affecting approximately 13.7% of Irish adults at any one point in time.
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Odhran Mc Carthy
Thought working as a clinical psychologist since 1994, I originally come from a nursing background and qualified both as a Registered General Nurse (1983) and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (1984). A career change saw me completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 at University Of Massachusetts, Boston USA (graduating with a cumma sum lauda).
This was followed by a Master of Psychological Science in Clinical Specialization (M.Psych.SC.) in 1994 at University Collage Dublin (UCD). From 1994 to 1997 I worked as a clinical psychologist in the North Eastern Health Board in both their Community Care and Special Hospitals programmes. Since 1998 I have been working in Department of Adult Psychiatry, Mater Hospital, Dublin, as a Senior Clinical Psychologist. It is here I developed a special interest in Social Anxiety.
We started our first social anxiety group in 1999 and the programme has grown and developed steadily ever since. I have been a clinical supervisor since 1998 taking on Psychologist in clinical training (doctoral) – who invariably co-facilitate the Social Anxiety programme – from UCD, TCD UL & NUGI.
I am also a Clinical Supervisor, Lecturer and on Course Advisory Committee on TCD Diploma & Masters in Cognitive Therapy programme. And recently, I have been granted adjunct associate professor status in TCD’s department of medicine and psychology and adjunct professor status in UCD’s department of psychology. I have commenced a PhD in TCD that focuses on the clinical factors that influence outcome follow participation in our group programme entitled:
"An evaluation of the clinical effectiveness of a group based cognitive behavioural treatment for individuals with social anxiety disorder and an exploration of pre-treatment variables (moderators) that influence treatment outcomes".
Dr. Damien Lowry
Consultant Neuro and Counselling Psychologist
Damien Lowry completed his Bachelor of Science psychology degree in 2001 at Brown University, where he was also the Men’s Intervarsity Track team captain. He returned to Ireland in 2002 to complete a Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.
Since his graduation in 2004, Damien has worked at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in both clinical and research capacities, providing psychological input across a number of different departments including Neurology, Adult Psychiatry, Gastroenterology Chronic Pain and Hepatology.
He also completed his PhD in Neuropsychology through University College Dublin’s School of Psychology, winning the Deirdre McMackin Medal in 2011 for his contribution to Neuropsychological research in Ireland.
Damien has been involved with the Social Anxiety Program, founded by Odhrán McCarthy, since 2005, where he facilitates group meetings and related research activity.
For more information on this, feel free to contact Damien at email@example.com, 0876168699 or visit his website www.damienlowry.com.
CBT Group Treatment
The programme, which largely adopts a cognitive
behavioural model, is conducted over fourteen weeks.
If you wish to apply for a place on our Social Anxiety
Programme please read and follow the instructions in
the section ‘Process of applying for a place in our
Social Anxiety Programme.’
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