I offer highly specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families who are grappling with emotional or behavioural difficulties. These might 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 and I would be happy to discuss your individual concerns with you. Please note, however, that owing to the fact that I am a part-time clinician in a single disciplinary service, I am 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), or who require a multi-disciplinary / multi-agency support package, beyond generic professional liaison. In such cases, you should contact your GP in the first instance.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I have received training in several therapeutic approaches. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic family therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), brief psychodynamic psychotherapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). The breadth of my training enables me to be flexible in what I offer and to tailor therapeutic interventions to best fit a young person’s needs. I am trained to draw upon the available evidence-base and when indicated, to create bespoke packages of care by integrating different types of therapies and ways of working. This can be particularly helpful for meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ young people, or those with very complex needs who have not responded well to purist (single-model) therapeutic interventions in the past. Since qualifying, I have further augmented my therapeutic repertoire via specialist training in other therapeutic models. This has included training in the principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – an attachment-focused family therapy for developmental trauma, which I use to inform my work.
If you would like to find out more about how I might be able to help you at this time, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to discuss your concerns with you. For details of my fees and pricing structure, please see my fees page.
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. If you are interested in finding out more about cognitive or executive functioning assessments, please contact me.
Support for Schools
I offer a discrete consultation service to local schools to discuss any concerns they may have about their pupils. 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.
I also offer training, workshops and mentoring to teaching staff as well as psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for children or parents. These can be tailored to the bespoke needs of individual schools and pupils. Please see the information below on group work/training/workshops, or contact me to find out more. I would be very happy to discuss your specific needs with you.
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 contact me to discuss your individual needs and hopes.
Professional / Clinical Supervision
I have undertaken specialist training in clinical supervision, compatible with registration with The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) ‘Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors’ (RAPPS). I offer professional supervision to clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals. Please contact me for more information.
At Roots and Wings, 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).