Our Therapists

The CCBT Cork therapist network is a dynamic network of clinicians. CCBT Cork therapists are passionate about  providing high quality cognitive behaviour treatments  to their clients. Therapy at CCBT Cork consists of ‘full CBT treatment’ as this is the type of CBT that informs the evidence base. This is different from therapy that offers some CBT approaches. All therapists who are part of the network participate in continuous professional development and everyone in our therapist community collaborates and shares their CBT learning, facilitating a cycle of continuous reflection and practitioner development to the benefit of clients.

Anne-Marie Shepherd
Anne-Marie Shepherd Cognitive Behaviour Therapist/Centre Manager
B.Soc.Sc., MSW, NQSW, MA (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy), BABCP Accred. No 090952.
Educated in UCD & UCC, Anne-Marie has worked with HSE Adult Mental Health Services for a 10 year period at a senior level & prior to this with Child and Family Services. She is currently completing her British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Child & Young Person CBT as well as being trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a newer form of mindfulness based CBT). Anne-Marie is particularly grateful for her extensive work as a CBT Therapist with the NHS as part of their world leading ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy’ (IAPT) programme and as a clinical supervisor, supervising the practice of a large number of therapists across the UK and internationally with a renowned CBT digital health & NHS provider. She is proficient & highly experienced in delivering remote therapy via telephone or video conferencing & her clinical experience of this medium (as supported by research) is that it can be just as effective as face to face sessions with many practical benefits. Anne-Marie’s emphasis in treatment is as much on the therapeutic relationship as it is helping people to acquire new skills. Her experience is that CBT can be a game changer in improving mental health and she extends a warm welcome to you as you commence your CBT journey whether in person at the centre or remotely via video platform or telephone.
Dr. James O’ Mahony
Dr. James O’ Mahony Cognitive Behaviour Therapist/CCBT Cork Network Affiliate
PhD MSc MBA Pg Dip CBT BSc MBABCP. BABCP Accred. No 090399 NMBI Pin Number 64564.

James has undertaken his education (mental health, psychotherapy; psychology; research degrees) with University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Derby. He undertook his postgraduate training in Cognitive Psychotherapy (CBT) with the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and completed a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Medicine & Health with the Graduate College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork in the area of depression. He is the Programme Lead/ University Lecturer for the postgraduate training (Pg Dip/ MSc) in CBT in University College Cork (UCC). In addition to teaching on the postgraduate diploma/ masters in CBT, he also teaches students on the Doctor of Clinical Psychology programme in UCC and on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mental Health Nursing. James is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which is a specialised form of psychotherapy used to work with individuals experiencing severe emotional dysregulation or those experiencing self-harm and suicidal behaviours. James worked in the public mental health services for 20 years in both senior clinical and management roles. James is a warm and friendly practitioner and following an initial assessment a plan can be made collaboratively to work on the difficulties you are experiencing. As James is also a Registered Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, he will be able to discuss your treatment including any medications you may have been prescribed by your GP or Consultant Psychiatrist. He has a specialist interest in working with anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and depression and working with the LGBTQ community.

Denise Cronin
Denise CroninCognitive Behaviour Therapist/CCBT Cork Network Affiliate
B.A. Hons Mental Health Nursing. Post Grad Dip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). BABCP. Awaiting registration of BABCP accreditation.

Denise completed her psychiatric nursing and CBT training in UCC. Since 2014 she has worked with a full range of mental health problems in both adolescent and adult mental health settings. Denise is passionate about delivering strongest evidence based CBT treatment protocols and has a down to earth approach that is encouraging, supportive and empathetic. She thoroughly enjoys engaging with young clients. Through a collaborative and warm approach, Denise aims to develop a mutual understanding of a person’s difficulties in order to select the most suitable course of CBT therapy. Denise finds the process of guiding clients towards their own personal recovery armed with CBT knowledge and skills to be highly rewarding. She is experienced in delivering CBT via telephone and video platforms and has found the ‘teletherapy’ approach can be as effective as face to face treatments. As a three time all Ireland senior camogie medalist, Denise has a special interest in CBT in the elite sporting context both to optimise athletes’ experience of and performance of their sport as well as for sportspeople at risk of or who may have developed mental health challenges. CBT in elite sports is an emerging specialism supported by research and Denise has found it to be particularly beneficial in helping athletes to manage transitions.

James Lloyd
James LloydCognitive Behaviour Therapist/CCBT Cork Network Affiliate
B.Soc.Sc., GDip Psychology, Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), BABCP Accred. No 180806.

James was educated in University College Cork, Glasgow Caledonian University, University College London and Royal Holloway, London. He has over six years of clinical experience in the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services treating a wide ranging presentations of depression and anxiety related difficulties. James brings a warm, non-judgemental attitude and insightful mind to guide his clients through the process of defining the problem, deciding how best to approach it, and agreeing a focus for treatment. This includes working within both brief and longer-term time frames using CBT and EMDR approaches. EMDR is an evidence based therapy proven to help people recover from trauma, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. James has been well equipped to work remotely during the covid-19 pandemic through his ongoing work with a leading digital CBT service and NHS provider. James offers in person sessions in our Marlboro St. Centre on Mondays including evening appointments.

Our Centre

Established by Anne-Marie Shepherd in 2018, CCBT Cork represents a network of dedicated Cognitive Behaviour Therapists delivering evidence based treatments to people aged 14+ in Cork City Centre with an additional base in Fermoy Town. With appointments available 7 days a week, the centre aims to increase accessibility to CBT with clinicians who have undertaken 2 to 3 years post graduate dedicated CBT training and who have achieved, or are eligible and working towards achieving accreditation with a CBT specific accreditation body.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and its international equivalents recommends full ‘disorder specific’ CBT treatment as the first line of psychological treatment for common mental health difficulties. This is because of its proven track record through high quality research as an effective therapy.

BABCP accreditation

CCBT Cork Network Affiliates are accredited with the BABCP. The BABCP is the British & Irish Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists, a leading organisation for the theory, practice and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK & Ireland. CBTI (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Ireland) accreditation is also recognised by the centre. Both accrediting bodies signals the gold standard of expertise of a CBT Therapist and of CBT quality. Any counsellor, psychotherapist or CBT therapist can be a BABCP or CBTI member but achieving accreditation with these bodies demonstrates that the CBT therapist has met the stringent criteria around qualifications and clinical experience.

Values of CCBT Cork

CCBT Cork clients are treated with respect and curtesy at all times. The centre represents independent, accredited and insured CBT Therapists, who as scientist practitioners are committed to the lifelong development of their CBT practice. CBT Therapists who are part of  the CCBT Cork ‘Network Affiliation’  value continual professional development with the centre being a hub of CBT activity in delivering individual treatments, clinical supervision for trainee therapists as well as qualified therapists and in hosting continual professional development events for our network affiliates as well as the wider CBT therapy community in Cork and beyond.