Hello and thanks for visiting my site:

I am Sally O'Reilly, BA Psych, MA Couns Psych, MIAHIP, SIAHIP, MEAP. I work in full time private practice as a Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor accredited with the IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, which is a member of ICP). I also hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy from the EAP.

I offer individual and couples sessions, and I work with all ages, including children.

(Please note that at present I have no space for couples, July 2014)

My main practice is in East Cork, Youghal, and I have appointments available in Ladysbridge as well.

Click on the links above for further information about my training, experience, hours of business, and articles. You can have a look at my Facebook feed and Twitter on the right - follow if you wish! And feel free to fill in the contact form with any queries you may still have when you're finished browsing the site.

Thanks,

Sally O'Reilly

 

Helping your child to deal with bullies - a 5 step plan

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As children return to school and encounter new peers, some parents are probably starting to notice that things are not going quite as planned. One of the greatest fears that any parent has is that their child is being bullied. I was delighted to be asked to write this piece for Voiceboks - a website worth checking out if you're a parent, or indeed just thinking about it!

Bullying is a hot topic at the moment. I'm not sure that it's happening more than it used to, but I am sure that the ways in which we bully each other are more varied. All bullying can feel overwhelming, difficult to witness, difficult to control. And we can feel helpless, victimised along with the child.

As we know, the consequences can be devastating.

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Is technology destroying our relationships? Q&A with Sharon Ní Conchuir

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Sharon Ní Conchuir, a freelance journalist, contacted me with some interesting questions about the impact of technology on our relationships. The piece was published in the Irish Examiner here. It's similar subject matter to a previous piece I posted, but each journalist asked quite different questions - so it was interesting for me to revisit the subject with a different interviewer and offer some tips on how we can better manage our online lives.

 

Sharon Ní Conchuir, a freelance journalist, contacted me with some interesting questions about the impact of technology on our relationships. The piece was published in the Irish Examiner here.

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Ways to nurture your child's self esteem.


Yesterday I wrote about my depressing experience in a gym changing room where a little girl sucked in her tummy when she noticed me looking at (admiring) her.

Today, I've decided to suggest things we can collectively challenge in our society, things that hurt us and our children. I'm a big believer in taking action!

Here's a little taster of where I'm going with this one:

Yesterday I wrote about my depressing experience in a gym changing room where a little girl sucked in her tummy when she noticed me looking at (admiring) her.

Today, I've decided to suggest things we can collectively challenge in our society, things that hurt us and our children. I'm a big believer in taking action!

Here's a little taster of where I'm going with this one:

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Be careful what you say about yourself - your child is listening.


I had an unnerving experience two days ago and haven't quite yet recovered.

This thing happened in the changing room of my local gym.

Here's a meme I made for the occasion. It might give you a clue as to where I'm going with this...

 

 

I had an unnerving experience two days ago and I haven't quite yet recovered. 

This thing happened in the changing room of my local gym. Here's a meme I made for the occasion, It might give you a clue as to where I'm going with this...

 

 

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Kim and Kanye are in Ireland!! (And why we give a &^%*...)

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Rumours were rife at the beginning of this week that my local village was playing host to newly manacled Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. My favourite one was that they were staying in a caravan park on one of our beaches: best photos-of-the-week award must go to these from this series by @alisonjackson:

The local paper, East Cork Journal contacted me, and their reporter Seamus Whelehan had some questions for me regarding our global fascination with celebrity. Here's our conversation, some of which is currently on their front page:

 

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8th Q&A with Chrissie Russell: Why might older siblings be more accomplished than their siblings?

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This conversation was sparked by the publication of a new study on sibling configurations and looking at whether aspiration and achievment of children is dependent on 'order' in the family. Interestingly, the researchers in this case also found a gender difference - specifically, that eldest girls aspire to, and achieve more academically than eldest boys. Naturally enough this sparked much media debate! Chrissie's article is here.

Well, the media hype over this study one was extraordinary - rarely have I seen so many pictures of Beyonce, Clinton, Oprah - everywhere!

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Q&A with Sharon Ní Choncúir : Are childfree couples happier than parents?

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Sharon Ní Choncúir, freelance journalist with the Irish Examiner was interested by a large research piece done by Open University that suggests that childfree couples are happier than parents. We talk about why that might be. The full text of the conversation is below and the resulting newspaper article is here.

Why do you think child-free couples might be happier than those with children?

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