Dr Michelle Francis-Naylor

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Francis-Naylor trained at the Queen's University of Belfast and graduated in 2001. She completed an intercalated medical genetics degree and spent time completing research into schizophrenia at the Department of Mental Health at Queen's University. She obtained a Diploma in Mental Health in 2004 , is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists  and was admitted to the Specialist  Register in 2013. She holds an endorsement in Rehabilitation psychiatry and is currently Chair of the local Rehabilitation Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland.

Dr Francis- Naylor was appointed and has been working as a consultant since 2013.She is the clinical lead for a local rehabilitation and recovery service and has been developing a community rehabilitation service for those with serious mental illness.

Her special interests include General Adult Psychiatry helping those with depression, anxiety and PTSD make a recovery. She has extensive experience in treating schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and psychotic depression. Dr Francis-Naylor works on a recovery ethos that patients can take control of their lives and recover from mental illness. Dr Francis-Naylor will provide medico legal reports on request.

Dr joanne Hynes

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Hynes studied Medicine at the Queen`s University of Belfast and graduated in 1997. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was admitted to the Specialist Register in 2005. She is an Adult Psychiatrist and also holds an endorsement in Addictions Psychiatry. Dr Hynes was appointed and has been working as a Consultant since 2005.

Dr Hynes has extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all forms of Mental Illness in Adults including (but not limited to) schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder,depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and obsessional disorders. Since her graduation, in addition to working in Northern Ireland, Dr Hynes has spent 4 years working and training in mental health services in London and Melbourne, Australia and has gained invaluable experience and perspective in the treatment of adults with serious mental illness. Dr Hynes will provide expert medico–legal reports on request.

Dr Ronan Kehoe

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST

Dr Ronan Kehoe currently works as a consultant old age psychiatrist in the NHS. He specialises in the assessment and treatment of mental illness in older people including mood and anxiety disorders. His main expertise is in memory problems and dementia including the diagnosis, management and resultant capacity issues with particular reference to financial and testamentary capacity. 

Dr Kehoe also held the joint post of lead Clinical teaching fellow within a local Trust until 2016 where he achieved a distinction in a Masters in Clinical Education from QUB, 2016. Dr Kehoe is passionate about medical education and research and has won extensive local, regional (RQIA) and national (Royal College of Psychiatry) prizes for this work.

Dr Edward Noble

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST

Dr Noble graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2005. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012. Dr Noble achieved a distinction in a Masters of Science from New Bucks University in 2014 in Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Health. He continues to use this approach in his diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.  Dr Noble was admitted to the Specialist Register in 2015. He is a General Adult Psychiatrist and holds an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. Dr Noble was appointed and has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2015 and is also a recognised trainer in Psychiatry, recognized by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and the GMC.
 
Dr Noble has extensive experience throughout his training in psychiatry. He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Support and Recovery Community Mental Health Team, in an acute inpatient ward and a Home Treatment Team and also within a Personality Disorder Service. As such Dr Noble is confident and competent in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of mental health disorders working in the acute presentation and also treating people in a recovery focused person centered collaborative manner. Dr Noble will see patients who suffer from Depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Schizo-affective disorder plus other mental health conditions.  Dr Noble has experience in the provision of medico-legal reports.

Dr Helen Connolly

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST

Dr Helen Connolly has been practising as a Consultant Psychiatrist, leading a community recovery team within the Western Health and Social Care Trust since 2013.

She has experience in diagnosing, treating and managing a wide range of mental illness including; depressive disorders, anxiety disorders,post-traumatic stress, bipolar affective disorders, schizophrenia and disorders in the perinatal period.She trained at Queens University Belfast and graduated in 2000. She obtained a Diploma in Mental Health in 2004, is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was admitted to the Specialist Register of the GMC in 2012 (4742469).  She holds an endorsement in Rehabilitation Psychiatry, achieving a regional prize for a presentation in this area. During post graduate training she received local and regional prizes for her audits aimed at improving quality of care.  

She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Faculty.She believes in the recovery model and working collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

Siobhan Mawhirk

Highly Specialist Clinical Speech
and Language Therapist

Siobhan Mawhirk trained and graduated from Trinity College Dublin in1996. She completed a Batchelor of Science Clinical Honours Degree in Speechand Language Studies.  She obtained a Masters in Clinical Research from the University of Ulster in 2006. She has an additional Diploma in Mental Health & Addiction Counselling. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and is registered as a Highly Specialist SLT with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Mrs Mawhirk has been an executive committee member of the Autism Diagnosticians Forum (NI) for the last six years. She was awarded the Laura Millen Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010.

Mrs Mawhirk has been working in Autism Assessment and Intervention services in the Health service since 1997. She has specialised in the assessment of children and adults presenting with a complex range of needs. She has extensive experience in assessment of clients within the CAMHS/DAMS, Learning Disability and Gender Identity services.

Mrs Mawhirk is a certified specialist in the use of ASD assessment tools, i.e.ADOS-2, ADI-R and DISCO. Mrs Mawhirk has extensive experience of completing ASD diagnostic assessments in keeping with NICE guidelines. She is also a certified trainer for professionals in the use of ADOS-2.

Lorraine Scott

Autism Assessment , Learning and support
practitioner

Lorraine Scott is Head of Learning Support and Assessment at Middletown Centre for Autism. In this capacity was appointed as a member of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Group for Autism Screening and Diagnosis. Formerly, she was an Assistant Advisory Officer for Autism in the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB). Following this, Lorraine was a Psychoeducational Therapist employed by the University of North Carolina, Division TEACCH, before returning to a position as Team Leader for the Autism Diagnostic and Intervention Service in the Southern Health Trust. Her background is in teaching children with special educational needs. Lorraine has a MEd in Special Education (Autism, Children) from the University of Birmingham.

Dr Jennifer Cross

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Cross is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. She has worked within NHS psychology services for over twelve years, and has most recently worked within a Paediatric Psychology Service with young people who experience physical health difficulties and / or neurodevelopmental challenges.

Dr Cross has previously held posts within Adult Health, Paediatric, Learning Disability and Paediatric ASD services. She has completed her ADOS training and has extensive experience contributing to ASD and neurodevelopmental assessments, as well as post-diagnostic support. She has particular interests in working therapeutically with physical health and attachment or developmental trauma difficulties, and in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focussed approaches where appropriate for the client’s needs.

Dr Cross is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and with the British Psychological Society, and thus adheres to their professionals standards and code of conduct.

Dr Ruth Sutherland

paediatrician

Dr Ruth Sutherland is an experienced paediatrician who graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1997. She has more than 10 years experience of working in community paediatrics where she practices as Associate Specialist. As well as engaging in general clinical paediatric assessment, Dr Sutherland has a specialist interest in the assessment of child development, and has extensive experience in the assessment and management of children with autism. She has completed formal training in ASD Diagnostic Assessment (ADOS-2 Training).

Dr Maria Bradley

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Maria Bradley is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. She has over ten years experience working in mental health and psychological services. Her most recent work has been within a physical health setting, supporting individuals with physical health conditions to adjust and cope with the changes this may bring both emotionally and physically. 

Dr Bradley has previous experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Learning Disability, Brain Injury and Adult Mental Health Services. Her therapeutic approach is integrative; drawing on training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches. She also has training in Eye Movement Desensitizationand Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for adults and children for mild to moderate trauma.

Dr Bradley is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)and the British Psychological Society, indicating that she meets their standards of practice and adheres to their code of conduct.

Debbie Paul

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Debbie is a Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working within the Health and Social Care Trust. Debbie is registered with the RCSLT, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the HCPC, Health and Care Professions Council.Debbie obtained a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Language Sciences, Speech and Language Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013 and a Masters Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015.Debbie is experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention for children age 2–18 with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Debbie specialises in Paediatric Autism and is committed to delivering a high quality assessment, diagnostic and intervention service in her daily practice.Debbie is a currently a Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists(U.K.) and is a trained practitioner in the use of Makaton, VERVE -Parent Child Interaction and ADOS 2 assessment.

Judith McLernon

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Judith McLernon is a qualified Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience in child development and paediatrics, specialising in the diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Judith is lead Occupational Therapist for Autism services and has experience in the treatment and management of children and young people with coordination and sensory processing difficulties.

Judith has spoken at the National Autistic Society (NAS) conference and has a special interest in training parents and carers on sensory processing and feeding difficulties in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Judith co-developed and implemented a parent and
young person training programme aimed at helping regulate sensory responses.

Judith is trained in the administration of the DISCO (Dr. Judith Gould, Lorna Wing Autism Centre) and the ADOS-2 assessment.

Dr Elizabeth Maybin

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Elizabeth Maybin is a qualified Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queens University Belfast. She has been working as a psychologist
within mental and physical health care settings for over 10 years with children, adolescents and adults. 

She has a specialist interest in Clinical Health Psychology which recognizes the emotional distress which can arise when living with or recovering from a physical health condition. Through the use of psychological therapy she aims to help people adjust to their illness, improve adherence to treatment regimes, reduce psychological distress such as anxiety and depression and assist people in making lifestyle changes which will maintain and improve their health. Therapies utilized include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Systemic therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

Recently she has taken up a position within Acquired Brain Injury where she is responsible for assessing the impact of injury through neuropsychological assessment and working with
individuals and families to manage the emotional and cognitive impact of this injury.

Dr Elizabeth Maybin is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council which means she meets their standards of practice and adheres to their code of conduct.

Dr Adrian Boyd

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Adrian Boyd is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in the area of adult and adolescent mental health. He trained in the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast, qualifying with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009. Currently he works in a local healthcare trust as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the areas of psychosis prevention and rehabilitation.  

Dr Boyd has considerable experience working with a range of mental health presentations across the lifespan, from adolescence to adulthood. He utilises a range of evidence based psychological therapies to reduce psychological distress,improve functioning and support people to make positive changes in their lives.Dr Boyd believes strongly in the Human mind’s capacity for change, recovery and healing and is an ardent advocator of enabling people to realise their own potential to improve their mental health and quality of life. He has a specialist interest in the areas of mental health and in trauma recovery and is trained in a number of specific trauma focused therapies including CBT and EMDR.

Dr Boyd is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council and thus meets the UK’s requirements to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Northern Ireland. He is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society(BPS), and a member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK (ACP-UK).

MICHAELA REAVEY

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST

Michaela Reavey is a highly skilled and professional Speech and language therapist. Her career history includes over twenty years experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of children with speech, language and communication disorders. In 2014, she was awarded the Laura Millen Award for Excellence in Speech and language therapy from Autism N.I.. Michaela Reavey is an active member of the Autism Diagnosticians forum. A broad range of clinical skills enables her to provide a range of evidence-based communication interventions for children with Autism.

Lauren Heaslip

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST

Lauren Heaslip is a qualified Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working within the Health and Social Care Trust. Lauren is an active member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Autism Diagnosticians Forum (ADFNI). 

For the last ten years, Lauren has worked within specialist child development services, where she is responsible for assessing and treating children and young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs. This has included children and young people with learning disability, ADHD and autism.

Lauren is also a Registered Intermediary for the Department of Justice. This involves carrying out specialist communication assessment for vulnerable witnesses and defendants within the criminal justice system.

Lauren has completed her ADOS-2 training and in daily practice specialises in diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and management of children and young people, aged 3-19.

Leoni Dunne

clinical nurse specialist
cognitive behavioural psychotherapist

Leoni Dunne trained in Mental Health Nursing at Queens University in Belfast and graduated in 2009.  In addition to this, she completed a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2011 and obtained full accreditation with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP).  She obtained a post graduate diploma in family and systemic practice in 2013 and a post graduate certificate in non-medical prescribing in 2016.  Leoni holds numerous specialist qualifications in the treatment of eating disorders including family based treatment, CBT and multi-family therapy.  Leoni has completed her ADOS-2 training and has experience in the management of ASD and its co-morbidities.

Leoni has been working in Child and Adolescent mental health services since 2009 and as a clinical nurse specialist and team leader of a specialist eating disorder service since 2012.  Leoni has also worked as sessional Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Praxis Care from 2010-2016 delivering cognitive behavioural therapy to adults and young people presenting with a range of mental health disorders.

Leoni’s special interests include eating disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and depression.

Michael McKenna

Practice Manager

As our Practice Manager, Mr. Mc Kenna is the main point of contact for all aspects of the business. From patient scheduling through to marketing Mr. Mc Kenna undertakes a wide variety of roles on behalf of the Clinic.

Having studied for four years Mr Mc Kenna holds a Bachelor's degree in International Politics and a Masters in Violence Terrorism and Security. His experience extends further, having worked for two years as an Account Executive for a major communications and PR agency in Belfast. In this position Mr. Mc Kenna has represented charities such as 'Drink Wise Age Well' and businesses such as 'ASDA'. In a decision to change his career path, Mr. Mc Kenna plans to study Psychologly at Queens University Belfast, with the aspiration to ultimately obtain a P.H.D. in Clinical Psychology.

examples of conditions we assess & treat include

Anxiety
Depression
Stress
Bipolar disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychosis
Panic
Post-traumatic stress
Substance misuse
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

This list is not exhaustive we treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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