Lisa Healy

lisa-healy-photoLisa Healy

Psychotherapist & ACT Therapist

MSc (Hons) Applied Behaviour Analysis, HDip (Hons) Psychology (Conversion), BA (Hons) Psychological Studies and Philosophy

Early Career and Training

Lisa Healy studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) from 2005 to 2012, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and Philosophy (Hons), a Higher Diploma in Psychology (Hons), and her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Hons). During this time, Lisa worked with individuals across a variety of settings in Galway city and county; supporting individuals with physical and sensory disabilities in the community, assisting students with disabilities completing their studies in NUIG and Galway Technical Institute, and working with adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities in adult day services with Ability West.

Lisa developed an interest in third wave cognitive behaviour therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; pronounced as the word “act”), during her undergraduate studies. She completed research based on Relational Frame Theory, the theory of human language which informs ACT therapeutic practice, during both her Higher Diploma and her Masters. Her Master’s thesis was concerned with thought suppression as a method for dealing with unwanted thoughts.

During her Masters studies, Lisa spent a year as an Assistant Psychologist with ACT Now Ireland under the supervision of a peer reviewed ACT trainer and Counselling Psychologist. During her time with ACT Now Ireland, Lisa was responsible for disseminating ACT consistent information to the public through social media, as well as co-facilitating and assisting at workshops for the public and professionals. Lisa co-facilitated workshops on coping with challenges such as living well with Parkinson’s disease, managing weight issues, and supporting young people to connect mindfully with their life choices, as well workshops aimed at helping people to get unstuck from the difficulties that may show up so they can move towards a more meaningful and vital life.

Continuing Professional Development

Since graduating in 2012, Lisa has been committed to developing her competency in ACT, and contextual behavioural science more broadly. She has attended over 100 hours of ACT training, including two-day advanced trainings with each of the three founders of ACT – Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. Lisa continues to ensure that she is up-to-date with best evidence based practice recommendations, and enjoys attending regular training events as well as yearly conferences hosted by the Association for Contextual Behaviour Science. Lisa recently began exploring Compassion Focused Therapy through peer supervision, and is currently enrolled on a course on the Art and Science of Compassion. She will continue developing skills and knowledge in this area to bring a compassionate focus to her ACT work with individuals.

To broaden her experience in supporting those experiencing mental health difficulties, Lisa has spent time volunteering with the Samaritans listening service, and currently facilitates support groups for people experiencing depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders with AWARE. Lisa became an ASIST-trained caregiver in 2014, equipping her to provide emotional first aid to those at immediate risk of ending their lives by suicide.

In September 2014, Lisa returned to education to meet the regulatory guidelines suggested by CORU (the Health and Social Care Professionals Council) for those practicing as counsellors or psychotherapists in Ireland. She is currently studying on a part-time basis to complete a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science (ICHAS). Her dissertation is focused on self-care in spousal carers of people with degenerative neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neuron Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Lisa currently works therapeutically with individuals presenting with anxiety and depression, as well as those managing low mood and self-confidence issues.

Approach to therapy

Lisa is an ACT therapist, coming from a background in behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support. Under the supervision of a counselling psychologist, an ACT trainer, and the clinical psychology team at EBTC, Lisa works collaboratively with individuals from a psychological flexibility perspective to develop an understanding of their difficulties and explore the options available to them.

For the purpose of this work, individuals and therapists are viewed as fellow travellers in the journey to a meaningful and vital life, working together to create broader repertoires of behaviour which serve what is truly important to the client. An important aspect of her work is exploring what matters most deeply to individuals and what they want to stand for in life. Lisa works with individuals to develop their ability to notice when difficult internal experiences show up, and how these experiences might influence the client’s behaviour. By developing the ability to notice the thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, memories, and associations that show up moment to moment, and by changing the context in which those experiences are treated as harmful in and of themselves, the client creates the freedom to choose action which brings them closer to who and what is most important to them.

Lisa has a special interest in how this process can contribute to improved health-related outcomes for individuals.

Memberships

Lisa has been a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science since July 2013. She is a student member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland. She is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Graduate membership does not entitle Lisa’s clients to make claims on health insurance policies at this time.

Appointments and hours of work

Lisa can offer appointments on Wednesday afternoons to individuals not wishing to avail of health insurance claims. If you would like to book an appointment please call Evidence-Based Therapy Centre on 091-727777 or get in touch via the contact page.