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Kate McMahon

Discipline (Psychologist), Accreditation, PSI

Kate McMahon

Kate McMahon

Kate Specialises In:

  • Attachment and relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Family difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Identity- exploration and personal meaning
  • Disordered eating
  • Bullying
  • Emotion regulation
  • Parenting in the context of mental/physical illness

Kate’s Experience

Kate has worked long/short term with clients across a lifespan of 3-80 years of age in a variety of clinical settings. Kate works with adults, teenagers and children who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress, chronic illness/conditions and emotion regulation difficulties.

While completing her doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Kate volunteered with BodyWhys, co-facilitating support groups for individuals with eating disorders and their family and friends. Kate has an interest in empirical studies and has carried out research in the area of eating disorders and domestic violence within the family system. Previously, Kate worked with children with autism and their families for 5 years in special education settings in Ireland and Australia, supporting children and their families with behaviour-based goals for school and home.

Kate’s approach to therapy is integrative and person-centred, meaning she sees the client as the expert of their own unique experience. Kate believes that for therapy to be effective, with any age group, trust must be built. Thus, enabling clients to feel safe enough in the therapy relationship to explore difficult parts of their lives. She considers the therapeutic relationship to be the foundation for change outside of the therapy room. Kate’s experience thus far has emphasized the importance of understanding clients within the systems they live and considering the impact and the distribution of power within those systems and within the therapeutic relationship. Kate draws on relevant research and evidence-based models in her therapeutic practice and has been trained in delivering Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy (PD), Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) and a range of other models.

Kate’s Qualifications & Education

Kate completed her doctorate training in Counselling Psychology with Trinity College Dublin and is a graduate member of The Psychological Society of Ireland. Kate completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Dublin City University (DCU) and has completed certificate trainings such as Counselling & Psychotherapy with PCI College and Therapeutic Play skills with Children’s Therapy Centre.

Kate Works With:

  • Children (5+)
  • Teens
  • Families
  • Adults


Please note that this is only a snapshot of the issues Kate works with. Please use the contact form above for further enquiries.

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