I am committed to taking a holistic approach to my work and I ensure that the child or young person remains at the centre.
I am an educational and child psychologist with experience working privately and for the local authority.
One of my core beliefs is that all children should be given every opportunity to achieve, regardless of their start in life. This makes me particularly passionate about working with children who have looked after status to help them to achieve their potential and be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.
Before becoming an educational and child psychologist, I was a specialist teacher for children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). Through this teaching background, I take into account teaching constraints when working within a school and making recommendations in order to support teaching staff.
Julie carrying out the Bene-Anthony family relations assessment.
Bond Solon - Excellence in Report Writing
Doctorate educational and child psychology (DEdChPsy) University of Manchester
Educational psychology - M.Sc University of Manchester
Primary education - PGCE University of Manchester
Anatomy and cell biology - B.Sc. The University of Sheffield
Physiology and psychology - B.Sc. Newcastle University
My work history
Educational and child psychologist HSR Psychology
Educational and child psychologist Local authority
Autism development specialist teacher Local authority
SEN teacher for children with looked after status Local authority
Class teacher Local authority
I have a broad range of experience working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through my time as an educational and child psychologist and as a specialist teacher. I have specific experience with the following:
Autistic spectrum condition (ASC)
Children and young people with looked after status
Education, health and care plans (EHC plans)
Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)
Cognition and learning difficulties
Critical incident support
I use existing experience and knowledge to work effectively and support children, young people, educational settings, parents and carers.
I saw Julie when my daughter was having difficulties at school. She did a few sessions with my daughter and made my daughter feel very relaxed and gave me ways of helping her deal with her anger. She talked me through strategies which I still use today. The report which I got was very detailed and it is still used as a reference today as my daughter has sensory processing disorder with ASD.
My professional memberships
Health and care professions council (HCPC) - PYL26747
Association of educational psychologists (AEP)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
I help identify the following needs
As a qualified and experienced educational psychologist I assess and identify needs for the following areas:
There have been times when people have received a diagnosis without support for the future, and here at HSR Psychology we provide diagnostic follow up services, including interventions.
What do you enjoy most about working with parents/carers?
I can relate to parents of children with needs on the autistic spectrum having had personal experience of going through the early investigations leading to diagnosis and the following support and intervention pathways.
Describe your approach to students in 3 words.
Child Centred, Non-Judgemental, Empathic.
What are your specialisms?
I have a special interest in autistic spectrum conditions and children in care with attachment issues or previous trauma issues. My final doctorate dissertation was based on reading and spelling interventions aimed at dyslexic type difficulties.
Why is resilience important?
So many children do not have the tools to help them feel empowered in an age where so many pressures and expectations are placed upon them educationally. It is important that children have the opportunity to build their resiliency so that they can feel strong enough to cope with these.
It is important that children have the opportunity to build their resiliency so that they can feel strong enough to cope.
HSR Psychology is an independently owned and controlled not-for-profit social enterprise we reinvest any profits we generate to further maximise the wellbeing and potential of children and young people.