Having originally trained in Ireland as a Clinical Psychologist, I work with individuals of all ages across the lifespan presenting with a wide range of social and emotional difficulties. My native language is English.
Clinical Psychologists adopt a “scientist-practitioner” approach, meaning that our work is informed by empirical research. I believe in the potential in all of us to adapt and evolve. Sometimes this involves learning new skills, and sometimes this is a matter of processing difficult events. Counselling is a creative endeavour which can be challenging, but also fun!
My vocational training and post-training employment involved working in various healthcare settings (including acute psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, primary care psychology, child and adolescent psychiatric services, early intervention for toddlers with developmental disabilities and their families, and school and residential services for adolescents and adults with intellectual disability). Parallel to my therapeutic work, I work as a lecturer and research associate in Brandenburg.
My approach to psychological intervention is integrative, meaning that I draw from a range of schools of thought. I believe in the potential in all of us to adapt and evolve. My work is influenced by theories including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and third-wave variants thereof, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy and mindfulness. I have a particular interest in process work, which draws on observations of patterns you and I may share on your day-to-day experiences and behaviours (including within the session). It can be very useful to reflect together on the quality of the working relationship throughout therapy, as this can shed light on issues presenting in other relationships. In my experience, the working relationship is a useful context for interpersonal feedback and learning.
2013-2016 Doctor of Psychological Science (D.Psych.Sc.) in Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland
2011-2012 Masters of Psychological Science (M.Psych.Sc.), University College Dublin, Ireland
2006-2010 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A. International with German), University College Dublin, Ireland (with one year Erasmus study at the Freie Universität of Berlin, Germany)
2017 - Present: Part-time Research Associate at the Medical School Brandenburg, Theodor Fontane, part-time private practice (Jan ‘19).
2016 - 2017: Clinical Psychologist, Brothers of Charity Services, Ireland
2013 - 2016: Clinical Psychologist in Training on placement in various clinical settings in Ireland and Germany; e.g., Psychiatrische Institutsambulanz, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin; Cluain Mhuire Community Adult Mental Health Services, Dublin; St. John of God’s Hospital, Stillorgan, Dublin; Brothers of Charity Services for adults with intellectual disabilities and children with developmental delays (Early Intervention); Health Service Executive Dublin North City and County Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS); North Cork Child and Family Primary Care Psychology, Cork, Ireland
2012 - 2013: Assistant Psychologist in Psycho-Oncology Department, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
2011 - 2012: Assistant Psychologist at ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Now Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2010-2011: Research Intern - later Research Assistant - at the Affect Across the Lifespan Small Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany