Dr Jennifer O'Connell

Dr Jennifer O’Connell is a Clinical Psychologist who has over 10 years of experience and expertise working across mental and physical health settings, within public and private sectors, across the UK and Ireland. She specialises in the area of complex and interpersonal trauma. 

Jennifer completed a masters degree in psychological research with distinction, at University College London, before undertaking her doctoral training and qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently completing further postgraduate trauma studies under University College Cork in conjunction with the Wave Trauma Centre in Belfast. 

Jennifer is highly trained and experienced in working with people who are seeking support for recent and/or historic experiences of trauma or childhood adversities. She can offer a number of short and long-term evidence-based therapies including Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Jennifer also provides supports for a wide range of psychological difficulties, including: 

 

        Adjustment Disorder 

        Anxiety Disorders 

        Borderline Personality Disorder 

        Depression 

        Health Anxiety 

        Low Self-Esteem

        Personality Disorders 

        Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

        Psychosexual Disorders 

        Relationship Difficulties 

 

Fundamental to her practice, Jennifer is passionate about developing a supportive and trusting relationship with everyone she works with to ensure a felt sense of safety and understanding. She is a very warm, non-judgemental, and down-to-earth clinician, and she has an unwavering belief that everyone can work through their struggles and re-connect with their personal strengths, resources, and values. 

Alongside her clinical work, Jennifer is passionate about clinical research and mental health literacy training, areas in which she has co-authored several publications. She is also actively involved in mental health awareness training, in the supervision of clinical psychology trainees, and has experience writing psychological impact reports for survivors of sexual offences who have reported to the police.