About David

Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a clinical psychologist, specialising in working with children, teenagers and their families with over 20 years experience. I’m also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, UCD.

The heart of my work is my clinical practice and I meet with children and teenagers with a whole host of psychological issues ranging from anxiety, to self-harm, bullying, social isolation, school related difficulties, family conflict, challenging behaviour, abuse related trauma, coping with chronic medical issues and sometimes work exclusively with parents on their parenting of their family.

If you’d like to check my availability to work with your son, daughter or family, please click here.

I’ve written three books about parenting children and teenagers and most recently have written and produced an online course for parents, teachers and others working or living with children, about helping children and teenagers to cope with anxiety. It was an exciting project and hopefully might give many families a bit of hope in their struggle with anxiety. For more details please click here.

Many of you might know me, however, from my media related work and I have made television programmes dealing with parenting, child development, teenagehood, bullying. I still give expert opinion on shows like Ireland AM, Today with Maura and Daithi, RTÉ Primetime and Growing Up Live. If you have any media related queries please contact Niamh in NK Management by clicking here.

I write a feature column in the Irish Independent, every Wednesday, providing expert commentary on children, teenagers and family life. I am also the regular, expert, contributor to the Today with Claire Byrne radio show, on RTÉ Radio 1, on parenting and child and adolescent wellbeing and development.

I’m married with three children, although two of them have moved into their adulthood already, so the house is a little bit quieter than it used to be, since they have flown the coop.

I live and work in County Clare, so am blessed to be surrounded by lots of space, clean air and easy access to Lough Derg, where I pursue my biggest passion outside my work and family – sailing.