Dr Saoirse Mac Cárthaigh
B.Sc., M.Sc., Psy.D., C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.
Specialist Assessment in Dublin

Available for Children Aged 5-16

Chartered Educational & Child Psychologist



This assessment evaluates cognitive and academic skills. It is a diagnostic assessment for learning disabilities. It can also screen for autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, and other mental health difficulties.



This assessment can evaluate a range of skills including word decoding, word reading, spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension, sentence composition, numeracy, maths problem solving, and maths fluency.



This assessment evaluates intellectual functioning. It assesses visual-spatial skills, memory, verbal comprehension, processing speed and reasoning skills. This assessment can identify giftedness.


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It's normal to feel anxious occasionally. But for some children, anxiety interferes with school, home and social life. This is when professional help may be needed.  Anxiety disorders can be effectively treated with therapy.



Depression causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities.  It can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.  For most children and teenagers, depression symptoms ease with psychological treatment.



Professional help may be needed if insomnia interferes with daytime functioning.  Specialised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can effectively treat insomnia.  This treatment is only available for adolescents.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) causes uncontrollable recurring thoughts and behaviours. Professional help may be needed if OCD symptoms interfere with daily living.  OCD can be effectively managed with psychological treatment.


Tic Disorders

Tic disorders result in sudden, repeated movements or sounds.  Symptoms can cause distress and interfere with social functioning.  In this case, professional help may be needed.  Tics can be minimised with psychological treatment.


REcurrant Abdominal pain 

Childhood recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) describes pain without organic cause.  RAP can be effectively treated with therapy.  Before beginning treatment, a gastroenterologist must rule out an organic cause of the pain. 


Hi, I’m Dr. Saoirse Mac Cárthaigh, Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (M12071C). I specialise in educational psychology assessments for children aged 5-16.


My training has given me the skills to help my clients to thrive. I received the Best All-Round Student Award in a Psychology and Learning Disability masters degree. In 2021, I was awarded the Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

For 10+ years, I have supported young people in schools, universities and psychological services. My goal is to support lifelong change for my clients. 


My research skills allow me to apply only the most evidence-based therapies to support the wellbeing of my clients. ​I received the Karl Nunkoosing Prize for Outstanding Research and have published widely in peer-reviewed journals. For a list of publications, click here

Autism advocacy is a cause which is close to my heart. I have been involved in advocacy work for AsIAm, Ireland's national autism charity. Learn more here.​

Get in touch to see how high-quality psychological services can help your child to thrive.


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