Domestic abuse & violence assessments and guidance for victims and perpetrators.
Psychological mediation to assist couples in creating parenting plans after separation.
Professional seminar and workshop presentations.
Writing and research.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE:
Marriage & Couples Therapy: I was Clinical Director at the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre from 1990 to 2018 where I have functioned as a Clinical Supervisor, Professional trainer, and practitioner.
Child Counselling and Psychological Assessments I began as a school counsellor in Chicago in the mid-eighties and have worked since then with children dealing with a variety of behavioural and emotional issues. I also provide counselling and assessment for children and parents dealing with marital breakdown.
Family Therapy: I have extensive experience in working with families dealing with issues related to parenting, child psychology, family breakdown, domestic abuse and violence, etc.
Domestic Violence & Abuse: I was founder of the Cork Domestic Violence Project in 1992 and set up the first intervention group programme in Ireland for abusive and controlling men. A considerable amount of my work throughout my career has been focused on assessing and assisting people dealing with the effects of abuse and violence. I have also also worked for a number of years with adult sex offenders and pedophiles having completed specialised training at the Gracewell Institute in Birmingham in 1994.
Professional Training and Supervision: I have been an approved supervisor with the Family Therapy association of Ireland for the past 20 years. I have facilitated up to 100 workshops and training events throughout my professional career.
Writing: I have written three books (see this website). I also write a weekly column for the Cork Evening Echo every week having completed over 500 such articles. I have published research articles on domestic violence, marital breakdown, and men’s issues.
Problems I do not treat: The following are areas I am very familiar with, but ones for which I do not provide specialist therapy.
I do not provide intellectual or educational assessments of children.
I do not work directly with teenagers suffering from eating disorders.
I tend to refer clients who may need long-term or in-depth therapy as adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
I do not treat people for addiction but do assess people’s need for such treatment or intervention.
I do not treat people suffering from major affective disorders or psychotic illnesses.