Martin Browne

Martin Browne

Assistant psychologist

Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Studies

BSc Psychology (Hons)

Diploma Psychology of Counselling

Early Career and Training

Martin completed his undergraduate studies in psychology with the Open University, completing two comprehensive research studies concerning both ‘visual disability within society’ and ‘predictors of attitudes toward psychological therapy’. 

During this time Martin also explored psychology within the specific context of the counselling relationship through diploma level studies with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). 

Following on from this, Martin engaged in postgraduate psychological studies with Middlesex University to broaden his knowledge and capacity to work effectively with emotional distress. Currently, Martin is studying Health Psychology at master’s level at NUIG to further his academic and research interests.

Clinical Experience

Martin has worked as a youth project worker with the No. 4 youth service in Galway city, providing psychological and practical supports for young adults. Also, Martin has worked within the area of advocacy with the Youth Advocate Program (YAP) Ireland, with a strong focus on one to one engagement with at risk young people. 

Furthermore, while working with the Positive Mental Health Foundation and the Rehab care group (COMPASS) in Galway City and County, Martin has gained extensive experience in tailoring and delivering psycho-educational and supportive group workshops within the arena of both mental health and autism spectrum disorder. 

During postgraduate studies, Martin completed a placement at Pro-Consult community counselling and psychotherapy service, Galway city. Here Martin offered individuals weekly psychotherapy on a medium to long term basis, developing and making effective use of the therapeutic alliance to allow client’s become aware of and process unconscious conflicts which were creating difficulties in their life.  

More recently Martin has spent time working as an assistant psychologist with the student counselling support service at the University of Limerick. Within this primary care service Martin supported students on 1:1 and group formats, making use of evidenced based, short term psychological therapies.

Clinical Approach

Within each context Martin has sought to utilise strong evidence based practices. Primarily, Martin has used Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to aid his work with clients, most notably in enhancing emotional regulation and building psychological resilience. 

Moreover, Martin draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to heighten client’s awareness of the interconnectivity between thoughts, emotions, behaviours and bodily sensations. 

Martin is passionate about working collaboratively with people, allowing space for personal strengths to be recognised as well working with presenting challenges.

Memberships

Martin is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.