Clinic Details

What is the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinic?

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinic offers Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to adults aged 18+. The Clinic will open in County Donegal in 2021. It will serve Counties Donegal, Derry~Londonderry and Tyrone.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Noreen Giffney BA (Hons), PhD, MSc, Clin Dip, MIFPP, MNIIHR, MICP, MUKCP, MCPJA


I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has completed an accredited clinical training programme in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin and in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I am a fully-accredited clinical member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations, the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, and the College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis in the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and abide by their codes of ethics.

I have also completed further basic clinical training in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre, which is delivered in collaboration with University College London. Before training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, I completed Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, both in the area of the Arts and Humanities, at University College Dublin (UCD).

I was a member of the Education Sub-committee in the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) from 2010 to 2013, which convenes a programme of clinical events for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists for the purpose of further professional development, as well as for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurses and other healthcare professionals. I have convened Film: In Session, a continuing professional development course on psychoanalysis and film for Psychotherapists, and established and co-convened the Object Relations Clinical Reading Group during 2013-2014. I was a member of the IFPP’s Trauma Working Group in 2015-2016, and Chaired of the IFPP’s Accreditation Review Working Group during 2017-2018. I am a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), a member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies and a member of the Editorial Board of the British Psychoanalytic Council’s New Associations magazine. I convene Psychoanalysis +, a series of clinical and interdisciplinary events, which brings together clinical, artistic and theoretical approaches to, and applications of, Psychoanalysis. I am developing, with colleagues at Ulster University, a new interdisciplinary, cross-border initiative on Mental Health and the Arts. I am research active and have published extensively in clinical and academic contexts.

I was a member of the Clinical Training Committee in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 2014 and 2015. The Institute delivers a four-year clinical training programme in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, including a two-year Master of Science degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. I have lectured on the clinical MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (accredited by the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and the MPhil in Psychoanalytic Studies in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and on the Clinical Training Programme in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I have also lectured on the clinical MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (accredited by the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland) and the Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies in the School of Psychotherapy, both of which were formerly taught at Independent College Dublin. I was previously Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. I am currently Lecturer in Counselling in the School of Communication and Media at Ulster University. I ran a private practice in Dublin before relocating to County Donegal.

Clinic Location

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinic
Opening in County Donegal in 2021
Telephone: 087-1322244

Clinic Fees

Fees are arranged between clients and their Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist during the first consultation.

Clinic Referrals

The Clinic accepts referrals from GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Nurses and Social Workers, as well as self-referrals. Referrals can be made by telephoning the Clinic at 087-1322244.

‘Self-referral’ means a person does not need a referral letter from a medical practitioner in order to access the Clinic. An appointment can be made by telephoning the Clinic at 087-1322244.