Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Beacon Hospital’s child and adolescent clinical psychology service sees children, adolescents and their families in our Beacon for Kids Outpatient Department.

Beacon Hospital’s child and adolescent clinical psychology service sees children, adolescents, and their families for assessment, advice and therapeutic intervention to combat whatever issues you are dealing with.

Beacon for Kids

The types of difficulties that we may be able to help with include:

  • Issues with emotional regulation, such as anxiety or low mood

  • Behavioural difficulties

  • Difficulties with learning, attention, or concentration

  • Concerns about your child’s development

  • Issues related to sleeping, eating, or toileting

  • Adjustment to a traumatic incident

  • Psychological difficulties related to a physical health problem

Parents usually attend the first appointment without their child in order to highlight their concerns and any key facts that they feel are prudent to disclose. Follow-up appointments for the child will be offered as required. In some cases, it may not be necessary for the child to attend the service. Often, our Psychologists work in collaboration with parents on how to best support their child.

Clinics take place each Tuesday in Beacon for Kids OPD in Suite 36 of The Mall.

Dr Damien Rushe

B.A., M.Sc., D.Clin.Psych.
  • Senior Paediatric Clinical Psychologist

    Dr Rushe is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, working with children and adolescents. Dr Rushe holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Masters degree in applied psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience at King’s College London.

    Dr Rushe has worked in a variety of psychological services for children and young people across Ireland and the UK, including both primary care psychology services, and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). As part of his doctoral training, he completed a placement at the national and specialist Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression Clinic in the internationally-renowned Michael Rutter Centre for Children & Young People at the Maudsley Hospital, London. His doctoral thesis focused on the cognitive processes that lead to depression in adolescents.

    Dr Rushe is highly experienced in treating the most commonly experienced psychological difficulties in children and adolescents, including low mood or anxiety-related difficulties, and predominantly utilises cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). He is also skilled in assisting parent/carers to support children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioural problems. Dr Rushe is qualified to perform neuropsychological assessments and psycho-educational assessments for children or adolescents who may be presenting with queried developmental or learning difficulties.

    As a clinical psychologist, Dr Rushe does not prescribe medication, but works to understand difficulties from a psychological perspective.