My twenty years' experience as a teacher (teaching Music, Dance, Drama, English and Psychology), my background in family therapy with families and couples, dance therapy with young people and adults with learning difficulties and visual impairments, and my Doctorate studies in counselling psychology, all equip me with a wealth of experience to work with organisations who would like some practical strategies to improve the quality of their service provision, particularly for young people and families.
My recent research is in developmental psychology, specifically looking at changes in peoples' perceptions and experiences of parenting across the lifespan, and how this interacts with adolescence. Prior projects have included looking at phonological awareness in young children as a precursor to reading ability, and a comparative study of autism and PDA in older children. I have also devised successful reading plans that have made a significant and immediate difference to children who struggle in this area. My research interests are family issues and sexuality at midlife, and undiagnosed ASD traits, particularly in women and girls.
Organisations I have worked with include residential care settings, such as children's homes, specialist organisations, such as Croydon Autistic Network, schools and community centres.
I am happy to meet with individuals or organisations interested in developing a more holistic approach to their services, and collaboratively work towards implementing practical strategies within that setting that can improve the current provision and benefit the user. My work in this area includes consultation, assessment, training and intervention at both an individual and group level.
Feel free to contact me to discuss individual requirements.