Dr Robert O’Flaherty

Dr Robert O’Flaherty is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS in a variety of settings and with people of all ages. Robert is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Robert has experience of working with people with a number of difficulties, which may be given labels such as anxiety (and different types of anxiety such as panic attacks, OCD, and health anxiety), low mood, stress, addiction (e.g. drugs, alcohol, sex and pornography), relationship difficulties and sexual difficulties.

Robert has also worked in specialist centres in the NHS with people who have a range of physical health conditions, such as HIV, cystic fibrosis, cardiac difficulties and persistent pain. Robert is interested in the mind-body connection and how they can both greatly affect each other. In these services Robert has worked with people with a number of difficulties; these include accepting their diagnosis and living a fulfilling life with their condition, reducing stigma and shame, disclosing to others, relationship and sexual difficulties in relation to their physical health condition, improving adherence to treatment and understanding the mind-body connection.

Robert’s research interests lie in men’s mental health and factors affecting men accessing psychological therapy. A number of men say they feel too embarrassed or do not want to be perceived by others as being weak by accessing therapy. They then tend to go on silently struggling or using other unhelpful coping strategies. However, Robert strongly believes and recognises that it can take a lot of strength to seek support and Robert aims to create a safe space where clients can share their experiences, explore their feelings and make positive changes within a confidential setting. As well as men, Robert also works with women, as well as younger people and older adults.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Robert draws from a number of psychological theories and models of therapy to provide an integrative and collaborative service, unique to each individual, rather than adopting a “one size fits all” approach. Some of the theories and models that Robert draws from include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic theory, Attachment Theory and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Robert completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Universities of Coventry and Warwick, and has also completed postgraduate and undergraduate psychology courses at University College London (UCL) and the University of Westminster.

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