Looking after your Mental Fitness with Dr. Eddie…

dr eddieWe are delighted that Operation Transformation’s clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy will be speaking in schools and at public events for this year’s Midlands Science Festival and we caught up with him recently for a chat…

What is your current role and background?

I am passionate about our mental health and wellbeing. I work in the HSE where I manage a team providing psychology services to young children, teenagers, adults and older adults with emotional, intellectual and physical challenges. I am a clinical psychologist – which is like a GP of emotional health. Through writing (columns in RTE Guide and Irish Daily Mail) I promote tools for wellness. My book “Becoming your real self ‘ – Penguin Ireland was a significant achievement in promoting this neglected area of our health.

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Can you share with us some of your ideas and methods for building up and maintaining a positive outlook?

My ideas are based in evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT and mindfulness practices. Both methods all you to accept with compassion or replace powerful negative emotions with more realistic ones.

Why are events like the Midlands Science Festival so important?

As a clinical psychologist I use the ‘scientists practitioner’ approach. Events promoting science are central to ensuring that critical thinking is encouraged. This is essential in a developing society. A society where science sits firmly and securely promoting the wellness of its citizens.