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Dr Noreen Giffney


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Room 17E13 Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Noreen Giffney BA (Hons), PhD, MSc, Clin Dip, MIFPP, MICP, MNIIHR, MUKCP, MCPJA is Lecturer in Counselling. She also works as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice. She is a founding scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and a fully-accredited clinical member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations, the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy’s Psychoanalytic Section, and the College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis in the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

Noreen has published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies and critical theory. Her most recent book is “Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory” (New York: Punctum Books 2017), co-edited with Eve Watson. She is writing a book entitled “The Culture-Breast: Cultural Experiences and the Psychoanalytic Clinic”, which is contracted with Routledge’s “Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture” series.

Noreen is the Director of Psychoanalysis +, an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, academic and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. Events have taken place in, for example, the Freud Museum, London; the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History; Science Gallery Dublin; Filmbase; and IMMA – The Irish Museum of Modern Art. She is working on two projects that bring clinical psychoanalytic thinking together with creative arts practice: “Unconscious Objects” with Lisa Moran; and “Hypnos” with Ann Murphy.

Noreen welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in undertaking research in any of the following areas: psychoanalysis; psychosocial studies; psychocultural studies; visual culture.

Find out more details about Noreen’s work on and SoundCloud.