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, Irish Council for Psychotherapy Registration 21TR4 4CBOI

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 statutory Child and Family Services. She holds additional qualifications in Child & Young Person CBT as well as in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is a level 1 certified TEAM CBT Therapist (advanced CBT) with the Feeling Good Institute, California US. 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. More recently she has contributed to RTÉ’s Prime Time and to national print media on the topic of mental health and the covid-19 pandemic. Anne-Marie’s emphasis in her work with clients is as much on the therapeutic relationship as it is in helping people to acquire new skills. Her experience is that CBT can be a game changer in improving mental health and she extends a very 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/Employee Wellness Optimisation Lead CCBT Cork

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 Accred. No : 00000999456.

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, Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, 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 & has worked in private practice for the past 3 years.

He is producer and host of the ‘Therapy Explained’ podcast series, a series of discussions with therapists representing a range of schools of therapies including CBT. 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 and in Fermoy on Wednesdays.

Lisa Crawford
Lisa CrawfordCognitive Behaviour Therapist/CCBT Cork Network Affiliate
H Dip Mental Health Nursing, Pg Dip Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care, Pg Dip CBT, MSc Trauma Focused CBT, NMBI No. 108483, BABCP Accred. No. 170916

Lisa completed her mental health nurse training in Southbank university in London in 2001. Consequently she undertook her Postgraduate training in CBT in Trinity College Dublin graduating in 2016, followed by an MSc in Trauma Focused CBT from Queens University Belfast in 2021.

Lisa has a keen interest in women’s mental health including anxiety, low mood, OCD and particularly perinatal mental health, that is emotional issues which develop during the ante and postnatal periods. With this in mind in 2018 she returned to Limerick University to complete the Post Graduate module in Perinatal Mental Health Care.

Lisa has extensive experience in trauma focused care including childhood traumas, PTSD following accidents and assaults and trauma following childbirth.
She is currently in the process of registering as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Perinatal Mental Health care. Lisa’s interest in CBT came, not only from its strong evidence base, but also the emphasis on empowering clients to become their own therapists. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to gain an understanding of their individual problems and develop strategies to change unhelpful patterns.

John Cummins
John Cummins Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist /CCBT Network Affiliate
BABCP Membership (currently eligible and applying for accreditation): 14027, Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, Registered Psychiatric Nurse. NMBI NO: 97042, Qualified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland

John is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) completing his education with Trinity College Dublin. After his studies he has progressed to becoming a trainer and supervisor in this area with University College Cork (UCC). He teaches in UCC on the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and has been developing his teaching skills in the area since the course’s inception.

John has dedicated himself to becoming a fully qualified teacher in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is a teacher, assistant trainer and supervisor in this area.

John’ s approach to psychotherapy combines both CBT and Mindfulness. This is offered by integrating these two areas this in-to his practice in the form of acceptance and compassion focused approaches to working with mental health distress. He also integrates trauma sensitive and trauma informed approaches into his work. John is particularly skilled in the areas of perinatal mental health, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self esteem and depression.

John offer’s supervision, mentoring and coaching to trainee psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers and healthcare professionals. He believes it is important for all healthcare professionals to have a reflective space to discuss the challenges of working in this area.

John is supervised monthly in both psychotherapy and mindfulness teaching. He receives personal clinical supervision on his own personal process and approach to delivering psychotherapy. He finds this to an invaluable way of maintaining his own wellbeing and professional integrity.

Gail Beacham
Gail BeachamCognitive Behaviour Therapist/CCBT Network Affiliate
BSc (HONS) in Specialist Practice in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, BABCP Accreditation: 140339, Qualified Mental Health Nurse Pin:, 152817PG Cert Trauma Studies, Trained and experienced in the use of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) using the Adaptive Information Processing Model, which facilitates the reorganising of distressing responses to disturbing life events from an initial dysfunctional state to a state of resolution.

Gail began her career as a mental health nurse and has 30 years’ experience supporting people through challenging periods in their lives. She completed a certificate and then a BSc (HONS) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. She has extensive experience practising CBT in Northern Ireland, working as part of a team supporting survivors of The Troubles heal from their traumatic experiences and to re-claim their lives.

Gail is passionate about integrating compassion and kindness into her therapeutic approach. She has completed training in Compassion Focused therapy. This approach can be very helpful when we become self-critical in our thinking. Self-critical thinking can cause us to get locked into patterns of self-accusation which can trigger feelings of guilt, shame and sadness. The qualities of Compassion can positively influence our brains, bodies, social relationships as well as our general health and wellbeing. Central to this approach is learning that we have quite complicated brains and how developing a more supportive, caring relationship with ourselves can help us when times are difficult and we feel distressed.

Gail has a special interest in helping people experiencing social anxiety develop their skills and confidence using CBT. She has supported cancer survivors struggling with fear and anxiety, and has understanding in this area through her own personal experience.

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.