Dr Robert O'Flaherty

Dr Robert O'Flaherty

Psychology 30048914

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Specialises in

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Psychotherapy


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC, Reg: PYL35174), who is Chartered by the British Psychological Society (Reg: 181156).

I worked in the NHS for over 15 years and now work full time in private practice. I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist.

I have worked in specialist centres in the NHS with people who have a range of physical health conditions, such as HIV, cystic fibrosis, cardiac difficulties and persistent pain. I am interested in the mind-body connection and how they can both greatly affect each other. In these services I worked with people with a number of difficulties; these include accepting a diagnosis and living a fulfilling life with a condition, reducing stigma and shame, disclosing to others, relationship and sexual difficulties, improving adherence to treatment and understanding the mind-body connection.

My research interests lie in men’s mental health and factors affecting men accessing psychological therapy. A number of men say they feel too embarrassed or do not want to be perceived by others as being weak by accessing therapy. They then tend to go on silently struggling or using other unhelpful coping strategies. However, I strongly believe and recognise that it can take a lot of strength to seek support and I aim to create a safe space where clients can share their experiences, explore their feelings and make positive changes within a confidential setting.

Areas of interest

Specialising in men's mental health and sexual issues, including sex problems (erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, sex addiction / sexual compulsions, and problematic pornography use / porn addiction); sexual abuse; trauma and PTSD; intrusive sexual thoughts; anger issues; anxiety; depression; adjusting to a physical health condition; relationship issues; stress; sexuality and more.

Erectile dysfunction; sex addiction; trauma; PTSD; sexual anxiety; performance anxiety; anxiety; chemsex; chronic pain; depression; low mood; HIV; Living with a long term physical health condition; low self esteem; men's issues; body image issues; dissatisfaction with penis size; excessive gym use; panic attacks; phobias;
sexuality; LGBT issues; stress.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Pain management
  • Psychophysiological disorders
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Procedures completed

  • AB076

    Psychology session - remote - (>50)

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (1-5)

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