EPT Clinic’s Team

In the Education, Psychology and Therapy’s team we strive to do our very best for you and your child. Team members are experienced in the areas of neurodiversity and neurodevelopment, and clinicians are registered with their regulating professional body.

Lorraine O.B. Madden

Award Winning Principal Chartered Educational Psychologist C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. M6672 M.A. B. Ed. Psych. Ad.Dip.

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Hello there, welcome! I’m Lorraine.

I am so grateful that you have found The Education, Psychology and Therapy Clinic, EPT Clinic for short. There is more written about the clinic on the homepage, but here is a little about me.

I began my career working alongside children, parents and educators over 20 years ago now, when I was 18 years old. I initially studied to become a primary school teacher, and I worked in both mainstream and special education with the Department of Education for 5 years after completing my undergraduate, a B. Ed in Education and Psychology (first class honours) with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 

Yet. . . it was my part time job during college that really changed the direction of my career, and really, my life! Without knowing a lot about neurodiversity or neurodivergence at the time, I interviewed for a position as a home tutor with a young autistic boy, and I loved it. I felt a sense of connection and admiration when I was with him and his family that really inspired me to learn more and become a better teacher. I could see that having the right support early on in life mattered, especially if you think about, or see the world differently. 

After a few months working with this first family, I was asked to work with another young person nearby, and soon I was working with a number of families from the area. I began to choose modules in my degree that improved my understanding and ability to support young people who had a different neurodevelopmental makeup to most, and it influenced the way I taught in the classroom after I graduated from university.

Spending time with neurodivergent children and their parents also encouraged me to reflect upon my own learning experience, and how I struggled to learn to read and spell when I was in primary school. It helped me understand that all humans are born with a different type of brain and body, and that one of the most important things in life is to learn how to make the most out of the brain and body that you are born with, so that you can find enjoyment and success in life.

After teaching for 4 years, I returned to part-time education in 2011, completing an advanced diploma in professional development & inclusive education (first class honours), with Queen’s University Belfast. I specialised in the two areas that were really meaningful to me – autism and dyslexia. The year after I graduated, I made the decision to return to full-time education, and I was accepted onto the  professional masters programme in educational psychology (first class  honours) with University College Dublin. 

The weekend after I graduated, I transitioned straight into my first psychologist’s position with early intervention services in the HSE. I was lucky to have had incredibly inspiring and supportive psychology and multi-disciplinary mentors. I learned so much from the families, the children and the other clinicians that I worked with. It was an incredible place to begin my career as a psychologist.

During this time, myself and my now husband, Kevin got engaged, and we decided to move home. So although this sadly meant leaving the remarkable team I was working with, we were delighted to have been able to build a house, and we had our first baby shortly afterwards.

When I went back to work in the HSE, it was with a different team, and I had a different and difficult experience. Looking back now, I feel that I had a different perspective, energy and approach than some of the other clinicians, and I didn’t feel felt, connected or understood. After a lot of reflection and late night discussions with my family, I decided that life was too short to spend it in a place that I didn’t feel I belonged. So in 2019, I transitioned from a permanent and pensionable job, and set up EPT Clinic. I was terrified, but also very energised about the future and what I could offer families.

 

It has been a steep learning curve, but I can honestly say that I get up and go into work every day with energy and enthusiasm, looking forward to meeting our team and the families that we work with.  I was so proud to have had the efforts of our team officially recognised in 2022, when I was recipient of the “Contribution to Professional Practice Award” from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). I am also so excited to see the progression of our team in their studies, in their professional practice, and in the publication of their research. One of my 1st assistant psychologists is due to graduate later this year as an Educational Psychologist herself!

Right now, I am most passionate about neurodevelopment, neurodiversity, autism, developmental trauma and positive mental health. This includes supporting families who feel that their child is, or might be, neurodivergent (e.g. autistic, ADHDer, dyslexic, dyspraxic, experienced developmental trauma or experiences obsessive compulsions).

I am also very excited to be involved in a number of research projects, and I always protect time each term to return to UCD  as a lecturer at Doctorate level in the areas of complex assessment and formulation, attachment, trauma, infant mental health and private practice. Finally, I am an active member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. In 2022, I was on the authoring group to publish Ireland’s “Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents“. Then earlier in 2024, I was the founding member of Ireland’s 1st Neurodiversity Special Interest Group (SIG) for psychologists with the Psychological Society of Ireland, appointed as Chair in March this year. This is an area that I am excited to be involved in on a national level. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two amazing children and my family. I am passionate about horses and show-jumping, and I also love going out for a bite to eat with friends.

 

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Bob O'Brien IACP M12521

Senior Psychotherapist, Neurodevelopmental, Trauma and Attachment informed CBT Therapist

Bob is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and an Accredited Member IACP (MN iacpm12521). During his training, Bob was awarded accolade of Student of the Year in 2019 for his work during the Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Cognitive Behavioural and Schema Therapy clinician, and has completed specialise training in bereavement and loss therapies, Suicide Alertness Training, and Exploration in Suicide Awareness. His preferred approach with first time clients is a person/child-centred approach. This allows a client to tell their story and build a strong therapeutic relationship.

As a father of three grown up children, Bob has a special interest in supporting families, particularly in terms of supporting parents of neurodivergent children.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys spending time with his family. His youngest daughter is in college following his footsteps by studying psychology. His two older children have completed their studies and are working in the area of Architecture and Motor Mechanics. Bob is a competitive cyclist and promotes fitness and healthy living outside of his work as a counsellor.

Julie Maher BSc, MA, PSI Member M12326

Senior Assistant Psychologist

Julie graduated with a first class honours in Applied Psychology in 2020. She also volunteered with Barretstown’s bereavement camp, providing a safe and supportive environment for parents and families who had lost a child to serious illness. Julie then went on to complete her Master’s in Applied Psychology in UCC in 2021 and achieved a first class honours.

During her training, Julie worked in an Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centre, gaining invaluable experience in relation to therapeutic interventions with adolescents, young adults and families. Following her Master’s, Julie worked as a Youth Justice Worker, working to divert young people from very marginalised and at risk communities from entering or remaining within the justice system. Julie has a special interest in the area of trauma and childhood adversity. More recently, Julie completed training in Level 1 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Julie enjoys event planning, and has used her skills in this area to raise money for several organisations including Pieta House and the Irish Cancer Society.

 

Gillian Tierney B.Ed. in Ed. & Psych, Post Grad Dip, Post Grad (Play Ther.) Dip in S.E.N and Inclusion.

Senior Assistant Psychologist, Primary Teacher and Play Therapist

Gillian graduated from the highly sought after B.Ed in Education and Psychology Programme in Mary Immaculate College, qualifying her as a primary school teacher, as well as providing her with an Honours Degree in Psychology. She is registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland and works as a Senior Assistant Psychologist and Play Therapist with The EPT Clinic.

Gillian is also a qualified Play Therapist, having completed a post Grad Dip in Play Therapy with the Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC). As a clinical practitioner, this involved undertaking extensive training supervision and personal therapy. Gillian draws on her many years’ experience with children to prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal development. Through play therapy Gillian enables children make sense of their world while developing resilience and emotional intelligence.

Gillian also works as a primary school teacher, with over 10 years’ experience in mainstream, learning support and special education. She has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in St. Patricks College, Dublin. She has worked in autism classes, mainstream and learning support. 

Deirdre O'Shea PSI M10572

Therapeutic and Autism Specialist, Senior Assistant Psychologist

Deirdre began her career in 2005 working across home and school as a tutor for autistic children. She continued to work in this role whilst simultaneously studying psychology. Deirdre also worked in private practice for many years providing social and emotional regulation support to children and adolescence.

In 2014, Deirdre commenced her role as a specialist teacher at Middletown Centre for Autism and is a case co-ordinator for referrals to the Learning Support and Assessment service. As part of this role, she works within a transdisciplinary team model with children, their families and educational professionals to support the young person’s access to education. She works extensively across home, school and community settings, enabling her to implement a holistic approach. Within this role Deirdre also engages in assessment, therapeutic support as well as providing ongoing advice and guidance to parents and professionals across Ireland. Deirdre has vast experience in providing training and coaching to parents and professionals across the island of Ireland. She is currently an associate lecturer with St. Angela’s College in Sligo.

Deirdre has a keen interest in family systemic work and trauma informed practices in education. She is passionate about enhancing relationships within families, in school settings and individualising supports to meet a person’s unique needs. Deirdre has worked within the trauma specialist team at the EPT clinic since 2021. She has provided support to children and families using Dyadic Developmental Practice, an evidence-based approach aimed at building positive attachments between children and their primary caregivers.

 

Lisa Dowling

Office and Operations Manager at EPT Clinic

As Office Manager at The EPT Clinic, Lisa oversees the administration team, and is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic on a day-to-day basis.  With the combination of her business background and passion for helping people, she strives to continuously improve our services and enhance customer experience.

In all of her roles, Lisa has shown that she is a highly committed and motivated individual who has a passion for constant learning and development.  She has strong organisation skills and always strives to build meaningful relationships through her interpersonal and communication skills.

Lisa is the primary liason person for HSE and Tusla services within EPT Clinic. 

Beverley Maxwell C.Psychol., Ps.S.I

Chartered Child and Adolescent Educational Psychologist

Dr. Beverley Maxwell is a. Chartered Child and Adolescent Educational Psychologist. Having studied a Bachelor in Psychology (Hons), Beverley continued her studies in University College Dublin where she completed her Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Prior to studying psychology, Beverley trained and worked as a primary school teacher in both mainstream and SET settings and has over 24 years of experience working with and supporting children and their families.

Her areas of interest are Neurodiversity, Compassion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and she implements Trauma Informed and Strengths Based practices in her work with clients.

In her free time, Beverley enjoys walking, reading, listening to music, playing hockey, meeting friends and spending time with her family. She is passionate about supporting families and helping young people to believe in their strengths and gifts and to overcome challenges they may encounter so that they can flourish and thrive.

PSI M13715C

Daniel Doherty B.A, PSI M12721

Assistant Psychologist and Autism Advocate

Daniel is an Assistant Psychologist with EPT Clinic. He graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology (W.I.T), completing his B.A (Hons) in Psychology. During his time at W.I.T, Daniel also sang at events to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.  Starting in September Daniel will be undertaking his MSc in Psychological Science at the University of Limerick.

Daniel is autistic and the Irish ambassador for the Autism Charity, Anna Kennedy Online (AKO). AKO is an Organization that aims to improve the lives of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related Neurodiversities. Through his role as an ambassador, Daniel has given lectures and presentations on Autism and other complex Neurodiversities with the goal of raising awareness and understanding among both the general and professional populations. Some of these include guest lecturing on the University College Cork (UCC) Diploma in Autism Studies course, speaking at the Cork Autism Conference 2019 and giving a presentation at the Bluebird Autism Talk. In EPT Clinic, Daniel is one o the main tutors on the AAPE and PPE courses. 

Daniel has a particular interest in enhancing quality of life and societal engagement for those with Autism and other related Neurodiversities. Daniel is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (M12721).

In his spare time, Daniel is an active and competitive powerlifter, and a singer.

Laura Dennehy I.A.C.P. M12644 (PA) Psychotherapist/Counsellor

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Laura is a counsellor, psychotherapist and group facilitator. She holds a BA in Sociology and English from U.C.C. Her journey into the mental health field began with an Advanced Certificate in Adlerian Psychology and Counselling Skills from L.I.T. She completed her counselling training with Cork Counselling Services Training Institute and has since undertaken the Diploma in Integrative Adolescent Psychotherapy with the Greenane Centre in Tipperary. She completed her training hours in the University of Limerick Counselling Department and loved the work with students there.

Laura worked with Inform Psychological Services as Business Manager, & then therapist, for a number of years. She is now working in private practice in Clonmel, along with her work with the E.P.T. Clinic.

Laura has facilitated suicide awareness training, schools mental health workshops, fostering support workshops, to name but a few. Her core training is humanistic integrative psychotherapy. She works with a variety of approaches, depending on the individual client. C.B.T., solution-focussed therapy and mindfulness all play a role in Laura’s work. Following training with Deb Dana in 2020, Laura has developed a particular interest in polyvagal theory and has found it hugely empowering for clients of all ages. She has also completed the certificate in Understanding Autism with I.C.E.P.

Laura is a mother of two from Tipperary. She loves hiking, dancing, music and sea-swimming. She is passionate about supporting clients to live a healthy and fulfilling life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Laughter plays an important part in her work, as well as everyday life!

Anna O'Brien B.A, Dip., M.A.

Assistant Psychologist and CBT Therapist

Anna is a highly motivated and accomplished psychologist with a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, which she completed in 2023, following her Bachelor’s (Honours) degree in Psychology from the National College of Ireland.

Anna has a keen interest in educational, child, and developmental psychology. She conducted her undergraduate dissertation on the experiences of parents who have undergone autism diagnostic services in Ireland and her master’s dissertation on parental experiences of emotion regulation intervention for children.. Anna has a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, building Person-Centred skill-based therapy, and has obtained certification for an Abilities Assessor course with the BPS.

Anna’s commitment to giving back to the community extends to her work on the frontline of the Peter McVerry Trust, an organization that assists homeless people and those who struggle with addiction.

When Anna is not working, she enjoys playing guitar, writing music, and participating in fitness and outdoor adventures. Her musical skills have been used to raise funds and awareness for charity fundraisers and competitions throughout her teen years.

Siobhan Campion B.Sc. Dip. P.S.I. M12873

Assistant Psychologist and Autism Advocate 

Siobhan is a passionate psychology student and assistant psychologist whose personal experience with Dyscalculia and Autism informs her professional work. She earned a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Psychology from the National College of Ireland. Where her undergraduate thesis examined how the cumulative impact of various life stressors, such as neglect and poverty, impact problem solving abilities. Siobhan holds Diplomas in Criminal Psychology and in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Currently, she is enrolled in a Master in Developmental Psychology at Queens University.

Her commitment to supporting and raising awareness for neurodiverse individuals and those from minority demographics is evident throughout her extensive voluntary work. Currently, Siobhan is involved with the 50808 suicide helpline and the social enterprise “Working to Change”. Throughout her undergraduate years, Siobhan dedicated her time to ABE, organising and instructing two college courses for adult refugees over a four-year period. This experience honed skills in lecturing, examination, and in supporting vulnerable individuals. Prior to this, Siobhan provided educational support for children in the Ossory Community Centre where she first discovered her enthusiasm for teaching and the value of her personal experience when providing support to children with diverse learning needs.

Siobhan’s creativity and enthusiasm for learning extends beyond her work and studies. In her free time, she engages in sculpting, sketching, costume making, and debating analytic philosophy. Additionally, she is involved in medieval re-enactment events, dedicated to preserving historical skills for future generations.

Rebecca Reynolds B.A. M.A. PSI M10728

Senior Assistant Psychologist and Educational Psychologist in training (UCD)

Rebecca graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology & English in 2017 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. During her studies in NUIG, she completed her Erasmus year studying Psychology in Sweden in 2016. Since her teenage years and through her undergraduate degree, Rebecca has done work with organisations and charities such as ALONE, Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) and the Age Action Campaign. She has completed placements as a teaching assistant both in primary schools in Ireland and Sweden, and was also as part of the NUIG Homework Club which was a travelling society providing tutoring and assistance to students across Galway city.

In 2019, Rebecca then went on to complete her MA in Psychology from the University of Limerick. During her time at UL, she helped to set up and facilitate the UL Peer Listeners, a support system for students as a branch of The Samaritans and in conjunction with UL counselling services.

Upon graduating from UL, she received an award from the UL president for her contributions to voluntary organisations throughout the academic year and from the Department of Psychology for outstanding performance in her master’s thesis. Her thesis is currently in the process of being published in an academic journal. Rebecca works at the EPT Clinic, and also does work for the psycho-oncology service in the Mercy Hospital, CO. Cork, and continued research in the University of Limerick. 

Rebecca is currently in 2nd year on the Doctorate in Educational Psychology with University College Dublin and will complete her training in 2025. 

Emma McEvoy BSc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Senior Consulting Occupational Therapist

Emma graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2020 with a B.Sc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. Throughout her studies she gained invaluable experience working with people of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings.

Emma has been working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the past number of years, where she supports young people to engage in meaningful activities.  Emma works with young people with a variety of mental health conditions, some of whom are also autistic, or who have ADHD or developmental coordination disorder. Emma takes pride in her commitment to providing client and family-centred care and recognising the unique strengths of each child. She developed a greater appreciation for trauma-informed care and uses these principles to guide her daily practice. Emma has also been exploring art as a therapeutic tool in her sessions and is currently working towards a professional certificate in Sensorimotor Art Therapy.

Emma has volunteered in Sunshine House, a summer camp hosted by St Vincent de Paul for children from a disadvantaged background, and has also volunteered in ChildVision, the National Education Centre for Blind Children. She is currently involved with Foróige’s Big Brother, Big Sister youth mentoring programme.

Emma is motivated to continue her professional development, with a particular focus on early intervention to ensure she provides a high standard of service delivery. Emma also plans to continue developing her interests in art and yoga, with the hope of integrating these into her work as an occupational therapist. She is almost finished a Specialist Training: Overview of Sensorimotor Art Therapy from Australia. Emma is currently working with HSE’s CAMHS and works as a consultant with EPT Clinic. 

 

Kate Lenihan BA (Hons), MA M14461

Assistant Psychologist

Kate graduated with first class honours from her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology in University College Cork (UCC) in 2022 and went on to pursue a Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) in UCC which she achieved first class honours in in 2023.

Kate has a strong interest in child development and completed her undergraduate dissertation on the association between different types of play and anxiety in children, focussing on the mediating effect of anxiety sensitivity in this relationship. Kate’s master’s thesis focussed on the associations between sleep and attitudes towards school in children and adolescents.

Kate volunteered as a peer support leader throughout her time in UCC, helping first year students to manage their transition to university. Kate has also been involved as a volunteer and committee member for Niteline, a student led, confidential and non-advisory listening service run by students for students in UCC and completed training with Cork Samaritans for this role. During her masters, Kate completed a 6-month placement in EPT Clinic working as part of the clinical support team and observing and learning from the team. Upon finishing her masters, Kate worked as a social care worker with children in residential care, providing care, support and therapeutic crisis intervention for children in the care of the state. Here Kate learned a lot about the importance of trauma-informed care and aims to carry this into her work as an assistant psychologist.

In her free time Kate loves to be outdoors and enjoys riding horses and swimming in the sea as well as travelling with friends.

Edel Kelly BSc., MIASLT, ISTI Coru Registered: SL010212

Senior Consulting Speech and Language Therapist

Edel graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 with a BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies.

Since qualifying Edel has developed a passion for working with children and adolescents and their families. She is dedicated to supporting children and their families by providing detailed assessments and therapeutic interventions.

Edel has a wealth of experience in working with children with speech sound disorders and language disorders alongside working with Autistic children and teenagers. She provides therapeutic input in a kind and caring environment while being dedicated to the principles of evidence based practice.

Coru Registered: SL010212 Member of the Independent Speech Therapists Ireland

Sinéad Egan

Senior Consulting Psychologist Chartered Educational Psychologist

Erika Dowling

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

SL (016076) IASLT (IA090201)

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