Meet Our Team

Cathy Culloty

Director of Clinical Services

Cathy Culloty is our Director of Clinical Services  here at the Goldsmith Clinic. In this role she coordinates the clinical workload as well as seeing some clients on an individual basis. Cathy is a qualified Psychotherapist from Dublin who commenced her studies in St. Patricks College which is part of DCU Dublin. Here she obtained a B.A Degree in English and Human development. It was during her Human Development studies that she gained a keen interest in Psychology and Psychotherapy.   Cathy went on to do her Psychotherapy training with the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire, where over a three year period as well as academic study she also engaged in 100 hours of personal therapy and 100 hours of clinical supervision.

Following this she completed a one year Diploma in Addiction Studies with DublinBusiness School. Her interest in the area of addiction developed whilst working in Aiseiri Addiction Treatment Centre, Wexford whilst on a clinical placement there shadowing Dr Geoffrey O Donoghue, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist.

Cathy started her psychotherapy career working in the living life centre in Bray. She has also worked in the DCU Counselling Service and The Healthy Living Centre over the last 2 years. She is currently completing a Masters in Psychotherapy with Middlesex University.

Cathy works in a respectful, compassionate and non-judgemental manner with all of her clients. She sees therapy as a journey in which she will walk beside her clients, not in front of them or behind them.

Dr Geoffrey O Donoghue

Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist

Geoffrey is registered as a specialist in General Adult Psychiatry with the Irish Medical Council(MCN 007871) and he is a Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists. He Qualified in Medicine at University College Dublin(1979) Following Senior House Officer posts in Cardiology, Obstetrics, Psychiatry and Paediatrics he decided to specialise in Psychiatry(1980-82). Geoffrey completed his general specialist training in Psychiatry in Dublin under prof Ivor Browne. He then travelled to London to pursue Higher Specialist Training in Psychiatry at The Maudsley/Bethlem Royal/Kings College Hospitals and Institute of Psychiatry (1987-1992). Whilst there Geoffrey worked with Prof Anthony Mann and Prof Michael Sheppard helping people suffering with Psychosomatic and complex anxiety problems. He worked with international experts Prof Gerarld Rusell and Prof Janet Treasure helping people experiencing Eating Disorders. Prof Robin Jacoby supervised his training in Old Age Psychiatry and Prof Kumar did likewise in Perinatal Psychiatry. His general Psychotherapy training and Behavioural Therapy was supervised by Prof Jonathan Pedder and Prof Isaac Marks respectively.
In 1992 Irish Local Appointments Commission appointed Geoffrey to the Post of Chief Psychiatrist in the Irish Health Service based in The South East. It is said that this was the youngest Psychiatrist appointed to such a senior post, the only one appointed directly from a Training Scheme. It was also the last such appointment under the old Mental Health Act.

Geoffreys main work over the past twenty years has been with adult sufferers of mental disabilities of every sort. In the early years his approach he had a very biological style, perhaps placing undeserved confidence in science, diagnosis and medications in the affairs of human beings. Professional and personal experiences, and perhaps maturity, has compelled him to develop a more Humanistic approach more in keeping with the social, emotional and relational basis of our cultural existence. With that in mind he trained for 5 years in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and continues to attend personal therapy and supervision on a weekly ongoing basis.
“As Medical Director of Aiseiri Addiction Treatment Centre it has been my privilege over the past 22 years to meet several thousand individuals whose lives had become unmanageable in alcohol, drugs and gambling. About half, in fact slightly less than half, of those who attend Aiseiri are clean ,sober and not gambling at one year follow-up; many others have significantly reduced their problems. This compassionate and caring Group has been a genuine education for me”.

For a number of years Geoffrey was Medical Director of an Inpatient Eating Disorders and Obesity unit which he helped to establish. Geoffrey focussed on the emotional aspects of dieting and overeating having particular regard to how hunger or food helps human beings reduceor avoid unbearable anxiety and lessen unresolved emotional conflict. “Our clients taught us how truly difficult is for many of us to share and explore our world and our relationships(both with others and with ourselves)”.
At the Goldsmith clinic Geoffrey continues to meet individuals of all ages with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as those related to relationships, bereavement, pregnancy, work and physical illness, and aloneness. As well many seek help to deal with issues related to confusion and pain which may reflect the physical and cultural experiences in the original family environment.
“I feel that it is a great privilege to work in this area of human living and I am confident that our approach can be of help to others. I hope to continue to learn everyday from others and yet also know and acknowledge that so much is ,and may remain, unknown and uncertain. There is no panacea”.

Teresa Moorhead

Teresa Moorhead

Eating Disorder & EMDR Therapist

Teresa Moorhead originally comes from a Psychiatric Nursing background after Graduating from the National University of Ireland Galway. Teresa has been working in Mental Health for the last 17 years with a special interest in Trauma, Eating Disorders, Addiction and Personality Disorders.

She has completed a Diploma in Eating Disorders and also a Diploma in Group Therapy. Following this she undertook and completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy with University College Dublin. Teresa has worked within the two main Mental Health Hospitals in Ireland both as a Manager and as a Therapist. In 2009 she spent 3 and a half years establishing and running a domiciliary residential treatment centre for Eating Disorders in Dublin.

Teresa has trained with leading experts in the field such as Professor Janet Treasure from the Maudsley in London and Professor Jim Lock from Stanford University California. She has a wealth of experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma and has a keen interest in understanding Personality Disorders through the Cognitive Analytical Model of which she has completed some training.  Teresa has also completed her training in EMDR psychotherapy and is an accredited EMDR therapist (please see our page on services provided under dissociation and PTSD) with the Irish and UK association of EMDR. Teresa is compassionate and patient in her approach with the people she sees.

John Hickey

Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

John has worked extensively across the care sector for many years and specialises in the areas of treating Addictive patterns and behaviours, Stress related presentations and Anxiety whilst also providing group therapy and facilitation workshops. John currently engages in both Academic and Clinical Supervision helping students and accredited individuals in the completion of Dissertations and working towards first time accreditation.

He has a keen interest in others health and wellbeing and has held senior positions within Console Bereavement Services and Life crisis pregnancy agency, working as national counselling co-ordinator in both organisations. John brings a wealth of personal experience, academic understanding and continued commitment to helping others in a caring and professional manner at all times.

Paul Kennedy-Dalton

Psychotherapist

Paul Kennedy-Dalton (58) holds a BA (Hons) in Psychotherapy & Counselling, a Professional Diploma in Management and is Secretary of the Irish Confederation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (ICCBT). He is a member of the Association of Professional Counsellors & Psychotherapists (APCP) and is Garda vetted. He is presently studying for an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

He works mainly from his home / office at Lusk, Co. Dublin which is 10 minutes from Dublin Airport and is available daily from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings and he also practices in Dublin City at Fairview on Friday afternoons through the offices of Dr Mel Bates and Dr Patricia Carmody.

His approach incorporates several psychotherapeutic modalities including:
• Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
• Counselling and Psychotherapy.
• Career assistance / Coaching / Conflict Resolution / Psychometrics.

The main areas that he can assist clients with are:
• Stress, anxiety, adjustment, and cognitive related disorders.
• Panic attacks, mood disorders and agoraphobia.
• Substance and impulse control related problems.
• Acceptance and commitment therapy.
• Sexual disorders or relationship difficulties.
• Eating, sleep and control disorders.
• Bereavement counselling.

He works with the Glendale Clinic and Ireland’s leading CBT therapist and mental health author Enda Murphy. In addition he has more than 30 years experience as a senior business executive within Companies in the services industry and can thereby empathise with clients who may be experiencing work related difficulties. Paul is expanding his practice and is looking for additional clinical practice outlets. Fee rates are available on request. He prides himself on his practical approach to counselling and psychotherapy and says of himself that he shines a light into the darkened corners of problem solving and has a creditable record of success.

Claire Connaughton

Educational Psychologist

Claire Connaughton is an Educational Psychologist who is originally from Galway. Claire started out her studies in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and obtained an Honours Degree in Irish and Geography followed by a Postgraduate Degree in Education. Claire obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychology from Dublin Business School and a Masters in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin.

Claire has taught as a primary school teacher for seven years where she gained much experience teaching in mainstream classrooms.
Claire aims to support the development of children and adolescent’s social, emotional, behavioural and academicdevelopment. She offers families and young people comprehensive psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions.

If your child is struggling to keep up in school, an educational psychological assessment may be required. An educational psychological assessment is required to determine if your child requires assistive technology, special needs assistant, resource hours or special accommodations for exams in secondary school. An educational psychological assessment identifies a child’s I.Q. and cognitive functioning.

Claire Galligan

Psychotherapist

Claire Galligan graduated in  Systemic Psychotherapy from the Mater Hospitalin1998, and worked as a clinician at the Aisling Centre Enniskillen, engaging with clients from North and South of the Border.. Claire has practiced at Clanwilliam Institute, Dublin, Law Society Ireland and Lois Bridges Howth. She is Clinical Director of a Family  Therapy , and Individual  counselling service in Drogheda since 2001.
She has served on the Board of Genesis  Psychotherapy Service  for  16 years. Claire was recently invited to give a Seminar at the Mater Hospital to trainee therapists  in “Narradrama” in May 2016,Claire has combined her theatre skills  as a professional theatre director and therapist when she founded Theatre in Prisons in Ireland in 1981, and won the Harveys of Bristol Award and Pj O’CONNOR Award for her work there. Subsequently Claire was invited to lecture and direct on her own work at All Hallowes College, DCU, and American Universities. She has directed a concert at the Vatic
an Rome and has represented Ireland in Cairo Egypt.
Claires particular interests are Family Issues, Bereavement , Depression, Anxiety, Children and Teens. She will be entering RCSI IN October 2016 and is studying at the School of Postgraduate Studies  and specialising in “”Children and Loss”.

Mary Roche

Psychotherapist / Eating Disorder Therapist

Mary is an experienced therapist. She has worked across a range of Mental Health Services both in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.

Having completed a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Dublin City University, Mary completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in The Tivoli Institute in Dublin. She furthered her studies in The University of Reading, achieving a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychotherapy. Mary also completed a Diploma in Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders in Oxford University. She has training and experience in Mindfulness.

Mary has worked in The National Hospital for Neurology/Psychiatry and The Central Middlesex Hospital in London, St. John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Dublin and for the Health Services Executive Mental Health Services. Mary currently works in The Goldsmith Clinic. She also has a private practice in Arklow Co. Wicklow.

Mary specialises in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Stress/Anxiety and Mood Disorders.