West Midlands | Child Psychologists and Therapists
After many years working within both the health and education sectors, The Family Psychologist's lead clinical psychologist, Dr Rachel Johnson, set out to offer a wide range of services to support the behavioural, emotional and social development of children, from birth through to sixth form and the workplace.
As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in Early Years, Children and Family work, as well as in the assessment of specific learning difficulties and dyslexia, Dr Johnson and her team provide a varied range of services to meet the needs of the families and professionals who approach them for support. These include:
- Educational assessment & Dyslexia testing (for adults | children) in your own home, classroom or workplace
- Indepth Cognitive profiling, reporting, and guidance
- Behavioural & Emotional intervention for difficulties at home or in the classroom
- Early Years work, with parents of infants & pre-schoolers for concerns around sleeping, feeding, potty training or separation anxiety
- "Incredible Years" Positive Parenting groups - helping parents build happy families and bright futures
- Medical-legal (medico-legal) and Family Court assessments and reports
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I have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with a variety of additional needs, in particular Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia, attachment and Dyspraxia. I am trained to offer cognitive behaviour therapy and am qualified as a life coach. I can offer support to you to minimise the impact of separation and divorce on your children. I am available to work with children and young people or to provide help and support to parents through consultation.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society, The Association of Educational Psychologists and am HPC registered.
To book an assessment or a consultation please contact me.
Dr Symonds assesses and treats children and young people who present with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. She can provide detailed assessments and specifically tailored therapeutic interventions and also provides a consultation service, providing advice and guidance to parents, foster carers, Social Services and teachers. A GP referral is not required.
Dr Symonds can also provide expert witness reports for court and assessments and treatment for insurance providers including BUPA.
Dr Symonds holds private practice clinics in Nottingham and West Midlands with flexible out-of-school hours including Saturdays and weekday evenings and aims to offer an appointment within 1 - 2 weeks. Please see website for further information and prices.
Dr Symonds' Nottingham practice is held at:
The Bay Therapy Centre,19-21 Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5BB
Please contact Dr Symonds' PA, Amy Brothwell-White for further information or to book an appointment.
- Educational / Psychological Assessment
- Therapeutic support to children and teenagers
- Parenting support
- Consultation to schools
We can help with a range of emotional, behavioural, social and learning issues that may be contributing to a child or teenager feeling unhappy, lacking in confidence or feeling out of control. Following psychological assessment, the child psychologist works with parents so that individual treatment plans can be developed to support them and their families in understanding and addressing their difficulties while at the same time acknowledging and nurturing their relative strengths, in order to help them to reach their potential.
Please see our website for parenting tips and more information about who we are, how we can help and what we offer.
You are also welcome to call us for a free telephone consultation to see how we can help prior to booking an appointment.
To contact Leanne Cowan directly please phone 07929 972291
The Parent Support Service also provides psychological therapy for children and adolescents, using brief, evidence based techniques to address emotional concerns such as: anxiety; fears & phobias; depression; low self-esteem; obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress. Assessment for social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder is also available.
Association of Child Psychotherapists