I have always been passionate about working with children and families. Before having children of my own, I worked for nine years as a teacher, starting in secondary schools before moving into specialist settings.
Job Title:Higher Assistant Psychologist
I have a Masters degree with distinction in Psychology from the University of Essex where I was awarded the departmental prize for my dissertation. It was here that I developed my interest in the practical application of psychological theory as a means to help improve people’s lives.
My work in schools has given me insight into the challenges children experience, both in an educational setting and beyond. I am practised in adapting my communication style to engage and interact with even the hardest to reach young people. Many of the students with whom I have worked in the past have had Autistic Spectrum Disorder and I am therefore experienced in supporting children with this condition: helping them to access education, to gain value from their schooling and, more broadly, to enjoy their childhood experience.
I have worked as a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) for a specialist school, carrying out assessments of young people and working with clinicians and other professionals to determine diagnosis and develop treatment plans.
Now, with two young children of my own, I remain passionate about continuing to use my knowledge and experience to help young people navigate their often complicated worlds.