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Elaine MacDonald, Psychologist - Clinical
Elaine MacDonald works as a Clinical Psychologist in St Michael's House. She did a BA degree in English literature and Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin. After a period of time teaching in Japan she decided to return home and train as a Clinical Psychologist. She completed the Higher Diploma in Psychology (DipPsych) in UCD which then allowed her to undertake training to be a Clinical Psychologist which she completed at the University of North Wales (Bangor).
I like the way that the Irish school system allows students to study a variety of subjects to get a broad base.
I chose a range of subjects including languages (French and Spanish) which allowed me to make friends and really immerse myself in different cultures during my summers abroad.
I also feel that my involvement in school sports (hockey and swimming) was important in helping me develop into a person who enjoys being part of a team.
I went to Mount Anville school, starting as a small child in Montessori and finishing as a teenager dying to get out into the ‘real world’ after the Leaving Cert.
Then I did a BA degree in English literature and Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin which honed my understanding of human nature and relationships (English literature) and trained me in logic and the analytic method (Philosophy) – and incidentally these are skills very useful to Clinical Psychology!
After teaching on the JET programme in Japan and having developed the idea to train as a Clinical Psychologist, I completed the Higher Diploma in Psychology (DipPsych) in UCD. This background allowed me to undertake training to be a Clinical Psychologist in University of North Wales (Bangor) while simultaneously completing clinical placements in the NHS in Wales.