Meet Our Team
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”.
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.
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 (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.