Donal is a strong advocate of the existential and phenomenological approach towards helping others and is presently training for his Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at the NSPC in London.
Having initially pursued and obtained a degree in engineering Donal discovered that helping others on their journey was most meaningful and fulfilling for him, and therefore turned towards a career in mental health. He obtained a graduate diploma in psychology from UEL and followed this with a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster.
Donal brings a wealth of clinical experience having worked as a clinical support worker with older adults in a psychiatric ward and also as a recovery worker with community psychosis teams with the South London & Maudsley NHS trust. He has also worked in a therapeutic capacity with at risk young children and adolescents with mental health services in his home of Cork, Ireland.
Donal is especially interested in mindfulness approaches, in the value of being present in the midst of our lives, and has also recently been certified in delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He has also published research in this area which examined the benefits of mindfulness practice on trainee clinical psychologists.
Donal is also very passionate about helping others relate more authentically and compassionately with both self and others, and has been facilitating this through a practice called Authentic Relating and Circling, in which he has also been certified. This practice influences his therapeutic stance which is that a safe and holding environment and an attuned, empowering and empathic presence can facilitate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the client’s individual world and the possibility of lasting and meaningful change.