BA (Hons), Mont Dip, PG SpLD, PG Child Adolescent & Family Mental Wellbeing, MA Psychological Therapies, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working with children, adolescents & parents, Member BPC & TSP
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Organisation Development
I am a specialist education consultant and psychodynamic psychotherapist working with children, young people, parents and individuals up to 24 years of age. Along with offering support in a range of areas, including anxiety, anger and depression, I have in-depth experience of supporting children and young people with specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and/or social communication difficulties. I also offer support to adults who receive diagnosis of neurological difference (e.g., dyslexia, ADHD, autism) in adulthood.
After completing my training as an International Montessori teacher in 2004, I taught in primary education before training as a Level 7 specialist in Dyslexia Assessment and Specialist Literacy Teaching. Upon completing my training, I joined The Harrodian School in London where I worked as a 1:1 literacy specialist and then moved into the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator. In 2014 I co- founded The Independent School, a secondary school for children with additional needs, where I took on the role of Vice Principal and Head of SEND. I then went on to train at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust as a psychodynamic psychotherapist working with children, young people, parents and young adults. In 2016, I co-founded The Child and Adolescent Development Centre (The CDC), where my therapeutic practice is based. The CDC offers multidisciplinary assessment and clinical services across the public and private sectors.
In what I see in many ways as the culmination of my long standing work in education, in 2020 I co-founded Grow Fellowship with Jess Heyworth-Dunne in response to a clear need to make high quality specialist teaching more readily available throughout the UK and abroad. My role within Grow focuses on organisation development and growth.
In addition to my work in education and mental health, I have worked in collaboration with law firms offering expert testimony in tribunals to support families in securing Education, Health and Care Plans. I am also a freelance writer looking at issues in education and mental health.