I have worked in the area of mental health for over 30 years as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and lecturer/trainer, specialising in a Person-Centred, individualised approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, informed by Evolutionary Psychology (see Irish Centre for Evolutionary Psychology & Therapy).
I'm particularly known for my work in the field of behavioural addictions, especially sexual addictions. I'm currently focusing a lot of my attention on understanding how Autism-Informed Therapy could address the specific therapeutic needs of autistic adults (see autisminformedtherapy.com).
My work is influenced by a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centred Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Being autistically-minded, I am a lifelong learner (with a special focus on the question What is it to be human?), & constantly inform my work from multiple perspectives including Psychology, Evolutionary Theory, Philosophy of Mind, Anthropology, etc.
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I'm an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, and have served as Vice-Chair of both organisations. I have also held the position of College President at PCI College (www.pcicollege.ie), served as Chair of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity (www.atsac.co.uk), and am a co-founder of Dual Diagnosis Ireland (www.dualdiagnosis.ie). In 2010 I was awarded the IACP Carl Berkeley Memorial Award for contributions to the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy in Ireland.
I talk about CBT on this Insight Matters podcast .