I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who holds a PhD and has worked with families in the NHS and private practice for 25+ years. Being a parent is tough, made more so when a child has a diagnosis (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or mental health problem. My unique experience of working in education and mental health settings, both clinically and academically, means I know the science and how to translate it. My aim is to help parents disentangle the issues and work out how to both nurture and support their child, but also ensure kids learn to push through the tough stuff and strive towards meaningful goals. I run group courses and work with parents (children join for some sessions). This can be a short block of sessions but for many they will continue to return as challenges arise for many years. Expect to learn evidence based strategies through a developmental lens (teenagers need a different approach to children), but come prepared to reflect and make changes yourself. I see a small number of young adults, supporting them as they transition to adult life and works as part of the London Neurodiverstiy Clinic carrying out assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I hold an academic position at UCL where I teach in the field of child and adolescent mental health, neurodiversity and education to Masters and Doctoral students. I am passionate about helping adults understand and connect with young people as I believe strong relationships are at the heart of well being. I continue to write (The Incredible Teenage Brain: everything you need to know to unlock a teen’s potential, 2019, How to Have Incredible Conversations With Your Child, 2021), broadcaster (BBC TV and radio) and have a podcast (Incredible Conversations). I consult to organisations and school and am an engaging public speaker.
I am registered with HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist