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Women on the Couch

What do women want, need and desire in therapy?

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Dr Maria Leahy, Marlene ffrench Mullen, Irish language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and writer Louise O'Neill

Saturday 30 June 2018 - Dublin

Mary Robinson, the first female president (Uachtarain) of Ireland acknowledged that the women of Ireland, Mná na hÉireann had, at the time, rocked the system. Do Irish women feel that this remains a truism? 2018 has been marked by events such as the Belfast rape trial, the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and the cervical screening debacle. How do these events impact on the lives of women and men in our society? How are these moments in history showing up in our consulting rooms? What space is allowed for therapeutic concerns that are specifically about what it means to be a woman today? What do women want and need in therapy? How do we work therapeutically with issues of femininity, safety, empowerment, self-representation and relationships?

We have invited five women to explore their understanding of the issues women face and to share their insights on gender and power.


Ellen O'Malley Dunlop
Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop is a Jungian Psychotherapist, Family Therapist and Group Analyst. She worked in private practitice for 23 years. She is a founder member of the the Irish Institute of Psycoanalytic Pscyhotherapy and the Masters Programme in Trinity College. She was the first female Chairperson of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She is currently Chairperson of the National Women's Council of Ireland... More >>

Dr Maria Leahy
Dr. Maria Leahy is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, having obtained her degree, her masters, and her doctorate in Trinity College Dublin. Maria is currently employed as a Senior Psychologist in the Health Service Executive, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services... More >>

Marlene ffrench Mullen
Marlene ffrench Mullen is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Co Wicklow for over 10 years. She is a Registered Practitioner of APPI and a member of ICLO and ICP. She has been Hon.Secretary of APPI for a number of years. She has participated and tutored on the various programmes for continuing studies organised by APPI. She has contributed to Lacunae and presented papers at both APPI conferences and ICLO study days... More >>

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has received numerous international awards for works, which have been translated into French, German, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Estonian, Japanese and English. She is one of Ireland's most wellknown Irish language writers. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2001-2004, and the first Professor of Irish (language) Poetry. Her papers are collected at Boston College's Burns Library. In March 2018, she received the Zbigniew Herbert International Literay Award for her achievements in poetry... More >>

Louise O'Neill
Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork and has a BA in English Studies from Trinity and a post-graduate diploma in Fashion Buying from DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel 'Only Ever Yours' which won the inaugural Young Adult Book Prize and the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in 2014... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £90
Self-funded: £75 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Self-funded x 2: £160
Self-funded x 2: £140 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Rd
Dun Laoghaire

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15.30 Tea
17:00 End