About Art O'Malley
O’Malley, Art – Dr O’Malley has practiced as a doctor since 1990 and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist from 2004 until 2014 for the NHS. He now works in private practice specializing in the treatment of acute and complex traumatic stress disorders. As an EMDR consultant accredited from 2008 to 2018 he sees patients with complex trauma across the lifespan. He has presently widely in the fields of trauma, neglect and the developing brain, attachment disorders, personality disorders, emotional dysregulation in ADHD and ASD diagnosis and management.
He has a particular interest in infant and maternal mental health and was a member of the North West Regional Steering Group. The report ‘’Improving outcomes and ensuring quality” was published in April 2011. This is a guide for commissioners and providers of perinatal and infant mental health services.
He supervises therapists towards accreditation as both Practitioners and Consultants in EMDR. In Jan 2011 he became a fellow of the royal college of psychiatrists. He organised a conference on Trauma focussed therapies in 17 June 2011, which was held in Manchester Conference Centre and hosted, by the North West branch of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).
He has trained in EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, trauma focussed CBT and mindfulness. These approaches form the basis of The Art of Bart: Bilateral affective reprocessing of thoughts as a dynamic form of psychotherapy.
He presented this therapeutic approach at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and dissociation in November 2011 in Canada and at the Bowlby Centre in London. In 2013 he presented a one-day workshop for the Humanitarian Assistance Programme of the UK and Ireland EMDR association and in Coventry for the West Midlands branch of ACAMH. At the talking eating disorders conference held in Liverpool on 20 May 2014, he presented The Art of Bart in eating disorders: Empowering recovery.
Since 2008 he has been treating patients with BART psychotherapy with exciting results. Results are presented in recently published papers, testimonials and case histories.
Dr O’Malley has developed a bespoke model for the explanation and treatment of hyperarousal and hypoarousal using both pictures and diagrams and a three dimensional model. Here the narrow waters castle representing how by undergoing BART psychotherapy, the patient reports new tingling sensations, which appear to represent the nerves and synapses developing new neural pathways. Taking the acronym NARROW WATERS CASTLE:
Nerves Actually Repeatedly Rewire Opening the Width of the Window of Affect Tolerance Emotional Regulation and Stabilisation Containing Any Significant or Traumatic Life Experiences.
Patients with dissociative disorders find the three dimensional model particularly useful as they can place their ‘alter egos’ in the most appropriate compartment enabling them to decide what features they want to let go of and what can usefully be held onto.