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Consultants

Priya Dhingra [Lead Educational Psychologist & Director]

Priya is a Chevening Scholar and trained as an Educational Psychologist at University College London. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and also a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Priya has many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities but currently practices as an independent Educational Psychologist providing services to schools, families, and colleges. She practised at Dyslexia Action and Lyn Fry Associates. Her interests are early literacy and numeracy skills, dyslexia/specific learning difficulties, enhancing learning in students, and supporting children with developmental disorders.

Michelle Hampson [Educational Psychologist]

Michelle trained as an Educational Psychologist at University College London. She did her first degree at Cambridge University and trained as a teacher at the University of Oxford. Michelle has also done further training at the Tavistock Clinic around children's emotional and social well being. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and also a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Michelle has many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities. She currently practices as an independent Educational Psychologist providing services to families and schools. Michelle's interests are dyslexia/specific learning difficulties, language difficulties and promoting children and young people's emotional well being. She works with children of all ages, but mainly with school aged students attending primary and secondary school, and young adults.

Karen Andor [Educational Psychologist]

Karen trained as an Educational Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In addition, she has an honours degree in Learning Support. Karen is registered as an Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society. She is also registered as a Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karen works with schools and individual clients - adults, teenagers and children. She works with a range of issues including parenting, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress

Karen is currently training in Theraplay and has received her Theraplay Level 1 certificate. She works with children who are withdrawn, defiant, over-active, have a history of abuse or neglect or who have behaviour or learning difficulties. She also has an interest in autism. Karen is currently training in Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy and has received her Level 1 certificate. This gentle therapy teaches adult clients to follow the inherently intelligent processes of body and mind to promote healing. It is particularly helpful in working with the effects of trauma. Karen uses an eclectic approach when working therapeutically with children, young people and families.

Carina Embeita [Educational Psychologist]

Carina grew up in Argentina where she completed her Psychology degree. She moved to the UK to pursue a master’s degree in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Carina then trained as a teacher and taught A Level Psychology and Spanish at Sixth Form Colleges in London. Since training as an Educational Psychologist from the Tavistock Clinic, Carina has worked for an inner London Local Authority and independently. She is fluent in Spanish and undertakes assessments for bilingual learners where Spanish is a first language. Carina has a special interest in dyslexia, autism and ADHD. She is currently undertaking training in Systemic Family Therapy. Carina is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Alix Diemont [Educational Psychologist]

Alix is a Chartered and Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. She trained in South Africa and has experience of assessing and conducting psychotherapy for children, adolescents and parents. Alix has a particular interest in the emotional development of children and has a wealth of experience of working therapeutically with families who have experienced significant change, loss, bereavement or trauma. She also has specialist training and experience of working with teachers and school leadership teams to enhance school processes and practices to meet the needs of children with special educational needs. Alix offers full psycho-educational assessments, play therapy, psychotherapy and family therapy at the practice.

Dr Peter Maggs [Educational Psychologist]

Peter trained in educational psychology at the Tavistock Clinic, gaining a Masters and later a Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology. His work has involved offering psychological advice to several specialised educational provisions, including a centre for children with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia and dyscalculia), a unit for children with speech and language disorders, a unit for children with autistic spectrum disorder and a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Peter has also been part of a Local Authority’s autism diagnostic service for the last three years. He has a special interest in the assessment of children and young people experiencing challenges with their learning, behaviour and communication

Dr Anna-Maria McGee (Educational Psychologist)

Anna-Maria is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council with many years of experience of conducting assessments of dyslexia for children, young people and adults. She worked as a Consultant for Dyslexia Action in both Scotland and London and ran her own Adult Assessment Service when she lived in Scotland. The research undertaken in her academic career focused on the impact of a range of disabling conditions such as cerebral palsy, conductive hearing loss, semantic processing difficulties and photoscopic sensitivity in addition to dyslexia. She also headed a project that identified the support needs of young people with a range of disabilities, including dyslexia, in the university sector. For the past seven years Anna-Maria was also the Head of Research at Sense, the organisation that supports children and adults who are affected by dual sensory impairment.

Bruce Picton (Educational Psychologist)

Bruce trained as an Educational Psychologist at University College London and took his first degree in Experimental Psychology at Sussex University. He is registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is registered as an Educational Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council. Bruce has worked in Local Authorities both as an Educational Psychologist and a teacher in specialist educational provision at primary and secondary level with moderate and severe learning difficulties as well as running units for children with speech and language and Autistic Spectrum Disorders in mainstream settings. He has been working in private practice for many years offering services to families, schools, colleges and universities. He practiced at Dyslexia Action and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Bruce specialises in working with children, young people, and young adults with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia and numeracy difficulties.

Tracy Wise [Educational Psychologist]

Tracy trained as an Educational Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and also a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Tracy has many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities. She practices as an independent Educational Psychologist providing services to families and schools. Tracy has also done further training at the Tavistock Clinic around children and young people’s emotional and social well-being. Her interests are dyslexia/dyspraxia/dyscalculia/specific learning difficulties, understanding and promoting children and young people’s emotional well-being, ADHD, attachment, and supporting parents. Tracy is also a trained practitioner in Video Interaction to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline, (VIPP-SD). She works mainly with school aged students attending primary and secondary school and young adults.

Ceri Roberts [Educational Psychologist]

Ceri trained and worked as a teacher in the UK & internationally before moving to New Zealand where she completed her post graduate studies to qualify as an Educational Psychologist at Massey University. Ceri is a Chartered Psychologist & is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has been employed as a psychologist in international schools across Asia and has worked for many years in private practice and in the public sector. Ceri has a particular interest in social and emotional well being, 'third culture' and international perspectives in educational psychology. She also maintains an active interest in neuropsychology and its application in education after completing her first degree at neurobiology at Sussex University.

Eleonora Di Rocco [Occupational Therapist]

Eleonora qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Italy. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). Eleonora is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with experience of working with children and young people with a range of needs in school and clinical settings and in their home environment. As well as private practice, Eleonora works in a NHS Children Occupational Therapy Service. She uses a holistic and functional approach based on the needs of the child, in order to reduce the difficulties they experience and to maximise their independence and participate in daily living activities. Eleonora has a special interest in working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Mira Schauble [Therapist]

Mira has bachelors honours qualification in Developmental Neurophysiology and Genomics and a Masters qualification in Clinical Social Work from The University of Queensland, Australia. She has also completed a Masters in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy at Roehampton University, London. Mira has had many years of therapeutic clinical experience working with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress and trauma related disorders, to stress management, goal setting, and life coaching. Her practice is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapies, Social Constructionist Family and Relationship Therapy, and the Creative Arts Therapies, in particular Dance and Movement Therapy and Rhythm Therapy. Mira is an accredited Clinical Mental Health Practitioner with the Australian Association of Social Workers. She is also a member of the International Federation of Social Workers, the Australian Dance and Movement Therapy Association and an Associate Member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. Mira is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Elizabeth Casselton [Therapist]

Elizabeth is a therapist with many years of experience in working with children and young people in the NHS, The Priory Hospital and in schools. She holds a Masters degree in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy and has completed training in Play Therapy and Solution-Focused therapy. Elizabeth works with children, young people, parents and families and has helped with a wide range of emotional, social and behavioural issues including anxiety, trauma, selective mutism, eating disorders and self-harm. She also has experience of working with children on the autistic spectrum and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Elizabeth works with an integrative style drawing on developmental, attachment and body/mind theories in her therapeutic approach.

Tomi Agboola-Odeleye [Speech Therapist]

Tomi qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University College London. She is a registered Speech Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Tomi's experience as a Speech Therapist has included paediatric work with pre schoolers, primary, and secondary school students within special and mainstream schools. In addition, she has worked within the NHS with adults who have learning difficulties and swallowing disorders. Tomi has a special interest in children with hearing impairments and has completed her BSL level 2 with the intention of continuing her studies and work within this field. .

Esther Hiley [Speech and Language Therapist]

Esther trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University of Manchester. She is a registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Esther has years of experience working with children and young people with speech, language, communication and learning difficulties in mainstream and special educational settings. She specialises in working with preschool children and children with social communication difficulties (including (ASD). As well as working independently, Esther currently works part time as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for children with ASD and ADHD for a local authority in London. She is trained to assess children’s social communication needs as part of a multiagency diagnostic team.

Monal Gajjar [Speech and Language Therapist]

Monal qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Monal has worked primarily as a paediatric therapist. Her experience includes working with pre-school and school-aged children with a range of difficulties, in mainstream and specialist settings. She has extensive experience of working in a Language Unit for primary aged children. Monal has specialised in Bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment. She has a keen interest in working with students with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Kavinda Seneviratna [Applied Behaviour Analyst]

Kavinda received his BSc in Psychology from the University of Southampton, and in doing so discovered Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). He moved to the US to pursue an MA in Teaching as ABA from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also gained teacher certification in special and mainstream primary education. Kavinda has worked for ABA schools in the US, London and the South East, as well as working independently with schools, families, children’s charities and Local Authorities. Kavinda became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2010, and has since supervised the clinical experience of BCBA candidates. Kavinda has a special interest in autism education.

Kathy Alison [Office Manager]

Kathy is a fully qualified nurse who has experience of working in private practice with doctors and other professionals. She manages client enquiries and appointments and makes sure that things run smoothly at the practice. Kathy has a knack of ensuring that all our clients feel comfortable while at the practice.

Lorraine Forehead [Specialist Teacher ]

Lorraine trained as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor at The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. She has experience of teaching and assessing individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia across the age range, from primary school aged pupils to adults. She also worked for several years as a DSA (Disabled Student Allowance) Needs Assessor. Lorraine is registered with PATOSS and holds a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). She practices as an Independent Assessor and is an Associate for The British Dyslexia Association .

Aurelie Chesny [Therapist]

Aurelie is a British Psychoanalytic Council (BCP) accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist for children, adolescents, young people and families. She is also a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP). Aurélie has a clinical Masters in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Clinic in London. As well as private practice, Aurélie works as a child and family therapist in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She has worked across a variety of clinical settings and schools offering both short and long term therapy. Aurélie has extensive experience working individually with children and adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is fluent in French. Aurélie offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of difficulties including relationship problems, divorce and separation, parenting issues, challenging behaviour, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, post traumatic stress and trauma related disorders.

Nicola Masefield (Specialist Teacher)

Nicola is a qualified teacher and a specialist SpLD (Dyslexia) teacher, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Autism Spectrum. She is a member of PATOSS and the BPS. Nicola has many years of experience working with children and young people with speech language and communication needs within a specialist school setting in London and has held educational leadership roles, including Deputy Head. She is experienced at supporting co-occurring difficulties, for example ADHD, Autism Spectrum, PDA, motor and sensory problems, anxiety issues and emotional needs and has experience of creating holistic behaviour support plans with a multidisciplinary team to support the student, family, and school. Nicola has taught across primary and secondary educational settings, so has first-hand knowledge of adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of the student. Nicola is experienced in supporting parents through the Statutory Assessment process, developing Education Health Care Plans, and identifying appropriate school placement. Nicola has delivered staff training on a range of learning and behaviour areas.

Dr Anna Calver (Educational Psychologist)

Anna is an experienced psychologist having worked as a senior educational psychologist for many years within a Local Education Authority and as a consultant psychologist for Dyslexia Action. Anna enjoys working with both children and adults and is passionate about helping individuals identify their strengths to enable them to reach their potential and experience success. Anna has specialist qualifications in dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder. She has supported school staff in developing dyslexia friendly approaches to teaching and has tutored adults studying for certificates and diplomas in specific learning difficulties/dyslexia. Anna has been part of an autism diagnostic service, provided psychological advice to mainstream and specialist provisions and an early intervention home based programme for young children with autism. Anna is interested in the role of creativity as a protective factor in supporting wellbeing and mental health in young people. She has presented at conferences, delivered training courses to teachers and parents and contributed to the publication: Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health, A Practical Guide, 2nd Ed. 2011, Quentin Spender, Radcliffe Publishing. Anna is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Associate Opportunities

We are looking for experienced professionals who are available to work on an associate basis at The Ed Psych Practice.