We are delighted to have an exceptionally experienced team of professionals to support our work.
A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working within the NHS.
With an early life touched by the mental illness of a close family member it is perhaps not surprising that I chose Clinical Psychology after graduating from Cardiff University. I gained an MSC from Leicester University later returning to Cardiff to top this up to a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Always working with children and families I have done a range of things including supporting children with Down’s Syndrome; sleep difficulties; on the edge of care; and living within or adopted from the looked after system. Within all this experience I have always been interested in working with parents to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for.
I am proud to have been involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children, in Worcester, UK. This service provides support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families. In my practice I focus on understanding the impact of early experience on the development of children. I explore ways to support and parent these children so that they can overcome their fear of being parented. In this way children can develop to their full potential, feel safe in relationships and go out into the world able to follow their dreams. I have been fortunate to have been trained and mentored by Preview Changes (opens in a new window)Dan Hughes in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP). This approach, based on what we understand about the attachment and trauma needs of the children, underpins the support that we offer through Consultation, Training and Supervision.
Trainer, Author and Story Teller
As a child I was always inventing stories, a pleasure I have passed on to my son Alex and daughter Lily. We named a tree we passed going to and from school ‘the story tree’. We would pause there on sunny afternoons to tell each other stories. In our way we have each continued to have stories as an important part of who we are and what we do.
Communicating through story and through the written and spoken word has therefore been an important part of my journey as a Clinical Psychologist both through training and group work as well as through writing.
Sue qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University College of Ripon and York St. John in 1991. After broadening her knowledge of OT through physical and mental health posts, Sue specialised in Paediatrics in 1994. Sue’s experience working with children began in the USA when she developed her great interest in Sensory Integration (SI). On her return to the UK, Sue was fortunate to work with an experienced team combining SI with other approaches. Sue has worked with babies to teens with conditions such as Dyspraxia, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Attachment disorders. Sue is a member of SINETWork, has attended postgraduate courses in cognitive approaches, Sensory Integration, and Attachment, and has taught on the national SI foundation course.
Sue is passionate about working with children, young people and their families to address their sensory needs and develop motor and independence skills and self-esteem. As a parent of an adopted child with additional needs, Sue is aware of the reality of carrying out theory into daily life. Her desire is to enable families to understand their child’s nervous system and to be equipped with the tools, skills and strategies they need.
“I have had the fortune to work with OT’s experienced in Sensory Integration therapy from the early days of my career. Viewing children’s sensory, motor and emotional needs as critical to their social-academic functioning continues to inform my practise. Having worked predominately with children with dyspraxia and / or on the autism spectrum for over twenty years, I now specialise in working with children who have experienced developmental trauma. In addition to direct attachment informed sensory integration therapy, I work closely with families, schools and specialist services to advise on meeting sensory-emotional needs in all environments.”
Jen is a qualified parent governor with experience of both the English and French education system. She has a keen interest in how education can help develop an individual. Jen’s background is exceptionally diverse and with that comes a breadth of experience and knowledge. Her previous employment was Seismic Chief Navigator, Jen currently volunteers for a charity dear to her, along with being a busy Mum and studying horticulture at college.
Kirsten is a teaching assistant and qualified Thrive Practitioner with a number of years’ experience in a large, mainstream primary school. She has a real passion for supporting children with additional emotional, social and developmental needs in a nurturing environment, hence her interest in supporting the provision offered by Nurture Learning.