I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist, I qualified in 2006. I am qualified in the assessment and treatment of mental health and neurodevelopmental difficulties, and enjoy delivering supervision consultancy, training, and undertaking research.
I have worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) since qualifying and have specialist training in diagnosing individuals with Autism. I have worked with this client group in NHS within learning disabilities services. I have also worked in private residential and semi-secure settings with people with Autism; leading the learning disabilities and women’s services. I have experience of working with Looked After Children in residential settings. As part of my training I completed a specialist placement in Paediatric Oncology.
Within the NHS learning disabilities service I set up a multi-disciplinary specialist team to diagnose and support individuals with Autism. I am qualified in the TEACCH approach (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communications Handicapped Children (TEACCH) – a ‘whole-of-life’ intervention aimed at increasing autonomy and flexibility, focussing on skills and interests and using visual structures to organise the environment and teach skills) and utilised this approach to support individuals in residential, work and educational settings. I have experience of working alongside individuals and companies to ensure adequate support and reasonable accommodations are made for individuals who have Autism so that workplaces are effective and enjoyable for all.
I am qualified to deliver trauma-based therapies, including using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in my clinical practice. I work therapeutically with people with anxiety problems, trauma, and chronic pain conditions. I have recently completed an MSc in Pain Management Approaches.
I am an experienced expert witness in civil litigation. I have provided expert witness reports for employment tribunals for people who have Autism. I provide training in expert witness work in partnership with the Expert Witness Institute.
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and am registered with the HCPC.
Newns, K. (2008) Book Review: McGregor et al. Autism: An Integrated View. The Psychologist 21:8 Newns K. (2007) Book Review: Susan Okie, Fed Up! Winning the War against Childhood Obesity. Child and Clinical psychology and Psychiatry 12:477
Bell L and Newns K. (2004) What factors influence failure to engage in a supervised self-help programme for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder? European Eating Disorders Review. 12 (3): 178-183
Newns K. Bell, L & Thomas, S. (2003) The Impact of a self-esteem group for people with eating disorders: An uncontrolled study. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 10, 64-68.
Bell L, & Newns K. (2002) What is multi-impulsive bulimia and can multi-impulsive patients benefit from supervised self-help? European Eating Disorders Review 10 (6): 413-427
Findlay, L & Newns, K (2014) Treating Trauma Amongst People on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal