About Me 2018-02-19T10:46:00+00:00
Dr. Ray O’Neill
Dr. Ray O’NeillGradDip. PsychAn., M.A., M. Sc., M.Phil., RegPract A.P.P.I.

About Me

Having worked in the therapy/counselling field through the last twenty years, in 1999 I made the decision to commit to training and working exclusively as a clinically informed psychoanalyst. As a psychoanalytically informed psychotherapist I work across a range of consultation, training, mediation and guidance, with groups, couples, or individuals on a once off, short term, or longer term basis as the situation requires.

I also work in Education, particularly Access Education and I lecture with both Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. I am also a Research Associate with the Centre for Gender and Women Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

I am based in Belvedere Avenue, a cul-de-sac just off the North Circular Road in Dublin 1, beside Croke Park, Mountjoy Square, and Dorset Street, and only ten minutes’ walk from O’ Connell Street, or fifteen minutes from the IFSC and Connolly Station. Belvedere Avenue has on street parking available which is denoted as a green zone by Dublin City Council, meaning that parking costs €1.60 an hour from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, which can be paid at the on-street parking meter or through the Parking Tag Phone or Apps. There are also two Dublin Bike stations within two minutes’ walk of Belvedere Avenue >> Map Link

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I have long passionately believed that genuine education can offer freedom, not only on an academic and intellectual level and thus subsequently at an economic and social level, but more significantly and sincerely are the autonomy and opportunities education offers at a personal level. Since 1993 I have worked as an educator and teacher through primary, secondary and university levels, with children, teenagers and adults, promoting learning and educational rights and opportunities for all. I worked with the Department of English, UCD from 1993 to 1997; and from 1999 to 2008 I was occupied in the establishment, development and growth of the Trinity Access Programmes at Trinity College Dublin, a project offering university education opportunities to adults and school leavers that would normally be excluded from university due to their social position, finances, and personal or social marginalisation.

>> www.tcd.ie/Trinity_Access

All the while, I have ardently promoted counselling, psychotherapy and most especially psychoanalysis as a means to genuine personal awareness and development. I have been working with various voluntary organisations since 1993, including the Gay Switchboard Dublin, which I was director of from 1995 to 1997; the Rape Crisis Centre; and Mountjoy Prison. I gained my academic and clinical training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist over a two year full-time Masters training with the School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s Hospital, University College Dublin. After over ten years experience of training and counselling exclusively through and with voluntary organisations, I moved into private practice, which currently operates from Belvedere Avenue, Dublin 1. >> Map Link

I currently lecture part-time with both Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. And since September 2016 I have been appointed as a Research Associate with the Centre for Gender and Women Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

https://www.tcd.ie/cgws/

All the while, I have ardently promoted counselling, psychotherapy and most especially psychoanalysis as a means to genuine personal awareness and development. I have been working with various voluntary organisations since 1993, including the Gay Switchboard Dublin, which I was director of from 1995 to 1997; the Rape Crisis Centre; and Mountjoy Prison. I gained my academic and clinical training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist over a two year full-time Masters training with the School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s Hospital, University College Dublin. After over ten years experience of training and counselling exclusively through and with voluntary organisations, I moved into private practice, which currently operates from Belvedere Avenue, Dublin 1. >> Map Link

I am a member of APPI, Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland from September 2000 to the present, and a Registered Practitioner with APPI since 2004, having established and defended the criteria requirements outlined in APPI’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, for determined members who have been interrogated to establish themselves and bear specific clinical and professional witness to their experience and practice in the field of psychoanalysis. Since January 2017 I have also been an accredited member of the ICP, Irish Council for Psychotherapy.
>> www.appi.ie

• B.A. (Hons) History and English, UCD.
• M.A. in Cultural Studies, the University of Sussex, Brighton.
• Trained as Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Hypnotherapy & Neuro-Linguistic Programming, with the Irish Institute of Counselling and Hypnotherapy.
• Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalysis from the Dublin Business School
• M.Sc. in Clinical Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s Hospital, UCD.
• Certificate in Management of Adult Education and Guidance, NUI Maynooth.
• M.Phil in Gender and Women Studies, TCD
• Certificate in Facilitation and Organisational Consultancy, The Galway Leadership Centre
• PhD ‘Nommosexuality’: Naming Homo/Sexual Desire – A Dis-story awarded through DCU, School of Nursing, on the impact naming of sexuality have had on sexual identities and behaviours, with particular reference to gay men.
“The Lies, The Wish, and The Wardrobe: Homophobia, Homosexuality and the Closet in Analysis”; The Letter, Vol 26, Autumn 2002.
“Naming the Loves that Dare Not Speak Their Name: The Politics and Perils of Language and Sexuality.” The Letter, Vol 28, Summer 2003.
“Oedipus dup(e)licated: (Re)Producing children in the postmodern world of Hyperreality.”The Letter, Vol 36, Spring 2006.
“This Sex which is Not One: Luce Irigaray: Sexual Difference, Différance, and (In) Différ(e/a)nce.” The Letter.
“’Won’t Somebody Please Think About The Children?’: Capitalism, Paedophilia and the Bankruptcy of Childhood Sexuality.” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2006.
“The Missing Piece”: Repetition in Children’s Literature.” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2007.
“The Velveteen Revolution: No More I Love You’s” paper given at the APW (American Psychoanalytic Workshops) conference in Philadelphia, March 2008.
“I’s Wide Shut: The Traum(a) of the Sexual Relationship” paper given at the Formation Clinique du Champ Lacanien, Paris June 2009. (to be published).
“Losing Myself”: Mirror Stage Reflections in Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2009.
““I Always Thought It’s be Better to be a Fake Somebody Than a Real Nobody”: Echoes of Narcissus in Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” Paper given at the Psychoanalysis and Cinema Film Festival, Independent College, Dawson Street, January 2010.
“The End is In Sight: Psychoanalysis couched on the Phone and Skype” Paper presented to the APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups), October 2010.
“See No Evil; Hear No Evil; Speak No Evil: An Ethical Vision of Psychoanalysis?” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2010.
Visiting Lecturer with the National Sexuality Resource Centre Summer School, San Francisco State University, Summer 2011.
“Coming Out of the Dark or Cumming In the Darkness?: Homosexuality in the 21st Century” Paper presented at Queering Ireland Conference, Cork August 2011.
“Desire is/as a Social Construct: Lacan and Hommo Sexual Acts” Or “What are You Into?” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2011.
“You Might as Well Face It, You’re Addicted to Love” Craving Sexual Completeness in the 21st Century. Paper presented at Fordham University, New York, April 2012.
“Is It Normal To Touch Yourself? Psychoanalysis, Narcissism and Homosexuality.” ” Paper presented to the APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups), October 2012.
“Manliness Has Become Quite Effeminate: Freudian and Sexological Querying of Femininity and Homosexuality” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2012.
“Wilde Psychoanalysis: Homosexuali-tease”: Freud and Wilde”. Presentation and Discussion led at Fordham University, New York, January 2013.
“And I? May I Say Nothing, My Lord? The Importance of Humour Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde’s “Wit-ness” on Trial” Paper presented at APW conference, New York, April 2013.
“Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Being a Gay” Paper presented at Oscar Wilde symposium, University of Limerick, June 2013.
“The Scandalised History of the Freudian Homosexual” Presentation and Discussion led at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, San Francisco, October 2013.
“Of Mice And Men: The Inception of False Memories and Living in the Imaginary.” Paper presented to the APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups), Boston, October 2013.
“Do We Enjoy Sex, or Do We Just it?” Presentation and Discussion led at Stanford University, Stanford, April 2014.
“Phrozen: Trans-parent Princesses in Disney’s Frozen and The Dull Flame of Desire” Paper presented at Psychoanalysis on Ice Conference, Reykjavík, October 2014.
“Together in Electric Dreams: Is On-line Desire in Line with Lacanian Fantasy? Technologies of Desire in the 21st Century” Paper presented to the APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups), Toronto, October 2014.
“Fifty Shades of a: A Terrible Beauty is Porn.” Paper presented to the APPI conference, Dublin, November 2015.
“Double, Double, Toil and Trouble; Psychoanalysis Burn and Surrealism Bubble”. Paper presented at Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult Conference, London, May 2016.
“Because It Isn’t My Name: The Surreal Ghosts of/in Naming” Paper presented at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, May 2016
“Am I Not Your Girl: What Does Cathy Mean When She Says ‘I am Heathcliff’?”
MA Thesis in Cultural Studies for the University of Sussex 1993.
“Breaking The Name: Psychosis and Love in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves”
Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalysis Thesis for DBS College 1998.
“The Lies, The Wish, and The Wardrobe: Homophobia, Homosexuality and the Closet on the Coach.” MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Thesis for UCD/St Vincent’s Hospital 2002.
“The Last Seduction: Society, Paedophilia and the Bankruptcy of Childhood Sexuality”
MPhil in Gender and Women Studies Thesis for TCD 2006.
‘Nommosexuality’: Naming Homo/Sexual Desire – A Dis-story
PhD research with the School of Nursing, DCU, Sept. 2008 to May 2016.