― Karen Horney, Self-Analysis
Theresa Merrigan, MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
IFPP, ICP, UKCP & EAP Registered
Choosing the right therapist involves finding someone you can trust and work with. It is however also important that the person you choose has undertaken a rigorous and thorough training and is appropriately registered with the relevant professional body and is fully insured.
My formal training was undertaken in the University of Dublin, Trinity College where I graduated with a Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In parallel with this I was awarded a Clinical Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP). I also hold a postgraduate qualification in Clinical Supervision awarded by the British Association of Psychotherapy and a postgraduate diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations awarded by the Institute of Group Analysis in London.
I am registered with the following professional bodies:
• Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Full member)
• Irish Council of Psychotherapy (Full member)
• European Association of Psychotherapy (Full member)
• United Kingdom Counselling & Psychotherapy (Full member)
• Institute of Psychotherapy & Disability (Associate Member)
In addition to working in private practice I am involved in the training of psychotherapists as a lecturer and Infant Observation Seminar leader. I have held the position of Co-ordinator and Adult Strand lead in the Masters Programme in Trinity College Dublin. I am a former member of the Board of the Irish Institute of Psychotherapy and a former chair of the IIPP Training Committee.
I teach seminars and lead postgraduate workshops and classes for candidates training to be psychotherapists. I also provide clinical supervision for trainee and qualified therapists within organisational settings and privately.
Since 2012 I have worked therapeutically with adults who have an intellectual disability currently experiencing emotional difficulties. Referrals are generally service driven although I do take private referrals also. In addition I am a founding member of Disability Psychotherapy Ireland Interest Group which aims to promote psychotherapy in the area of disability as well as running seminars and discussion groups.
Trauma Psychotherapy (Abuse, Neglect & Sexual Violence)
I have held senior management roles in Galway Rape Crisis Centre, the National Counselling Service EDEN Programme (which supports adults who have attempted suicide or struggle with suicidal thoughts) and I have also worked psychotherapeutically as a therapist with the National Counselling Service and faciliated supervision groups for counsellors working in the CIPC service.
Between 2011 and 2017 I held the Service Director role in CONNECT, the National Telephone Counselling & Support service. CONNECT provides psychological support for adults who have experienced abuse in childhood, both institutional and familial. I am fully conversant with trauma psychotherapy and organisational supervision.
Reflective Practice in Organisations (RPiO)
Reflective Practice is a developing practice within many organisations, in particular health care. I facilitate reflective practice groups where staff teams can take time within the work setting to reflect together on their work practice so as to better support one another and themselves in what are very often stressful and traumatic work situations. For more information please contact me.