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Rachel has been practising as an Educational Psychologist since 2012 and is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Prior to completing the Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast (2009 – 2012) she worked as a Therapist with the Centre for Early Autism Treatment using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and challenging behaviours.

She has also worked as a Special Needs Classroom Assistant. Rachel is a qualified Primary School teacher and has worked as a teacher in mainstream schools in Scotland.

Rachel has extensive experience in the assessment of a range of learning and developmental disorders including dyslexia, dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD, working memory difficulties and generalised learning difficulties. She has also worked within a Critical Incidents in Schools Team, offering support to staff and children in the event of a sudden death of a pupil or staff member. Rachel has worked in a therapeutic capacity to help children overcome difficulties associated with grief and loss.

For the last four years, Rachel has also developed an interest in working with young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and has been involved with Alternative Education Centres to provide psychological support to young people who have had difficulty remaining within the mainstream education system. Her work has included a range of therapeutic interventions relating to anger, anxiety, school refusal, self-esteem, stress and emotional wellbeing. This has included the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

During her Doctoral training at Queen’s University Belfast, Rachel also undertook training in a range of other evidence-based techniques including Video Interaction Guidance (VIG), Dynamic Assessment, Family Therapy and the Incredible Years parenting programme.
HCPC Registration Number: PYL28333

Areas of Specialist Interest:
- Assessment of specific (dyslexia, dyscalculia) and generalised learning difficulties
- Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment, advice and intervention
- Attentional difficulties (ADHD/ ADD) assessment, advice and intervention
- Therapeutic interventions using the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anger and anxiety
- Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.