Mental health is equally as important as physical health. Thankfully, people nowadays are more open about discussing mental health and its importance.
In this article, we’re featuring the best psychiatrists in Dublin. Our choices treat a wide array of conditions, such as depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, among others.
What’s more, we’ve also included answers to a couple of FAQs related to psychiatry as well as tips that’ll help you find the right one for you.
Psychiatrist Fees in Ireland
Some of the psychiatrists we’ve seen charge their services per hour, so make sure to ask your chosen psychiatrist about this.
Unfortunately, only two of our featured choices gave info on their fees as you can see in the table below.
|Dr Alan Murtagh||ADHD assessment||€ 650|
|General adult assessment||€ 350|
|Dr Pradeep Chadha||1 session||€ 150|
However, we’ve listed a few treatments and their estimated costs in another table below for your reference.
|Initial psychiatric assessment||€240 – €320|
|Follow-up||€200 – €320|
|Medico-legal report||€350 – €600|
The Best Psychiatrists in Dublin
Ready to see our selections? Here’s our list of Dublin’s best psychiatrists!
1. Dr Elma Hedderman – Belarmine Medical Centre
|SERVICES||Comprehensive therapeutic clinical assessment, comprehensive medico-legal assessment, and DARE assessment|
|ADDRESS||Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside, Dublin 18|
|CONTACT DETAILS||089 4947446 |
Children, especially teens, also deal with a range of mental health issues. Check out Dr Elma Hedderman, whose speciality is in child and adolescent psychiatry.
She has worked in the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as well as in the NHS in the UK.
Moreover, Dr Hedderman is also trained in the following: psychopharmacology (use of medicine to treat mental disorders), family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mindfulness.
Aside from conducting comprehensive therapeutic clinical assessments, she also carries out medico-legal assessments and Disability Access Route to Education or DARE assessments.
Meanwhile, you can find several links on her website for more info on how you can get further support mentally. There’s even a link to help students in their studies.
Unfortunately, she’s only available here at Belarmine Medical Centre for appointments. However, you can also find her at Lucena Clinic, also in Dublin.
2. Dr Abbie Lane – The Gulliver Clinic
|ADDRESS||24 Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Co Dublin, A94 W7W4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+353 (0)86 261 8846 |
A member of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Dr Abbie Lane has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant psychiatrist.
She specialises in stress. In fact, she ran a stress clinic here in Dublin until 2013 and also authored the book “The Stress Handbook” and co-authored the book “Understanding Mental Health.”
Dr Lane’s interests include the assessment and management of stress-related illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, if your stress is coming from your work, in particular, Dr Lane is an expert in occupational stress and bullying.
Additionally, she is an associate dean at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and can link patients to the Dean Clinic Network and Wellness Recovery Centre Day Services at the said facility as needed.
She treats patients ages 18 to 65. However, her website didn’t give any details on her clinic hours or if she accepts walk-in patients, so inquire about this.
3. Dr Alan Murtagh – Saint John of God Hospital
|SERVICES||General adult assessment, ADHD assessment, and review|
|ADDRESS||Stillorgan Rd, Blackrock, Dublin|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Current patients:|
(01) 524 0839
|OPERATING HOURS||Phone lines for current patients:|
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
Saint John of God Hospital:
Dr Alan Murtagh’s speciality is in general adult psychiatry and adult ADHD. And aside from adult ADHD, he also treats bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
He has been working as a consultant psychiatrist since 2010. In terms of credentials, he is an educator who has worked as a clinical tutor for the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. Plus, he also acts as an associate clinical professor at UCD.
Just a few years ago, Dr Murtagh was appointed as chair of the Clinical Advisory Group for Adult ADHD under the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.
Current patients just need to contact the number in the table above. However, those who wish to visit Dr Murtagh for the first time will need to ask their GP to send a referral to the email address indicated in the table.
Meanwhile, there’s no additional cost for rescheduling an appointment with Dr Murtagh. Nevertheless, you’ll need to give them 3 days notice, which could be quite a long time.
An anonymous patient left this review for Dr Alan Murtagh:
“Knowledgeable, empathetic and very human. I felt listened to and understood.” -Anonymous
This patient had an interesting review of Dr Murtagh:
“Competent, patient and calming demeanour. Overall a good psychiatrist who has been instrumental in helping me adjust to being diagnosed with ADHD. My only “complaint” (more of an observation) is entirely subjective…whilst he is knowledgeable and well versed in his field, some things have to be experienced rather than taught in order to yield empathy. I initially found it hard to build a rapport with him. Easy to negotiate with as regards medications.” -Anonymous
4. Dr Pradeep Chadha – BR Clinic Stress Centre
|SERVICES||Subjective Emotive Brief Therapy, hypnotherapy, and coaching|
|ADDRESS||26 Luttrellstown Ave., Castleknock, Dublin 15|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+353874104123 |
Located in Dublin 15, the BR Clinic Stress Center operates under the supervision of Dr Pradeep Chadha, who is originally from India.
Dr Chadha has more than 25 years of experience in medical practice and calls himself a “drugless psychiatrist.” Meaning, he utilises a non-drug approach to mental illnesses.
Rather than psychotropic medications, he prescribes food supplements.
Dr Chadha specialises in treating depression, alcohol use, and anger management. Actually, he is a diplomate of The American Association of Anger Management Providers, aside from being affiliated with multiple other associations.
What’s more, aside from English, he also speaks Hindi/Urdu and Punjabi. So if you’re also an Indian immigrant like him, talking to Dr Chadha may be even more beneficial for you since it will allow you to converse in your mother tongue.
Besides that, he is also a trained hypnotherapist and coach. On the other hand, while Dr Chadha calls himself a drugless psychiatrist, this does not mean he doesn’t use psychiatric drugs altogether.
He prescribes them along with using meditation, imagery, nutritional supplements, herbs, as well as blood and tissue nutritional levels.
5. Dr Miriam Kennedy – Highfield Healthcare
|ADDRESS||Swords Rd, Whitehall, Dublin 9, D09 H343|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+353 1 837 4444|
|OPERATING HOURS||10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Monday – Sunday)|
Dr Miriam Kennedy is one of Highfield Healthcare’s four psychiatrists, a facility that provides acute and specialist mental health and nursing home services. It has done so since 1825.
What’s great about Dr Kennedy is that she is a dual-qualified consultant psychiatrist. Meaning, she treats both adult (18 to 65 years old) and senior (65+) patients.
Additionally, she has a special interest in depression. She also has a doctorate in medical physiology as well as a qualification in interpersonal psychotherapy (“emphasising the effect of relationships and environment on mood and vice versa”).
Meanwhile, we’d also like to highlight Highfield Healthcare’s range of mental health services, which caters to different types of patients, even those with severe mental illnesses.
It has a day hospital for people attending therapy programmes (Monday to Friday) and an outpatient clinic, for one-on-one appointments with a consultant psychiatrist or therapist.
There’s also an inpatient unit and a specialist rehabilitation unit for patients with more complex needs.
How to Choose a Psychiatrist
What are some of the things to think about as you look for a psychiatrist? You can follow the tips below:
1. Get referrals
One way to help you search for a psychiatrist is to make a list. To do this, you can ask your GP for a referral, look up online reviews, or ask other people.
By asking a friend or a relative who has visited a psychiatrist, you’ll be able to know about his or her experience. You can ask him or her what to expect, what to prepare or bring, and so on.
2. Look at their specialities
Mental health issues are a broad spectrum of illnesses and conditions. Some psychiatrists handle children and adolescents; others treat adults, while some help senior patients.
Furthermore, some psychiatrists have a special interest in certain conditions, such as ADHD, depression, addiction, anger management, and so on.
Hence, this is something that you should also have in mind. Meanwhile, is your condition or problem something you’d rather discuss with a male or female psychiatrist?
If gender is a concern for you, then you should narrow your search to male or female psychiatrists, depending on your preference.
3. Clinic hours and other info
Of course, check if the psychiatrist’s clinic hours align with your schedule. Especially if you’ll be seeing him or her several times, consider the proximity of the clinic’s location to your residence.
What about cancellations and rescheduling? See if the clinic requires additional fees should you decide to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
4. Phone or online consultations
Don’t forget to ask about this. This will help ensure you can still get professional advice if you can’t go outside your home, you’re sick, or don’t have the time to drive all the way to see your psychiatrist.
5. Don’t be discouraged
Just a bonus tip. If you’ve read client reviews, some people who sought a particular psychiatrist were left unsatisfied with the treatment they got.
If this happens to you, don’t be discouraged to keep looking for help.
Aside from psychiatrists, there are other mental health professionals that can help you, aside from your own family, friends, church leaders, and so on. The fact that you’re willing to ask for help shows bravery, so never give up!
FAQs about the Best Psychiatrists in Dublin
And that’s a wrap for our list of the best psychiatrists in Dublin! We sincerely hope you get the help you need with any one of our choices.
If you know other psychiatrists that should also be listed here, please send us a message. We’ll take a look at them right away!
Perhaps, a psychologist is more appropriate for your condition? Well then, read our list of the best psychologists in Dublin to see our top choices!