Eithne spent the early part of her career in the Education Sector, as a Primary School Teacher, before returning full-time to education in 1999, to study Psychology. Since then, she has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Masters in Psychological Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Neuropsychology and more recently a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Eithne is a Chartered Psychologist and has twenty years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist, first with the Department of Education and then in the Disability Sector, in the Central Remedial Clinic. In this role, she worked with students aged from two to adult, liaised with teachers and school management across a wide range of settings from preschool to primary/secondary school, Post Leaving Certificate and Third Level Colleges. She has run Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Based groups for children and parents on numerous occasions: Friends for Life aims to develop emotional resilience and coping skills in students, while Timid to Tiger gives parents tools and skills to help them address their children’s anxiety.
Seeing the effectiveness of CBT based interventions, Eithne decided to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in Queens University, in 2019. This course involves over 200 hours of supervised therapy. As a result of COVID, Eithne has developed skills in working with clients both face to face and online.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most effective therapeutic approaches in the field of psychotherapy and is backed by years of research and scientific evidence. CBT gives clients an understanding of what is causing their distress: the ways of thinking and behaving that are maintaining the difficulties and gives them the tools to make positive changes in their lives. The end goal is to make the client their ‘own therapist’ and as a clinician, it is extremely rewarding to see clients reach this goal.
Eithne is a keen swimmer and finds a dip in the ocean, preferably a swim around the buoys, very uplifting.
Areas to work with
Eithne is particularly interested in working with people who are struggling with anxiety disorders such as:
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Constant Worrier)
Other areas addressed are: