Welcome to my website. Just a few words about my professional experience:
I have been working full time as a Clinical Psychologist & Family Therapist for the past 25 years having completed my post-graduate training in both Ireland and the US. See below for a full list of my main qualifications.
I have been Clinical Director at the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre in Cork since 1990 where I have supervised counselling practitioners and provided couples, child, and family therapy. I also conduct a private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant in individual, couples, and family therapy and have conducted a range of family assessments for the family courts.
I have written three books published by Gill & McMillan entitled 'The Courage To Be Happy' (2010) and 'The Courage To Love' (2012), and 'The Awakening' (2015).
I have been writing a weekly column on Family Psychology in the Cork Evening Echo newspaper since 2008.
I have presented over 100 workshops and seminars over the years on a variety of topics related to my work such as marital & couples therapy, family therapy, domestic abuse and violence, happiness & well-being, professional self-care, etc.
I was founder of the Cork Domestic Violence Project in 1992 and set up the first treatment programme for violent men in Ireland. I also worked for many years with adult sex offenders having trained at the Gracewell Clinic in Birmingham.I was co-founder of the Association of Agency Based Counselling in Ireland in 2009. I was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Family Support Agency by consecutive government ministers for a period of eight years from 2004.
I have completed research on marital breakdown for the Family Support Agency in 2008 and on Domestic Violence in 1992.
In my personal time, I have a love of art, sport, poetry, personal development, and everyday philosophy.
The following is a list of my main qualifications:
Professional Bodies: Registered Clinical Psychologist with Psychological Society of Ireland since 1990. Registered Family Therapist and Supervisor with Family Therapy Association of Ireland since 1992. Member of European Association of Psychotherapists since 2004
Irish Education & Training: BA Degree in Honours Psychology (UCC, 1980) Masters Degrees in Applied Psychology (UCC) 1982
US Training & Education: Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, USA 1988). PhD degree in Clinical Psychology (Southern California University, USA, 1998) 3-year Psychotherapy Internship at Lutheran General Hospital, Chicago, USA 1985-1988
UK Training Graduate of Gracewell Clinic Internship Training in Treatment of Adult Child Sex Offenders 1992
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