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Dr. Katie O'Donnell, Therapist


Dr. Katie O'Donnell is a therapist at the North Shore Stress & Anxiety Clinic. She is experienced in conducting a range of assessments and evidence based therapeutic interventions with clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties. She is trained and experienced primarily in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an effective and evidence based intervention approach for the treatment of a range of mental health disorders.  Where necessary and typically in combination with CBT, Katie’s practice is informed by other evidence based interventions (e.g. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Systemic Therapy).  She has an interest in working with individuals struggling with anxiety disorders including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and health anxiety as well as individuals suffering from low mood and experiencing difficulties adjusting or coping to illness and/or general life stressors. Katie works to provide a compassionate, warm and safe space for her clients to explore and understand their strengths and challenges and to collaboratively identify goals for treatment.  Through utilizing psychological and professional knowledge, Katie strives to provide her clients with practical and effective strategies to manage and overcome symptoms to alleviate psychological distress and to strengthen emotional resilience.

Katie completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at Queen’s University Belfast in 2019. During her training, she gained extensive clinical experience working across a number of settings in the National Health Service (NHS) (UK) including child and adolescent mental health, early intervention and adult disability, student counselling and neuropsychology for older adults in both in-patient and out-patient settings. She also completed a year long placement in adult mental health specializing in health psychology and with a primary focus on the use of CBT. Prior to this, Katie obtained a MSc in Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. She graduated with a PGD in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2011 and a BSc in Psychology in 2010 from University College Dublin, Ireland. Before commencing clinical training, Katie gained extensive experience working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and as part of a specialist team working with young people in state care with complex emotional difficulties. Katie is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (UK) and is a current member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). She is available to provide assessment and intervention to clients across the lifespan.