Background Information: 

Dr. Claire Hayes has a keen interest in applying cognitive behavioural principles to her work with individuals and organisations. She continues to build on her combined thirty years’ training and experience as clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, an executive coach, lecturer, author, researcher and teacher to help individuals, groups and large organisations to understand the particular nature of their stresses and to apply evidence based psychological principles to help them cope with these.

From 2007 to 2011 Claire was a member of the Board of Aware (Ireland’s national organisation to support people with depression and bi-bolar disorder).  She joined the staff in 2011 on a part-time basis and worked as Clinical Director of Aware until 2018. While there, she worked with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff to support people with depression and their families. Her PhD research, 'A psycho-educational approach to helping adolescents cope' has formed the basis of the 'Beat the Blues' programme for Senior Cycle students. Since 2012 over 100,000 students have been introduced to proactive approaches to understanding, preventing or managing depression.

Aware's services are externally evaluated, are proactive and are based on cognitive behavioural principles. Aware provides, free of charge, LifeSkills courses which are evidence based to be effective in reducing depression and anxiety. One is a group course, developed by Dr. Chris Williams, the second is an online course, developed by Dr. John Sharry and his colleagues in Silver Cloud. Both are excellent and are highly recommended. Aware also has a data-base of over ten years of lectures on all aspects of depression and anxiety given as part of Aware’s monthly lecture series.

Further details can be found on www.aware.ie


1998-2001       Dublin City University          Ph.D.

1992-1994       University College Dublin      M.Psych.Sc. (Clin.Spec.)

1990-1991       University College Dublin      M.Psych.Sc. (Research)

1988-1990       University College Dublin      Dip. Psych. (Hons.)

1983-1986       Carysfort College, Dublin       B.Ed (Hons.)


Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

Registered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors

Member of the Standing Committee on Psychometric Evaluation


Continuous Professional Development:

Claire demonstrates her commitment to lifelong learning and personal development through participating in ongoing training to continuously develop the offering she provides to her clients. These include:

Training in Psychodynamic Therapy, recognised by PSI 2010

Training in Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, St. Vincents Hopsital, Dublin - 2006 - 2007

Executive Coaching, London School of Coaching, 2006

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Philadelphia, 1997