Cathy O’Donoghue

Cathy O’Donoghue
Lecturers
Qualifications:M.I.A.P.T.P, MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, B.Ed
Role:Lecturer

Cathy is an experienced and accredited psychotherapist with a specialisation in Play Therapy. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator and psychotherapist in a variety of settings. Cathy joined the therapeutic team of CARI in 2014 where she worked in a systemic manner with children, adolescents, parents and siblings providing specialised child centred psychotherapy and support to families who have been affected by CSA and with children who engage in harmful sexual behaviours. Cathy now (since early 2018) maintains a full-time, busy private practice, where she works with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, emotional regulation difficulties, developmental delays, learning and attentional difficulties, grief, parental separation, bullying and peer difficulties as well as more complex issues such as attachment difficulties and children who have experienced abuse and trauma. Cathy works from an integrative, person centred perspective and endeavours to build strong working relationships with parents/carers using creative approaches to empower parents towards greater awareness and presence in their parenting. Cathy is trained in Filial Therapy and Circle of Security Parent group facilitation. Cathy has also designed and delivered trainings and workshops for parents, teachers and other professionals on the power of play and unconditional positive regard when relating to and working with children. Cathy teaches on our MA Programme.