Clinical Directors Marie, Jenny and Sarah-Jane met while working together in a child and family service. They quickly recognised that they have common values in their approach to working with clients. They have developed a strong bond based on connection, respect, support and partnership, ideals that they model in their work with their clients.
Dr. Marie McGrath completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology with National University College, Galway. She has worked in in child and family services and adult mental health care in both the public and private sector. Marie lived in Australia for 6 years and worked across both child and adult assessment and therapy teams. During her time in Australia, Marie worked in a child development team, offering developmental and diagnostic assessment and complex therapy for children and adolescents. Marie also worked with St. John of God Hospital Services to set up, facilitate and co-ordinate an acute outpatient program for young adults with significant mental health needs. Marie founded her own private practice in Australia and worked with adults with an array mental health needs. In 2017, Marie returned to Ireland and has been working in child and adolescent services in the community.
Marie is passionate about psychology and mental health and has over 17 years experience in the field. She values a relational and humanistic style approach in her work with clients and believes that safety is paramount to supportive change. She is trained across multiple therapeutic approaches, including CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, DBT, Trauma Focused therapy and attachment focused work.
Marie has a specialist interest in many areas of psychology including working with teens, adults, women with fertility and adjustment issues and trauma. Marie's biggest value is to create a safe, warm and welcoming therapeutic space for her clients.
Dr Marie McGrath | Clinical Psychologist in Bayside North Dublin
Dr Jenny Tomlin is a Clinical Psychologist based in North Dublin. She completed her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology (D. Clin. Psych) at Trinity College Dublin. Jenny has worked in child and adolescent services in multiple settings including paediatric hospital, inpatient mental health settings, forensic settings and in the community. She has also worked in adult mental health services and disability services in the private and public health sector. Jenny adopts an integrative therapy approach and combines a range of therapy models to suit her clients' needs. She works with diverse populations including adults, adolescents and children and adapts her approach to match each client but always coming from an evidence-based, humanistic perspective.
Jenny has special interest in child and family work including assessment of cognitive and neurodevelopmental difficulties, and working to support families with new diagnoses and in particular Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Jenny adopts a person centred approach and believes that emotional healing emerges from the strong therapeutic alliance built over time between therapist and client, with establishing a collaborative, trusting relationship as the key to the success of the therapy.
Dr Jenny Tomlin | Clinical Psychologist in Bayside North Dublin
Sarah-Jane completed her undergraduate psychology degree, master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD) at University College Dublin. She has worked in child and adolescent services, adult mental health services, pediatric hospitals and disability services in the public health sector. Sarah-Jane provides evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions for children, teenagers, adults, couples and families facing difficult life stressors, trauma and psychological challenges. Sarah-Jane incorporates aspects of attachment-based, humanistic and psychodynamic perspectives into her formulation and treatment of mental health challenges. She draws from an integrative therapy approach and combines a range of therapy models to suit her client’s needs, such as Interpersonal Neurobiology, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy for families and couples. Sarah-Jane has completed specialist training in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr Dan Siegal, Compassion Focused Therapy with Dr Chris Irons, Conflict in Couples Therapy with Ester Perel, and Trauma informed parent coaching.
Sarah-Jane has a keen interest in keeping up to date with evidence-based practice and the ways in which emerging treatment approaches can enhance her practice. She has specialist interests in a wide variety of mental health challenges including attachment focused work with children and families, emotional regulation difficulties and coping with trauma across the age range. Sarah-Jane is trained and experienced in a variety of child neurodevelopmental assessments, including autism, ADHD, cognitive and learning assessments, including exceptional ability / giftedness. Sarah-Jane strives to work from a neuro-affirmative approach and believes in honoring the many ways of being in the world.
Sarah-Jane deeply believes that a strong therapeutic alliance, between therapist and client, is the cornerstone of meaningful change and healing in both assessment and therapy. She strives to ensure that her clients are met with empathy and compassion, with a good balance of challenge to promote psychological growth.
Dr Sarah-Jane Gerber | Clinical Psychologist in Bayside North Dublin
Dr. Niamh O’Dowd completed her Masters in Applied Psychology in Trinity College Dublin and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in NUI, Galway. Beyond her qualification in Clinical Psychology, she has engaged in extensive further training, which includes training in Mentalisation Based Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. For over a decade, she has worked primarily in the Mental Health Services with Adult, Child and Adolescent and Older Adult teams. She also has experience in delivering mental health training within organizational settings.
Niamh currently works with adult clients. Her approach is integrative, working from a therapeutic framework that incorporates her training and passion for psychodynamic, experiential and humanistic therapies. She believes in the view that our early relationships and experiences shape who we are and influence how we engage with both ourselves and with others, throughout our lives.
Creating a safe and collaborate therapeutic relationship, Niamh listens closely to her client’s needs and wishes. She strives to be empathic and compassionately challenging. In doing so, she supports her clients towards a deeper understanding of themselves and their history; working through emotional difficulties, finding meaning, and ultimately moving forward with greater clarity and freedom.
Ciara is a clinical psychologist with experience in the fields of neuropsychology and clinical psychology. Ciara completed her Masters in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) in Goldsmiths University of London and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D. Clin. Psych) at Trinity College Dublin. Ciara has worked in both child and adult mental health and disability services, in neuropsychology, psycho-oncology, and child sexual abuse services in a hospital setting. Ciara has undertaken further training in Trauma-Focussed-CBT, infant mental health and neurobiologically-informed approaches to supporting children’s emotions and behaviour.
Ciara’s particular interest is in supporting caregivers so that they in turn feel better resourced to support the young people in their care. For families of children aged 0-10 this includes individual therapy with caregivers, attachment and co-regulation focussed work with caregivers, psychoeducation, and behaviour support planning. For older children, Ciara works with both parents and/or young people offering individual therapy and supporting relationships and communication within their support network. She adopts an integrative approach which draws on therapy models such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive analytic therapy and attachment-based family therapy, as well as attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal theory.
With everyone she meets, Ciara believes building safety and compassion within the therapeutic relationship, adapting the approach to the individuality of the person and their needs, and understanding the mind-body connection are central to overcoming challenges. Through ongoing learning, Ciara has expanded her understanding of the mind-body connection to include the importance of relationships in shaping our brain’s ‘wiring’ and our responses to life events. In turn, this underpins her faith in the value of collaborative vulnerability and healing through therapy and its effect on the person and their relationships outside of the therapy room
Dr. Bríd Oliver completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in NUI, Galway. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist Bríd has worked as a clinical psychologist in public mental health settings with both adults and children for over a decade. She provides an evidence-based approach to psychological assessments and interventions for adults and children who have experienced varying stressful life events and psychological traumas.
Bríd has extensive clinical training across a range of psychological therapies including but not limited to DBT, CBT and trauma focused therapy that she uses to tailor therapy sessions to a persons individual needs. She is also an experienced clinical supervisor and delivers mental health seminars and workshops within various organisational settings.
Bríd is also a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP) which is a therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Somatic Experiencing is a body orientated approach to the healing of trauma.
Grace is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working clinically with children, adolescents and families in various settings including primary care and mental health services. She obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from National University Galway (formerly National University of Ireland, Galway) and is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Grace is passionate about supporting young people with a range of psychological difficulties (including anxiety, low mood, OCD, adjustment difficulties, trauma, social difficulties, behavioural difficulties), as well as empowering their parents/carers to support their child/adolescent in such circumstances. Grace typically works directly with parents when children are of school-age but will incorporate a combination of individual sessions and parent sessions where appropriate. She provides individual therapy sessions to adolescents.
Grace strives to ensure the client is always at the centre of the therapeutic process and she emphasises the significance of the therapeutic relationship and its role in ensuring the client connects with, remains in and gets the most from therapy.
Grace uses an integrative approach drawing on her experience with and additional training in attachment-based therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, trauma-informed approaches and mindfulness-based therapy. She has experience of facilitating workshops for parents and anxiety management groups.
Karen completed her undergraduate psychology degree at University College Dublin. She completed her master’s degree and postgraduate certificate in family therapy at Ulster University and doctorate in clinical psychology (DPsychSc) at University College Dublin. She has worked in child and adolescent services, adult mental health services, and disability services in the public health sector.
Karen’s style encompasses aspects of neurobiology, systems theory, attachment and compassionate based perspectives and she applies a range of therapy models to suit her client’s needs, such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy. Karen provides evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions for children, teenagers and adults facing difficult life experiences and psychological difficulties and differences.
Karen strongly values supporting people with mental health difficulties to understand the various factors that contribute to difficulties and encouraging a compassionate perspective in understanding these challenges. She has keen interests in a wide variety of areas including early childhood experiences of trauma and attachment based difficulties, mood and regulation challenges and the impact of relationships on functioning and coping styles. She is also very interested in neurodiversity and how a person’s experience of the world supports optimal insight and understanding of their strengths and challenges.Karen is trained in providing a variety of child neurodevelopmental assessments, including autism, cognitive and attainment assessments and attention/concentration challenges.
Karen is passionate about supporting people to understand their difficulties and differences through collaborative formulation with a focus on helping people to build compassion for themselves in the context of various life experiences and challenges.