My approach is skill- and heart-centred (yes, you can have both), untangling the issues which impact your child in life and learning. My aim is to restore happiness and confidence in your child. It starts with your story and ends with a considered strategy but one thing is for sure, your child is always at the centre.
When I book a consultation, how does it work?
Sessions are generally provided remotely, and I will send a link to join prior to our session. I have been working this way for many years and this approach works very effectively.
Sometimes, I work with parents rather than the child, it really depends on the specifics of the situation. However, if and when I meet the child, depending on their age and stage, I will tailor the pre-introduction and any sessions so that they feel as comfortable and confident as possible in meeting me. Where it would be helpful, I can send a video message or bespoke message to the young person beforehand as preparation for our meeting.
Do you only work with children? And if so, what ages?
I take on cases with children and young people of all ages, all the way up to university and beyond.
If I am not in the UK, is that a problem?
Not at all. I work with many international clients, and I am very used to doing so.
What types of situations can you assist with?
I can assist with a wide range of situations where there are concerns that a young person is not thriving within the education system. This may range from a one-off guidance consultation to parents who are concerned about a particular aspect of their child’s school experience to more ongoing guidance with complex situations. Many of the young people I work with have diagnoses such as autism, dyslexia and/or ADHD. However, not all have been assessed before. Indeed, one of the reasons parents seek my expertise is that there is confusion about what is going on for their child and how to help.
If a situation is outside of my sphere of expertise, I can often bring in colleagues to join the team or refer you on.
I am not sure that I want further assessments for my child at this stage, can you still help me?
Absolutely. My focus is on understanding the lens through which your child sees the world and the support needed. Assessments are not always required for this work. Also, the timing of assessments is something I consider very carefully.
Do you work alone or as part of a team?
I am an independent practitioner, but I regularly work as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) which includes leading clinical psychologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists (amongst others). Depending on what is required, I can often tailor the team to work around you and your child and co-ordinate the professional input. This MDT approach is often invaluable and is an integral feature of how I work.
Do I need a referral to work with you?
No, whilst parents are usually referred to me through their school, doctor, or other specialist, parents can also reach out to me directly.
What are your fees and are you covered by health insurance?
Plans are tailored to each child’s needs and individual requirements. I will be able to advise of the fees of what is required in your unique situation. I am not covered by health insurance.