Dr. Aoife Durcan

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

DCouns. Psych, MSc Applied Psychology, BAHons Psych, PSI

Dr. Aoife Durcan is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years experience in the field of psychology. Aoife is a graduate of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the school of psychology, Trinity College Dublin. Aoife has worked in a variety of services including Psychiatric hospitals, Universities, Private and Public hospitals, Child and adolescent services, Prisons, Educational settings and Primary Care Centres.

Aoife’s work involves the delivery of psychological intervention to adults, teenagers and children experiencing a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, eating disorders, grief and loss. 

Aoife is involved in the delivery of workshops and groups for adults experiencing deep emotional pain and emotion dysregulation, teaching skills on Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Effectiveness. She runs groups for children and teenagers using an integrative approach helping them learn how to regulate their emotions and develop self compassion. She is passionate about helping people live their lives in the most fulfilling way possible, and strongly believes in the inner strength and resilience in people.

Aoife works in an integrative way using evidenced-based practice. She tailors her treatment depending on the client’s presentation using approaches such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Aoife also has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She has a particular interest in working with emotions and completed her Doctoral thesis on Anxiety from an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) perspective. Her goal is to help people recognise that if they can begin to understand and change the underlying emotions that maintain their worry/anxiety/depression they can combat these overwhelming feelings.

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Age 0-3 Years: How Nurture and Responsiveness Shapes a Babies Brain

What will we learn?

  • Conscious parenting - the greatest gift we can give children

  • YOU are the only expert on your baby (there is no such thing as the perfect parent)

  • Our own attachment styes and how they influence our parenting

  • The influence of early experiences and brain development- the babies brain and nervous system is developing in utero

  • How to create a secure attachment – what is the scientific evidence telling us?

  • Do we really need to teach a baby to “self soothe?”

  • The impact of cortisol (stress) on the developing brain

  • Some practical tips for play and connection

  • Venue: Workshop will be online to accommodate people who find it difficult to attend sessions in person.

  • Duration: 120 minutes

  • Max attendees: 10-12 per group

  • Cost: €100

  • Workshop A. 10-12 years

  • Workshop B. Teenagers

  • You can view a full breakdown of the workshop here.

  • Duration: Children will attend for 9 sessions and there will be 3 parent/ caregiver training sessions throughout.

  • Cost: €1440 (12 sessions of 90-120 minutes @ €120 per session)

  • Groups will be kept small at 6-8 children per group.

Get in touch at therapy.adurcan@gmail.com