Growing evidence is showing that practicing Mindfulness on a regular basis can improve people’s sense of well-being, their relationship with themselves & others and improves their capacity to enjoy life.  Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgemental way. It can be developed through systematic training and promotes a way of being that helps us take better care of ourselves and others, and lead healthier lives. It enables us to access inner resources for coping effectively with stress, difficulty and illness.

People come to therapy for various reasons such as difficulties coping with anxiety, depression, insomnia, bereavement, phobias, OCD, relationship issues, life transitions, stress, finding meaning in life, finding balance or for help in enhancing overall wellbeing. At certain stages, or times in our lives we may need help addressing issues that are causing us distress or making us feel overwhelmed, at these times psychotherapy can be of great assistance.

Sessions normally last for about 50 minutes and are held every Wednesday at RocDoc by Kati Simpson from March 2018.  Each session is €60 and the sessions can be done in small groups, family member groups including children or couples.  Sessions for psychotherapy are one-on-one and adult only. For more information please contact Kati directly on 085 786 7809 or


​Almost 60% of adults now report insomnia at least two nights per week.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia has been developed by Dr Gregg Jacobs based on decades of research and clinical practice at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachussetts Medical School involving over 10,000 patients, where CBT-I has consistently shown that 90% of patients reduce or eliminate sleeping pills after taking this 6 week program. CBT-I has been recommended as the preferred treatment for chronic insomnia by the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet. In the USA it has been recommended by the National Institutes of Health, Consumer Reports and the American Psychological Association.

​A study conducted by Dr. Clarles Morin of Laval University demonstrated that 85% of insomnia sufferes (19 years or more having insomnia) did eliminate the use of benzodiazepine all together after CBT-I.

Sleeping pills are harmful and have serious side effects that far outweight their benefits; increase risk in morbidity and mortality; are only moderately effective for insomnia and may stop working over time; sleeping pills do not cure insomnia as it does not treat the causes of insomnia.

The success of the CBT-I is based on a central theme: insomnia can only be treated by addressing all of the underlying causes. In most instances the causes of insomnia are distorted sleep thoughts (cognitions) and problematic sleep behaviours (habits) which are learned and can be unlearned.

Session 1 = Assessment
Session 2 = Sleep Education/Cognitive Restructuring
Session 3 = Sleep Medication/ Sleep Scheduling
Session 4 = Stimulus Control
Session 5 = Relaxation Response
Session 6 = Sleep Hygiene

The course consists of 6 sessions of 30 mins for one-on-one sessions (in person or online) or 90 mins to two hours for group sessions (max 8 patients). Four weekly sessions followed by two bi-weekly sessions. A typical session consists of psychoeducation about insomnia, presentation of new techniques and discussion of both newly presented material and patient’s practice of previously learned techniques.

One on One 30 mins.
In person = 40 Euro per session, total cost 240 Euro.
Online = 35 Euro per session, total cost 210 Euro.

Group between 90 mins to 2 hours
​Max 10 patients. Cost for course including Assessment = 200 Euro. Concessions available for those struggling financially.
​NEW TERM – Starting in RocDoc, Ashbourne – Wednesdays from 7 to 9 PM, 4 weeks consecutive then 2 biweekly Wednesdays.


  • Wonderful experience with RocDoc .Dr. O' Connell was terrific, knowledgeable and so informative. I feel so confident that I will now be receiving expert medical attention . All the staff are very friendly & professional ( especially Enrika , delightful girl so kind and friendly). HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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    Annette Cosgrave
  • I emailed RocDoc about their procedures around testing young children, and Sarah was prompt, helpful and incredibly kind. I feel at ease, and more comfortable about arriving for testing in a few weeks. So grateful.

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    Elizabeth Barden
  • I would like to congratulate RocDoc on having an incredible girl called Anna working on their customer service line, both on-line, live chat and at the end of the phone. Yesterday I tried to organise a group booking for myself and the family, it was a little complicated to complete on line!
    Thank God for Anna! Anna was on duty on the live chat line and was absolutely excellent. She guided me through the whole process, she was so patient, polite, friendly and helpful, an absolute credit to you. Today I called to check the details were all correct and she had the loveliest telephone manner, she remembered me from yesterday (not surprising as I took up at least an hour of her time!), she immediately resolved an error I had made, and completely reassured me that everything was in order. Her manner was so lovely, I felt I was chatting with someone I knew, she was calm, confident, polite and so friendly. This is not the type of service you normally receive from live chats or customer call lines, it was exceptional! I hope you appreciate what a great asset you have in your team! Well done Anna!

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    Deborah Atherton
  • The online staff for RocDoc testing facility have been really helpful. Especially Carly and Kristy have been very prompt and helpful in helping me manage my bookings. A big thanks to them.

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    Shobhit Trivedi
  • I only dealt with customer service this far - a lady called Carly was super helpful. From a customer service perspective, I have nothing to complain about. Thanks again Carly!

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    Sinead G
  • Booked an out of office appointment at the last minute. Arrived much earlier and was seen straight away. In and out within 5 minutes. More than impressed with the service.

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  • Booked in for walk through test , arrived on time , out in 10mins, received results 24hrs later . Very happy with service received.

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    Brian Grant
  • Reliable, professional service. They have squeezed myself and my partner in on short notice with emergencies in the past and have now become our regular attending GP.
    Fantastic parking facilities out front. Receptionists are friendly and welcoming. The doctors are amazing and very happy to answer any questions. My partner will not see anyone else (just kidding) any other doctor we have been seen by is attentive and polite.
    Only thing is email response time recently can be a bit slow/non-existent but understandable due to the nature of the job and current ongoing pandemic (normally was immediate and all emails answered so did not deduct a star).

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    S McG
  • Great staff. Friendly, helpful, prompt, knowledgeable. I highly recommend

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    Vince Duggan
  • My little girl had a fall tonight and badly hurt her finger. I rushed to Rocdoc immediately with her and Dr Damien saw her straight away, was so gentle with her and cleaned her up before sending us home. I was so impressed and would highly recommend RocDoc. Thank you so much.

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    Valerie Whitford