Dr Darragh O'Shea

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London N6 & W6
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About me

As a registered practitioner psychologist with over 10 Years of experience in the national health service (NHS), I'm passionate about helping individuals create positive change in their lives through evidence-based therapy. My approach integrates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and eye movement desensitisation therapy (EMDR) to provide you with the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Together, we will create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your experiences and move towards a more fulfilling life.  

In addition to my work in the NHS as a principal psychologist and clinical supervisor, I hold a small private practice. The aim of which is to provide safe and effective therapy to those seeking support outside of the NHS. In my experience there can be several reasons why people choose to seek private therapy, however flexibility and choice are often key deciding factors.   

If you choose to work with me, you can be assured that you will be working alongside a competent and responsible psychologist. While I have worked with many different individuals and issues, I offer therapy only in the areas where I hold specific expertise.

Therefore, you can be confident that you will receive expert support for the following issues:

  • ​Difficulty adjusting to a health diagnosis
  • Health related mood difficulties (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, Panic, and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Medical anxiety/phobias (including needles, procedures and surgery)
  • Medical trauma

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a proud Irishman living in London. I completed my psychology degree in University College, Cork, Ireland before moving to the United Kingdom 12 years ago to pursue further training. Since then, I have acquired a master's degree in Health Psychology from the University of Bath, a doctoral degree in Health Psychology from the University of the West of England, and a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy from Royal Holloway, The University of London. In addition to my formal qualifications, I have completed advanced training in eye movement desensitisation therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to work in some of London's most prestigious hospitals. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered


£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

Therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes in length. EMDR sessions are between 50-90 minutes. For more intensive EMDR processing 90 minutes per session is recommended, which allows for maximum benefit. During our initial conversations we can discuss your needs and decide what duration works best for you. 

All sessions, whether 50 or 90 minutes in duration are charged at the standard rate of £120.

Please note, I offer a free 15 minute online or telephone consultation to discuss your reasons for seeking support and to find out whether you feel the support I offer is right for you.

All appointments (whether you choose face-to-face, telephone or online) will take place in my private clinic room and are charged at the same rate as face-to-face.

Fees are to be paid at the end of each session by electronic bank transfer. 

​Private Healthcare Insurance:  I am a registered provider and accept referrals from the following healthcare insurance companies: AXA Health, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA.

Further information

Alongside my senior role in the NHS, I have a small private practice in the beautiful surroundings of Highgate, North London. The aim of which, it to provide people with high-quality psychological support that is both accessible and flexible. At present, I offer therapy both face-to-face and remotely (online/telephone). Therapy sessions are generally offered on Saturday and during the evening on weekdays. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

The Summit, 40 Highgate West Hill, Highgate, London, Greater London, N6 6LS

Ground Floor, 8 Hampstead West, 224 Iverson Road, London, W6 2HL

Type of session

In person


In person

As a registrant of the British Psychological Society's Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors I have scope to provide professional supervision.

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Dr Darragh O'Shea
Dr Darragh O'Shea