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Dr Aylish O'Driscoll

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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Dr Aylish O’Driscoll is Deputy Director and Senior Tutor for Research on the Professional Doctorate (DPsych) in Counselling Psychology. Aylish is module leader for the Year 2 Developing Research Skills module, supervises doctoral research, teaches across various clinical modules, and is also a member of the Psychology Department Research Ethics Committee. Aylish has previously taught on the MSc Health and Organisational Psychology and BSc Psychology.

Her research interests lie in the use of qualitative methods to study a range of applied counselling psychology topics, with experience predominantly in phenomenological and narrative approaches. Particular interests include the psychological study of social issues, and trauma-informed understandings of mental distress.

Aylish has held clinical roles in the NHS across Inpatient, Early Intervention in Psychosis, and Secondary Care teams, and in a university mental health service.

Aylish has a BA(Hons) degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, completed her DPsych in Counselling Psychology at City, University of London, and her Practitioner Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.


  1. Lecturer, City, University of London, 2017 – present
  2. Visiting Lecturer, Research Supervisor & Tutor, City, University of London, 2012 – 2017


Journal article

  1. O'Driscoll, A. (2009). The growing influence of mindfulness on the work of the counselling psychologist. A review. Counselling Psychology Review- British Psychological Society, 24(3&4).