psychotherapy and counselling here on this website. You can also find them at your local book dealer or conveniently on Amazon.

As an experienced and caring psychotherapist and counsellor since 2002, I am here to guide you through the transformative journey of Communication-Focused Therapy. Let’s embark on this empowering and motivating path towards better communication and well-being together.

When it comes to finding the right therapy for your needs, personalisation is vital. I provide individualised approaches for each of my clients, helping them to identify the best options for their circumstances. My personalised approach helps you to work through any issues you may be facing while also helping you to create a sense of balance and peace in your life.


Psychotherapy and Counselling: Communication-Focused Therapy

My extensive experience in working with clients covers a broad range of mental health conditions, including

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.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Latest Posts

  • Angst vor der Arbeit: Viele Menschen sind betroffen
    Von Bauchgrummeln bis zum gelben Schein: Der Gedanke an Arbeit löst bei vielen Sorge aus. Die Psychologin Beate Muschalla erklärt, ab wann das gefährlich ist und was gegen Ängste helfen kann.
  • Rebecca Morgan: My widowed mum of seven built a modelling empire in the ’70s — ‘She used her fear to propel herself’
    Starting a modelling agency was never the intention for Rebecca Morgan’s mother, the legendary agent Nanette Morgan, known to her family and friends as Nan. For the mother of seven — six girls and one boy — working outside of the home was not part of the plan.
  • Debunking the Social Media & Teen Anxiety Myth
    Contrary to popular belief, a six-year study reveals that increased use of social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok does not lead to higher rates of anxiety and depression among young people. Following 800 children from age 10 to 16, the study found that symptoms of mental health issues remained stable irrespective of social media habits.
  • Case report: Anxiety and depression as initial symptoms in a patient with acute hypoxia and patent foramen ovale
    Click here for the article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. The prevalence of patent foramen ovale (PFO) is 15–35% among adults. The role of right-to-left shunting through the PFO, anxiety, depression, and hypoxemia in the systemic circulation remains poorly understood. Herein, we present the case of a 52-year-old woman with no heart or lung disease, … Read more
  • Incongruent gestures slow the processing of facial expressions in university students with social anxiety
    In recent years, an increasing number of studies have examined the mechanisms underlying nonverbal emotional information processing in people with high social anxiety (HSA). However, most of these studies have focused on the processing of facial expressions, and there has been scarce research on gesture or even face-gesture combined processing in HSA individuals. The present study explored the processing characteristics and mechanism of the interaction between gestures and facial expressions in people with HSA and low social anxiety (LSA). The present study recruited university students as participants and used the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale scores to distinguish the HSA and LSA groups. We used a 2 (group: HSA and LSA) × 2 (emotion valence: positive, negative) × 2 (task: face, gesture) multifactor mixed design, and videos of a single face or gesture and combined face-gesture cues were used as stimuli. We found that (1) there is a distinction in the processing of faces and gestures, with individuals recognizing gestures faster than faces; (2) there is an attentional enhancement in the processing of gestures, particularly for negative gestures; and (3) when the emotional valence of faces and gestures align, it facilitates the recognition of both. However, incongruent gestures have a stronger impact on the processing of facial expressions compared to facial expressions themselves, suggesting that the processing of facial emotions is more influenced by environmental cues provided by gestures. These findings indicated that gestures played an important role in emotional processing, and facial emotional processing was more dependent on the environmental cues derived from gestures, which helps to clarify the reasons for biases in the interpretation of emotional information in people with HSA.
  • Conquering Orgasm Anxiety
    Orgasms are one of the most pleasurable experiences that one can have during sexual activity. However, for some people, the thought of experiencing an orgasm can cause immense anxiety. It is a common issue called orgasm anxiety, which can hinder one’s ability to enjoy intimacy to the fullest. If you are one of those people, … Read more
  • Anxiety and the Brain: The Forebrain’s Role in Social Decisions Unveiled
    Researchers discovered that anxious individuals utilize a less optimal region of the forebrain when navigating socially challenging situations compared to their non-anxious counterparts. This was determined through brain scans that mapped regions active during simulated social scenarios.
  • Don’t Let Others Fear You
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Throughout evolution, humans have developed a natural inclination to be cautious and apprehensive in various situations. Our minds are equipped with multiple hair-trigger systems that continuously scan for potential threats. However, if we assert ourselves and meet our personal needs, we are less likely to react … Read more
  • The Booming Business of American Anxiety
    Americans are increasingly anxious, and a flurry of companies and opportunistic entrepreneurs aim to fill the demand for relief.
  • Four Emotional States to Attend to When Treating OCD
    Four Emotional States to Attend to When Treating OCD lisebram August 21, 2023
  • 8 Tips To Beat Your Dating Anxiety And Ace Your Next Date
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Dating anxiety is complex and multifaceted, here’s how you can keep calm. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
  • For This Venture Capitalist, Research on Aging Is Personal; ‘Bob Has a Big Fear of Death’
    Robert Nelson has invested hundreds of millions in Altos Labs, a biotech company working on ways to  rejuvenate cells and eliminate disease
  • Native Hawaiians fear Maui wildfire destruction will lead to their cultural erasure
    Hawaiians are still grappling with the emergency caused by wildfires that destroyed Lahaina, but Indigenous leaders are thinking about the future of the community and how to rebuild.
  • How to Face and Not Fear Intrusive Thoughts
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Struggling with intrusive thoughts? Here are three steps that can help you regain control and minimize their impact on your mental well-being. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
  • How Parents Can Help Their Kids With School Anxiety
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. How parents can anticipate the possibility of school anxiety, open up communication channels, and prepare some de-escalation methods in case they are needed. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
  • The Fear of Sharks
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Did you know that more than half of all Americans experience a certain level of fear when it comes to sharks? It might seem irrational, but there are both logical and irrational reasons behind it. Great White Sharks specifically tend to strike terror even though actual … Read more
  • I might never conquer my fear of heights, but I’m trying one peak at a time
    Despite a fear of heights, Eric Sparling wanted to conquer the Knife Edge in Maine by himself. Along the way, he learned to be kinder to himself and accept help.
  • New Mums: Don’t Miss These 7 Warning Signs
    The report author talks to Lisa Salmon about the warning signs to keep in mind.
  • Conquering Worry with Increased Educational Attainment
    Click here for the article published by Nature Portfolio. This study revealed that higher levels of educational attainment were linked to a reduced likelihood of anxiety symptoms, independent of sociodemographic and health-related factors. Interestingly, this association reached a plateau at the first stage of tertiary education. Notably, this effect was more pronounced in females, middle-aged … Read more
  • The Complexities of Mother-Daughter Relationships
    Mother-daughter relationships are a unique blend of joy, love, understanding, and, at times, conflict. There’s a shared experience that makes them deeply connected, yet unique individual perspectives can lead to clashes and misunderstandings. The first common challenge in this relationship is communication. Mothers, often with a wealth of life experience, may offer advice that daughters … Read more
  • Ryan Serhant: How to Manage Your Time for Happiness
    How the real estate mogul and TV star manages his time in accordance with his values.
  • Study Reveals the Impact of COVID-19 Exposure on Depression and Anxiety Levels Among Saudi Adults in the Jazan Region: An Engaging Exploration with a Predominantly Female and Undergraduate Sample
    Click here for the article published by Frontiers in Psychiatry. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health worldwide. Research in the Jazan region of Saudi Arabia shows that anxiety and depression levels are closely tied to COVID-19 exposure. A survey of 377 participants, mostly Saudi females with undergraduate education, reveals that … Read more
  • Purpose in life, depression and anxiety
    Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.
  • The Rise of AI: Fears and a Story to Tell
    For many book writers, AI is a threat to their livelihood and the very idea of creativity
  • Beating the False Alarms of Anxiety
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Our brain activates our body’s anxiety alarm system when it makes threat predictions. These predictions are based on past experiences, stored in memory as fear conditioning and threat beliefs. However, our threat bias often leads us to overestimate risk and underestimate our ability to cope, resulting … Read more
  • Breakthrough findings on cancer and depression/anxiety
    Source: United Press International – Health NewsA large new study challenges the long-held idea that depression makes people more vulnerable to cancer, finding no association between the mental health condition and most types of cancer. The study, of more than 300,000 adults, found that neither depression nor chronic anxiety were linked to increased odds of developing cancer in the coming years. And when researchers looked at specific types of cancer, the findings were largely the same.
  • Navigating Back-to-School Anxiety
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. A new school year brings up feelings of excitement, but can also be emotionally distressing for children who experience anxiety. Here are some helpful tips for parents. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own … Read more
  • Five Common Fears about Growing Older
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. Aging is a natural process, and many things can be done to minimize the challenges that come with it. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Nuclear Anxiety, “Oppenheimer”, and Prometheus
    Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. A look at the history and future of nuclear anxiety. Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Comparative effectiveness of group v. individual trauma-focused treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans
    BackgroundCognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure (PE) delivered in an individual setting are efficacious and effective treatments for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Group CPT has been shown to be less efficacious than individual CPT, however, evidence regarding real-world effectiveness is limited.MethodsWe conducted a retrospective, observational, comparative effectiveness study including veterans that received at least eight sessions of group CPT, individual CPT, or individual PE, and were discharged from PTSD residential treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs between 1 October 2015, and 30 September 2020. PTSD symptom severity was assessed with the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) and treatments delivered in a group (CPT) or individual (CPT or PE) setting were compared at discharge and 4-month post-discharge follow-up.ResultsOf 6735 veterans, 3888 [653 women (17%), median (IQR) age 45 (35–55) years] received individual and 2847 [206 women (7.2%), median (IQR) age 42 (34–54)] received group therapy. At discharge, improvement in PTSD severity was statistically greater among those treated individually (mean difference on the PCL-5, 2.55 (95% CI 1.61–3.49); p =
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