Waves Wellbeing is a person-centred psychological service. The clinic was founded by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Suzanne McMahon.
Waves Wellbeing was founded in March 2021 by Dr Suzanne McMahon. Dr McMahon is a Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist with 12 years’ experience in the field of psychology. She was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. Dr McMahon also completed a Masters and Higher Diploma in Applied Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in University College, Cork. Dr McMahon has worked in the health service since 2015 in a variety of settings including University hospitals, specialist mental health services, inpatient services, community services, disability services, and residential services. Dr McMahon has gained a wide range of experience in working with adults, young people, children, families, people with disabilities, staff groups, and people with mental health difficulties across the life span. Dr McMahon has a special interest in working with children and adolescents with mental health difficulties and/or disabilities. As well as being the Clinical Director for Waves Wellbeing, she also works part-time on a Children’s Disability Network Team.
The Waves Wellbeing team also consists of a network of highly experienced and senior clinicians, such as Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, who provide multidisciplinary assessments and consultations alongside Dr McMahon. We are hoping to continue to grow our network of dedicated consultant clinicians in 2024.
Dr McMahon has extensive experience in completing comprehensive child and adolescent psychological assessments, including completing HSE Assessment of Need reports under the Disability Act 2005. Dr McMahon provides assessment reports and recommendations that are grounded in an in-depth knowledge of educational provisions, interventions, and accommodations. Dr McMahon has experience of working full-time in a school setting which has provided her with invaluable knowledge of the education system, which helps inform her assessments and reports. Dr McMahon has experience in assessing and recommending suitable interventions for children and adolescents presenting with additional needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, intellectual disabilities, attention-deficit disorders, autism, complex medical needs, and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Dr McMahon is passionate about delivering person-centred care from a neuro-affirmative approach. While working therapeutically with individuals, Dr McMahon takes an integrative approach, drawing from a range of evidence-based therapies tailored to the strengths and needs of the individual. Dr McMahon integrates elements of many therapies such as compassion focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. She uses these models to develop individualized interventions aimed at supporting people to transform their emotional distress. Dr McMahon has completed advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Interventions. Dr McMahon has a special interest in providing psychological support to autistic adolescents.
Dr McMahon has published research in the area of health psychology and disability and has presented her research at international conferences. Dr McMahon completed a randomized controlled trial of the recently developed Parents Plus Special Needs Programme, which has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Dr McMahon lectures on the topic of parenting on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme at Trinity College Dublin.