Kate is an Educational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She began her career as a primary school teacher working in Inner London Primary Schools. Kate completed her Educational Psychology Training at the Tavistock Clinic where she developed a particular interest in psychodynamic theory and the emotional aspects of teaching and learning.

Kate initially worked within an Educational Psychology and Child Guidance Service in Enfield. Here she was able to develop her skills within schools and working therapeutically with young children and families within the clinic.

Kate worked as Consultant Educational Psychologist within the assessment team at the Anna Freud Clinic for a number of years, where she also ran a therapeutic mother and toddler group in an area of need within the community. Throughout her career, Kate has undertaken assessments of children with complex needs and has particular interests in autism, attachment and nurture.

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.

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)
  • MSc Educational Psychology
    Tavistock Clinic/Brunel University (1993)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education Frobel College
    Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1988)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
    University of Warwick (1987)
  • Mindful breathing
    Beacon House online seminar, August 2020
  • How to transition to the COVID-19 new normal
    Beacon House online seminar, August 2020
  • Developmental Trauma – Modules 1 to 4
    Beacon House online seminar, July 2020
  • Emotional Regulation – Modules 1 to 3
    Beacon House online seminar, July 2020
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • International Trauma Recovery Summit
    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018
  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training
    The Tavistock, May 2016
  • Trauma Aftercare
    CCP Training and Development (Two days, 2014)
  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2
    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (two days, 2013)
  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups
    Nurture Group Network (5 days, 2013)
  • Sensory Processing, Trauma and Attachment Training
    Eadouin Bhreathnach East Sussex (2 days, 2012)
  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression
    Positive Options (2012)
  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) training
    Spectrum Specialist Consultancy (5 days, 2012)
  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment
    Challenging Behaviour Network (two days, 2012)
  • Child Sexual Abuse Conference
    East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (2011)
  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate
    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010, 2011) Solihull Approach Foundation Course (2009)
  • The Incredible Years
    Parent Group Lead Training (2005)