Dr Fionna McDarby

B.A., H.Dip.Psych., M.Sc., D.Clin.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Outpatients Department

Areas of Specialty

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Health Behaviours
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Attachment Theory
  • Psychology
  • Child Psychology


Dr Fionna McDarby is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). As well as being a member of the PSI’s Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, she is a founding member of the PSI’s Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology. Dr McDarby holds a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College Dublin. During her studies, she also spent an additional year studying psychology at Boston College in Massachusetts.


Dr McDarby has worked in a variety of services, including private and public hospitals, child and adolescent services, a specialised trauma-informed assessment and intervention service and primary care centres. Her work involves the provision of psychological assessment and intervention to clients experiencing a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, panic, stress and eating disorders. As well as practicing as a Clinical Psychologist at Beacon Hospital, Dr McDarby holds a Clinical Psychologist post in Children’s Health Ireland Temple Street, where she specialises in the holistic assessment and treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with obesity. She is involved in the delivery of workshops and groups, teaching skills on emotion regulation, developmental trauma and the establishment of health behaviours. Dr McDarby is also a registered Circle of Security Facilitator, a parenting model and intervention that supports parents and children to build positive, warm attachments.

Referral Information

  • All Patients require a GP referral.
  • Each of our Clinical Psychologists have a wait list that each referral is added to.
  • Each session with a Clinical Psychologist lasts 50 minutes.
  • Virtual appointments are possible.

Please note:

  • Our Clinical Psychologists do not do assessments for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 
  • Our Clinical Psychologists do not work with children or adolescents who have been referred to CAMHS Services.