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Biography

In the early 1990s I studied psychotherapy in Regent's College London, where I gained an MA in Psychotherapy. While there, I had the opportunity to learn directly from leading Existential psychotherapists, such as Emmy van Deurzen and Ernesto Spinelli, and from teachers of systemic and psychodynamic therapy. My clinical placement was in the counseling service of Westminster Mental Health Association (MIND) in Paddington, Central London, where psychotherapy was provided for people with a very wide range of difficulties. In 1993 I returned to practice full-time in Ireland, where I now bring together my background in philosophy, youth work, spirituality and psychotherapy. I was for a time Director of the Foundation in Counselling Skills programme at PMTC on the UL campus and later at the Limerick Pastoral Centre. I am Course Director of the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy in the School of Education, University of Limerick, where I also lecture in Human Development, Wellbeing and related themes. I supervise postgraduate research in Psychotherapy, Guidance Counselling and Education. I served on various committees of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and was Chair of the association for a period. I currently serve on the management committee of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

I am married with three adult children and I live in Tipperary, although I originally come from Newbridge. I recharge my batteries by swimming, spinning, reading, spending time by the sea and having downtime with my family. I enjoy DIY, along with contemporary music and the occasional trad session. When I was younger I was involved in athletics, climbing and other adventure sports.