The Mount Merrion branch of The Speech Centre is located upstairs in Mount Merrion Medical Centre. Along with our Speech and Language Therapy clinic, the family-run Mount Merrion practice includes a GP practice, a practice nurse and a number of Physiotherapists; all located in a bright and family friendly environment.
Our Dublin speech therapy team work with the client and their family members to bring about the best possible outcomes in keeping with a client-centred approach to care. What this really means is that we listen to what your goals are, and work together towards them.
Having scheduled a therapy session, you will find the Mount Merrion Practice itself located in a mini-hub of shops, restaurants, and coffee shops; a popular local gathering place and an ideal spot for the client and family to eat and relax before or after their therapy session. For our younger clients, there is also a children’s park adjacent to the clinic.
Our Mount Merrion Speech Centre aims to offer the most stress free and client friendly environment and with this in mind, there is also free parking in front of the clinic, while we are just a 5 minute drive from Stillorgan Road and just 20 minutes from the M50.
My Son has been attending the Speech Centre for the last two years and it has been a good service from day one. While remaining very professional the therapists develop a friendship with the child which encourages him/her to participate in the sessions. My son loves the dynamic of the sessions and I can see a huge improvement since we started. I In my experience the therapist has been available outside sessions to help me liaise with school and any other queries I might have had. I have already recommended their services to a few friends and will continue to do so. Thanks The Speech Centre and especially thanks to Alex.
71 Deerpark Road
Mount Merrion Dublin Ireland
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Meet the Dublin Team
Nienke De Villiers
Nienke graduated with a BSc degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. She started her career working in a hospital setting in South Africa and thereafter moved to Namibia where she continued to work in private practice. During this time, she developed a special interest in Early Childhood Intervention and completed a Masters degree in the field.
She has gained valuable experience in working with children with a range of communication difficulties in the areas of speech production, language, literacy and fluency over the last few years. She has worked with children with developmental delays, stuttering, learning difficulties, hearing impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Nienke is passionate about developing individualised programmes suited to each child’s daily routines, activities and interests. She enjoys teamwork and strives to actively involve, support and educate families in the process.
In addition to working with children, she has gained experience in working with adults with swallowing and communication disorders.
Nienke is committed to continuing her professional development. She has attended courses relating to Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing, Literacy, and Oral Sensitivity.
Nienke is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU).
Coline graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2019 with a BSc Hons in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. During her academic training, she gained clinical experience in diverse HSE settings, including acute hospitals, primary care, mental health, nursing homes and disability settings.
Since working at the Speech Centre , Coline has worked with adults, adolescents and children with various communication and swallowing difficulties such as speech sounds disorders, language delays, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), stuttering, and many others.
Coline has a special interest in working with the Adolescent and Adult populations. She has experience working with people with Voice difficulties, fluency problems such as stuttering and cluttering, Feeding, Eating, Swallowing and Drinking (FEDS) difficulties, Aphasia and a range of other communication impairments.
Coline offers both face-to-face and online appointments.
In continuing her development as a Speech and Language Therapist, Coline has attended courses pertaining to her field, including Module 1 Lámh and a Laryngeal Manual Therapy Course.
Prior to moving to Ireland for her studies, Coline was born and lived in France and is perfectly fluent in both English and French. Coline is truly passionate about communication and aims to empower her clients in their everyday communication by taking a holistic, client-centred approach to therapy.
Coline is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU).
Before completing her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in 2006, Catriona’s background was in education and linguistics, where she worked with children and young adults with language and behavioural difficulties, and in a physical disability setting in Speech and Language Therapy. On completion of her Masters, she worked for a number of years in an acute hospital, before moving to community adult services. She has since specialised in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in the adult population, and currently provides services to nursing homes and hospitals around Ireland. She has completed post-graduate specialised training in Adult Acquired Neurological Dysphagia, Videofluoroscopy Analysis, and Cervical Auscultation.
Over the years Catriona has also worked in paediatric settings, gaining a firm knowledge of various therapy approaches and techniques, including PECs, the Derbyshire Language Scheme, Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’, and Kids Express Train, which uses music in therapy for children with autism. She is also trained in Lamh and Irish Sign Language, as well as clinical voice skills including Laryngeal Manual Therapy.
Catriona began work in private practice in 2009, and established her own clinic in 2010. The Speech Centre has now expanded to eight locations around Ireland, and the team of Speech and Language Therapists is growing. Catriona is dedicated to furthering the professional development of herself and her team, and is involved in training Undergraduate and Masters level Speech and Language Therapy students.