I am a Psychological Therapist based in Edinburgh specialising in work with children, adolescents and their families. I will adopt a systemic approach when working with you and seek to understand behaviours and difficulties within the context of environmental influences such as home life, school life, friends, social media, etc. I can work with you to develop a shared understanding of difficulties that your child may be exhibiting such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural issues. We can then develop a suitable, evidence-led, intervention approach which fits within your own unique family situation. I promote an early intervention approach whereby individuals are supported as soon as they feel they are developing a mental health issue, rather than waiting until it is impacting negatively on daily life. Contact me now for an initial discussion.
What I can support you with:
- Low mood
- Body image problems
- Behavioural difficulties
- Parenting worries
- Understanding and supporting a diagnosis of ASD
I can deliver group information sessions for school councils and other youth organisations on prevention and early intervention of mental health problems.
Experience and Training
I have spent many years teaching, researching and practising in the area of child development and mental health. I am a qualified Clinical Associate Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society. I have worked within the NHS settings with children as young as 2 right through to 18. I use a number of different evidence-based psychological therapies to support families. I have worked on research projects considering infant mental health and the impact throughout life. I have also taught on a number of university courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate in the area of child development. In particular, I have taught on teacher education programmes, focusing on approaches to teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Social and Emotional Difficulties, amongst other things. I am also trained to deliver a number of parenting programmes including The Incredible Years and Mellow Parenting.