Qualification & Education

Ríoghnach has been studying and working in the field of psychology for the past decade. She received her undergraduate BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and latterly completed a Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies with University College Dublin. Most recently, she completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.


During her clinical training, Ríoghnach worked in multiple settings which provided services to clients across the lifespan. These settings included; HSE primary care, Trinity College Dublin Counselling Services, psychology support for cardiology, schools, homeless services and a community-based forensic service. Since completing her doctorate with TCD, Ríoghnach has largely worked in the area of forensic psychology.

Given the settings in which Ríoghnach has worked, she has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients presenting with such issues as: stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, addiction, trauma, autism and various challenging behaviours such as violence and sexual acting-out.

Ríoghnach is trained in both assessment and psychotherapy with these client groups, she is thus able to offer diagnosis and treatment. In terms of therapy, Ríoghnach’s underlying therapeutic approach is person-centred and relational, however she is also competent in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) approaches. Ríoghnach is also trained in couples therapy and has facilitated group therapy in the past for individuals presenting with a range of emotional and behavioural issues. Ultimately, Ríoghnach believes strongly in tailoring her therapeutic intervention to the needs, personality and ability of the client.

Please note that Ríoghnach can only see children from the ages of 13+


Rioghnach O’Leary

Counselling Psychologist

Rioghnach is available for appointments in the following clinic(s):

Blackrock, Co.Dublin

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