Portmarnock and Mount Merrion


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Here are some of the frequently asked questions parents present with in our clinic.

1. Are your reports accepted by the Dept of Ed and HSE?

All assessments and reports are completed in line with HSE and Dept of Ed guidelines and are accepted by same.

2. How long is the assessment process?

Psychological assessments are typically completed in approximately 4 weeks.
Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy assessments are usually completed in approximately 3 weeks.

3. How long is therapy intervention?

The length of therapy depends on the presentation of the child or adult and their responsiveness to intervention, and as such varies in a case-by-case basis.

4. Do you provide "play therapy"?

Our clinicians use play, storytelling and art to engage children as appropriate with evidence-based approaches.

5. Can I claim back on my health insurance?

Currently if you are covered by private health insurance in Ireland you can claim back money paid towards therapy and intervention, based on your plan.

6. Do I need a referral, in order to book in with us?

No, parents and adults are welcome to self-refer to our service.

7. What modes of therapy do you provide?

Most of the psychologists on the staff draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Systemic Family Therapy, Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Based approaches (MBCT, MBSR, ACT). For more information on each Psychologist’s interests, check out the “Meet the Team” page.

8. What are the experience/qualifications of the psychologists?

Our psychologists are all trained to doctorate level and are registered members of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

In addition, our psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists take part in yearly external continuous professional development and in-house training to ensure their skills remain up-to-date.

9. Are you providing in clinic appointments and if so, do you have the necessary procedures in place?

During these challenging times, we are delighted to be able to offer appointments in-clinic in line with HSE guidelines and safety protocols. To facilitate safety during these appointments we ask that all individuals over the age of 12 to wear face masks (except in situations where a preexisting condition prevents them from doing so) and comply with physical distancing and hygiene measures. We are also offering appointments via video-link for those who would prefer to attend remotely.

10. Do you offer family therapy?

Yes, our psychologists can and do work with families.

11. Do children have to see the therapist / psychologist on their own?

Typically, most children would see the clinician alone however, if your child would prefer or if they are distressed parents are welcome to join the sessions until your child becomes comfortable.

Find out more about our teams here, to make an appointment with us get in touch with us here.

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