Saturday 22 July 2017

The psychologist route

SHOULD you decide that your child needs to see a psychologist, there are a number of avenues parents can take, explains Dr David Carey, who only sees children above the age of six.

If you can afford to see a private psychologist, it is helpful if the psychologist is registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland ( www.psihq.ie).

If parents can't go down the private route, Carey says the first port of call is the National Educational Psychological Service ( NEPS).

"Every school has access to a psychologist that will provide free services to children in that school, but the problem is there is very restricted access for each school annually. You can also go through your local child and adolescent mental health centre via the HSE, but be prepared for waiting lists of 18 months to two years," Carey adds.

Dr David Carey: www.davidjcarey.com

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