Dr. Elizabeth Collins
Senior Clinical Psychologist, D. Clin Psych, C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.
Elizabeth is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working in a range of clinical settings in the HSE and the NHS in the UK. Elizabeth is a Chartered Member of the Psychology Society of Ireland (M7297C) and is registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK (PYL24495)
Elizabeth completed her training in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London. She also completed her primary degrees in the UK, a BSc at Leicester University and an MSc in Health Psychology at Surrey University. She spent the first part of her career working in a variety of services for children and young people in the UK and returned to Ireland in 2011 to work in the HSE.
Elizabeth has extensive experience working as a clinical psychologist across a range of services, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Primary Care, Disability services and Residential services. In particular, she has spent a significant time working in child and adolescent mental health services, assessing and treating children who present with difficulties related to anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and neurodevelopmental difficulties and behavioural challenges.
Elizabeth has substantial experience in the assessment and intervention of neurodevelopmental difficulties across the lifespan. She has worked in the assessment of autism for children and young people who present with significant mental health difficulties, in adult autism assessments and in the assessment of autism in disability services. She delivers parent education training post diagnosis and provides training and education to staff in a variety of services on autism.
Other areas of work Elizabeth has been involved include working with Tusla to provide consultation, assessment and support for young people in the care system. Elizabeth has experience in delivering parent support programs, including the ‘Incredible Years’ program and the ‘Parent Plus’ parent programs. Elizabeth is currently involved with the coordination of research for autism assessment in clinical practice. She has contributed to teaching and training of psychologists at universities in the UK and Ireland. She also provides supervision for psychologists at varying stages of their career.
Elizabeth is dedicated to providing a quality psychology service with all the children and families she has the privilege to meet and work with. She is guided by her experience and follows best practice and evidence based guidelines. She uses a collaborative approach, ensuring a focus on strengths based approach with the child at the centre of the process.