HSE Psychology Service (Dublin South)
We are part of the HSE public health service. We work there alongside others such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and GPs. We see people of all ages and help people with a wide range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress or difficulty in how we are feeling, thinking, behaving or learning.
We are based in different HSE primary care centres across the area. If you live in, or close to, any of the following health centre areas we are likely the Psychology service matched to your address: Shankill, Loughlinstown, Dalkey, Cabinteely, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Dun Laoghaire, Sallynoggin.
We usually start first with an initial session, where we think together about what you would like support with and what might be more helpful. If you are interested and it looks like it would be helpful we offer individual counselling/therapy, family meetings, courses and groups or might support you doing recommended online programmmes.
with: Anger Anxiety Bullying Depression Eating problems Grief Loneliness Regret Relationships Sexuality/Gender Issues Stress Tired all the time
Age range: All Ages
Time: For some individual services our waiting list can be up to six months at times. We run a monthly Drop in clinic for your parents to help them get advice on how to support you best. Waiting times for groups and course vary.
Cost: No cost. Free service.
Do I need my parents permission if I'm under 18?: yes Yes. We do need your parents to know about and be involved in your attendance at our service. We need your consent too. How much your parents are directly involved will depend on what you are attending us for and what will be most helpful for you.
How do I connect with your service?
The best first step is to talk with someone about your interest in being referred to us and what you would like help with. Most referrals come to us from GPs, other health or social care professionals, teachers, or parents. We have a Psychology Advice Clinic twice per month, which is a once-off consultation appointment. Here, you can discuss what you would like support with and we can think together about what supports or services would be most helpful for you at this time. We are always happy to talk to young people directly about any questions you might have about our service and to see if it might be helpful to you.
How we support young people
What sort of difficulties can a psychologist help me with?
Many of the difficulties that people come to see a Psychologist about are simply more intense versions of distress or troubles most people experience at certain times in their lives. These difficulties can develop after particularly significant life changes – perhaps such as starting of finishing secondary school, starting college or work, becoming a new parent. Sometimes they can be triggered by particularly stressful, traumatic or otherwise difficult experiences such as bereavements, illness, relationship break-ups or academic or work disappointments. Often however there may not be any obvious cause or the causes are difficult to understand. We often experience our distress as anxiety, low mood, anger and irritability, low self esteem – and very often a combination of these things.