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I feel honoured being part of every individual assessment and their journeys of understanding their own neurodiversity

Dr Freya Spicer-White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Freya obtained her B.Sc. Psychology from the University of Manchester and started her career as a learning support assistant alongside young adults with neurodevelopmental differences, instilling in her a passion for working with neurodiversity and vulnerable populations. She gained experience as an Assistant Psychologist working within children’s community and adult residential services before completing her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2012 at Bangor University: dedicating her final year to autism assessment and intervention throughout the life span.

Freya spent 8 years within different neurodevelopmental services in the Betsi Cadwaldr Local Health Board. Her first clinical lead role was establishing the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Team, guiding the staff and provision from sitting within local CAMHS to transitioning into an independent service. She was pivotal in designing new standard operating procedures and contributed to the Welsh National Steering Group. She progressed to become the Principal Clinical Psychologist of North Wales’ first Integrated Autism Service and was instrumental in the creation of this new team, which offers adult autism assessments and a range of individual and group-based interventions.

 

Freya has a personal interest in Neurodiversity and she enjoys sharing her work and knowledge, and has spoken at several events, including the 1000 Lives Improvement Public Health  Wales Neurodevelopmental Conference and Wales First Conference specifically run for autistic individuals, the National Autism Conference Promoting Autistic wellbeing.

In addition to her private practice Freya is employed by the Outcomes First Group as the Regional Head of Clinical Services for Northern Ireland, North Wales, Scotland and the North West of England

Publications


 

Mainstream secondary school:Hackett, L., Theodosiou, L., Robson, C., Spicer, F. & Lever, R. (2011) Understanding the mental health needs of secondary school children. Mental health in Family Medicine, 8, 173-179.

 

Mainstream primary school:Hackett, L., Theodosiou, L., Bond, C., Blackburn, C., Spicer, F. & Lever, R. (2010) “Understanding the mental health needs of primary school children in an inner-city local authority.” Pastoral Care in Education, 28, 205-217.

 

Emotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties: Hackett, L., Theodosiou, L., Bond, C., Blackburn, C., Spicer, F. & Lever, R. (2010) “Mental health needs in schools for emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.” British Journal of Special Education, 37, 148-155.

 

 

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST

Una Carney

Speech & Language

Therapist

Una is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.  Since qualifying with a First Class Hons in Speech and Language Therapy in 2011, Una has worked in both the NHS and private sectors. She has worked in a range of clinical multidisciplinary teams that include adult autism assessment and intervention,  neurodevelopmental assessment and intervention, child and adolescent mental health, independent speech and language therapy for paediatric and  young adults with complex needs,  educational settings and child development centres. Most recently she been in post as Senior Practitioner and Team Lead for Powys Integrated Autism Service.

Una is passionate about the essential role of speech and language therapy in supporting and developing autism diagnostic and intervention services. She has developed  a specialist interest and clinical knowledge of  women and girls on the autistic spectrum. Una is accredited to use a  range of standardised assessment tools for assessing autism as well as a number of autism specific interventions

Patrick Howells LEARNING DISABILITIES NURSE

Patrick Howells

Learning Disabilities

nurse

Patrick is a registered Learning Disabilities nurse who has been qualified for over 30 years. In addition to his nursing qualification, he has an advanced diploma in Child Development and a Masters in Risk Management in Health and Social Care. 

During his career Patrick has worked as a Community Nurse working with school-aged children with learning needs and neurodevleopmental conditions, worked within a specialist behavioural support team and has over 15 years experience as a Senior Clinical Manager across a variety of services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Learning Disability Services and Neurodevelopment Services. 

For over 20 years in addition to working with adults and children with learning disabilities, Patrick has worked with children and young people with Neurodevelopmental conditions and has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment and in developing positive behavioural support plans for individuals across the age range.

Specialist Clinical Psychologist.

Jess Gordon

Specialist Clinical

Psychologist

Jess is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist. She gained her BSc in Psychology and Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University and started her career as a healthcare assistant and rehabilitation coach, working with people with a range of mental health difficulties and problems associated with acquired brain injury. 

Jess then gained experience as an Assistant Psychologist, working alongside children and young people in looked after children’s services. This role gave Jess the opportunity to support children, and those caring for and educating them, to understand neurodiversity and individual differences. 

Jess obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychologist at Bangor University. During her time working for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Jess had the opportunity to work with the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Team, providing neurodevelopmental assessments and therapeutic interventions for young people and their families. 

Jess went on to work within mental health services within the prison service, before taking up a position as Specialist Clinical Psychologist within Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Services. Alongside provided therapeutic interventions and clinical risk assessment, Jess takes a personal interest in ensuring neurodiversity is included within individualized care, treatment and rehabilitation.

Meet the team 1

Amy Harper

Speech & Language

Therapist

Amy is a member of the Royal Collage of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Health Care Professions council (HCPC). Amy has worked and supported children and young people with neurodevelopmental profiles since graduating from Birmingham City University in 2009.

Amy has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board for 13 years, working in different multi agency teams; from youth justice services where she won a National Award for innovative practice; to the flying start early years team. Since 2017 Amy has worked as worked in the North East Wales Neurodevelopmental team. Amy has been involved in setting up diagnostic and intervention services in North Wales for children and young people with neurodevelopmental needs.

Amy is passionate about identifying neurodiversity and education around neurodiversity topics; Amy is keen to contribute to making a change in how society accepts and supports neurodivergent people. Amy is accredited to use a range of diagnostic tools and intervention programs aimed at supporting those with neurodevelopmental needs. Amy has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults.

occupational Therapist

Ellie Greenhow

OCCUPATIONAL

tHERAPIST

Ellie is an Occupational Therapist who has been qualified for 22 years aftergraduating from Brunel University with an Upper Second Class Hons in Occupational Therapy. Since this time, Ellie has worked in numerous NHS and private mental health and neurodevelopmental services with both children and adults, including specialist sectors such as Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism and ADHD and Community and Inpatient Mental Health. Ellie has training and extensive experience in diagnostic assessments for autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is also trained in Sensory Integration (Levels 1 & 2) and Sensory Attachment and has worked in sensory integration clinics with the Paediatric population, conducting sensory work as well as assessments and interventions for Dyspraxia. These include the Beery Visual Motor Integration Tool, DASH Handwriting Assessment, Motor ABC and a varied range of sensory assessment tools.

Alongside her experience in Neurodevelopment, Ellie has also worked a great deal in Eating Disorders, both with children and adults. She has a specialist interest in Avoidance and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). She has also undertaken training in Family Therapy for Eating Disorders with James Loc

Meet the team 2

Paula Walker

Speech & Language

Therapist

Paula obtained her BSc. Speech Pathology and Therapy from Queen Margaret’s University Edinburgh and started her career a Speech and Language Therapist working in Independent Special Education settings for young people aged 4-19 and quickly developed a love for working with young people with neurodiversity.

As her career developed she increasingly spent time working with children and young people with a range of complex needs alongside neurodiversity, and she invested a considerable amount of time to evaluating environments to support neurodiversity, including the design and build of a specialist Autism school setting.

Paula was the Highly Specialist Consulting Speech and Language Therapist that was part of the Neurodevelopmental pathway team for Knowsley NHS trust, and she was part of the team that redesigned the systems and pathways to ensure ADOS assessments could continue during Covid. She has also presented at a number of conferences and events around Neurodiversity in the context of communication including The Autism Show and the National Autistic Society Conference.

 

Paula has 23 years’ experience working the field of Neurodiversity as a Speech and Language Therapist and she is passionate about the ongoing research and development of knowledge in this field.

Dr Erin

Dr Erin Beal

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Erin M Beal is a HCPC registered senior Clinical Psychologist who has a special interest in the area of neurodiversity and clinical neuropsychology. Erin obtained her BA(Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Limerick, in Ireland. During her degree she completed a study abroad at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Thereafter, she completed an MSc in Psychological Science specialising in clinical psychology also at the University of Limerick.

Erin started her career as an assistant psychologist in neurorehabilitation working with individuals with a range of mental health difficulties and problems associated with acquired brain injury. Erin then went on to complete a PgDip in low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy and worked as a psychological wellbeing practitioner supporting individuals with a range of mental health presentations in primary care settings. Erin then gained experience as a clinical trials study manager supporting research funded by the NIHR.

Erin obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. During her time working for the Mersey Care, she had the opportunity to work across a range of paediatric and adult settings which included community, inpatient and outpatient services. 

Erin is currently completing the MSc(MedSci) in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow and working towards being entered on to the specialist register of clinical neuropsychologists. Erin is currently a senior clinical psychologist working into inpatient and outpatient neuropsychology services.

Dr. Ana Petrovic

Dr Ana Petrovic

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Ana Petrovic is a senior Clinical Psychologist with a passion for complex mental health and neurodiversity. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree with a specialisation in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Canada. During her undergraduate studies, Ana focused on addiction, forensic psychology, and neuropsychology. Following her degree, she gained valuable experience as a research coordinator at Baycrest, a renowned research institute for ageing and mental health in Toronto.

Ana furthered her education by completing an MSc and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada, specialising in complex mental health, geropsychology, and neuropsychology. She became a qualified clinical and rehabilitation psychologist in Canada, where she worked in both public healthcare and private practice, providing assessments and evidence-based interventions for individuals with various mental health difficulties.

Upon relocating to the UK in 2018, Ana obtained registration as a Clinical Psychologist through the HCPC and began working for the NHS in inpatient and community settings. Here, she continued her focus on supporting individuals with diverse mental health needs, with a particular interest in neurodiversity assessment, creating inclusive environments for neurodiverse individuals, and understanding the interface between neurodiversity and mental health.

Throughout her career, Ana has prioritised collaborative and empathetic approaches, striving to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. Her ultimate goal is to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their strengths, and their differences, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives. Currently, Ana serves as a senior clinical psychologist in NHS inpatient rehabilitation, where she continues to make a positive impact in the lives of those with complex mental health needs.

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