Dr. Katharine O’Brien
Katharine holds a B.Sc (Hons) from University College Dublin, an M.Sc (Hons) in Psychology of Education from the University of London and a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Trinity College Dublin.
Katharine has over 8 years experience in a variety of specialist and health care settings across the UK and Ireland. With expertise in both assessment and therapy, Katharine’s experience includes clinical work in autism, oncology and residential care settings, in addition to community based mental health and primary care psychology services.
Katharine has worked both short and long term with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, loss, trauma, body image and self esteem issues. She is an experienced group facilitator having led a range of groups for children and adults using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques.
Katharine’s therapeutic interests include Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Analytic and Existential therapies with a focus upon subjective meaning and emotional processing. Her doctoral research formed part of an on-going initiative within Trinity College aiming to develop Emotion Focused Therapy as a treatment approach for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Katharine’s research findings have been presented at a number of events and conferences within Europe and the United States; receiving awards both from the Trinity College Dublin School of Psychology and the Psychological Society of Ireland.