I offer highly specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families, for a broad range of emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. These include…
- Depression or low mood
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Health anxiety
- Unexplained medical symptoms
- Obsessive-compulsive symptoms
- Generalised anxiety
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Developmental trauma (as a result of experiencing early neglect, attachment disruption and emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse)
- Attachment difficulties
- Issues relating to being an adopted or looked after child
- Grief and complex loss
- Difficulties engaging with school or school refusal
- Difficulties regulating anger or aggression
- Parenting Support
This is not an exhaustive list, however, and I would be happy to discuss your individual concerns with you.
Please note, that owing to the fact that Roots and Wings is a single-clinician, uni-disciplinary service, we are not currently able to accept referrals for children and young people who present with very risky behaviours (including self-harm, suicidal ideation or eating disorders). This includes young people who require a multi-disciplinary / multi-agency support package, beyond generic professional liaison. In such cases, you are advised to contact your GP in the first instance.
Cognitive and Executive Functioning Assessments
A cognitive / executive functioning assessment may be indicated when a child is struggling to keep up academically with their peers or is having difficulties in other areas. These are standardised assessments, which involve consideration of a child’s early social, educational and developmental history, within the context of their performance on a specific battery of tasks. The assessments allows for a detailed analysis of a child’s relative ability to process, learn, retain and to subsequently apply information that is presented to them in a variety of ways.
The comprehensive nature of cognitive and executive functioning assessments enables professionals to better understand a child’s relative strengths and weaknesses and to identify short and long-term interventions for them based on their individual learning profile. These interventions would be expected to support the child to better manage everyday demands, to maximise their learning in school and to promote their emotional wellbeing. When administered in conjunction with an adaptive functioning assessment, a comprehensive cognitive assessment may also be used to diagnose the presence of a learning disability.
Roots and Wings has access to the most recent validated measures of cognitive and executive functioning, which can be administered on our brand new interactive equipment. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your specific needs.
Support for Schools
I offer a discrete consultation service to local schools to discuss any concerns they may have about their pupils on an individual or global scale. These concerns may relate to emotional or behavioural issues, school attendance, neurodevelopmental issues or child protection. I am happy to support referrals to NHS Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) if indicated, or offer private assessment and therapeutic support if preferred.
In addition to this, I also offer training packages, workshops and mentoring to teaching staff. These can be tailored to the bespoke needs of individual schools and pupils in the school community. Please see the information on group work/training/workshops below, or contact me to find out more.
Multi-Agency Consultation Service
I offer professional multi-agency consultations to networks that are supporting a child or young person with complex social, educational and/or health needs. These consultations can be bookable one-off sessions or offered as part of a regular package of care. Please contact me to find out more and I would be happy to discuss your specific needs.
Group Work / Training / Workshops
I am able to offer psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for children and young people and parents, as well as psycho-educational training courses and workshops for multi-agency professionals or residential workers. These can be tailored to suit individual requirements and can range from one-off half-day events to a series of weeks/months.
Typical topics might include:
- Emotional health and resilience
- Understanding and managing anxiety
- Understanding attachment and developmental trauma
- Understanding and managing self-harm
- Understanding and managing anger and aggression
- Understanding and managing sexually harmful behaviours
- Supporting children who have experienced neglect or abuse
- Supporting children with neurodevelopmental conditions and/or communication difficulties
- Supporting children with chronic physical health difficulties
- Supporting children with grief
- Therapeutic Parenting (for children with a history of developmental trauma)
- Positive Behaviour Support (contextualised by factors including the children’s ages, cognitive abilities and developmental history)
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your individual needs and requirements.
Professional / Clinical Supervision
I offer specialist training in clinical supervision to clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals, compatible with registration with The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) ‘Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors’ (RAPPS). Please contact me for more information.
Adult Psychological Services
We specialise in child and adolescent mental health, however, if you are seeking support for an adult, we highly recommend Ashdown Psychology Services (www.ashdownpsychology.co.uk), who share our beautiful clinic rooms.
Therapy Room Rental
We offer a limited opportunity for other health professionals to rent our peaceful therapeutic space on an ad hoc basis. Please contact me for more information.