#234 – Psychoanalysis in Ireland with Paul Moore

photo of Paul Moore

Paul Moore B.A. Psych., M. Phil., M.Sc. is a psychologist and psychotherapist working in private practice in Dublin, Kilkenny & Carlow, Ireland. Paul is also a lecturer in psychology, teaching introductory psychology and social psychology on the undergraduate programme, at Carlow Institute of Technology, in the Life Long Learning department. He teaches courses in the area of applied social studies and early childhood care and education studies.

He studied at Dublin City University, where he obtained his primary degree a B.A.(Hons) in Psychology. Toward the end of his primary degree studies, Paul gained some practical experience while working in a school for children with autism, using behaviour modification methods. He also worked on an outreach programme in the same discipline. While at the school he conducted experimental research on play skills in autism.
Paul joined the M.Phil. programme in Psychoanalytic Studies in Trinity College, University of Dublin, studying a wide range of psychoanalytic theorists, and upon completion entered the clinical training programme at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin and the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College, University of Dublin. This is an intensive programme culminating in a professional clinical diploma and a M.Sc. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. The training includes intensive infant observation, supervised clinical training and ongoing twice weekly personal analysis.
Paul’s area of interest is the intersection of neuroscience and clinical psychoanalytic practice, known as Neuropsychoanalysis, with a particular interest in the dreaming mind/brain. He has researched this at the Institute for Neuroscience at Trinity College, Dublin. He also has an interest in neuroscientific and psychoanalytic approaches to autistic spectrum disorder which he also researched extensively under the supervision of Professor Michael Fitzgerald, a consultant psychiatrist and a leading world authority on autistic spectrum disorder.

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  1. Jennifer
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Thank you…three times thank you for this interview! I learned so much about a field
    that I have never heard mentioned before…Neuropsychoanalysis.

    I think that psychoanalysis has gotten a very
    bad rap in the field and I believe that it is time
    to consider a an organized professional
    “rapprochement”. I also believe that a global
    approach that includes what we continue to
    learn about the brain is essential for helping

    I would like some further clarification about
    Asperger’s and the implications of the new
    DSM V classification. I do not think that I fully
    understood what was being explained. Also, how it will effect families and individuals who
    are impacted by this “difference”?


  2. Posted April 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    In her Psychology Today blog post Remember the Soul?, Dr. Elaine Aron writes, “in the February-March 2010 issue of the American Psychologist, Jonathan Shedler of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine has an article, ‘The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.’ It is a meta-analysis of 160 outcome studies, finding effect sizes for psychodynamic therapies that are equal or larger than those produced by cognitive behavioral therapy.”

  3. Posted April 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Indeed! And I have an interview with Jonathan Shedler which I’ll be posting before too long! Stay tuned!

  4. John Knight
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    That was awesome, thanks guys! If I’m ever in Ireland, or if Paul’s ever in Oz again, I hope we can meet sometime – I’d love to pick his brain! 🙂

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