Therapeutic Services - Fresh Start
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THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

Fresh Start recognises that some children/young people requiring Residential Care need thorough assessments to determine the cause/contributing factors of behaviours that make it difficult to place them. We, therefore, provide a Therapeutic Team including Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurses who can complete comprehensive assessments, in order to assist in identifying the most appropriate placements and treatment for children/young people entering Residential Care with Fresh Start. Following assessments, this service may be utilised to provide treatment/therapy in the short and long term. This may be direct work with young people or indirect work to support a staff team to assist with providing care and support to a child/young person.

Fresh Start is also able to provide more specific clinical supports such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychotherapists, if required.

Fresh Start recognises that working with children and young people in Residential Care can be traumatic and/or stressful at times.  We, therefore, also provide a confidential Debriefing Service to all staff who feel they may benefit from it, following an incident or series of events that they find distressing or difficult to cope with. We are happy to discuss providing this service externally if desired.  All Clinical Work is overseen by Dr Ben Charnaud, Consultant Psychiatrist and David Rose, Clinical Manager.

Dr Ben Charnaud, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, MB., BSc., BCh., MRCPsych

Dr Ben Charnaud, qualified in 1972, has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 30 years. He has worked as a general Adult Psychiatrist, Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, Substance Misuse Psychiatrist, and in Psychotherapy.  He has Specialist experience in all four categories.  He has also trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and has worked in this field for the last 20 years, as well as in the field of Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.   Dr Ben is on the Specialist Register in the UK for General Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the Specialist Register for the Republic of Ireland.

He has worked in Ireland over the last 10 years specialising in working with young people in residential settings and supporting and working with staff in developing therapeutic strategies to manage these settings.  He works closely with staff teams in a group setting in order to achieve this and also works with the young people as appropriate.

He has a special interest in group work and in particular working with staff groups.  In the UK he also provides support and treatment for Healthcare Professionals both GPs and specialists.  He also provides interventions for Practices and organisations using a family therapy based model.

His background is in Psychiatry but also in Psychotherapy with a special interest in Attachment and early trauma, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and he works as a Therapist as well as a Supervisor in these fields.

Dr Sophia Keane, Ps.S.I. Psychol, D.Couns.Psych (Doc. Counselling Psychology, BSc. (Hons) Psychology)

Dr Sophia Keane, Counselling Psychologist, has worked in the area of residential services for 8 years. She has worked in multiple Psychology services, such as HSE National Counselling Service, Comhar. Also she has worked for HSE CIPC, counselling in Primary Care, and in the HSE Psychology Disability Services for Children. Dr Keane has utilised skills such as CBT, EFT and psychodynamic psychotherapy in these roles.

Dr Keane has worked in multiple Private Psychology services that offer assessments, therapy, and consultations. She employed her specialised skills in attachment and addiction in consultations and assessments, while utilising integrative psychotherapy.

Dr Keane has worked in several areas in the HSE including psychology services; community welfare and elderly services. She has also worked in Community and Residential Addiction Centres specialised for adolescents.

Dr Sophia Keane has completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her Doctoral Dissertation investigated relationships between attachment styles, fear of intimacy, and differentiation of self among individuals in residential treatment centres, and the impact these characteristics have on the therapeutic alliance. She has completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. Her degree dissertation investigated how mood impacts on behaviour.  She is a member of PSI (Psychological Society of Ireland). She has also completed a certificate in Drugs Counselling Theory and Intervention Skills through Merchants Quay Ireland. She has studied CBT, EFT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy among other therapeutic approaches. She has specialised in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Attachment and Addiction.

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