Dr Robert O'Flaherty

Clinical Psychologist


About Therapy

About Therapy

What Is Therapy?

Attending therapy can sometimes feel daunting or scary. I aim to create a safe, private, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to think about yourself and your difficulties and make changes.

In our initial appointment we will begin an assessment and discuss the reasons you are seeking therapy, the source of any issues you are experiencing and your current methods of coping. Over the course of the sessions we will work together to create a psychological formulation* to help you understand yourself better and think about how to move forward, which will be different for each individual.

What Type of Therapy Do You Use?

I believe that no single psychological approach has all of the answers for every individual. Instead, I take an integrative approach to draw from a number of different psychological therapies, guided by the formulation and to best fit the person and their particular difficulties and desires from therapy. Some of the types of therapy that I draw from include:

  • Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic

How Long Are The Sessions?

Each individual psychology sessions lasts for 50 minutes. Longer or shorter sessions can be arranged if required. The overall length of therapy depends on a number of factors and is something we will review at regular intervals.

When Are You Available?

I currently have availibility on Mondays and Tuesdays.

What Difficulties Do You Work With?

To find out more about the kinds of difficulties I could help you with, and to find out more about me, please read my About Me page.

*A psychological formulation draws on psychological theories and principles in order to summarise a person's difficulties, how these difficulties may relate to each other and how they may have developed and been maintained. The formulation can then provide a plan for intervention but can be revised and updated accordingly.