Dr Michelle Francis-Naylor

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Francis-Naylor trained at the Queen's University of Belfast and graduated in 2001. She completed an intercalated medical genetics degree and spent time completing research into schizophrenia at the Department of Mental Health at Queen's University. She obtained a Diploma in Mental Health in 2004 , is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists  and was admitted to the Specialist  Register in 2013. She holds an endorsement in Rehabilitation psychiatry and is currently Vice -Chair of the local Rehabilitation Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland.

Dr Francis- Naylor was appointed and has been working as a consultant since 2013.She is the clinical lead for a local rehabilitation and recovery service and has been developing a community rehabilitation service for those with serious mental illness.

Her special interests include General Adult Psychiatry helping those with depression, anxiety and PTSD make a recovery. She has extensive experience in treating schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and psychotic depression. Dr Francis-Naylor works on a recovery ethos that patients can take control of their lives and recover from mental illness. Dr Francis-Naylor will provide medico legal reports on request.

Dr joanne Hynes

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Hynes studied Medicine at the Queen`s University of Belfast and graduated in 1997. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was admitted to the Specialist Register in 2005. She is an Adult Psychiatrist and also holds an endorsement in Addictions Psychiatry. Dr Hynes was appointed and has been working as a Consultant since 2005.

Dr Hynes has extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all forms of Mental Illness in Adults including (but not limited to) schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder,depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and obsessional disorders. Since her graduation, in addition to working in Northern Ireland, Dr Hynes has spent 4 years working and training in mental health services in London and Melbourne, Australia and has gained invaluable experience and perspective in the treatment of adults with serious mental illness. Dr Hynes will provide expert medico–legal reports on request.

dr Richard Cherry


Dr Richard Cherry graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 2007. He is currently working locally as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS. He is on the Specialist Register
of the General Medical Council (General Psychiatry) and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has an additional postgraduate diploma in mental health. Dr Cherry has experience in all aspects of general adult psychiatry including anxiety and panic disorders, depression and mood disorders, psychosis and OCD.  Dr Cherry believes in a patient-centred, recovery-focussed model of care and is available for private consultation and medicolegal reports upon request.

Dr Ronan Kehoe


Dr Ronan Kehoe currently works as a Consultant Psychiatrist i mental health for older adults n the NHS. He specialises in the assessment and treatment of mental illness in older people including mood and anxiety disorders. His main expertise is in memory problems and dementia including the diagnosis, management and resultant capacity issues  with particular reference to financial and testamentary capacity. Dr Kehoe also held the joint post of lead Clinical teaching fellow within a local Trust until 2016 where he achieved a distinction in a Masters in Clinical Education from QUB, 2016. Dr Kehoe is passionate about medical education and research and has won extensive local, regional (RQIA) and national (Royal College of Psychiatry) prizes for this work.

Siobhan Mawhirk

Highly Specialist Clinical Speech
and Language Therapist.

Siobhan Mawhirk trained and graduated from Trinity College Dublin in1996. She completed a Batchelor of Science Clinical Honours Degree in Speechand Language Studies.  She obtained a Masters in Clinical Research from the University of Ulster in 2006. She has an additional Diploma in Mental Health & Addiction Counselling. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and is registered as a Highly Specialist SLT with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Mrs Mawhirk has been an executive committee member of the Autism Diagnosticians Forum (NI) for the last six years. She was awarded the Laura Millen Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010.

Mrs Mawhirk has been working in Autism Assessment and Intervention services in the Health service since 1997. She has specialised in the assessment of children and adults presenting with a complex range of needs. She has extensive experience in assessment of clients within the CAMHS/DAMS, Learning Disability and Gender Identity services.

Mrs Mawhirk is a certified specialist in the use of ASD assessment tools, i.e.ADOS-2, ADI-R and DISCO. Mrs Mawhirk has extensive experience of completing ASD diagnostic assessments in keeping with NICE guidelines. She is also a certified trainer for professionals in the use of ADOS-2.

Dr Chris Tennyson

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Tennyson attended Queen's University Belfast, completing his Bachelor's degree in Psychology (2008) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2012). He has over ten years experience working within mental health and psychological services within the NHS, as well as extensive experience within the private and charitable sector.

Dr Tennyson is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He has held posts within Paediatric Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Physical Health Services and Perinatal Psychology. Dr Tennyson has completed formal training in ASD diagnostic assessment (ADOS-2 and DISCO) and has extensive experience of completing ASD diagnostic assessments in keeping with NICE guidelines, as well as diagnostic assessments for conditions such as ADHD, intellectual disabilities and attachment/mental health difficulties.

Dr Tennyson has experience in providing medico-legal assessments and reports, and has experience of providing expert witness evidence under cross-examination within the judicial system.

Debbie Paul

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Debbie is a Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working within the Health and Social Care Trust. Debbie is registered with the RCSLT, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the HCPC, Health and Care Professions Council.Debbie obtained a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Language Sciences, Speech and Language Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013 and a Masters Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015.Debbie is experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention for children age 2–18 with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Debbie specialises in Paediatric Autism and is committed to delivering a high quality assessment, diagnostic and intervention service in her daily practice.Debbie is a currently a Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists(U.K.) and is a trained practitioner in the use of Makaton, VERVE -Parent Child Interaction and ADOS 2 assessment.

Judith McLernon

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Judith McLernon is a qualified Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience in child development and paediatrics, specialising in the diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Judith is lead Occupational Therapist for Autism services and has experience in the treatment and management of children and young people with coordination and sensory processing difficulties.

Judith has spoken at the National Autistic Society (NAS) conference and has a special interest in training parents and carers on sensory processing and feeding difficulties in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Judith co-developed and implemented a parent and
young person training programme aimed at helping regulate sensory responses.

Judith is trained in the administration of the DISCO (Dr. Judith Gould, Lorna Wing Autism Centre) and the ADOS-2 assessment.

dr Thomas Waterfield


Dr Waterfield is an experienced paediatrician who graduated from Oxford University in 2008.  In addition to his medical qualification he has a degree in medical sciences (Oxford University 2005) and a diploma in medical Education (University of Edinburgh 2014).  He has interests in paediatric research and medical education.  He has experience of general paediatrics and emergency paediatrics.   His previous hospital experience includes Great Ormond St Hospital and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Nadine Kane

Senior Social Worker

Nadine Kane studied at Ulster University and graduated in Social Work in 2008.  Nadine has since completed a Masters qualification in Research Methods in 2014 and obtained a Masters degree in Professional Social Work Development in 2016.   Nadine has over ten years experience working with children and young people with a range of neuro-developmental difficulties and mental ill health.  Nadine has obtained Level 3 and specialist child and adolescent qualifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and formal mediation.  Nadine is registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and is a qualified Practice Teacher. Nadine works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in a team lead position within a prevention and early intervention service.  Her special interests include working with Looked After and Care Experienced children and young people and the assessment and management of trauma presentations and mood disorders. Nadine has completed ADOS - 2 training and is skilled in the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Dr Elizabeth Maybin

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Elizabeth Maybin is a qualified Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queens University Belfast. She has been working as a psychologist
within mental and physical health care settings for over 10 years with children, adolescents and adults. 

She has a specialist interest in Clinical Health Psychology which recognizes the emotional distress which can arise when living with or recovering from a physical health condition. Through the use of psychological therapy she aims to help people adjust to their illness, improve adherence to treatment regimes, reduce psychological distress such as anxiety and depression and assist people in making lifestyle changes which will maintain and improve their health. Therapies utilized include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Systemic therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

Recently she has taken up a position within Acquired Brain Injury where she is responsible for assessing the impact of injury through neuropsychological assessment and working with
individuals and families to manage the emotional and cognitive impact of this injury.

Dr Elizabeth Maybin is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council which means she meets their standards of practice and adheres to their code of conduct.



Michaela Reavey is a highly skilled and professional Speech and language therapist. Her career history includes over twenty years experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of children with speech, language and communication disorders. In 2014, she was awarded the Laura Millen Award for Excellence in Speech and language therapy from Autism N.I.. Michaela Reavey is an active member of the Autism Diagnosticians forum. A broad range of clinical skills enables her to provide a range of evidence-based communication interventions for children with Autism.

Lauren Heaslip


Lauren Heaslip is a qualified Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working within the Health and Social Care Trust. Lauren is an active member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Autism Diagnosticians Forum (ADFNI). 

For the last ten years, Lauren has worked within specialist child development services, where she is responsible for assessing and treating children and young people with a range of speech, language and communication needs. This has included children and young people with learning disability, ADHD and autism.

Lauren is also a Registered Intermediary for the Department of Justice. This involves carrying out specialist communication assessment for vulnerable witnesses and defendants within the criminal justice system.

Lauren has completed her ADOS-2 training and in daily practice specialises in diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and management of children and young people, aged 3-19.

Leoni Dunne

clinical nurse specialist
cognitive behavioural psychotherapist

Leoni Dunne trained in Mental Health Nursing at Queens University in Belfast and graduated in 2009.  In addition to this, she completed a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2011 and obtained full accreditation with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP).  She obtained a post graduate diploma in family and systemic practice in 2013 and a post graduate certificate in non-medical prescribing in 2016.  Leoni holds numerous specialist qualifications in the treatment of eating disorders including family based treatment, CBT and multi-family therapy.  Leoni has completed her ADOS-2 training and has experience in the management of ASD and its co-morbidities.

Leoni has been working in Child and Adolescent mental health services since 2009 and as a clinical nurse specialist and team leader of a specialist eating disorder service since 2012.  Leoni has also worked as sessional Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Praxis Care from 2010-2016 delivering cognitive behavioural therapy to adults and young people presenting with a range of mental health disorders.

Leoni’s special interests include eating disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and depression.

Naomi Fitzpatrick

ASD Advisory Teacher and Intervention therapist

Naomi Fitzpatrick is an ASD Advisory Teacher and Intervention therapist. Trained in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling at The University of Cambridge and holding Professional Certification in the University of North Carolina’s TEACHH programme, in addition to SEN qualifications from QUB & UCD, Naomi has worked across all educational sectors to alleviate the difficulties those with an ASD diagnosis and its associated co-morbidities face. Latterly she worked an ASD specialist with the EA training school staff and supporting pupils and their families as they moved through the education system.

As a highly experienced SEN educator with a career spanning 25 years Naomi designs and implements interventions informed by knowledge of children’s contexts, networks and families and multi-agency input. School /Home observations, reports and recommendations often provide the starting point for this process.

However, Naomi’s main area of interest is post diagnosis support for children and their care givers. While this is always client-centred it often encompasses: developing understandings of diagnosis;  ASD and the classroom; social skills; sensory issues; managing behaviours at home and in school; preparing for transition; mental well being; professional, parent and sibling training and support.

In direct work with children and young people Naomi’s approach is integrative and places emphasis on the co-creation of an in-depth therapeutic relationship that aims to facilitate growth and alleviate distress. Within this purposeful relationship children are viewed holistically in the context of concrete life situations and developmental stages with play and the arts often being used as a modality to enhance communication and learning.

Michael McKenna

Practice Manager

As our Practice Manager, Mr. Mc Kenna is the main point of contact for all aspects of the business. From patient scheduling through to marketing Mr. Mc Kenna undertakes a wide variety of roles on behalf of the Clinic.

Having studied for four years Mr Mc Kenna holds a Bachelor's degree in International Politics and a Masters in Violence Terrorism and Security. His experience extends further, having worked for two years as an Account Executive for a major communications and PR agency in Belfast. In this position Mr. Mc Kenna has represented charities such as 'Drink Wise Age Well' and businesses such as 'ASDA'. In a decision to change his career path, Mr. Mc Kenna plans to study Psychologly at Queens University Belfast, with the aspiration to ultimately obtain a P.H.D. in Clinical Psychology.

examples of conditions we assess & treat include

Bipolar disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychosis
Post-traumatic stress
Substance misuse
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
Child and Adolescent ADHD
Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Adults
Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children

This list is not exhaustive we treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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