About Cornelia Sakali

Cornelia has Greek heritage and was born and raised in Germany. She came to Ireland in 2002 and has settled in Wexford with her family. 

Cornelia holds an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester, and a BA in Psychology from the Dublin Business School. Following the completion of her Masters she worked for four years with Forensic Psychological Services in Dublin where she gained experience working with forensic and non-forensic clients in individual and group settings. 

In March 2014 Cornelia founded Aistear Forensic and Psychological Services in order to provide therapeutic services to individuals and groups. She conducts a variety of assessments and interventions including personality, risk, cognitive, parenting capacity (including the PAMS) and psychosexual assessments. 

She has extensive experience in carrying out Section 32 and 47 reports with a focus on Parental Alienation for the Family Court. 

She has worked on a wide range of cases, such as sexual offences (including child abuse), drug offences, non-accidental injury offences, fatal and non-fatal injury offences and property offences. She has many years of experience providing professional witness testimonies to the Courts across the country. If required, she can provide assessment and therapy services in German and Greek.

Cornelia is trained in a number of attachment based Family Therapies such as Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Attachment-based Family Therapy that help parents understand their children’s behaviour and guides parents in repairing the relationship with their children.

She has completed the Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview at the Anne Freud Institute in London. Cornelia engages in Continued Professional Development by regularly attending workshops and training courses as well as supervision.

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Full Member of the Division of Forensic Psychologists with the BPS
  • Registered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • Associate Member of the Division of Forensic Psychologists with the PSI
  • BPS Directory of Expert Witnesses
  • Member of National Organisation of the Treatment of Abuse (NOTA) 
  • Member of European Association of Psychology and Law EAPL
  • Member of the Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG)
  • Chartered Psychologist BA (Hons) Psych., M.Sc. Appl Forens.Psych. C.Psychol, PsS.I., C.Psychol (BPS)