Dr Claire McDonald is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with individuals with diverse physical, mental health and personality difficulties in a variety of clinical and research contexts in both Ireland and the UK. Having obtained a BSc in Psychology at University College Dublin, she went on to complete an MSc in Neuroscience at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, followed by a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College Dublin. She currently works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with adults experiencing complex and often enduring mental health problems. She also provides training and supports NHS staff teams working in highly pressured environments and supervises Psychologists in Clinical Training.
Dr McDonald has worked with clients experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties such as relationship and personality problems, low-self-esteem, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation problems, trauma, long-term health conditions, and dissociative and psychotic experiences.
Dr McDonald specialises in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches, as well as drawing from Psychodynamic, Systemic and Narrative therapy approaches.
She has a passion for working creatively and collaboratively with her clients to reveal what factors might be driving the problems in question and how they may be overcome to live a more fulfilling and valued life.