Sean McCarthy


B.A. (Hons) Psychology, MPhil, MSc, DClin Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Sean is a fully qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist He completed his MSc in the Department of Psychiatry in Trinity Medical School and was awarded his Clinical Diploma by the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, where he currently holds associate membership. He is based in Leeson Analytic Centre. Sean has investigated the effects of shame among victims of childhood abuse and has a particular interest in how early childhood neglect and trauma come to influence and shape our adult experience. Sean has also investigated drug use and drug addiction within society and as a subjective human experience at master’s level, and continues to explore the function of drug addiction as a mechanism to avoid pain and as a substitute for meaningful human relationships across the adult and adolescent lifespan.

Other areas of interest include the experience of loneliness and social isolation, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggle and the difficulties experienced by many adults in attempting to situate themselves meaningfully into the greater social fabric.