Psychological therapy for children,
teenagers and families
Dr Ilan Ben-Zion
Hi, I’m Ilan! I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of Little Bee Clinic and The Oak Tree Practice.
Hey Ilan, can you tell me more about yourself?!
First of all, I want to tell you that I love what I do, and always have, ever since I started volunteering for Childline back in 2007. After this, I got lots of experience working with all sorts of people like children, teenagers, adults and more! To help me work with all these different types of people, I have had to go to University a few times and have what are called undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees. During these studies, I learnt lots of helpful ways to help people like you!
Dr Amy Lyons
Hi! I’m Amy. I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and I work part time in the NHS.
How did I become a Clinical Psychologist?
I was very lucky to really enjoy going to university to study psychology. I quickly knew it was the area I wanted to work in and so began my journey in training to be one! I spent a lovely three years up in Lancaster, then I moved to Leicester to complete my masters degree.
Over the years I have worked with lots of different people, which includes children and young people, older adults and people with intellectual disabilities, neurodevelopmental and neurological conditions. I have worked with people when they are in hospital and also when they are in their own home. Other services and difficulties I have worked with include both child and adult eating disorders, OCD, psychosis, stroke rehabilitation and people who have offended who are staying in hospital (we call this forensic services).
After working for the NHS for many years, I began my doctoral training at the University of Hertfordshire, where I spent three years completing my studies to become a qualified Clinical Psychologist.
Dr Elizabeth Malpass
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I started my career in providing psychological therapy after completing a diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Following this, I worked in a number of adult mental health services providing CBT. I then moved to The National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, where I developed my interest in working with parents and children. One of my primary interests is in attachment (eg. the emotional bond between parent and child) and it’s relation to psychological difficulties.
I later completed my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at The University of Hertfordshire. I have experience in working with a range of clients including adults, older adults, children and young people and clients with learning difficulties. Over the course of the last eighteen months I have worked at The Tavistock and Portman Clinic, as well as Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) providing psychological
therapy for parents and families with children under five. I have subsequently developed a specialist interest in this area. I am trained in using Parent-Infant Video Interactional measures and interventions.
Dr Stephanie Minchin
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a Clinical Psychologist and a Yoga Teacher.
I would like to tell you about my values and ways of working as a Psychologist, and how my training as a Yoga Teacher supports my therapeutic work.
My values as a Clinical Psychologist
My approach to therapy is humanistic and holistic, which means putting the individual at the core of understanding their experience whilst acknowledging the social and cultural context and multiple influencing factors in their life. I believe in using a strengths-focused approach, that does not blame the individual for the difficulties experienced and aims to re-write positive alternative stories. I seek to understand an individual's experience from an open and non-judging position, with empathy, sensitivity and kindness.
Dr Clare Watson
Hello! I’m Clare, I am a (Clinical Psychologist) and I work part-time with teenagers in London based charity.
Can you tell me a bit about you?
I studied clinical psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where I worked with children, young people and adults of all ages and from different backgrounds. After working in the NHS for many years before training I now work mostly with teenagers, findings creative ways to help them with their difficulties. During my work I have come to appreciate how important it is to understand a person within their culture, community and upbringing.