About Me

Marcus Bowman PhD

I am a psychoanalytic therapist who works with adults (18 years+). I have been looking after clients in private practice in Cork for more than 20 years since 1997.

I treat people who are suffering from a wide range of emotional problems, including depression, general anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems, sexual problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions, post-traumatic stress, transient delusional states, and so on.

I work by talking with my clients and by discussing with them whatever is on their minds and worrying them most on the day of the session.

As a therapist I believe the most important thing is to understand the emotional conflicts that are active within the individual. Through the establishment of a therapeutic relationship with the client I help them to understand more deeply how these conflicts are keeping their symptoms alive. By illuminating more clearly the aspects of the conflicts that the client cannot see before coming to therapy, my job is to help the client to resolve these conflicts in a way that is no longer self-defeating. Good therapy is a way of discovering the resources for new development that lie hidden in the obstacles that have been holding us back.

All therapy takes time. There are no immediate solutions to the serious problems of life. Successful psychotherapy depends upon a commitment in time and effort by both client and therapist to the process. And emotional health means something different for each of us; there is no general formula for health that we can apply for everyone. So therapy must be flexible and pragmatic. But taking the time to talk through one’s problems and concerns with a skilled therapist provides the best long-term solution to the emotional challenges of an increasingly complex world. 

Professional training and background:

University College Dublin, 1993, MA, on Nietzsche’s psychological theory.

University College Dublin, 1997, PhD, on Psychoanalytic theory.

Between 1993 and 1998 I was in a personal training analysis with Professor Michael Fitzgerald in Dublin.

I inherited my therapy practice from my father, Dr Robert Bowman, who worked in Cork for over 40 years and was one of the first psychiatrists in Ireland to apply the principles of psychoanalytic thinking.

I am currently an associate member of the Irish Psycho-Analytic Association in Dublin.

In 2002 my book The Last Resistance was published by The State University of New York Press. This is an examination of the scientific underpinning of the the practice of modern psychotherapy.

Hours and Fees:

I am available to see clients Tuesday to Friday from 12 midday until last session at 7.00p.m. Also on some Saturday mornings.

At the moment (early 2021) due to the Covid-19 pandemic all my therapy sessions are being conducted online through Skype. My current fee for an online therapy session is €60. The first introductory session is free. I have lower rates subject to negotiation for clients who are unemployed, in receipt of disability payments, or on a minimum wage.

Contact details:

mobile: 087 654 5327

email: marcusbowmanphd@gmail.com

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