Stress Clinic At Vista Primary Care

Kildare County Stress Clinic
A service of Saint John of God Hospital

Stress is an absolutely necessary emotion in our lives. Our makeup is such that it is difficult to take action unless we feel at least some level of this state. In fact, optimal performance is associated with a moderate level of stress. As long as the stress isn't prolonged, it is harmless. It is only when stress is prolonged that it causes problems. Prolonged stress results in a range of anxiety and depressive disorders as well as affecting ones physical wellbeing, work and relationships.

Saint John of God Hospital established the Dublin County Stress Clinic in 1996 and pioneered a multifaceted approach to the treatment of stress disorder. It has treated thousands of patients successfully over the years, restoring their wellbeing. This service is now also provided at the Kildare County Stress Clinic, a new outpatient service which opened on 24 March 2015 in the Vista Primary Care Centre, Ballymore Road, Naas, Co Kildare.

The clinic is staffed by Dr Alan Murtagh, Consultant Psychiatrist and a Senior Clinical Psychologist.

Treatment is provided for a broad range of stress related disorders:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

The treatment approach will combine medication, when required, alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

CBT focuses on thoughts and behaviour which underlie and maintain a low and anxious mood. It is a short focused treatment with an excellent track record in helping people recover from stress related conditions.

The costs are as follows:

  • 1 Hour Psychiatric Assessment: €250.00
  • 1/2 Hour Psychiatric Review: €120.00
  • 1 Hour Psychology Session: €120.00

In the case where assessment indicates that a person's condition requires inpatient treatment, an inpatient admission to Saint John of God Hospital can be arranged.

For further information and referrals please contact:

alan murtagh

Dr Alan Murtagh
Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Murtagh graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. He completed his basic specialist training in the St John of God/University College Dublin rotational scheme. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004. He worked as a research fellow for the Resource for Psychosis Genomics in Ireland in 2007 and 2009 and completed his higher specialist training in 2010. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the Dublin North City Mental Health Services since 2010. During his time there he was involved in service development including the development of Day Hospital services. He has peer-reviewed publications in psychosis and he also has special interests in the use information and communication technology to improve training and education in psychiatry.

Tel: 01 2771691

Fax: 01 2885107

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