Paddy Connolly holds a Master of Science in Systemic Psychotherapy (MSc) from University College Dublin and has over 450 hours of supervised therapeutic practice. He is a registered member of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. Paddy is also certified in workplace, commercial and family mediation and conflict coaching. He has over 200 hours of mediation practice with separating couples.
Paddy’s therapeutic experience covers a range of themes including child and adult anxiety; depression and suicidal thoughts; couples’ conflict and couples relationship counselling; school and exam stress and anxiety; self-harm; eating and diet anxieties; gender identity and gender transition; parent/child conflict and family conflict. Paddy has extensive experience working with children, young people, teenagers, young adults, individuals, couples, and family groups.
Prior to working in systemic psychotherapy Paddy worked at a senior management level in a number of not-for-profit (NGOs) organisations. He has also worked with children and young people in a number of social care settings and in youth and community work.
As well as his psychotherapy qualifications, he holds Social Care qualifications, a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Master’s degree in International Relations.
Systemic Psychotherapy recognises that we live our lives in relationships with others, our partners, family members, work colleagues and friends, and that our emotional wellbeing, experience of stress or anxiety, self-image and mental health is greatly influenced by these wider relationships and networks.
Systemic psychotherapy aims to support people to understand and address their difficulties in the context of other important relationships and events in their lives.
Systemic psychotherapy is suitable for individuals, couples, and family groups, and aims to enhance communication, support people who may have interpersonal difficulties to understand each other’s perspectives, and to find a way to ‘go on’, separately or together. It respects each person’s perspective and experience, and their right to make the best choice for themselves.