BiographyOriginally trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, in The Dublin College of Speech and Language Therapy (TCD) and worked clinically in Cork and the UK. Later retrained as a Childbirth Educator with Cuidiu, The Irish Childbirth Trust, working with women, their partners and new babies, in group settings, during the Ante and Post Natal periods. Having completed a Higher Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a M.A. in Integrative Psychotherapy, has worked in Private Practice, as an Integrative Psychotherapist, since 2001,and teaching on the BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the CIT, since 2005. Joined the Department of Speech and Language Therapy, UCC, as a Lecturer in Mental Health in 2015, having worked there as a Problem Based Learning Tutor and Practice Educator, ongoing since 2005.
Research InterestsMain research interests lie in the area of Infant Mental Health and the role of Speech and Language Therapy in Attunement and Pre Verbal Language Development.
Honours and Awards
|1976||Otway-Freeman Award in Speech Pathology||Otway-Freeman Award in Speech Pathology|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|EMDR, UK/ Ireland||Student Member||/|
|Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists, IAHIP||Member||/|
|Fully accredited member of I.A.H.I.P.||Fully accredited member of I.A.H.I.P.||/|
|Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, IASLT||Member||/|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork||Practice Tutor||01-JAN-14 / 30-APR-14|
|Cork Institute of Technology||Lecturer (BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy)||01-JAN-05 /|
|Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork||Lecturer (part-time), including one semester in 2016 in a full-time capacity||01-JAN-15 /|
|Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork||Clinical Examiner||/|
|Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork||Practice Educator – Headway Clinic, Ballincollig, Cork||01-JAN-05 /|
|Cork Institute of Technology||Acting Lecturer on BA in Social Care||01-APR-13 / 30-JUN-13|
|Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork||Academic Tutor, Problem Based Learning Module||01-JAN-05 /|
|Private Practice||Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice||01-JAN-03 /|
|Cork Institute of Technology||Lecturer on BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy||01-JAN-05 /|
|2001||University College Cork||M.A.||M.A. Integrative Psychotherapy|
|1998||University College Cork||Higher Diploma Psychodynamic Psychotherapy|
|1976||Dublin College of Speech and Language Therapy||L.C.S.T.|
EDUCATIONAL/ VOLUNTARY (2003 - Present) Volunteer on Coisceim Low Cost Counselling, Social and Health Education Project, Ballincollig, Cork – providing psychotherapy to low cost clients; (1987) Chairperson of CUIDIU, The Irish Childbirth Trust - Cork Branch; (1989-1999) Accredited Childbirth Educator, delivering Antenatal and Postnatal education to new parents; (1987-1997) Responsible for organising educational/fundraising events and workshops for voluntary parent support groups.
FURTHER EDUCATION/CPD (2015-2016) Trained in EMDR Trauma Psychotherapy (Currently working towards accreditation as an EMDR trauma psychotherapist); (2010 - 2015) Member of the Infant Mental Health Network, North Cork; (2001 - Present) Student of the Diamond Approach with the Ridhwan School of Self Realisation; (2001-2005; 2009-2011) Ongoing training in Family Systems Psychotherapy; (1999) Diploma in Therapeutic Massage College of Holistic Medicine, Glasgow.
(2013) Compiled and delivered 18 hours of Continuing Professional Development workshops for Psychotherapists on Infant Mental Health – Social and Health Education Project, Ballincollig, Cork.
|2017||Mental Health and Communication Disorders||SL4007||Mental Health and Communication Disorders|