About me

DSCN1461_copy (1)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
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Self-harm
  • Body image problems
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Parenting worries
  • Understanding and supporting a diagnosis of ASD

Group Support

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.