297 Beechwood Court, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, A94 N726
+353 1 2100 600

Brian O’Sullivan

brian o'sullivan family therapist

Brian is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist. He has 21 years’ experience of working collaboratively in a healthcare context with adolescents, couples and families across the community, voluntary and statutory sectors as well as in private practice.
Brian earned his M.Sc. in Systemic Family Psychotherapy at the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Mater University Hospital and University College Dublin.

Brian works with his client(s) in the context of their whole lives and considers a person’s relationships, internal dialogue, history, work and social settings. He aims to assist the adolescent, individual, couple or family to come to their own satisfactory understandings or actions that will allow them to manage whatever issue troubles them.

The consultations are client led, confidential, collaborative, and non-judgemental. Brian aims to engage clients in a conversation that offers the individual, adolescent, couple or family alternative stories or descriptions to the ‘stuck’ or ‘pathological’ ones they currently find themselves in.

Brian has spent several years teaching accredited undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes in psychological theory and therapy. He has designed two Master’s programmes both of which have been validated by Middlesex University in London.

In collaboration with the Institute of Family Therapy Malta, he has designed the first accredited Post Graduate Programme in Parental Alienation Studies. See link here: https://parentalalienation.eu/post-graduate-award-in-parental-alienation-studies/

One area of Brian’s interest, research and practice relates to children resisting contact with a previously loved parent in the context of high conflict divorce and separations in Ireland often referred to as Parental Alienation.

Brian has conducted the only Irish study exploring Parental Alienation with ethical permissions from the Human Research Ethics Committee at University College Dublin.

He has been published in international peer reviewed Journals regarding the theme of Parental Alienation. Furthermore, he has published the only Irish papers across the Social, Legal & Mental Health literature in Ireland regarding the phenomenon of Parental Alienation.

Additionally, he has delivered his research findings at national and international postgraduate (Doctoral) research conferences. His expertise in the area of Parental Alienation means he is often requested to act as an expert witness in complex private family law proceedings where parental alienation may be considered to be a factor.

Phone: +353 1 2100 600
297 Beechwood Court
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, A94 N726