Dr. Ailish Halton-Hand (BA, H.Dip, MSc, PhD) holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the UK. Ailish has held posts as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and a number at Head of Psychology Department level. She is the holder of psychotherapy qualifications including Creative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Psychotherapy. Her model of work is systemic and she holds a Higher Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Clanwilliam Institute. Ailish is also at an advanced stage of completing an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy with UCD, accredited by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (F.T.A.I.), the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (I.C.P) and the European Association of Psychotherapy (E.A.P). She is passionate about her work and keeps up to date with Attachment and Trauma informed approaches rooted in the most up to date evidence. Ailish has undertaken training in this area with renowned scholars and practitioners such as Babette Rothschild, Christian Sanders, Patricia Crittenden, Kathy Steele and the Theraplay Institute.
Ailish gained wide ranging diagnostic and therapeutic experience working with multidisciplinary teams in Early Intervention and School Age Disability Teams, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams (CAMHS) and Primary Care Child and Family Services. Her experience in children’s health services includes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and support. Ailish has completed training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revise (ADI-R). She is also trained in tParents Plus and NVR. Ailish provides psychological assessment and intervention including individualised recommendations that guide and support parents, teachers and siblings. She draws upon a range of therapeutic approaches and works collaboratively with children, young people and families to understand their strengths and challenges and to promote resilience and psychological health.