John has over twenty years experience in working psychotherapeutically in the private and public sectors. His work is psychoanalytic in nature, with a particular emphasis on how experience has developed and on those ways that have developed. He has worked with patients in the Irish mental health system, many of whom have had long histories of involvement with these services. He has worked extensively with people who have experienced trauma in development and people who have experienced significant levels of anxiety and depression. He has a particular clinical interest in the experience of inhibition in work and creativity, as well as in the area of obsessions and compulsions (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Alongside his work as a psychotherapist, John has been involved for many years in training psychologists and psychotherapists at Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
He is course director of the MPhil in Psychoanalytic Studies and the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. Alongside his psychotherapy practice, John is involved in training professionals and in developing ideas about how we might enhance mental health services to provide clients/patients with a fuller and better experience.
John also supervises therapists, including clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists and occupational therapists, from a number of backgrounds who are working in mental health and other challenging clinical environments. He also occasionally works with organisations experiencing difficulties and seeking a way of addressing these in a way that reflects their settled nature.