Clinical Psychology Services

I offer a range of psychological services for both Children/Young People and Adults in Sligo (assessments and individual therapeutic work) and Dublin ( limited to assessments only).

Assessments

All assessments include a written report and verbal feedback to the parents/caregivers.

Developmental Psychology Assessments:

These assessments somewhat vary in their nature depending on the specific issue that the child is presenting with.

They typically include:

  • In depth parental initial interview

  • Assessment of cognitive functioning

  • Assessment of ‘adaptive functioning’, e.g., how they child is managing with daily living skills

They may include:

  • Measures of emotional and behavioural functioning

  • Creche/pre-school/School/Home visit

  • Screening for other developmental disorders

Fees: Fees vary according to the scale of the assessment from 500 euro to 900 euro

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Assessments:

There are three parts to the ASD assessment, part of which is conducted with a Speech and Language Therapist:

  • Extensive developmental interview with parents/caregivers, using the standardised assessment measure called the ‘Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised’ (ADI-R).  This interview usually runs for 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- 2 ( ADOS-2): This involves the Multi-disciplinary component, where a Speech and Language Therapist and I both meet with the child/young person or adult for approximately 1 hour. Depending on the age of the child, the assessment is conducted through a mix of play-based activities and conversation.

  • Cognitive Assessment: This assessment is also called and an ‘IQ’ assessment and it assesses the intellectual functioning of the child/young person/adult. This part may not need t be carried out if a recent cognitive assessment has been conducted (approximately within the last year). 

·         If it is considered appropriate, a home/school visit may be carried out.

Fees: For a 3-part ASD assessment, 1450 euro

Individual therapeutic intervention ( Sligo Only)

For Children and Young People

I offer one-to-one therapeutic intervention to children and young people where they have the opportunity to enjoy a safe space to explore their feelings and look at ways in which they can meet the difficulties that are presenting for them and ultimately grow and feel more empowered as a result of these difficulties.

I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities in my work, which is rooted in a compassionate, mindful and client centred approach.

For younger children I typically offer a structure of: first initial 15 minutes, meet with child and parents/caregivers, middle 30 minutes, meet with the child, last 15 minutes, meet with child and parents/caregivers. This may vary however, depending on the needs and wishes of the child and family.

Common difficulties that I offer support for include: anxiety, low mood, difficulties with feeling over-whelmed, difficulties feeling OK with big emotions, self-esteem, adjustment following parental separation/divorce, coping with loss, difficulties feeling OK in social situations or in friendships and relationships.

Fees: Initial consultation with parents/caregivers for 1.5 hours: 150 euro

Subsequent 1 hour sessions: 100 euro



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