Dr Susan Byrne

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Dr Susan Byrne is a Director and Managing Partner at the Connolly Counselling Centre. She is also the Lead Therapist and Clinical Supervisor.

Susan is fully accredited with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland. She is also a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a Couples/Relationship Counsellor.

Susan graduated from Dublin City University with a first class honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy in 2004, and completed her Doctorate in Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Psychology and Embodied Cognition with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2012. In 2022, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision with Dublin City University.

Susan also holds qualifications in the following:

  • Diploma in Humanities
  • Diploma in Addiction Counselling
  • Professional Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills

She is also trained in the implementation of Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices, Children First Legislation and Child Protection & Welfare issues, and ASSIST Training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Susan follows the Code of Ethics as set down by the A.C.I. and promotes professional, ethical and best practice at all times with her clients. She also maintains her accredited membership with the A.C.I. by meeting the required criteria of Continued Professional Development, regular Clinical Supervision, Professional Indemnity Insurance and Garda Vetting.

Her therapeutic approach follows models from Psychology and Counselling such as:
Embodied Cognition & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Person Centred Counselling; Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy; Motivational Interviewing & The Wheel of Change; Solution Focused Therapy; and Reality Therapy/Choice Theory.

Susan offers a confidential and non-judgemental counselling service to both adults and teenagers where thoughts, feelings and experiences can be explored in a safe and supportive space. Originating from a professional teaching background, and a previous member of the Teaching Council of Ireland, Susan has a keen interest in working with young adults and has over 25 years experience working both in the private sector and in community development settings with young people from 15 to 21 years of age.

Areas of Expertise:

Chemical Addictions – Alcohol and Drugs (both prescriptive & non-prescriptive)

Behavioural/Process Addictions – Problem Gambling, Pornography, Sex, Internet.

Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia Nervosa, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Couples/Relationship Counselling & Family Interventions

Depression

Anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Bereavement & Loss

Deliberate Self Harm & Suicidal Ideation

Poor Body Image/Body Dysmorphia

Other Information

Susan has presented numerous papers at the Psychological Society of Ireland and British Psychological Society Conferences while undertaking her doctoral degree, along with publishing several chapters from her thesis in both philosophy and psychology journals.

Currently, she is writing a book on Adolescent Mental Health having worked with Early School Leavers for 21 years.

Since 2008, Susan has completed over 750 hours of Continued Professional Development and is committed to on going education and training in order to meet the professional standards required in the practice of counselling and psychology.

Susan has also completed a series of interviews on Addiction with Spirit Radio in May/June 2021 which can be accessed on the website’s blog: www.counsellor.ie/blog and has been interviewed on Mental Health issues for Image Magazine and the Irish Farmer’s Journal. She has also presented workshops in schools on Adolescent Mental Health.

Susan is also on the Board of Directors at the Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre which is run under the auspices of the Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board (ETB).

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