THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT

See below for the individual profiles of our

own Integrated Therapy team

Dr Ben Smith

Strategic & Clinical Lead

 

  • BSc Psychology
  • DClin.Psy

 

As a clinical psychologist I have worked with adults, children and young people from a very wide-range of backgrounds for over 20 years. My special interests are trauma, PTSD and psychosis and I am passionate about providing access for as many people as possible to psychological treatments that work.

 

My role in Phoenix is to provide strategic and clinical leadership to the Integrated Therapies Team and advise the board of clinical and psychological advances.

Dr Hannah Pittaway

Senior Psychologist

Clinical Lead – Psychology Services

 

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Certificate in counselling skills
  • BSc (hons) Psychology

 

I have worked therapeutically for over a decade with adults, children and young people and I have extensive experience of working within mental health services.

 

My special interests are attachment and trauma. I’m very interested in how the attachments we have formed in our early life may shape our future relationships and mental health, and how later positive attachments can help us find the strength to overcome problems. This understanding informs the work I do with individuals and drives my passion to improve the lives of our children and adults through attachment and trauma informed therapeutic care.

Murphy

Therapy Dog

 

Murphy, 11, has been visiting people with learning disabilities since he was 12 weeks old.  He is registered with Canine Concern and works in Phoenix supporting therapy work as either a co-therapist or session facilitator.  This is called animal-assisted therapy.

 

His special talents include rolling over, understanding Makaton signing and offering cuddles when someone is in need.

Kate Boot

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Clinical Lead – Allied Health Professions

 

  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
  • LLB (Hons) Law

 

I’ve worked for over 10 years with children, young people and adults with a range of additional needs, including learning disabilities, attachment and trauma, sensory processing difficulties and speech, language and communication needs.

 

My special interests are autism spectrum conditions, trauma & attachment, sensory processing and augmentative & alternative communication (AAC).  I’m currently in the process of training as a Sensory Integration Practitioner with Ulster University and the Sensory Integration Network.

Amy Hather

Psychologist in Training

 

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (in progress)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
  • BSc Applied Psychology
  • Access to Higher Education – Nursing and Healthcare

 

I have worked in mental health settings for the last 7 years, ranging from support work to providing CBT within an NHS setting. I am currently completing my doctoral training in Counselling Psychology. My research is focusing on the therapeutic experiences of men who have suffered trauma in childhood.

 

I am interested in how trauma can affect us across our lifespan and how we can carry distress within our bodies. I also have a keen interest in neuropsychology and how the brain is affected by trauma.

Clare Le Roux

Counsellor

 

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • BA (hons) Learning Disabilities 1991-1994
  • Certificate In Education 1998- 2000
  • BA (hons) Post Sixteen Education and Training 2000-2004

 

I have worked at Phoenix for 11 years after originally training as a teacher in Further Education working with students ranging from 16-55 years with additional needs.

 

I have worked in variety of settings supporting clients with learning disabilities with their mental health well-being.

Joanna Curry

Associate Educational Psychologist

 

  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences/Psychology
  • PGCE (Primary)
  • MSc Educational Psychology

 

I have worked as an educational psychologist since qualifying in both private and public sector organisations and have my own private practice.

 

I have experience of working with children, young people and adults in a wide variety of settings to support their learning, social, emotional and mental health needs.

Gayle Strawson

Speech & Language Therapist

 

  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

 

I work across the various company settings, providing a mixture of direct and indirect Speech and Language Therapy services.

 

I have worked with children and young adults with speech and language needs in a variety of mainstream and special education settings and in neuro rehabilitation settings with children and adults with acquired brain injuries.

 

My special interests include neurodevelopmental conditions, e.g. ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome, alterative and augmentative communication and fluency disorders. I am also a fully qualified dysphagia practitioner.

Kim Warne

Associate Occupational Therapist

 

  • Diploma of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

 

I am a Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of needs.

 

I am able to offer assessment and intervention on an individual or group basis where sensory integration and attachment difficulties are influencing the way children participate in everyday activities at home or at school.

 

My special interests include play - the primary occupation of children, sensory processing, trauma and attachment.

Joanne Braker

Drama Therapist

 

  • MA Dramatherapy
  • BA Theatre and performance/education

 

I have worked for 20 years in a therapeutic capacity in special needs schools, adult mental health, CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health) and in private practice. I have a particular interest in Autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and Trauma.

 

I draw on a range of theories and use metaphors, physical action, movement, and a wide spectrum of creative arts including art and music, to enable the client to make personal connections to the work and find an indirect way in to exploring and understanding the issues that they come with.

Lucy Metcalfe

Assistant Psychologist

 

  • BSc (hons) Psychology with Criminology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology

 

I have experience of working as a mental health support worker in the community and a special constable in the community working with vulnerable people of all ages.

 

My role involves supporting the clinical lead in delivering therapeutic services across the organisation offering assessments, training, interventions and team support.

Gemma Sharples

Speech & Language Therapy Assistant

 

  • Diploma in adult health

 

Prior to starting with Phoenix Learning and Care Group I worked in a variety of health & social care settings, including on a variety of acute wards.  I joined Oakwood Court College as a Learning Support Assistant in September 2017 and quickly began to support Kate in therapy sessions.  After a year of supporting therapy sessions, I joined the Integrated Therapies Team as the SLT Assistant.  I really enjoy running therapy sessions, particularly language sessions using Colourful Semantics.  I see first hand the positive impact SLT interventions have on our students with special educational needs & Autism.

Kirstie Hutchinson

Associate Play Therapist

 

I am a registered HCPC Social Worker and have been working within children’s services for over 13 years.

 

I am an Intermediate Certified Theraplay Practitioner. I currently offer Theraplay informed practice to children and families which is either in an individual or group setting, as well as Theraplay informed practice workshops to schools and professionals. I work across all ages and have a strong focus on building attunement and attachment.

Amanda Parkin

Therapeutic Support Worker

 

I’ve spent 5 years working in the children’s homes and am currently undertaking a psychology Degree.  I have a genuine passion for ensuring that the mental health of the people we care for is at that heart of what we do.

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Dr Ben Smith

Strategic & Clinical Lead

 

  • BSc Psychology
  • DClin.Psy

 

As a clinical psychologist I have worked with adults, children and young people from a very wide-range of backgrounds for over 20 years. My special interests are trauma, PTSD and psychosis and I am passionate about providing access for as many people as possible to psychological treatments that work.

 

My role in Phoenix is to provide strategic and clinical leadership to the Integrated Therapies Team and advise the board of clinical and psychological advances.

Dr Hannah Pittaway

Senior Psychologist

Clinical Lead – Psychology Services

 

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Certificate in counselling skills
  • BSc (hons) Psychology

 

I have worked therapeutically for over a decade with adults, children and young people and I have extensive experience of working within mental health services.

 

My special interests are attachment and trauma. I’m very interested in how the attachments we have formed in our early life may shape our future relationships and mental health, and how later positive attachments can help us find the strength to overcome problems. This understanding informs the work I do with individuals and drives my passion to improve the lives of our children and adults through attachment and trauma informed therapeutic care.

Kate Boot

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Clinical Lead – Allied Health Professions

 

  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
  • LLB (Hons) Law

 

I’ve worked for over 10 years with children, young people and adults with a range of additional needs, including learning disabilities, attachment and trauma, sensory processing difficulties and speech, language and communication needs.

 

My special interests are autism spectrum conditions, trauma & attachment, sensory processing and augmentative & alternative communication (AAC).  I’m currently in the process of training as a Sensory Integration Practitioner with Ulster University and the Sensory Integration Network.

Amy Hather

Psychologist in Training

 

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (in progress)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
  • BSc Applied Psychology
  • Access to Higher Education – Nursing and Healthcare

 

I have worked in mental health settings for the last 7 years, ranging from support work to providing CBT within an NHS setting. I am currently completing my doctoral training in Counselling Psychology. My research is focusing on the therapeutic experiences of men who have suffered trauma in childhood.

 

I am interested in how trauma can affect us across our lifespan and how we can carry distress within our bodies. I also have a keen interest in neuropsychology and how the brain is affected by trauma.

Clare Le Roux

Counsellor

 

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • BA (hons) Learning Disabilities 1991-1994
  • Certificate In Education 1998- 2000
  • BA (hons) Post Sixteen Education and Training 2000-2004

 

I have worked at Phoenix for 11 years after originally training as a teacher in Further Education working with students ranging from 16-55 years with additional needs.

 

I have worked in variety of settings supporting clients with learning disabilities with their mental health well-being.

Joanna Curry

Associate Educational Psychologist

 

  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences/Psychology
  • PGCE (Primary)
  • MSc Educational Psychology

 

I have worked as an educational psychologist since qualifying in both private and public sector organisations and have my own private practice.

 

I have experience of working with children, young people and adults in a wide variety of settings to support their learning, social, emotional and mental health needs.

Gayle Strawson

Speech & Language Therapist

 

  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

 

I work across the various company settings, providing a mixture of direct and indirect Speech and Language Therapy services.

 

I have worked with children and young adults with speech and language needs in a variety of mainstream and special education settings and in neuro rehabilitation settings with children and adults with acquired brain injuries.

 

My special interests include neurodevelopmental conditions, e.g. ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome, alterative and augmentative communication and fluency disorders. I am also a fully qualified dysphagia practitioner.

Kim Warne

Associate Occupational Therapist

 

  • Diploma of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

 

I am a Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of needs.

 

I am able to offer assessment and intervention on an individual or group basis where sensory integration and attachment difficulties are influencing the way children participate in everyday activities at home or at school.

 

My special interests include play - the primary occupation of children, sensory processing, trauma and attachment.

Joanne Braker

Drama Therapist

 

  • MA Dramatherapy
  • BA Theatre and performance/education

 

I have worked for 20 years in a therapeutic capacity in special needs schools, adult mental health, CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health) and in private practice. I have a particular interest in Autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and Trauma.

 

I draw on a range of theories and use metaphors, physical action, movement, and a wide spectrum of creative arts including art and music, to enable the client to make personal connections to the work and find an indirect way in to exploring and understanding the issues that they come with.

Lucy Metcalfe

Assistant Psychologist

 

  • BSc (hons) Psychology with Criminology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology

 

I have experience of working as a mental health support worker in the community and a special constable in the community working with vulnerable people of all ages.

 

My role involves supporting the clinical lead in delivering therapeutic services across the organisation offering assessments, training, interventions and team support.

Kirstie Hutchinson

Associate Play Therapist

 

I am a registered HCPC Social Worker and have been working within children’s services for over 13 years.

 

I am an Intermediate Certified Theraplay Practitioner. I currently offer Theraplay informed practice to children and families which is either in an individual or group setting, as well as Theraplay informed practice workshops to schools and professionals. I work across all ages and have a strong focus on building attunement and attachment.

Amanda Parkin

Therapeutic Support Worker

 

I’ve spent 5 years working in the children’s homes and am currently undertaking a psychology Degree.  I have a genuine passion for ensuring that the mental health of the people we care for is at that heart of what we do.

Murphy

Therapy Dog

 

Murphy, 11, has been visiting people with learning disabilities since he was 12 weeks old.  He is registered with Canine Concern and works in Phoenix supporting therapy work as either a co-therapist or session facilitator.  This is called animal-assisted therapy.

 

His special talents include rolling over, understanding Makaton signing and offering cuddles when someone is in need.

Gemma Sharples

Speech & Language Therapy Assistant

 

  • Diploma in adult health

 

Prior to starting with Phoenix Learning and Care Group I worked in a variety of health & social care settings, including on a variety of acute wards.  I joined Oakwood Court College as a Learning Support Assistant in September 2017 and quickly began to support Kate in therapy sessions.  After a year of supporting therapy sessions, I joined the Integrated Therapies Team as the SLT Assistant.  I really enjoy running therapy sessions, particularly language sessions using Colourful Semantics.  I see first hand the positive impact SLT interventions have on our students with special educational needs & Autism.