BSc, PGCERT, MRCOT
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Trauma & Attachment Specialist
Sensory Integration Practitioner
Sensory-Attachment Intervention (SAI) Therapist
Advanced Mental Health and Psychotherapy
Mary Seacole NHS Leadership Academy
Former Clinical Director, Children and Adolescent Mental Health & emotional Wellbeing service, commissioned by CQC outstanding East London NHS Foundation Trust
Course Tutor and Lecturer for Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families/UCL/Kings College London Visiting Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire
Katherine is a highly specialised Occupational Therapist and Clinical Lead, with experience in a diverse range of settings: Mainstream schools and special schools, Child Development Centres, Community Clinics, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Acute Mental Health Settings, Community Mental Health Services, Forensics and Private Practice. She has worked with a wide range of difficulties including, Sensory Integration, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and other Mental Health Difficulties. Katherine has also worked extensively with people who have suffered from early adversity, trauma and neglect.
Katherine has trained in relationship and interaction-based approaches, including Theraplay® Informed Practice(*), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Informed Practice (DDP). She is a reliable assessor in a number of attachment assessments.
*A registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Evanston, IL, USA
As a regular Visiting Lecturer for Occupational Therapy, CYP-IAPT (Children and Young People – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Trauma subjects, to universities and the prestigious Anna Freud Centre of Excellence for Children and Families, it enables Katherine to stay up to date with current research as well as mentoring the future generations of therapeutic clinicians and practitioners.
Training and consultancy is a large part of Katherine’s role, providing workshops in a number of modalities, including: Sensory Processing, Trauma-informed schools and services, Child to Parent Violence and Transitions. She provides an eclectic mix of consultancy to ensure the best support is provided for her clients, including EHCPs, Post Adoption Support, Court appeals and expert witness cases.
I am extremely passionate about working with people. I come from a background of working with all ages and a range of presentations from mental health difficulties, to sensory processing challenges, to developmental trauma. I started our original trading name of ‘The Creative OT’ for independent services, whilst still working as a Clinical Director for a CAMHS service, as I felt there was a huge gap in provision which I wanted to fill with excellence – specialist, individualised, evidence-based services which are accessible for all. The company has organically grown into what it is today – a place of nurture, safety and fun! It makes me immensely proud to see our therapeutic centre, our achievements and amazing response from our clients, to know we are making a positive difference to people’s lives!
With children of my own, I understand the importance of working with the family as a system and bring flexibility to my approach when working with clients. I enjoy family time in nature and like to watch my children in their sporting events. I also enjoy increasing my knowledge and research into developing models and frameworks, where I continuously complete training courses to ensure I am always up to date and offering the most evidence-based service to my clients. Teaching, training and mentoring students and the future generations of clinicians, is something that I find truly rewarding and a passion I will continue throughout my career.
British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists www.cot.co.uk/
Health Professions Council www.hpc-uk.org
Specialist Group Memberships
College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Children, Young People and Families
College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Occupational Therapists in Independent Practice
Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland
Data & Communications Specialist
Robert strives for excellence and professionalism in all aspects of his work. He is data and process driven which gives the company a sense of ‘flow’, to allow for a seamless delivery model. Formerly working in the corporate world in managerial and data analysis roles within the retail and business sectors, he has always been keen to help those he worked with and achieved great success for creating systems, processing and impeccable communications throughout the companies. As well as working in this corporate driven world, Robert has completed training in mental health and counselling practices, as he has a personal interest in this field which makes this role the perfect fit.
Robert specialises in working with Commissioners, Local Authority Teams, and Education settings to provide bid applications, EHCP provisions, finances and data reports. His attention to detail and passion for working with people shines through in the quality of his work.
My real passion stems from the rewards of improving others’ lives and seeing them fulfill their full capability.
Outside of work I have always enjoyed spending time with my family and watch my own children learn and grow. I always stay positive and look to learn from any situation – no matter how challenging the situation may be - and try to bring this attitude into every aspect of my life.
In addition to this, I love sports with the entertainment and theatre that this provides. It always provides the opportunity to meet others and is a great way of bringing people together which is an aspect of life I really enjoy.