Sheilagh has a particular interest in Complex Trauma and is a member of the British Psychological Society team which develops research training and education in the area. She has created and delivered specialist training to the Scottish Government and the legal profession and has consulted on a public inquiry.
Sheilagh has extensive experience in the treatment of adult mental health problems and is highly specialist in the treatment of substance misuse. She has developed a specialist services for young people who have experienced both substance misuse and complex trauma and works with these issues at all stages of the lifecourse.
In her therapeutic work, Sheilagh works 'integratively'; that is, she draws from various models of psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) She has a core interest in how the self develops and changes in relation to others.
Sheilagh has gained from a range of post-qualification training. This has included accredited specialist training in CBT for severe and enduring problems, and further training in family work and trauma.
In addition to her interests in psychology, Sheilagh is experienced in the creative arts. She brings the flexibility and creative thinking found there to her work in psychology.