'The emotional atmosphere of the classroom matters. In fact, it is essential to learning.'
'Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.'
'Learning how to learn can induce that vital sense of optimism about their own abilities in students who are finding learning difficult, which in turn can help sort out many negative emotions about school and make a contribution to helping with any associated behaviour problem.'
Educational Psychologists play a unique role and make a useful contribution to schools and the lives of children, young people and families. With a knowledge of psychology and child development, Educational Psychologists promote the development, learning and well-being of children and young people (0-25 years). The role of the Educational Psychologist is often seen as one that brings about change. In addition to generic Educational Psychology work, dependent on the skills base and experience of the Psychologist, more specialist work may be undertaken.
My experience as a Teacher, Advisory Teacher, Educational Psychologist, CBT Therapist and Sandplay Therapist places me in a unique position to provide services to schools.
I work from a consultative model of service delivery, which is a collaborative, preventative, problem solving approach. This can include:
information gathering and direct work with children, young people, school staff and parents/carers
liaison with external agencies
consultation with the service user most impacted.
This can directly support the SEND Code of Practice, which promotes the use of the 'assess, plan, do and review cycle'.
Assessment covers a range of areas from behaviour, emotional health and well-being to learning and attainment. Alongside any assessment, I offer strategies and advice on suitable evidence-based intervention which can be included in a comprehensive style psychological report. Psychological reports can be provided to support a request for an Education Health and Care Plan (statutory assessment).
In addition to the above I also offer staff supervision, drop-in sessions and whole school development work/training. Popular packages include ‘developing an emotionally healthy school’ and ‘mindfulness across the school’.
I am a specialist Educational Psychologist in the areas of mental health and well-being and have the skills and experience to work with a wide range of presenting problems. These can include; Anxiety, Depression (and Low Mood), Self-Harm, Anger, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma (and Developmental Trauma) and Obsessional Compulsive disorder (OCD).
I am experienced in delivering tailored group or individual therapeutic intervention to children and young people. These can be developed to meet individual mental health needs and/or the mental health and well-being needs of the school population.
'3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder and 90% of school leaders have reported an increase in the last 5 years in the number of students experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood or depression.
Schools play a crucial role in developing the skills young people need to cope and flourish in today’s world. They are a constant in young peoples’ lives, and are a safe, consistent place for vulnerable young people.'
Service Level agreements and individual sessions can be purchased by agreement. Please contact me for prices.