Bristol Child Psychology Practice
Clinic Location: Southville
Dr Sarah Buttler qualified in 1999 from University College London. She has always specialised in helping children, young people and their families working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) first in Hertfordshire and then in Bristol. Sarah is passionate about helping young people and families with a variety of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-esteem and loss. Her training and experience allows her to draw on a range of therapeutic methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, parenting and family work and to use these creatively.
Sarah is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is an accredited CBT therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. She has a specialist qualification in supervising others to use CBT. Sarah is also a member of The British Psychological Society and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Sarah has also delivered training on child emotional well-being within the NHS, Universities, Education staff and the Voluntary Sector.
Clinic Location: Redland
Dr Sarah Elgie qualified in 2002 from the University of Southampton and has extensive experience of working in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams (CAMHS), and also in the private and charitable sector in childrens' residential care homes. Sarah enjoys working with children and young people of all ages and with a range of difficulties, from young children who easily lose their temper or who are struggling with parental separation, to older teenagers who are experiencing low mood, anxiety, OCD, low self-esteem, or who are trying to make sense of childhood trauma. Sarah has specialist interests in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), EMDR and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but also draws on other approaches depending of the needs of the child. Sarah particularly enjoys making therapy sessions creative and relaxed so children and teenagers are keen to come to appointments.
Sarah has considerable experience in supervising and training other professionals in all areas of emotional wellbeing and mental health, and has close links with the University of Bath.
Sarah is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Dr Tracey Henderson qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003, from the University of Plymouth. Since this time she has worked in a number of local NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams (CAMHS). Tracey has also had additional specialist training in supervising others (Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, University of Exeter, 2015). Her specialist interest is working with children and young people who struggle with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating difficulties. While her main passion is in using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Tracey is also trained and experienced in incorporating other therapeutic models, so that her approach is tailored to each child’s or young person’s individual needs.
Tracey has considerable experience in offering supervision and training, around working with emotional difficulties, to professionals and Clinical Psychology doctoral trainees.
Tracey is a Registered Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a fully accredited CBT therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She is also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Clinic Locations: The Family Practice, Gloucester Road, Bishopston
Dr Kate Willcocks has been working in the NHS since 2009 and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from Royal Holloway University of London. Before moving to Bristol, Kate worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London with a wide range children and adolescents with emotional and physical difficulties. Since then she has been working in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Bristol, working closely with young people who are in crisis and their families.
Kate has a passion for working with adolescents and younger children who are feeling anxious or worried, low in mood, are having unusual experiences or having difficulties with sleeping or eating. She also has a specialism in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and has additional post-doctoral training in this area.
Kate’s support for young people is tailored to their specific individual needs, and she is confident working with parents and families when this feels helpful. Kate's main therapeutic approaches are informed by Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and Compassion-Focused therapy, alongside narrative, CBT and mindfulness based approaches. She likes to spend time helping young people and their families to understand their difficulties, before agreeing together on the most helpful psychological treatment.
Kate is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society.
Dr Helen Fairchild qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2007 from the University of Oxford and since then has worked in NHS Community Paediatrics and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, as well as in the voluntary sector. Her special interests include anxiety disorders and sleep problems, and she has a large amount of experience working with young people on the Autism Spectrum or with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or learning difficulties. Helen predominantly uses a CBT approach, but uses parenting and other approaches where appropriate, and she enjoys working creatively with young clients.
Helen has extensive experience of providing training to professionals and students on emotional difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders in children.
Helen is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of The British Psychological Society.
Dr Nina Meikle qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009 from Bristol University. Since then Nina has worked predominantly in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), holding several specialist positions within CAMHS including working with under 5s, children who are fostered or adopted and with children excluded from mainstream education. Nina has also has worked within NHS community Paediatrics with children with physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and neurodevelopmental delay. Nina recently held a specialist role supporting children with Cardiac Conditions and their families in Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Nina’s varied clinical experience allows her to work skilfully with a wide range of difficulties that children and young people may experience from birth to adulthood. Nina’s interests lie in family work, issues relating to attachment, anxiety, difficulties with emotional regulation and behaviour, distress related to physical health, and issues relating to diagnosis such as ASD / ADHD.
Nina creatively adapts her therapeutic approach to the needs of the client, drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches such as Family Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychological researched approaches to parenting.
Nina is committed to on-going professional development and has a strong interest in emerging research that indicates the importance of including the body in therapeutic approaches. She has completed specialist training in Yoga Therapy for mental health in children and young people and Yoga Therapy for Autism.
Nina has extensive experience of providing training and consultation to a wide range of education, health and social care professionals around children’s mental health.
Clinic Locations: Westbury-on-Trym
Dr Daniella Valentine qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018 from the Universities of Coventry and Warwick. Daniella has continued to work in NHS services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, as well as in family support services in the voluntary sector. Daniella values building supportive relationships with children and families, to understand their needs and hopes for psychological support. Daniella is experienced in utilising creative techniques together with her training and experience to offer therapeutic support in a number of areas, including: feeling anxious, low mood, self-esteem, challenges regulating emotions, difficulties in relationships and family communication. Daniella draws from a range of psychological models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). Daniella has a specialist interest and further training in psychological models that support relationships and communication between parents or caregivers and their children.
Daniella is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Clinic Locations: Online
Dr Maria Loades qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2008 from the University of East Anglia. After qualifying, she specialised in helping children, young people and their families working within inpatient and outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Cambridge, Suffolk and subsequently in Wiltshire. In 2014, Maria took up a lectureship position on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Bath. In addition to training Clinical Psychologists, she continued to work in the NHS in paediatric fatigue services until 2018. Maria is passionate about empowering young people to thrive. She was awarded a prestigious research fellowship by the National Institute for Health Research in 2016, focused on improving the identification and treatments for mental health problems in young people with fatigue.
Maria has a broad core training, which allows her to draw on a range of therapeutic methods. She is a specialist in cognitive behavioural therapy with children, young people and families, using this evidence-based talking treatment approach creatively to help them to overcome a variety of difficulties including low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, and loss.
Maria is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is an accredited CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. She has specialist qualification in CBT for children, young people and families and in supervising applied psychological practice. Maria is also a member of The British Psychological Society and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Clinic Locations: Penny Brohn Centre, Pill
Dr Marianne Roberts qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2012 from The University of Southampton. She is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has a diverse range of experiences working with children and families, now specialising privately in child and adolescent mental health. She has treated a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties, including panic, anxiety, depression, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder, anger and behavioural difficulties, school and separation anxieties and much more. She is particularly specialist in loss and bereavement work and helping young people adjust to differences caused by physical health issues.
Marianne practices a number of therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is flexible about blending other approaches to suit the individual in order to get the right fit. She started her career working with children in research settings, including Plymouth Babylab and Bristol’s ‘Children of the 90’s’, before going on to train within CAMHS and specialist paediatric services. She has worked in several departments at the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, including Renal, Rheumatology and Cardiac. Just before entering private practice several years ago, Marianne worked for NHS children’s community services, specialising in loss and bereavement associated with life limiting conditions.
Marianne really enjoys clinical psychology and has supervised and mentored NHS staff, Clinical Psychology Trainees, Masters students and volunteers. She has trained a variety of staff groups in psychological approaches, run therapeutic children’s groups and published work on this. She has always enjoyed working with young people and is warm and friendly, bringing some fun and humour to sessions whenever this feels appropriate.
Clinic Locations: Online
Dr Lauren Russouw qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 from UCL in London, after completing her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She started her career working with children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and has since trained and worked in the NHS, including working with children and young people for 9 years. This has included working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in London, Bristol and Wales and working in a variety of specialist roles in the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
In 2015 Lauren completed further specialist training in systemic practice and she has a particular interest in attachment, family relationships, parenting, managing emotions, eating and distress related to physical health. She uses a warm, gentle, resources/strengths focused and normative approach in her work with children and their families. Lauren is also passionate about being creative and active, and being in the natural world, and incorporates this into her work when it may be helpful. She is able to skilfully draw on and integrate ideas from multiple models and approaches, including Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Family Based Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, to support children, young people and their families.
Lauren has also completed specialist training in supervision and enjoys providing psychological supervision, consultation and training to professionals working in health, social care and education.
Clinic Locations: Southville
Dr Sian McKenzie qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Exeter in 2008. Since then she has worked within NHS community and inpatient paediatrics across a range of health related issues including oncology, chronic fatigue and palliative care. Sian is passionate about supporting and helping children, young people and their families. She has also worked within Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Teams, and Adult Community Mental Health services, and enjoys working across a broad age range of young people from age 5 to 25.
Sian draws from a broad range of therapy models and integrates these with her clients in her work. She believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship and alliance to develop the best therapy approach which suits and works well for clients and families. She predominantly uses evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. She is also trained to offer Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). These models and skills mean that she has experience of treating a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, low mood, anger issues, trauma, bereavement and loss.
Sian is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HPCP).
Dr Georgia Glynn-Marron qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2019 from the University of East London, having worked in the NHS since 2013. Since qualifying she has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and delivered training and consultation to social care, health and education staff on attachment, trauma and children’s mental health.
Georgia is skilled in engaging young people and building rapport with them, creatively adapting how she communicates to make young people feel comfortable. She really enjoys working with young people and her work with families has covered a range of issues such as anxiety, OCD, low mood, trauma and loss, family/relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, school based difficulties, emotional dysregulation, behaviour that challenges, self-harm and other behaviours that place young people at risk of harm. She has experience of working with birth families, kinship families, adoptive families, and Children who are Looked After and their foster carers.
Georgia offers a warm, accepting and empathic approach to everyone she works with. She works from an attachment and trauma-informed perspective, focusing on people’s experiences, their relationships, what their bodies are telling them and the environment in which they live. Her training enables her to use evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and systemic and narrative approaches to help people understand themselves and make changes in their lives. Overall, she takes a relational focus, believing it is through meaningful connections and trusting relationships that people are able to move forward with their lives.
Georgia is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist.