Carla is a children’s occupational therapist and sensory integration practitioner. She specialises in working with children who have neurodevelopment disorders and developmental trauma.

Initially Carla trained as a massage and aromatherapist and went on to work as part of a team offering mindfulness based stress management retreats for carers and parents of children with disabilities. This experience highlighted the key relationship we have between the body and mind, and taught Carla to recognise that taking care of parents and carers promotes the well being of the whole family.

Carla further explored the connection between mind and body through studying occupational therapy at the University of Brighton, where the focus was on using creative activities such as pottery, gardening and dance to promote health and well being. Carla was introduced to the concept of occupational science, which focussed on the barriers people face to participating in meaningful occupations and how we can remove these on an individual and societal level.

As a student Carla worked with charities to support children and young people to access opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to. She thoroughly enjoyed taking groups on holiday in the UK and abroad and setting up a community radio show to help people get their voices heard, as well as running a weekly local disco for young people with learning disabilities to meet up and dance.

Since graduating, Carla has worked within the NHS and both specialist and mainstream schools supporting children with Autism, ADHD, DCD and Developmental Trauma. This developed Carla’s passion for working with those with hidden difficulties, who so often face a double disadvantage of having their difficulties missed or mis-diagnosed.

Carla has gone onto qualify as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and is currently completing her Sensory Attachment Training with Eadaoin Bhreathnach. She has a particular passion for working with children who have experienced early trauma and attachment disruption, and is highly committed to working within a multi-disciplinary team to create hope and change for vulnerable families. Her role in Beacon House enables her to use Sensory Integration and Sensory Attachment Intervention to repair the impact of developmental trauma on children and their families.

Carla enjoys spending time in nature and has worked with children and families providing therapy in woodlands, on beaches and also through an allotment group. The natural environment and opportunities provided by these settings allowed them to relax and feel connected with themselves and a rich sensory world allowing opportunities for play and exploration which could be recreated for free when they left.

Carla enjoys, kayaking, camping and dancing with her community dance group in Brighton.

Carla is registered with HCPC and is a member of The British Association of Occupational Therapists; The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section and The Sensory Integration Network.

  • Level 1 Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method Training Course
    The Theraplay Institute 2018
  • Sensory Integration Modules 2 and 3: From assessment to interpretation, block one
    The Sensory Integration Network, 2017
  • Level 1 Sensory Attachment Intervention
    Eadaoin Bhreathnach, 2016
  • Sensory Integration Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
    The Sensory Integration Network, 2015
  • BSc Occupational Therapy. First Class Honours
    University of Brighton, Eastbourne, East Sussex, 2014
  • Level 3 Diploma Holistic therapies
    City College Brighton and Hove, 2008
  • Attachment and Psychopathology; Patricia Crittenden
    Family relations Institute, 2018
  • Integrating Sensory Regulation Approaches with Theraplay and DDP
    The Family Place, 2018
  • Complex Trauma in Children. Translation into practice when supporting adoptive, foster and path permanent placement families
    PAC-UK and Sensory Integration network, 2017
  • Goal Attainment Scaling for Therapists
    Kings College London, 2016
  • The Alert Programme for Sensory Regulation
    Sensory Integration Network, 2014
  • Handwriting for Occupational Therapists, An Evidence Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention
    NCORE: Sydney Chu, 2014