Victoria has thirteen years’ experience working with children, young people and their families in a range of settings including children’s hospitals, mental health clinics, learning disability services and child protection services. Victoria draws on a range of psychological models and approaches in her therapeutic work to help her clients understand their current difficulties and work towards their preferred future.

Victoria’s main areas of interest are overcoming trauma and building resilience; supporting positive communication and relationships within families and working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria values the opportunity to offer training and consultation to the network of professionals around children and young people. She is particularly experienced in advising colleagues in education on how best to support the emotional and developmental needs of children in school.

Victoria has training and extensive experience in using a range of psychological assessment measures, including psychometric assessment of cognitive functioning, projective assessment of emotions and diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria is particularly interested in the use of creative play and drawing based methods to assess and work with young and traumatised children. As well as using these approaches in her clinical work, Victoria has published research using creative projective assessments to understand and support the emotional needs of young children who have experienced trauma. Victoria has been invited to present her research both locally and nationally.

In addition to her therapeutic work, since 2009 Victoria has also been instructed as an independent Expert Witness to the Family Courts, in care proceedings, private law proceedings and compensation claims.

Victoria is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL21884) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 85070).

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
    A face-to face diagnostic assessment for children and young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. Great Ormond Street Hospital, 4 day course, May 2014)
  • Attachment and Psychopathology
    Patricia Crittenden at the Tavistock Clinic. 3 day course, November 2013
  • Story Stem Assessment Profile
    The Anna Freud Centre, London, 2005
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy)
    Canterbury Christchurch University (2002-2005)
  • BA (Hon’s) in Psychology
    University of Sheffield (1995-1998)
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • EMDR Training, Part 2
    September 2015
  • Yoga for Developmental Disabilities
    September 2015
  • EMDR training, Part 1
    September 2014
  • Why Neglect Matters – Improving practice for children in public care
    British Association for Adoption and Fostering, September 2010
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Effects on Parenting
    NAGALRO, May 2010
  • Child Abuse: Neuroscience and Intervention
    NSPCC with The Anna Freud Centre, October 2009
  • BPS, Faculty for Children and Young People, National Conference, presenting on the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children
    Royal Holloway, London, September 2009
  • Disorganised Attachment and ADHD
    The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2008
  • Thornton, V. (2014).
    Understanding the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(1), 90-100.
  • Thornton V, Williamson R, Cooke B.
    A mindfulness- based group for young people with learning disabilities: A pilot study. Br J Learn Disabil. 2017;45:259–265.