As part of a local authority Educational Psychology Service, Kate developed and worked within an early intervention team for pre-school children with social, emotional and behavioural needs and their families. This role involved working extensively with families, schools, children’s centres and pre-school settings. Kate provided training, consultation and direct work with families, carers and staff to develop a shared understanding of how to manage and meet the social, emotional and learning needs of young children.
Alongside her local authority work, Kate also works part-time within an Independent School where she is involved in developing pastoral care systems across the school, providing advice, support and training for teaching and non-teaching staff and undertaking assessments and individual therapeutic work with children and their parents.
Working as an Educational Psychologist, Kate offers a unique perspective which involves facilitating a shared understanding of the child’s social, emotional and educational needs across a range of complex environments at school and home. Exploring and developing the relationships which children have with their families and with other children, teachers and support staff is central to this work. Kate views her role as an advocate for the child. As such, she provides advice and support in relation to adjusting educational and home environments in order to promote well-being and positive educational outcomes for children.
Kate specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Kate offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.
Kate offers supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working.
Kate provides training and consultation for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which impact on a child’s social and emotional development and therefore their learning. Key issues which can be addressed include: attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, divorce, domestic violence and responses to illness in the family. She can also offer support to families and schools focussing on a range of areas including parenting, school refusal, anxiety, developmental difficulties, and transitions.
Kate is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL00923) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 187964 ) She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.