Qualifications : B Soc Studies (hons) Trinity College Dublin PGC in Social Work- Council for Social Work Education in the UK PGC in Childhood Mental Health- Children’s Hospital and Research Centre, Oakland, California License for Clinical Social Work – License required to practice psychotherapy in California PGC in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Bangor University, Wales.

Accreditations:
IACP MI4623
CORU SW 005441
BBS LCSW 104055

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Sheila O'Flaherty

Work experience and training: I am a psychotherapist, mental health social worker, group facilitator and trainer with over twenty-five years’ experience of working in mental health services in Ireland and the United States. I worked for 10 years in California and had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of families and developed a good understanding of the importance of attachment styles and how this impacts communication in relationships. I received my accreditation as a psychotherapist in 2006 from the Board of Behavioural Sciences. I returned to Ireland to take up a position in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in 2010. I was selected to participate in the National Clinical training programme for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and completed the intensive training and Trauma Informed DBT and worked on a DBT team for three years. I subsequently completed a post graduate certificate in DBT in Bangor University. I have also specialised in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and have completed the level 1 and 2 training with the Association for Psychological Therapies and Trauma Informed ACT with Dr Russ Harris. I have also completed the Gottman training for couples. I  am currently participating in an 18 month course on Advanced ACT and Mindfulness Based Interventions. I am accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland and with the Board of Behavioural Sciences in California.

Philosophy: I specialise in family relationships and working from a solution focused perspective. I bring a warm, supportive, down to earth point of view. During times of stress and transition excessive worry, sadness, shame and hopelessness can impact our daily lives and those who love us. The busy pace and information overload of modern life presents with many challenges that may confuse, upset, or test us and our relationships. We all can struggle to get perspective and to understand the best path to take towards a meaningful life. I specialise in working with adolescents, individuals and couples to create more calm, to understand themselves better and to help learn new ways of coping with problems and difficulties.

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