Core Clinical is a specialist multidisciplinary team providing assessment, diagnosis, intervention, therapy and support to adults with neurodevelopmental conditions. These include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The clinical disciplines within our team include psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and art therapy. We provide new assessments to those with a suspected diagnosis and for those with a previous diagnosis we are happy to offer an assessment for psychiatric treatment, psychological therapy or other interventions you may require.
For other types of psychiatric, psychological or occupational therapy assessments or interventions, we are happy to receive a referral letter outlining your query. These can include Psychoeducational Assessments, Assessment of Interpersonal Functioning, Dyspraxia Assessment, Sensory Assessment or a second opinion psychiatric assessment (including Psychiatry of Intellectual Disabilty).
Dr Linda O'Rourke, Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Linda O’Rourke MB, BAO, BCh, BMedSc, DCP, MRCPsych, MD.
Director and Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr O’ Rourke is a dual qualified Consultant Psychiatrist with specialist training in general adult psychiatry, psychiatry of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Linda studied medicine in UCC following which she worked in internal medicine for 2 years before moving into psychiatry. She completed basic and higher specialist training in Dublin.
She has worked in London with adults with complex clinical presentations related to autism spectrum disorder at the Institute of Psychiatry, the Maudsley Hospital and the Bethlem Royal Hospital. From 2015 to 2016, she expanded a South Dublin Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Service to include assessment of adults for autism spectrum disorder.
Her qualifications include a Medical Doctorate in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry looking at the link between ASD and mental illness in adults and she is currently progressing towards a Masters of Education in Interventional Treatments for Autism with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Alongside her role as Consultant Psychiatrist with Core Clinical Linda continues to work as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry with a leading Irish University and she is Vice-Chair of the Autism Special Interest Group with the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.
Elzaan Marnane, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist
Elzaan is a Principal Clinical Psychologist. Elzaan qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2004. In 2006, she moved to Ireland and registered to practice through the Department of Health and Children. She is registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Elzaan’s passion is to make psychological therapy accessible to all. For the past 12 years, she has specialised in providing psychological support to adults with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disabilities under the mentorship of the late Dr Alan Corbett – an international leader in this field. Elzaan provides guest lectures on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme at Trinity College Dublin where, for the past 10 years, she has taught on this subject. She also supervises students on this programme. The specific focus of their placement is to develop the skills of adapting therapy and tailoring the therapeutic approach to match the strengths and needs of the client – an invaluable skill in the support of all individuals in distress. She has developed a comprehensive intervention model for adults with autism which she applies at Core Clinical.
For the past 4 years she has worked as the psychology manager at a large organisation in North Dublin. She assembled a dynamic team which, under her leadership, were enabled to excel in the provision of ethical, high quality care and evidence-based interventions that are creative, thoughtful, effective and supportive of clients and colleagues.
Elzaan is currently working towards advanced Schema Therapy accreditation with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). Schema Therapy is a therapeutic model that integrates the best parts of CBT, psychoanalytic, interpersonal and experiential therapies. It aims to resolve the origins of psychological distress, rather than just symptom management.
Dr Louise Brennan, Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Louise Brennan, MB, BAO, BCh, MRCPI, MICGP, MRCPsych.
Dr Brennan is a Consultant Psychiatrist with specialist training in liaison psychiatry. She studied medicine in UCD and went on to train in internal medicine and general practice. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Irish College of General Practitioners.
After finishing basic specialist training in psychiatry, she spent additional time in forensic psychiatry services. Louise then moved to London to work in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, the Maudsley Hospital and the Bethlem Royal Hospital, with adults with complex needs and presentations of neurodevelopmental disorders. Louise went on to complete higher specialist training, including further training in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum disorder and Gender Identity Disorders.
She is currently completing her Medical Doctorate qualification, examining aspects of sexual development in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Louise also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry.
Ella Reilly, Art Therapist
Ella is a qualified Art Therapist and fully accredited member of The Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists. She holds a B.A (Hons) in Design from The National College of Art and Design, a Postgraduate Diploma in The Principles of Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design and a MA (Hons) in Art Therapy from Crawford College.
Ella has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She uses art therapy as a non-invasive way to help individuals work through difficulties they may be experiencing. Ella has worked with children going through foster care and / or family separation, autism spectrum disorder, mental illness and physical disability. She has worked with adults attending mental health services for treatment of bipolar affective disorder, addiction and psychosis.
By creating a safe and secure environment for her clients, Ella uses the creative process of art therapy as a way to help and guide clients through issues and difficulties. She finds art therapy particularly useful for individuals who find it difficult to verbalise their thoughts or emotions.
Katie Kerley, Occupational Therapist
Katie is from Dundalk and trained as an occupational therapist in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2008. She is clinical director and co-owner of Horizons Therapy Services Ltd in Dundalk. She frequently acts as clinical educator for student occupational therapists both from Ireland and abroad.
Katie has extensive experience working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder after providing home help to families with autistic children as well as volunteering with children with a variety of genetic and developmental disabilities. She completed her certification in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California (USC) and Western Psychological Services (WPS) in Miami, Florida in January 2010. Katie is trained in a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive techniques such as the CO-OP method, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
Katie frequently engages in continuing professional development courses, has sat on the AOTI council for over a year and frequently presents at conferences and study days. She works with a variety of children from infancy to adolescence as well young adults. She has experience in assessment and treating adults in residential care and in community housing. Katie has a special interest in the long term effects of motor coordination issues, autistm spectrum disorder and sensory processing deficits on mental health and every-day participation and functioning in teenagers and adults. She works one to one with this client group as well having developed a programme for teens.
In February 2018, Katie volunteered as an occupational therapist in the Mephibosheth Training Centre (MTC) in Apam, Ghana, with a group from the University of Southern California (USC). She carried out community assessments, mentored student OTs from USC, carried out intervention with the children from MTC as well as lecturing in the University of Education, Winneba on the role of an OT and on the topic of invisible disabilities.