Welcome to a newly built extension onto the Where Is My Mind podcast, called the Therapy Room.

This is the first in a series of episodes where I speak with two of the most impressive psychologists I’ve encountered in my time working in the field of mental health – Dr Tony Bates, Head of Psychology for 30 years in St James’s Hospital Dublin he also established and directed the MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy in TCD, he also founded Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health) in 2006 to meet the mental health needs young people. 

And Louize Carroll, a consultant psychologist who was part of the implementation and establishment of Jigsaw across Ireland, she is co-founder of a new online therapy platform called PRISM Therapy Online, provides direct therapy, works on prolific child protection cases and delivers leadership development training.

Both are two of the most compelling and illuminating speakers on the human condition, on suffering and on the therapeutic process. 
I think one of the things I like about them is that neither of them mince their words. Or sugar coat. Part of what makes them so compelling is that when they speak you know you’re hearing it like it really is. As it really happens. And when they give suggestions for solutions and and recovery and pathways to health. You know they work, because they’re not always easy solutions. It’s much easier to spout Pollyanna top tips to gain notoriety than it is to speak the truth. But it’s the truth we are all after.

Together in the Therapy Room episodes each month, we will be discussing approaches to a variety of different problems that are encountered in the therapy setting. Tony and Louize will talk about what they’ve learned being in the privileged position of being let into people’s innermost worlds, and we invite suggestions from our listeners on any specific mental health or general life struggle themes or topics you might want to know more about.