Leeward Clinical Team

Welcome to the Leeward Clinical Team. We are delighted to introduce you to our team, and highlight their experience and areas of expertise. Our psychological team are all registered members of the Psychological Society of Ireland and have many years of experience working in evidence based practice. We represent a full spectrum of psychological support available, and have Chartered Clinical, Counselling, & Forensic Psychologists available to meet your needs. We work across the lifespan, with adults and children and with a full range of presenting issues. Please do get in touch if you would like more information about therapeutic support or assessment queries. We will be delighted to meet you and we are committed to maintaining the highest quality of psychological support.

Dr. Fiona Weldon

CEO and Director, Chartered Clinical, Counselling & Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Fiona Weldon is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling & Forensic Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. She is acknowledged as one of Irelands leading, most experienced psychologists with expertise in the field of adult mental health and forensics.  She has over 20 years of specialist experience in assessment and evidence based treatment across all areas of adult mental health and in the forensic services.  She trained in University College Dublin (BA Hons Psychology), Cardiff University (Dip. Psych) and Trinity College Dublin and her professional qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (TCD, 2004), and a Masters in Counselling Psychology  (TCD, 2001).   

Dr Weldon is highly experienced in multimodal forms of therapy including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and integrative psychotherapy.  She has particular expertise in Personality Disorders, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Risk Assessment in Forensics, Sexual & Relationship issues and Family Systems.  She is currently serving as a board member on the Psychologists Registration Board with CORU having been appointed by Minister Simon Harris in 2017.  She is a consultant to state and semi state organisations regarding mental health and is a regular voice on mental health issues in the national print and press media. 

 

Hugo Valente - Leeward Clinical Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Hugo Valente

Senior Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Hugo is a Portuguese Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and also Registered with Europsy and the American Psychological Association. He specialises in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Systemic Therapy.

Hugo has 22 years of experience working as a psychologist in Health and Therapeutic settings. He is experienced across clinical populations and presenting issues, including Adult Mental Health (assessment and intervention), Trauma, Addiction, Individual and Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Children and Adults with Disabilities and Special Needs and Adolescent Mental Health, Trauma and Behavioural Needs.

Damien McKenna

Senior Counselling Psychologist

Damien is a qualified senior counselling psychologist who specialises in working with children and adolescents.

Damien graduated with an honours degree in psychology from UCD. Following completion of an MSc. in counselling psychology from Trinity College Dublin Damien trained in Jungian psychology and is heavily influenced by writings on Autism, Polyvagal theory of regulation and addressing the sensory needs of a child. He has spent over twenty years working with young children and adolescents from various backgrounds in community services and private practice with an emphasis on working with trauma. This garnered him a deep understanding of the development, struggles and coping skills children encounter as they navigate life.

Damien specialises in working with families with neurodiverse children who may be on the spectrum. His work addresses (amongst other issues) school refusal, anxiety, depression and self confidence issues in young children and adolescents.

“It is my belief that children and adolescents have a unique ability to deal with the joyful and testing time of youth in their own individual ways. Traditional talk therapy or behavioural management has its place in child and adolescent lives but it does not always fit for everyone’s developmental stage or personality. Providing alternative, creative and concrete ways to deal with the specific needs and life challenges of children and adolescents can be key.”

Nicola Devereux

Practice Administrator

Nicola is our practice administrator here at Leeward Clinical.  With over 15+ years experience in providing administrative support to individuals and companies she has a passion for streamlining and organisation. Nicola is delighted to welcome you to Leeward, help with any questions you have and always does so with warmth and professionalism.