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Dr. Eve Watson, Ph.D., (M.Sc. Psychotherapy; Grad. Dip. Psychoanalysis; B.A.)

Eve Watson is Head of Psychotherapy Programmes and a Senior Lecturer in the Arts and Psychotherapy Faculty. In addition to overseeing the running of the psychotherapy programmes, she lectures on the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in ‘Psychosexual Development,’ ‘The Family and the Oedipus Complex,’ and on the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies in ‘Lacan and Language,’ ‘The Ethics of Psychotherapy’ and ‘Psychosexual Development.’ She also supervises M.A. and Higher Diploma research theses.

Having received a B.A. from Brown University, Providence, R.I., U.S.A., she received her clinical training at the UCD School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She completed a  Ph.D. specializing in psychoanalysis at University College Dublin in 2011. Trained in the Freudian-Lacanian tradition, she has a private practice in Dublin’s city centre. She is a Registered Practitioner Member of A.P.P.I. (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland), a member of A.P.W. (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups) and is an associate member of I.G.A.S. (Irish Group Analytic Society).  

She has been involved with the A.P.P.I. since 2005 and is currently chair of the Scientific Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She has been involved as a supervising coordinator in the APPI Program of Formation/Program of Study from 2009-2012. She is a regular conference contributor in the U.S.A., France and Ireland, and annually coordinates the organization of Irish and international conferences and talks in Dublin, some of which are held at Independent College – such as the 5th Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival which is taking place in February 2014.

She is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in (Re)-Turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies (2013); Lacunae (2013, 2012, 2010); ‘Periscope,’ dossier of the journal Social Text (2013); Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, entitled, Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics (2012); the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (2009); The Letter: Critical Perspectives on Psychoanalysis (2006, 2005, 2004); book chapters in proceedings by the Paris Forums du Champ Lacanian 2011, 2009. In addition, she is co-editing a book with Noreen Giffney entitled Clinical Encounters: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory which is expected to be published in 2013.

Her research and writing interests are in the areas of psychoanalysis, sexuality studies, literature and film studies with a particular focus on ethics and mental health, sexuality and gender, the psychology of women and narrative practices in literature and film. Eve also gives talks and public lectures to public/community groups, organisations and to media about issues pertaining to mental health.

Pauline O’Callaghan (B.A, M.A., M.Phil., M.S.c., H.Dip Ed., Reg. Pract. A.P.P.I.)

Pauline OCallahan

 Pauline lectures on the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy and M.A. in the areas of Freudian Case Histories, the Interpretation of Dreams, Elementary Psychoanalysis, and Freud and Religion.

She obtained a B.A and H.Dip in Ed. In UCD. She followed that with an M.A in Women’s Studies, also in UCD, which introduced her to the work of Jacques Lacan. She subsequently did an M.Phil. in Psychoanalytic Studies in Trinity College, Dublin. She received her clinical training in the Freudian-Lacanian tradition at the UCD School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She has worked with the H.S.E. and currently has a private practice in Rathmines. She has been involved with the A.P.P.I (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland) since 1999, serving on its Executive Committee and as chair of the Scientific Committee for several years. During this time she was involved in the organisation of several congresses and seminars, including the Joyce-Lacan international conference in Dublin Castle.

For the past two years she was a co-ordinator on the Programme for Ongoing Formation in Freudian-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, run by APPI for qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapists. She has published a number of articles in The Letter: Lacanian Perspectives on Psychoanalysis as well in The Review and in Eisteach. She has been involved in the supervision of clinical practice and in the training of psychotherapists for many years and is a Registered Practitioner Member of the Association for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Ireland (APPI)

Pauline also lectures on psychoanalysis in DBS and has lectured on the Master’s programme in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Carol Owens – B.A., M.Phil. Psychoanalytic Studies., M.S.c. Psychotherapy, Ph.D. Psychology, Reg. Pract. A.P.P.I

Carol Owens

 Carol lectures on Clinical Psychodiagnostics/structure, Language and Narrative, and Culture and Subjectivity on the Higher Diploma and M.A. programmes. Her doctoral work on the discursive constitution of heterosexual coupling practices was informed by critical theory, post-structuralism and deconstructionism and gave rise to an interest in the work of Jacques Lacan. She studied psychoanalytic theory at Trinity College Dublin and later undertook a clinical training at the School of Psychotherapy in the Lacanian tradition under Cormac Gallagher’s direction. She is consultant to the Training Committee of the A.P.P.I and convenor of the Dublin Lacan study Group. She works in private practice in Swords, North County Dublin.  She edited The Letter: Lacanian Perspectives on Psychoanalysis from 2003-2006, edited the Annual Review of Critical Psychology on Lacan and Critical Studies in 2009, and serves on the editorial board of Teoria, critica y psicologia. She has presented work at numerous conferences, workshops and seminars and has published articles/book chapters on Lacanian theory/practice with queer theory, philosophy, feminism, critical psychology, and critical management theory. She is currently working on a book of essays on enjoyment and desire.

Marie Walshe B.A., Grad. Dip.Psych. Studies, M.A Psychoanalysis (Clin.), Cert. Family Therapy, Reg. Pract. A.P.P.I., M.C.P.I

Marie Walsh

 Marie is a lecturer on the B.A, Higher Diploma and M.A programmes. She lectures on Dreams, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Practice of Psychotherapy, in addition to clinical and thesis supervision. She has also lectured on the Masters in Dispute Resolution in the Law Faculty.

Marie is a fully accredited Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI) and the College of Psychoanalysis in Ireland (CPI). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies, a Clinical Masters in Psychoanalysis, and a Certificate in Family Therapy.

In her private practice, Marie treats individuals, couples, children and adolescents. She accepts self-referrals, as well as referrals from the primary care and psychiatric services, the Juvenile Liaison Scheme, and the Family Support Agency.

Marie was an inaugural member of the A.P.P.I  Child and Adolescent Analysis group. This group, established in 2003, brought together psychotherapists working with younger clients in the education system, the health service, the justice system and private practice.  As part of this group, Marie received training and supervision from psychoanalysts working at the Espace Analytique, in Paris.

A regular contributor to the annual APPI Congress and journals, Marie has been published in the academic journal, The Letter: Lacanian Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, and in The review, a peer journal of APPI.

Donna Redmond (Regd. Pract. A.P.P.I, M.I.F.P.P, M.I.C.P).

Qualifications:  B.A. Hons (Psychoanalysis); M.A. (Clinical Psychotherapy); M.A. (Twentieth Century Irish Literature, NUI);  M.A. (Irish Theatre and Culture, QUB)

Donna has received training  Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Espace Analytique, Paris from 2006 to the present time.  She holds a certificate in Art Therapy from Dublin Art Therapy Studio.

Professional Affiliations: Member I.C.P. (Irish Council Psychotherapy), Member I.F.P.P. (Irish Forum Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists), Registered Practitioner A.P.P.I. (Association Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists Ireland)

As a practicing psychoanalyst, Donna places emphasis on the centrality of unconscious processes in our daily lives. An individual is encouraged to not only speak freely about all aspects of their lives but also about their dreams ‘the royal road to the unconscious. The aim of the meetings is to uncover unconscious patterns which have been laid down in childhood and in remembering and speaking about childhood memories find an alternative way to love and work.

Research interests:

Donna is interested in promoting psychotherapeutic services within educational settings as a means of supporting students and teachers. She is interested in the possible links between psychoanalytic theory and learning disorders such as dyslexia, illiteracy and disorders of comprehension.

Elizabeth Monahan, M.Sc. (Psychotherapy), Grad. Dip. PsychAn., B.A., Reg. Pract. A.P.P.I.

Liz is a senior lecturer in psychoanalytic psychotherapy on the Higher Diploma and M.A. programmes at Independent College. Her courses include Schools of Thought 1 and 2, topics included are Freud’s dream theory, psychoanalysis and art, the contemporary body, Foucault’s History of Sexuality, addiction theory and thesis supervision. She lectures at the U.C.D. School of Medicine & Medical Science and has lectured on eating disorders, grief, mourning & loss, and Freud’s meta-psychology papers.

Liz is a director of A.P.P.I. and currently holds the position of Hon. Treasurer. She is also a member of the U.S. based Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) and is the Irish representative on their committee. She regularly attends international conferences in France and in the US, including Formation Clinique du Champ Lacanian in Paris and the APW conferences. As well as presenting in Dublin, she has presented papers in New York, San Francisco, and St Louis and she is an active member of the Dublin Lacan Study Group.

Trained in the Freudian-Lacanian tradition, Liz works in private practice ( and in the Carysfort Clinic a family medical practice in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. She has been involved with recent publications and research for the Family Support Agency (FSA), the National Office for Suicide Prevention and the Probation Office. Her areas of special interest and research include discourse analysis and the concept of ‘The Name of the Father’ in contemporary society.

Noreen Giffney BA (NUI), PhD (NUI), MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Dubl), Clin Dip Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP), MIFPP

Noreen Giffney photo

Noreen Giffney teaches ‘Research Methods in Psychoanalysis’, and ‘Subjectivity, Identity, Discourse: Between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (Philosophy of the Social Sciences)’ on the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and ‘Theoretical Developments in Psychoanalysis (Klein, Bion, Winnicott)’ on the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies.

Noreen works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and abides by its code of ethics. She completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (clinical specialisation) in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, in association with the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP). She has a Clinical Diploma (Clin Dip) in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, awarded by the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP). She is a member of the Education Committee of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, which convenes clinical conferences and seminars for psychoanalytic practitioners, as well as psychologists, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals who wish to attend.

Before training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Noreen completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), both in the area of the humanities at University College Dublin. She has lectured and published extensively in the areas of critical and cultural theories of gender and sexuality, psychoanalytic theory, and film studies. Her current research project is concerned with exploring the discourses of desire in the writings of the psychoanalyst Wilfred R. Bion.

Kevin Murphy, B.A. Psychology, M.Sc. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Reg.Pract.APPI.

Kevin lectures in Forensic Psychotherapy on the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programme. He is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin city centre and also practices in one of the State prisons. He specializes in the area of sexuality, particularly sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction and sex offences, working with offenders and victims. He is trained in the Freudian-Lacanian tradition at the UCD School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He is a Registered Practitioner member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and currently is on its Scientific Committee, having also been a member of its Executive Committee. After his M.Sc., he completed APPI’s two year Programme of Ongoing Formation in psychoanalytic training and has been a course tutor on subsequent programmes.  He is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is an associate member of the Irish Psycho-Analytic Association. He is also a member of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) based in the US. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Deakin International University, Australia and his dissertation is on the topic of medically-unexplained and unconsciously-driven sexual symptoms in contemporary society. He has presented papers at APPI conferences, at the Irish Psycho-Analytic Association, and at APW and mental health seminars and conferences.

Caroline Mellows, B.A. Phil, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, M.S.c (Psychotherapy) UCD


C. Mellows

Caroline lectures philosophy on the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges and on the Psychotherapy at UCD.  She has worked in the field of education since graduating from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology with a first class honours degree in Philosophy. She later completed a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy followed by an M.Sc. in Psychotherapy. As well as working with the Donnybrook Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Caroline works with the organisation ALONE.  Her areas of special interest include philosophical theories of causation and the operation of causation in subjectivity.


Rosina Forlenza (Woods) – Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Rosina Forlenza (Woods) is a practicing psychotherapist in Dublin, and is a third level tutor with the Open University and with Dublin Business School. She is also part of an international community of Psychoanalysts, including the Irish Psychoanalytic Association (part of the Irish Council of Psychotherapy), the London Bi-Logic Group (interest in the work of Chilean psychoanalyst Ignacio Matte Blanco), and is part of Antenna di Pisa (interest in the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan).


Michael O’Rourke

Michael O’Rourke works mostly at the intersections between Queer Theory and continental philosophy. He is the co-editor of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paperback 2007), Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009) and Speculative Medievalisms: Discography (Punctum Books, 2013), and the editor of Derrida and Queer Theory (Palgrave, forthcoming), Reading Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Gender, Sexuality, Embodiment (Ashgate, forthcoming ) and P.E.S.T. (forthcoming).

He is the author of Queering Speculative Realism (forthcoming) and co-author of The Pervert’s Guide to Reading (forthcoming). He is also the editor or co-editor of several journal special issues and many articles and book chapters (some of his publications can be found here: . He has co-convened The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research since 2002 and is the series editor of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate and of the Queer Aisthesis book series at Punctum Books. He recently co-founded the art/theory collective DUST (The Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) and is also a visiting lecture at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Skopje, Macedonia. 

John McCarron (MA, BA)

John lectures on the MA in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy, on Philosophy in Context (Module 1.5) and on the BA on Psycho-therapeutic Studies, on Philosophy of Science and Critical Thinking modules. He has been involved in third level education for many years and has taught courses on epistemology, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, history of psychology, biological foundations of behaviour, ethics, philosophy of religion and world religions.

John describes himself as ‘a product of the early influence of existentialist philosophers and writers and the later influence of his philosophical training at Dublin University, the University of California (Santa Barbara) and the University of Cambridge, in the Anglo-American philosophical tradition’. The latter emphasizes independent thinking, critical examination of assumptions, analysis by careful examination of linguistic usage, and rigorous argument.

John has wide ranging interests including music and photography. His research interests include epistemology and philosophy of mind. He is currently working on a book on religious conflict.

Dr James Kelly

Dr. James Kelly is a Clinical Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association since 2002. He has been in private practice in Dublin since 2000, and has been involved in third level psychology and counselling education as a lecturer, programme developer and subject leader since 2001, as well as working with various social care projects in Ireland since 1998. In the US he worked for Child Protective Services, and was Director of Mental Health Services in the Hawaii Department of Health Courts and Corrections branch before relocating to Ireland in 1996.

Michelle Sludds-Hickey

Psychotherapy lecturer

Michelle Sludds-Hickey M.Ed (TCD); BMus (UCD); B.Sc (Psychol. Hons); M.Sc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (TCD: Dept of Medicine, School of Psychiatry); Clin Dip Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP); Post grad Dip in Counselling (TCD); Supervision Training, BAP (British Association of Psychotherapists); L.R.S.M. (Royal School of Music, London); A.L.C.M. (London College of Music); Post grad Dip in Mus Ed (Kecskemet, Hungary); Marriage and Relationship Counselling (ACCORD).

Michelle lectures on Object Relations on the MSc course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (TCD) and on Jungian Dreams and Symbolism on the MPhil in Psychoanalytic Studies (TCD). She also lectures on Freud and Music Education in UCD. She has taught on the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies course in Independent Colleges on “Theoretical Developments in Psychoanalysis” (Klein, Bion, Winnicott) and on the MSc in Child Art Psychotherapy (Mater Hospital, UCD) on Attachment Theory.

Having won a VEC Scholarship and Arts Council Bursary to study Music Education in Hungary, she returned to teach on the BMusEd course in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (Supervision and Microteaching) and worked as a Secondary School Teacher in Australia and Ireland (English, Music, French). She worked for 6 years as a Counselling Psychologist and supervised M.Sc (Counselling Psychologists - TCD) students on work placements. For many years she was also an Examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Additionally, she was a Church Organist and Choir Director for 15 years in Dublin 8.

Michelle works as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Psychologist in a private practice in Dublin 2. She is a member of ICP (Irish Council Psychotherapy), full member of the IFPP and served on its Executive Committee for a number of years and has also been on the IFPP Education Committee for three years, helping to convene seminars and clinical conferences for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Health Professionals, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Michelle is also a member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (MICP) and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).  

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