Primary Care Child Psychology Service

Welcome to HSE Dublin South Central Psychology Services. We hope that you find the information on our page helpful.

 What is The Primary Care Child Psychology Service?

  • Our service offers support to children (0-17) with mild to moderate psychological issues.
  • We offer many interventions depending on the level of support a child needs.
  • Much of our support is offered without the need for a referral to the service.
  • This is called a Stepped Care Approach:

    Stepped Care Approach

  • Lots of people come to our community talks and access self-help information.
  • Many people come to our parenting groups and Psychology & Parent Advice Clinics.
  • Some people attend a consultation and individual therapy.

 What can we support you with?

Child Difficulties:

  •  Behavioural difficulties
  •  Anxiety & depression
  •  Difficulties managing feelings
  •  Difficulties with concentration and attention
  •  Mild difficulties relating to disability
  •  Social and interpersonal difficulties
  •  Relationship difficulties between parent and child
  •  And more...

It may not be necessary for your child to attend the service. Often we work in collaboration with parents on how to best support their child.

What services do we offer?

Self-Help Information

  •  Sometimes, we may offer support by guiding you towards self-help reading.
  •  We are working with Dublin Libraries to improve access to a list of books on topics such as anxiety, managing feelings, behaviour and feeding.

Psychology Consultation Clinics

  •  We hold a weekly clinic where parents/carers can seek advice about their child.
  •  Parents can book an appointment a week in advance. If interested, please phone us at 087-2572622 for more information or to book an appointment.
  •  There are currently two clinics being run weekly
  1. The Meath Primary Care Centre, 1-9 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8 
    Every Tuesday: 9am1pm with Dr Vincent Mc Darby, Senior Clinical Psychologist
  2. Pearse Street Primary Care Centre, Mark's Lane, Lombard Street, Dublin 2
    Every Wednesday: 9am1pm with Isobel O’Flanagan, Counselling Psychologist
  3. The Meath Primary Care Centre, 1-9 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8  
    Every Wednesday: 2pm5pm with Dr Rebecca Schnittger, Clinical Psychologist

Appointments can only be booked one week in advance and each appointment slot is 35 minutes

Please find more information on the psychology consultation clinics in our Psychology Consultation Clinics Leaflet.


  •  We provide workshops throughout the year on different themes of interest for parent such as Fussy Eating, Emotions and Mindfulness.

Parent and Child Group Interventions

  •  We offer regular parent groups where parents can develop skills to support their children and meet other parents with similar needs.
  •  We offer groups for children to improve their awareness of their emotions and develop skills to help with them when they are overwhelming.
  •  Joint parent-child mindfulness groups.
  •  Peri-natal depression group for parents.

How can you be referred?

  •  You can be referred by a healthcare professional, such as your GP, a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Public Health Nurse.
  •  You can also arrange a self referral with the contact details provided below.
  •  Children may also be referred through their school with your permission.

What happens if you get referred?

  •  We operate a stepped care model with parents and children accessing support based on their needs.
  •  We arrange a one-off screening appointment after receiving your referral to develop a plan.
  •  Together we will decide which type of support would be most helpful for you and your child. This may include options within our service or in the broader community.

What can you expect when meeting a Psychologist?

  •  A talk with a psychologist is confidential.
  •  Information is only shared with specific individuals or services in situations where there is a concern for you or others’ safety.
  •  Sometimes, with your permission, we may link with other healthcare professionals e.g. a speech and language therapist, to make sure you are best supported.


Who are we?

psychologists Assistant Psychologists
From left to right the psychologists in
the photo are: 
Isobel O’Flanagan (Counselling Psychologist),
Dr Vincent McDarby (Senior Clinical Psychologist)
and Dr Rebecca Schnittger (Clinical Psychologist)

From left to right the Assistant Psychologists
in the photo are:
Toni Galligan, Ciara Hudson, Sara Daly-Bütz

Psychology Team

Dr Vincent McDarby, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Isobel O’Flanagan, Counselling Psychologist

Dr Rebecca Schnittger, Clinical Psychologist

Toni Galligan, Assistant Psychologist

Ciara Hudson, Assistant Psychologist

Sara Daly Butz, Assistant Psychologist

Ciaran Foley, Assistant Psychologist


Where are we?

Meath Primary Care Centre
1-9 Heytesbury Street
Dublin 8
Ph: 0766958044


Pearse Street Primary Care Centre,
St Mark’s Lane,
Lombard St., Dublin 2