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Dr Sorcha Mathews

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Dr Sorcha Mathews is a Senior Psychologist with the Trauma and Dissociation Service specialising in the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma-related conditions including post-traumatic stress Disorder, complex trauma and dissociative disorders.

Dr Mathews is a qualified Clinical and Counselling Psychologist also trained in lifespan integration therapy (practitioner level) who is currently completing her training in sensorimotor psychotherapy. She has experience supervising assistant and trainee psychologists alongside giving training to both students and professionals within the health services.

Dr Mathews received a first class BA (Hons) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sussex prior to completing her Masters (MSc) in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. After several years gaining clinical experience with children and family services she went on to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, where she completed her doctoral research on attachment styles in young offenders presenting with an at risk mental state. Dr Mathews then spent several years specialising in working with adults presenting with psychosis. This further peaked her interest in understanding the influence of attachment styles and developmental trauma on mental health presentations leading to her seeking out a position within the Trauma and Dissociation Service.

Publications and selected conference contributions:
Mathews S, Onwumere J, Bissoli S, Ruggeri M, Kuipers E, and Valmaggia L (2014) Measuring attachment and parental bonding in psychosis and its clinical implications. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Vol 25, 2, pp142-149.

Sorcha, A. Mathews. (2008). Core Competencies in Counselling Psychology in Ireland: An audit. Presented at The Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Ireland.

Sorcha, A. Mathews. (2008). Core Competencies in Counselling Psychology in Ireland: An audit. Workshop presented at The Joint Divisions of Counselling Psychology of The British Psychological Society & Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Wright, D. B., Startup, H. M., and Mathews, S. (2005). Mood, dissociation and false memories using the Deese-Roediger-McDermott procedure. British Journal of Psychology, 96, 283 – 293.

Wright, D. B., Mathews, S., A. and Skagerberg, E. M. (2005). Social recognition memory: The effect of other people’s responses for previously seen and unseen items. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 11, 200-209.

Wright, D. B. and Mathews, S. (2003). Asymmetric effects of memory conformity. Presented at Society of Applied research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), Scotland and at the European Society of Cognitive Psychology, Spain.