About me

Dr Catherine Hynes

I am a clinical psychologist with a background in neuroscience and neuropsychology. My focus for the last several years has been on helping adults to overcome the effects of trauma, neglect and other adversity to establish meaningful and fulfilling lives.

I always take time to explore your life history and the origins of your difficulties, because psychological research has shown that problems in the present often stem from problems in the past. Before starting your treatment, I take time to develop a therapeutic plan that is relevant to your current difficulties, and the future you want to have.

The therapies I use are validated by scientific research and are consistent with psychological, biological and medical science. This might include listening compassionately to you and helping you to develop compassion for yourself, and helping you to identify internal conflicts within your mind to work towards establishing greater internal harmony. Your therapy may involve learning more about your difficulties, and the research that explains how to resolve them. In some cases, we may look at your habits and thinking patterns and work towards adjusting them so that you behave in ways that enhance your wellbeing. In many cases, we will look at specific skills you can learn to improve your stress levels, emotion management, your communication style, or other relevant areas of your life.

I offer therapy for adults with a broad range of difficulties.

Specific therapies I practice include:

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) – a therapy for trauma, phobias, grief, and other difficulties that helps people to resolve past troubling experiences and connect themselves with healthier and more functional aspects of themselves.

Schema Therapy – an integrative therapy incorporating aspects of CBT, Gestalt therapy and psychodynamic therapy that helps people to recognise and resolve unhelpful, lifelong patterns of thoughts and behaviour that originated in childhood or adolescence, and choose new more helpful ways of thinking and behaving to improve wellbeing.

Mindfulness Based Therapies – therapies that teach people to focus deliberately on the present moment, and change the common habit of spending most of life either re-living the past or worrying about the future.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – focuses on identifying people's most cherished values, and committing to living according to them in the here and now.
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) – focuses on developing compassion for oneself, and learning to change self-critical thinking.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – helps people understand the relationships between thinking patterns, behaviour patterns and emotions, and to make changes to behaviour and thinking habits to improve emotional well-being.

Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) – parenting assistance for all children that encourages warmth and high quality interactions with children, as well as suggesting specific strategies for managing challenging behaviour.

My areas of specialty are:

  • Trauma and Complex Trauma
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mood Disorders and Difficulties
  • Assertiveness and Communication Skills
  • Enduring difficulties originating in childhood or early adolescence
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Phobias and Panic
  • Addictions
  • Parenting Skills

My CV can be viewed on linkedin.

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