Having obtained a passion for supporting people with developmental differences from a young age I have been fortunate enough to work with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Trauma Disorders, and complex mental health difficulties within the community, secure wards, private practices, and NHS services for just over a decade in various roles.
I obtained a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2016 and a 1st class MSc (Hons) in Clinical Research in 2018 at the University of East Anglia, following which I applied my knowledge of psychology when working at Help for Psychology as an Assistant Psychologist for two years. During this time, I was lucky to be able to support in the assessment and diagnostic process of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions and developmental trauma disorders, predominantly conducting cognitive assessments, administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule for which I am qualified to deliver to clinical reliability, and supporting in the publication of research into the Demand Avoidance profile (Eaton, J. and Weaver, K., 2020. An exploration of the pathological – or extreme – demand avoidant profile in children referred for an autism diagnostic assessment, using data from ADOS-2 assessments and their developmental histories).
Having gained a lot of experience and a deeper understanding of the assessment and diagnostic process of autism and other developmental difficulties, I wanted to further my understanding and knowledge of psychological therapies that may better support the mental wellbeing of children and adults, including those on the autism spectrum. Therefore, I obtained a postgraduate qualification in ‘Low Intensity Psychological Therapies’ from the University of East Anglia in 2020 and worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner conducting mental health assessments and providing Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to young persons and adults with common mental health difficulties, many of whom were also on the autism spectrum.
I have recently decided to split my time between conducting neurodevelopment assessments and providing psychological therapies, as this better reflects my passions and interests. I have been welcomed back into the Help for Psychology team working as a Senior Assistant Psychologist and will again be supporting in the assessment and diagnostic process of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions and Developmental Trauma Disorders as well as providing mental health assessments and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies for clients struggling with their mental wellbeing.