Dr John Donohue

Dr John Donohue

Chartered Psychologist (PsSoI)

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

NLP Practitioner

Health Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner (United Kingdom)

DClin Psy CPsycol, MSc, BSc

 

Background & Qualifications

John completed a BSc in Psychology in University College Worcester UK and Montclair State University, New Jersey in the United States. Over the subsequent 2 years he gained experiencing in specialist services including forensic work, learning disabilities (adult) and with children. In 2000 John then went on to undertake a masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton and then completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Coventry in 2007. His research thesis at the time explored the experience of depression in men. 

John returned to Ireland in early 2018 to pursue career possibilities and develop psychological service to patients effected by a range of physical health problems and has recently joined Evidence-Based Therapy Centre.

 

Clinical Experience

Although John gained his Doctoral Degree in 2007, he gained considerable clinical experience even prior to this beginning in 2001. As part of his MSc, John underwent clinical placements in primary care adult mental health and family therapy services. This introduced him to a range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive, psychodynamic and systems based therapeutic models.

Subsequent to this John gained an Assistant Psychologist position in the West Midland Regional Eating Disorder Unit providing general psychological assessments and specialist therapeutic support to patients referred there. Following this position, John managed a Young Person’s Counselling Service in Wolverhampton, UK for 18 months which culminated in his entry to Clinical Psychology training in 2004.

Following completion of his studies in 2007, John gained a position within a specialist physical health psychology service in Dudley, UK. His role was to offer psychological services to cancer patients and their loved ones, and to support staff in carrying out their duties to enhance the psychological care offer to service users. This involved direct face-to-face work, consultation in multidisciplinary teams, formal and informal consultations, staff supervision and training.

John was frequently invited to speak at Leukaemia Care Annual Conference on the psychological consequences of diagnosis and he regularly contributed to their quarterly magazine and self-help literature. He was also part of the team formally nominated for clinical excellence and consulted on how programmes were developed.

As part of the psychology department, John held special interest in team supervision and led on this initiative over the last few years. He regards this time with cancer patients as one of the most rewarding posts of he career so far and feels it to be an immense personal and professional privilege to assist people in the most challenging of circumstances.

 

Areas of Specialism

John has extensive experience of working with people with physical health difficulties – specifically those diagnosed with life limiting and life threatening diseases such as cancer, digestive disorders, renal and cardio problems, fatigue and medically unexplained symptoms. This work entails helping people to make the adjustment to unwanted change in their lives, build and retain resilience in the face of difficult circumstances and help them develop personally. He prioritises compassion within the therapeutic environment and is known for a patient, calm and thorough approach in his work.

Although his recent work has been with physical health patients, John’s experience extends across a broad range of mental health difficulties, trauma and emotional distress. These include areas such as anxiety difficulties (panic, phobias, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety), low mood and depression, complex grief, low self-esteem and adjustment difficulties.

 

Therapeutic Approaches

John draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in his work, the aim of which is to directly tailor consultations to the needs of the person at the time. At times this calls for education-based approaches or psychological skills practices to assist the person to cope on a day-to-day basis. However in more complex cases the work can be more about helping clients resolve more deeply held trauma. Again, John can draw on his training and broad therapeutic skills to assist clients move on and regain a sense of composure and resourcefulness in their lives.  

John’s aim is to support each client in gaining greater sense of well-being, emotional insight and mastery that will reduce emotional distress. This is achieved through both the application of his psychological expertise and through the development of a warm and compassionate therapeutic relationship and a non-judgmental safe and supportive environment. He considers this work as being a very privileged responsibility and regards each patient as being individual and unique, each with their own story deserving respectful attention and sensitivity. These qualities above all, are the ones which he rests his practice on.

 

Affiliations

  • Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Health Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner (UK)

 

Publications

 ‘The Mind Matters’ (2011) Journey – Leukaemia Care Quarterly

‘Ask the Expert’ (2014) Journey – Leukaemia Care Quarterly Summer Edition

‘Ask the Expert’ (2014) Journey – Leukaemia Care Quarterly  Winter Edition

 

Public Presentations

The Psychological Effects of Blood Cancer. Leukaemia Care Patient & Carer Conference 2011 & 2017

 

Health Insurance

John practice is not currently usually covered by insurance firms. However policies vary and it is important that you check your policy to see if you are entitled to claim for your therapy sessions.

 

Appointments

If you would like an appointment with John you can call the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.