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About Actualise

At Actualise, we care about mental health and well being. Our mission is to bring appropriately validated evidence-based interventions to all of our clients. 

As well as offering a range of psychological assessments and services, we are Ireland's leading Neurofeedback Training Service, founded in 2012 at Dublin City University by Dr. Michael Keane.

Since then, we have moved to the Digital Hub. This has given us the opportunity to add a range of services alongside neurofeedback, including mental health assessments, psychotherapy, counselling, applied behaviour analysis, positive behaviour support, clinical psychology interventions, and more.

Our multi-disciplinary team provides comprehensive care, drawing on a wide range of disciplines. In addition, we run classes, workshops and information evenings on all aspects of psychology, neuroscience and behaviour management. 

Our Philosophy:

We acknowledge the varied and personal needs of each of our clients. To help our clients in the most meaningful way, we rely on the most recent and reputable scientific evidence to provide an evidence-based and transparent service.

In conjunction with an approach based on scientific principles, we understand that we are dealing with people, families and lives and therefore ensure a person-centred approach, where the needs of the clients are served with a caring, compassionate and sensitive approach.


Accreditation

We are the only clinic in Ireland to have a BCIA-accredited NFT provider, and follow International Best Practice Standards. Read here why choosing a BCIA-Certified Professional is the best choice. In addition, as all our practitioners are members of their relevant regulatory bodies, we adhere to the ethical guidelines as set out by the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society.


Meet the Team

We have built a team with expertise in Clinical Psychology, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Neuroscience and Peak Performance. In addition, a number of Assistant Psychologists complete our core team.


Michael Keane  PhD Reg Psychol PsSI CPsychol AFBPsS BCN

Michael Keane PhD Reg Psychol PsSI CPsychol AFBPsS BCN

Dr. Michael Keane: CEO

Michael is a Behavioural Neuroscientist and Founder of the Actualise Clinic, and has been accredited as All-Ireland Thought Leader in Neuroscience (2018). He is a former lecturer in Psychology at Dublin City University. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, investigating the effects of caffeine on brain function, where he set up the university’s first two EEG labs.

Michael’s post-doctoral position, which investigated EEG biomarkers of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, was carried out between NUIG and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland’s only Board Certified Neurofeedback Training provider. He is also CEO of Cognifyx Europe, a Cognitive and Behavioural Science Company based in Singapore.

He is an Advisory Board Member for Cognifyx Global, and is a member of Mental Health Advisory Board of the charity A Lust For Life. Michael is also a reviewer of a number of academic journals, including Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Aging and the Journal of Caffeine Research.


Rosemary Keane  PhD, DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych), M.Ps.S.I.

Rosemary Keane PhD, DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych), M.Ps.S.I.

Dr. Rosemary KeanE: Clinical Director

Dr. Rosemary Keane is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director at Actualise. Rose has a number of years of experience working with a broad range of different clinical groups across the lifespan.

She completed clinical training (Doctorate in Psychological Science) at University College Dublin (UCD). As part of this her doctoral thesis focused on emotional over- and under-control in adults with psychiatric difficulties and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)/Radically Open DBT informed group interventions. Rose also has a PhD in Psychology (National University of Ireland, Galway) focusing on acceptance in chronic pain from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.

Rose is passionate about working together with individuals and families to understand the biopsychosocial factors affecting behaviour and functioning and compassionately applying evidence based and personalised interventions. She has a special interest in applications of functional QEEG assessment and neurofeedback training. Rose is also a member of Mental Health Advisory Board of the charity A Lust For Life.


Michelle Franca, BSc., MSc.

Michelle Franca, BSc., MSc.

Michelle Franca: TEam Leader

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist, graduated from the Master’s of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Psychology, at the Superior Institute of Applied Psychology (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal. She has also graduated from the first Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology degree in the history of Dublin City University (DCU), and is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Michelle has worked as an Outreach Community Support Service (CSS) Worker in Dublin, a Cluster Relief Project Worker for homeless people in Dublin, an Assistant Psychologist at the Association for Psycho-Social Study and Integration (AEIPS), Lisbon, Portugal and as an Assistant Teacher for children with Asperger Syndrome. 


Mr. Pádraig Walsh BA, MA

Mr. Pádraig Walsh BA, MA

Pádraig Walsh: Head of Behavioural Support

Pádraig Walsh (BA, MA) is a Behaviour Specialist working with Actualise. He has a wealth of experience working with families and individuals using Positive Behaviour Supports and Functional Assessment to help people identify the factors that are contributing to challenging situations and identify the messages behind behaviour. Pádraig’s work also focuses on supporting families and individuals to develop sustainable intervention to augment Neurofeedback Training.

Pádraig qualified with a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis after completing his degree in Psychology (both at NUI Galway). He has worked as a Behaviour Specialist for organisations across Ireland as well as working for 2 years in Melbourne, Australia as a consultant to an early intervention clinic for children whose behaviour presents as a concern. Pádraig has presented extensively at conferences on the effectiveness of Positive Behaviour Support in Ireland, Australia, Singapore and the UK. He also lectures on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in NUI Galway and on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the University of Limerick.


Lisa O'Brien

Mr. Pádraig Walsh BA, MA

Having spent the past 16 years working in Administration for an Aviation Security Company based at Dublin Airport, Lisa’s experience lies in providing a high level of administrative assistance and office management. She couples this with a special focus on Human Resources, in which she is educated to Diploma level. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with friends and travelling.


Dixie, S. D. (Super Dog)

Dixie, S. D. (Super Dog)

Dixie: Head of Animal Therapeutics

Dixie joined the Actualise team in April 2016 in the capacity of Therapy Dog. She was adopted from the DSPCA and is a mix of Jack Russell and Chihuahua. She has a sweet nature and gentle temperament, though can be a little timid at first. She loves to meet new people – especially when they come for initial consultation, but only if they want to.


Scientific Advisory Board

Working with us to maintain our commitment to best practise, we have a range of consultants from across various disciplines from various clinics and universities around the world. Many of these consultants sit on our Scientific Advisory Board, and includes:

Dr. Deborah Simkin:

Dr. Simkin is a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, board certified in neurofeedback and practices Integrative (Functional) Psychiatry Medicine in private practice.

Dr. Rex Cannon:

Dr. Cannon is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at University of Tennessee and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Cole Neuroscience Center, Memory Disorder Clinic.

Dr. Bill Lockhart

Dr. Lockhart, OBE, is a Director in Lockhart Psychological Consulting Ltd. after a long career in the public and voluntary sectors. He holds a PhD and postgraduate diploma in counselling psychology from Aston University in Birmingham. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge and has completed courses at Said Business School, University of Oxford and has a number of leadership and management qualifications. He is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

 

Our clinic policies help us give you the best possible service.


Appointment schedules for NFT

It is important that NFT is made a priority as you engage in the programme. Like any training program, we hope you will invest fully to yield the greatest results from your time with us. We understand the difficulty people face in taking appointments that will interfere with school or work. Although we have extended our services through evenings and weekends we cannot facilitate everyone outside of regular business hours.

To facilitate everyone fairly, our policy is to offer later/Saturday appointments to those outside of Dublin and the greater Dublin area.

Feedback from our clients tells us that investing in the NFT programme for its duration, and making it a priority, means the long term benefits outweigh the short term costs. Please note, if you request a letter for school to explain absence, or request time off, it is our policy to send a copy to the school as well as giving you a copy for your records. We can only do this once you begin your sessions. 


Opening hours:

We are open Wednesday to Saturday, as follows:

Wednesday 8am - 6pm

Thursday 11am - 8pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 2pm

We are closed from Sunday to Tuesday. If you leave a message during this time, please note it will not be picked up until Wednesday.


Parking

Paid parking is available at the Thomas Street car park. There is also some limited street parking on Thomas Street at certain times of the day. There is no parking at the Digital Hub.


Being late for an Appointment

Please call ahead if possible. Once you arrive, we will try to facilitate your appointment. However, we may have to alter the amount of training you receive during the session as to not infringe on the next appointment.


Cancellation Policy

If you cannot make your next appointment, please give as much notice as possible. If you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice, a €40 cancellation fee will apply. You can pay either over the phone by card that day or it will be added onto the next session’s bill.


'No Show' for an Appointment

If no effort is made to cancel an appointment, you will be charged the full fee for the missed session.


Rescheduling appointments

It is your responsibility to make contact to reschedule missed appointments to keep up the training schedule. Due to our large volume of clients, we may not be able to facilitate a change in schedule. However, we will make every effort to facilitate all of our clients and we may put you on a waiting list for an appointment on a particular day and contact you if a session becomes available.


Mobile Phones

All mobile phones must be turned off in the NFT Clinic rooms - this goes for parents too! 


Accompanying Clients to their session

At the clinic, there is space for one person to accompany the client to the session. We acknowledge people’s curiosity regarding what happens during a client’s training. If the client is comfortable with additional people in the room, we are happy to allow others to observe. However, it is requested that if others are in the room during the session, they remain quiet so as to not distract the client once training has begun. This includes refraining from using laptops and mobile phones. 


Training Neurofeedback Providers

At Actualise, we continue to teach and train new staff and students, which involves their observation of NFT sessions. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know.


Child Protection Policy

All Actualise staff are fully Garda Vetted and trained in the principles of Child Protection and sign up to the Actualise Child Protection Guidelines. These guidelines are based on the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. We operate, as per that document, on the basis of the following principle:

“The welfare of children is of paramount importance”

For more information on Child Protection, you may find the following links useful:

A copy of the Actualise Child Protection Policy is available to view at our Reception.

 

Here are some of the agencies, companies, universities and services with whom we work. We run a range of research and clinical projects with our partners. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the work we are doing with these groups.


Academic Research

We are committed to best practice in our clinic, and actively engage in academic research to maintain the highest standards. Our most recent Research Grant, with Dr. Simon McCarthy-Jones of Trinity College Dublin, brings together our services, the Department of Psychiatry at Trinity College and St. James’s Hospital. In this clinical trial, which is pending registration, we are investigating a possible role of neurofeedback in the treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations. We are delighted to have Dr. Francesco Amico join our team to head up this project.

Actualise in The Media


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Sunday Business Post

We have just set up an Actualise Clinic in Singapore!

If you are a Sunday Business Post subscriber, you can read about our new clinic in Singapore here. If not, contact us and we can tell you all about it - or help you set up a Neurofeedback Clinic to complement your practice!


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Irish Independent: New Year's Resolutions!

Actualise provides some useful tips for brain health for the New Year! You can read them, and more, in Katie Byrne's Irish Independent Article.


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RTÉ Radio One

RTÉ's Derek Mooney visited the Actualise Clinic and speaks to Michael about our neurofeedback training work, and to a Mum and son about their experience of neurofeedback training. Click on the button below, and skip forward to 8.20 minutes. 


Irish Tech News features some of our work with Cognifyx

Irish Tech News features some of our work with Cognifyx

Irish Tech News

Irish Tech News featured Actualise recently in their online tech news, following Michael's public lecture at the Science Gallery, Trinity College.


Michael and Kate on the Irish Examiner

Michael and Kate on the Irish Examiner

The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner

The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner look at the work we do in the clinic, specifically looking at ADHD. They also give a little sneak preview into some of the research hypothesis we’ve developed! A very interesting read for anyone interested. Click the link above to read, or buttons below to download. 


Michael presenting to TDs at Leinster House

Michael presenting to TDs at Leinster House

Leinster House

Such an honour to get the chance to present in Leinster House to our national representatives about what Neurofeedback Training is and the work we do here at Actualise. A special thank you to Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice for facilitating the visit


Murray Kinsella writes a very interesting piece on our work with Connacht Rugby

Murray Kinsella writes a very interesting piece on our work with Connacht Rugby

Connacht Rugby winning the Pro-12

We worked with Connacht Rugby right up to their Victory in the Pro-12 in 2016. Michael explained to Murray Kinsella how neurofeedback training benefited the players and how it played a role in their success. 


Michael with our Bronze Medal award-winning poster at the UCD School of Medicine

Michael with our Bronze Medal award-winning poster at the UCD School of Medicine

NFT and Chronic Migraine Study

We are delighted to have received full ethical approval from the Health Research Authority at NRES Committee East of England – Cambridgeshire and Hertford Shire, for a pilot study on the efficacy of Neurofeedback Training in chronic migraine. Oh, and we won a Bronze Medal from the UCD School of Medicine for our trouble!

 

Michael takes Katie Byrne though the neuorfeedback training process

Michael takes Katie Byrne though the neuorfeedback training process

Irish Independent: Mind over matter... Training the brain to function better

Katie Byrne on Neurofeedback with Dr Michael Keane at the Healthy Living Centre in DCU. “We’ve got some overactivity here,” says neuroscientist Dr Michael Keane as he points to a conspicuous red area.

 

A TV Star is born! Special thanks to Nicky for stellar performance on live TV. And so early in the morning!

A TV Star is born! Special thanks to Nicky for stellar performance on live TV. And so early in the morning!

TV3's Ireland AM

If you missed us on Wednesday the 3rd of June, follow our link to see Actualise Director Michael Keane’s talk on Neurofeedback on TV3’s Ireland AM.

 

Michael, Cathal and the Connacht Rugby players we worked with for two seasons, bringing them to Pro12 victory!

Michael, Cathal and the Connacht Rugby players we worked with for two seasons, bringing them to Pro12 victory!

Connacht Rugby are Pro-12 Champions! Read what Pat Lam has to say about Actualise

Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam speaks in Friday’s Irish Independent about the positive effects Neurofeedback Training had on a number of the Connacht players, as his team won the Pro-12 League!