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Stella O’Malley is a psychotherapist, writer and public speaker with over ten years’ experience as a mental health professional.  Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the recent publication of her book ‘Cotton Wool Kids – what’s making Irish parents paranoid?’ by Mercier Press. ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ recently reached no.5 on the Irish bestseller charts and has remained on the Eason’s bestselling list for some time.

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Stella works in private practice in Birr, Co. Offaly. A regular contributor to the Irish Independent and the Sunday Times, Stella has also written extensively for other newspapers such as the Irish Times, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, Evening Herald, Daily Mail, Irish Tatler, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine and many more.  

Stella appears regularly on the Today Show with Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane on RTE 1 to speak about mental wellbeing in today’s world and has made many appearances on national and local media. Stella also often discusses a broad range of topics such as mental well-being, mindfulness, conflict resolution in the workplace, communication skills, parenting and childhood in Ireland on shows with Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, Dave Fanning, Matt Copper and George Hook.

Stella also gives many public talks and lectures on a range of topics for different organisations around the country such as Merrill Lynch, VTOS, the Dept. of Finance, the Dept. Of Education, the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Grow.  She lectures in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness for Laois Offaly ETB and she presents different talks in libraries and schools all over the country on mental well-being, parenting issues and on what is influencing children’s behaviour in Ireland today.

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 Cotton Wool Kids

'Cotton Wool Kids' exposes the truth behind the scary stories and gives parents the information and the confidence to free themselves from the treadmill of after-school activities and over-supervision that has become common today. Parents are provided with strategies to learn how to handle the relentless pressure from society and the media to provide a 'perfect' childhood, and instead to raise their children with a more relaxed and joyful approach.

This highly acclaimed book reveals the media-fuelled madness of paranoid parenting and describes how a more relaxed attitude to raising children can lead to happier, healthier families.       

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